(SACRAMENTO, CA, 1/9/17) - The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded Representative Xavier Becerra’s statement rejecting a proposed “registry” for Muslim immigrants.
In a letter released over the weekend, Becerra wrote in part:
"Disturbing statements uttered during the recent Presidential campaign have given rise to legitimate fears that the new federal administration might seek to adopt policies that would discriminate against people based on factors such as their religious belief. Any such policies would be antithetical to the deepest constitutional values and traditions of this nation — a nation founded in part by men and women fleeing religious persecution."
(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 1/8/17) – The Austin, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) said today that it will monitor the investigation of a fire that destroyed a mosque under construction in Travis County and will work with local community leaders in response to the blaze.
The Lake Travis Fire Marshall responded to the fire early morning of January 7 at the mosque under construction for the Islamic Center of Lake Travis and found the two-story building engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire and the cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans who value religious freedom and oppose all forms of discrimination to contact their state’s senators and ask that they support the Protect American Families Act, which would prohibit creation of immigration related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality.
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CAIR is urging voters to thank the senators who are co-sponsoring the legislation.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the appointment of Lena F. Masri, Esq. as its national litigation director and acting civil rights director.
Prior to accepting her new positions, Masri was legal director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, where she spearheaded high-impact, landmark civil rights litigation that both challenged anti-Muslim policies and defended the constitutional rights of American Muslims.
Masri holds a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University - Indianapolis, School of Law, where she focused her studies in International and Comparative Law, as well as on International Human Rights Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.
In 2014, she was awarded the RARE Everyday Hero Award by Winning Futures for her “extraordinary commitment, integrity, selflessness and courage to changing lives and inspiring others.” She was honored by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2013 and 2014 for her pro bono work on behalf of poor and indigent clients. Masri has also been recognized by several community organizations, including the Syrian American Medical Society, Syrian Expatriates, the American Muslim Diversity Association, among others, for her civil rights and humanitarian work and empowering the youth.