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CAIR Stands with Florida Church Community After ‘Charleston 2’ Vandalism

(TAMPA, FL, 7/13/15) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today expressed solidarity with a church community in Melbourne, Fla., that has been targeted three times by vandals, with the latest incident including “Charleston 2” graffiti that apparently refers to the recent terror attack at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine people dead.

Earlier this year, vandals started a fire at the church and spray-painted Nazi swastikas on a storage unit, causing $5,000 in damage.

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CAIR-MN to Hold Free Legal Clinic on Civil Rights, Housing, Family Law

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/9/2015) - On Tuesday, July 14th, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a "Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic" to provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, family law, consumer debt, and employment.

WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE: Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul, MN 55118, Room 110A

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CAIR: U.S. Muslims to Mark End of Ramadan with Prayers

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/10/15) - On Friday, July 17 (Consult local mosques or Muslim community leaders for exact dates and times.), the Muslim community in America will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers around the country.

[NOTE: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.]

The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta’atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” Many communities also hold multicultural bazaars and other family activities following the prayers.

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CAIR Releases New Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Brief Before Congressional Hearing

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released an updated briefing paper on the issue of “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) in advance of a hearing next week by the House Homeland Security Committee, which is considering legislation to provide $40 million taxpayer dollars over four years to expand the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by adding an office that would deal exclusively with CVE.

CAIR’s briefing paper outlines a number of concerns about the government's CVE initiative, including that government-led CVE is not an effective use of public resources, that it often relies on subjective measures and its efficacy is questionable.

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