CAIR-Missouri, Islamic Groups to Host Welcome Lunch for Syrian Refugees

CAIR logo(ST. LOUIS, MO, 5/6/16) – On Saturday, May 7, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (IFGSTL) and Bait Ulmal (House of Good) will host a welcoming lunch for the more than 100 Syrians refugees living in the local community.

WHAT: Welcome Syrian Refugees Community Lunch

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

WHERE: Daar-Ul-Islam Masjid Gym, 517 Wiedman Rd, Ballwin MO 63011

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR-MN Welcomes DHS Investigation Into TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/5/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

SEE: Homeland Security Investigating after Reports of Racial Profiling at MSP

A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties.

SEE: Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration   

"We welcome this investigation and hope it results in the accountability and transparency needed to rebuild trust in the Minnesota TSA," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Racial and religious profiling is unconstitutional, immoral, ineffective, and undermines the core principals of our democracy."

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CAIR-Cleveland to Present Awards to Tamir Rice Family Activist, Former City Council Member at Civil Rights Banquet

CAIR Ohio(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/5/16) - On Sunday May 8, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will hold its 14th Annual Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme "Strengthening Our Voices: Advancing Together," at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence.

At the event, CAIR will present the I-CAIR Moral Courage Award to former Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman for authoring City Council Resolution 1459-15 in support of making Cleveland a welcoming city for Syrian, Iraqi and other refugees fleeing war and conflict. CAIR will also present its I-CAIR Human Rights award to LaTonya Goldsby, for her efforts to seek justice for her cousin, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by the Cleveland Division of Police outside a local recreation center in November 2014.

Banquet speakers include Sheikh Alaa Elsayed from the Islamic Centre of Canada and Alkauthar Institute and Murtaza Hussain, journalist and political commentator from The Intercept, the on-line news source founded by Glenn Greenwald who met with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. The event will also feature a Mother’s Day Tribute and spoken-word poetry from Fatima Shendy.

WHAT: CAIR-Cleveland 14th Annual Civil Rights Banquet

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CAIR to Seek Return of Double-Amputee Syrian Refugee Removed from U.S. Despite Valid Medical Visa

cair ca logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/5/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the return to the United States of Morhaf Alkordi, a double-amputee Syrian refugee who was denied entry and forced to return to Europe less than 24 hours after landing at LAX.

Later today, CAIR-LA will hold a news conference at its Anaheim, Calif., headquarters with local family members of the refugee.

VIDEO: Morhaf Alkordi

WHAT: CAIR-LA to Hold News Conference for Double-Amputee Syrian Refugees Denied Entry to U.S.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 1 p.m. (Pacific)

WHERE: CAIR-LA Office, 2180 W. Crescent Avenue, Suite F, Anaheim, CA

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