(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today said it has joined 41 other organizations in raising concerns about the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899).
That bill will be the topic of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 15. If adopted, the legislation would create a new assistant secretary position in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide $40 million spread over four years to fund an Office for Countering Violent Extremism.
(NEW YORK, NY, 7/15/2015) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the FBI to join the investigation of what the New York City Police Department (NYPD) says was a bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman.
Police say the 19-year-old woman was assaulted late Saturday by a man who yelled anti-Muslim insults at her, spit on her and fractured her jaw.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism at a Virginia mosque.
An official with the Manassas Muslim Association in Manassas, Va., reported to CAIR that heavy copper pipes on the mosque’s air conditioning unit were cut Monday while some worshipers remained in the facility following morning (fajr) prayers. Mosque members heard a noise at about 5 a.m. and found the severed pipes when they went outside to investigate.
(SEATTLE, WA, 7/14/2015) – On July 16, 17 and 18, more than 2,000 Muslims across Washington state will visit their neighbors of other faiths and backgrounds to deliver greetings and gifts as part of a statewide initiative marking the Eid ul-Fitr holiday at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan by that state’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA).
[NOTE: The Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or "feast of fast breaking," holiday marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Members of the Muslim community will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on July 17 and others may celebrate on July 18, depending on their religious school of thought and on the sighting of the new moon.]