(Washington, D.C., 1/12/16) - The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's strong statement of support for the area's immigrant and refugee population.
In a letter addressed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Mayor Rawlings-Blake requested details of media reports that indicate DHS has stepped up a campaign to deport some 100,000 recent arrivals to their country of origin. She wrote:
"As the Mayor of a jurisdiction with a vital and growing immigrant and refugee community, I have great concerns about the rumors that are swirling around many of our neighborhoods, and I hope that you can provide clear facts to help me try to address some of the fears that have emerged."
This letter was sent last week after fears and anxiety sparked by raids in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently took 121 people into custody, as well as increased reports of visits paid by immigrant agents in communities throughout Maryland.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/16) – Tonight, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will host a State of the Union address watch party for members and leaders of the Muslim community at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.
CAIR will also be live-tweeting the president’s address using the hashtag #MuslimSOTU. Light refreshments will be provided.
WHAT: Muslim Watch Party for State of the Union Address
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 8:30 p.m. (The address begins at 9 p.m.)
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged President Obama to offer support for the American Muslim community during his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.
[NOTE: CAIR-SFBA Government Relations Coordinator Sameena Usman will attend the State of the Union as a guest of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and CAIR-FL Chief Operations Officer Nezar Hamze will attend as a guest of Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL).]
In a letter sent today to the president, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote in part:
“I urge you to offer a strong defense of our nation’s longstanding traditions of religious inclusion and mutual respect at a time when the forces of division and polarization seem to dominate. As one writer noted recently, there has never been an America without Muslims.
“CAIR has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic violence, bullying, threats, intimidation, and discrimination targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions during the past year than during any other period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.
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(WHEATON, IL, 1/11/16) - The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today urged state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate a fake website purporting to represent the Islamic Center of Wheaton (ICW) in Wheaton, Ill., which contains hate-filled and defamatory claims about Islam and the center.
Members of the ICW board reported the fake website to CAIR-Chicago over the weekend. Based on CAIR-Chicago's advice, the ICW has filed a police report as well as a report with the cybercrime unit of the FBI.
ICW's official website is www.icwonline.org. The fake website purporting to represent ICW by using its name, logo, and website design is at www.icwonline.today. (CAIR-Chicago does not advise clicking on internal links within the fake website which may be malicious)
The fake website was accompanied by an email sent to various Wheaton dignitaries, including the mayor. Both the email and the website falsely claim ICW affiliation with ISIS and both sought to present threats in ICW's name and on behalf of Islam and Muslims.
The website decried interfaith activities and called local Christians who engage Muslims in dialogue, "sleep walkers" threatening them with regret. It mocked local professor Larycia Hawkins who has been targeted by her employer, the Christian Wheaton College, for likely termination due to her "unqualified assertion of solidarity with Muslims and Jews."