(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/24/15) -- On Monday, April 27, hundreds of California Muslims will meet with their state lawmakers in Sacramento as part of the fourth annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) organized by that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/24/15) - Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join with the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality -- an alliance of civil rights organizations, faith communities, justice advocates and concerned citizens -- at a press conference to call on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to use his executive powers to address a number of systemic and structural matters concerning police-community relations and structural community development needs, particularly after the injury and death of Freddie Gray.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/15) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a decision by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to "monitor" a Hot Springs, Ark., shooting range that has been declared a "Muslim-free zone" by its owner.
In October of last year, CAIR asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation after the owner claimed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agreed with her barring customers based on their faith.
In a statement marking the April 24, 2015, 100th anniversary of the mass slaughter of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
"On the 100th anniversary of these tragic events, in which some 1.5 million people died as a result of intentional killings, systematic abuse, forced migration, or starvation, we express our solidarity with the Armenian people whose family members and loved ones suffered such horrific atrocities and injustices at the hands of the military coup government of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.
"We also call for a process of reconciliation between the Turkish and Armenian people -- two honorable nations -- that would truthfully address historic injustices against the Armenian population in the Ottoman state and serve as a model for all those who struggle today for freedom, justice and human rights."