Download CAIR's app here: http://www.cair.com/app 

Sold-Out CAIR-San Diego Banquet a Great Success

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 11/7/17) – More than 500 people turned out on Saturday for the 12th annual banquet of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), with the theme “Living Our Faith:  Defending Our Freedom.”

[NOTE: Those who were not able to attend the dinner still have a great opportunity to help continue CAIR-San Diego's important work and successes by visiting our donation page: https://ca.cair.com/sandiego/donate/ ]

Banquet attendees included numerous local and state elected officials, interfaith leaders, civil rights advocates, and law enforcement officials. CAIR-San Diego also received a number of recognitions and awards from local public officials, including proclamations from congressional and local representatives.

Our speakers included UC Berkeley Professor Dr. Hatem Bazian, CAIR San Francisco Executive Director Zahra Billoo, and CAIR Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly.

“CAIR is developing an American Muslim identity that is proudly and confidently living our faith and defending our freedom.  We will and must speak truth to power and protect the rights and liberties of all,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Sponsors Virginia Get-Out-The-Vote Robocall to 8,000 Muslim Households

Muslim civil rights group to release exit poll of Muslim voters’ choice of VA and NJ governors

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/7/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, last night sponsored a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) robocall urging members of more than 8,000 registered Muslim voter households to go to the polls in today’s Virginia state general election.

Tonight, CAIR will sponsor a telephone exit poll survey to ask registered Virginia and New Jersey Muslim voters which gubernatorial candidate they supported. CAIR will release the results of that exit poll tomorrow.

Today’s election will determine many local county and city offices, in addition to the state’s governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the Virginia House of Delegates

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

CAIR-Philadelphia Seeks Ethnic Intimidation Charge for Incident Targeting Muslim Woman

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 11/7/17) - The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today called on law enforcement authorities in Pennsylvania to consider bringing an ethnic intimidation charge against a man who allegedly told a Muslim woman "all terrorists should be shot” and then made motions and sounds like an automatic weapon.

Point Township, Penn., police say the Muslim woman was targeted by the man as she waited outside a Northumberland County store on Saturday. The Muslim woman -- who took a cell photo of the man and his vehicle, and wrote down his license plate number -- told a local media outlet that she “was not sure if he had a gun.”

SEE: Police Probing 'All Terrorists Should Be Shot' Comment Made to Muslim Woman

“Based on the alleged bias-motivated actions of the perpetrator, we urge local and state law enforcement authorities to consider bringing an ethnic intimidation charge in this case,” said CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender.

He noted that in Pennsylvania, “ethnic intimidation” is an offense outlined in Title 18, Section 2710 of the state’s criminal code. 

SEE: Title 18, Section 2710 

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.  

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 917-660-3805, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR Offers U.S. Religious Institutions Security Advice Following Church Massacre

screenshot www.cair.com 2017 11 06 15 46 16 954(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/6/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered security advice to religious institutions nationwide that are considering instituting additional safety measures in response to yesterday’s massacre at a Texas church.

CAIR is urging all houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.

“American Muslims share the same values and freedoms that we all cherish, knowing that we are all in this together,” said CAIR spokesperson Arsalan Bukhari. “All Americans deserve the right and freedom to worship in their own way, free of threats or violence.”

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html 

It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR’s safety guide states in part:

“A general framework in which to think about institutional security falls within the following broad categories:

• Be Aware

• Assess Your Vulnerability

• Prepare and Plan

• Prevent

• Respond/Mitigate

• Recover

“This framework can be applied to all sorts of security issues, from hate graffiti to burglary or to an active-shooter episode. Decision-makers must decide which recommendations are best applied to their facility. They must also decide the order in which they will implement the process.”

Other initial safety steps recommended in CAIR’s guide include developing positive relationships with local law enforcement agencies, meeting with elected officials to discuss community concerns, building coalitions with interfaith and minority groups, holding community meetings to inform others of safety guidelines, and establishing a community support network.

CAIR’s community safety booklet was first published several years ago in response to a spike in anti-mosque incidents nationwide.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.          

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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