(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 2/9/17) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today asked anyone with information about a recent hate incident targeting Muslim students on the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor campus to contact law enforcement authorities.
Earlier this week, students discovered that someone urinated on a prayer rug Muslims use in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library reflection room. The university has several reflection rooms used by community members of all faiths for prayer or reflection.
The incident has been reported to the University of Michigan Campus Division of Public Safety and Security. The FBI is also currently probing the incident.
"Students on our university campuses should feel safe to express their faiths without fear of intimidation or harassment,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We encourage anyone who has knowledge of this incident to immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”
Walid also noted that anti-Semitic and anti-African-American emails speaking of ethnic extermination and “Heil Trump!” have been recently sent to students on campus.
(Washington. D.C., 2/7/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, today welcomed news that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh added his support to a lawsuit challenging Donald Trump's controversial ban on travel from seven Muslim majority countries.
Frosh joined fifteen other states' attorneys general - including Pennsylvania and Virginia - to file an amicus brief for consideration in the case, which is pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and has led to a temporary halt of the travel ban impacting travel for nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya.
In a statement Attorney General Frosh, noted:
"The executive order has already generated confusion, disappointment, and fear. It is not only a policy that is unwise and dangerous, but it is a policy that is inhumane, inappropriate and un-American."
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear challenges to the ban today.
"Families of all immigration statuses have been impacted on a deeply personal level by this problematic executive order," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, whose organization has filed its own lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. "Attorney General Frosh's decision to support the lawsuit against it by adding his name to the brief signals to his constituents that he will not remain silent while our communities live in anxiety and fear."
(CLEVELAND, OH, 2/7/17) – On Friday, February 10, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) and the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK) will co-host a forum on President Trump’s executive order halting refugees from entering the United States and barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The purpose of the forum is to provide timely and accurate information about the Muslim Ban order and other orders and policies impacting the rights of immigrants and American citizens, particularly the Muslim community. Because there are likely more executive orders in the pipeline, the Muslim community is encouraged to attend in order to stay engaged and keep abreast of developments in what is a fluid situation.
WHAT: Forum on President Trump’s Executive Order Banning Muslims and Refugees
SPEAKERS: David Wolfe Leopold, Esq. Immigration Expert and CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia A. Shearson WHEN: Friday, February 10, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Akron & Kent, 152 East Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224
“The ‘Muslim Ban’ is just one aspect of the overall Trump changes to immigration policy, and the ban itself is merely the first stage of implementing the so-called ‘extreme vetting’ process,” said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia A. Shearson. “As such, it is important to understand the ramifications of ‘extreme vetting’ as well as the changes to the overall immigration policy, so we can be prepared, know our rights and respond appropriately.”