Name calling, hijabs pulled, physical attacks, intimidation by fellow classmates AND staff members. CAIR has received more cases of bullying rooted in Islamophobia than ever before. Schools do not have adequate resources to support students and staff members.
Members from the Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian (AMEMSSA) communities have overwhelmingly experienced bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and violence rooted in Islamophobia. A CAIR-CA survey of over 600 students found that 55% of American Muslims experienced some form of bullying based on their religious identity. The Sikh Coalition reported that 50% of Sikh students have encountered school bullying, of which 67% of turbaned students reported bullying.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/14/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Elmwood Park Memorial High School Principal and President of the Elmwood Park Administrators Association (EPAA) David Warner in calling for the resignation Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.
One post urged Muslims to "(s)tay in your desserts [sic] and follow your religion in your own countries." Another post declared, "The French told them to get lost and this is what our President should do," and continued, "Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you."
Muslim civil rights group calls for government protection for all those listed
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/13/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on federal and state law enforcement authorities to offer protection to American Muslims, including CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad, on a hit list of Muslim leaders in the West published today by the terror group ISIS.
In the latest issue of its online magazine Dabiq, ISIS lists a number of Muslim leaders and activists in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia to be targeted. CAIR’s Awad is pictured in the article about the hit list, but is not named specifically.
Awad may have come to the attention of ISIS because of CAIR’s repeated condemnation of the terror group and because he coordinated the release of a 2014 open letter signed by more than 120 international scholars of Islam and Muslim leaders refuting ISIS’s ideology.
Before giving you a progress report, I want to thank you for your past support of CAIR's Quran campaigns. With your help, we've been able to distribute copies of the Quran to thousands of Americans. I am happy to report that we have recently completed our Distribute a Quran promotion during which we distributed another 50,000 sponsored copies to institutions and interfaith partners, which brings our overall distribution total to well over 130,000 copies!
One of the best parts of my job is reading the mail. I am always deeply touched by the gratitude and sincerity expressed by our interfaith partners upon receiving a copy of the Quran. Here are a couple excerpts from letters to CAIR:
“Our minister was sent a copy of the Quran by your group, and he added a Quran study group to our Adult Religious Education course offerings. We are midway through the class, and at least half of us are using the translations of the Quran provided by CAIR. We are all impressed with the quality of these books -- both the translation, and the beautiful production values. Thank you very much from all of us for your generous gift, which does so much to promote interfaith understanding and harmony.”