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CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

screenshot outlook.office.com 2018.05.10 09 24 27(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/10/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Baltimore County Executive and Maryland gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly early this morning at the age of 60.

SEE: Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate dies suddenly

“County Executive Kamenetz was a long-time leader and dedicated public servant who steadfastly advocated for Baltimore County’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities,” said CAIR Director for Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “He was a friend of the Muslim community, and our prayers go out to his family as we join Baltimore County and the entire state of Maryland in honoring his memory.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

 

CAIR-Minnesota Co-Hosting Challenging Islamophobia Conference

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN., 5/9/18) -- On Thursday, May 10, 2018, CAIR-Minnesota will co-sponsor the nation's first Challenging Islamophobia conference at the Hubert H. Humphrey Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

This conference will take a deep dive into the history of Islamophobia and its effects upon society. Break-out sessions will address how Islamophobia affects public policy, the role of media, and much more. Keynote subjects include how Islamophobia became mainstream, the impact of Islamophobia in Minnesota and abroad, and stories of resilience.

Featured national and international speakers include Rashid Musa of Young Muslims in Sweden, Hatem Bazian of Zaytuna University, Corey Saylor of ReThink Media, Lori Saroya from CAIR National, Mohamed Omar of Dar Al Faruq, and more. It is anticipated that over 200 will be in attendance.

Sponsors of this event include Advocates for Human Rights, Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC), Metro State, Jewish Community Action, Humphrey School, Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL), Global MN, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Islamic Resource Group (IRG), Discussions that Encounter, Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Dar Al Farooq, Immigration History Research Center, Immigrant Law Center of MN, Jambo! Kitchen, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood of Empowerment (RISE), UNITECLOUD, Isuroon, James H. Binger Center for New Americans, and Great River Energy.

WHAT: Challenging Islamophobia Conference

WHEN: Thursday, May 10th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

WHO: CAIR-Minnesota

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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 Director to Join Members of Congress in Opposition to Nomination of Gina Haspel to Lead the CIA

PRESS BRIEFING: Wednesday, May 9th at 2 p.m. ET, Senate Swamp

Senator Tina Smith, Rep. Barbara Lee, The Center for Victims of Torture on Opposing Nomination of Gina Haspel to Lead the CIA

Washington, DC– Immediately following the Senate confirmation hearing of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, The Center for Victims of Torture in conjunction with Senator Tina Smith (MN) and Rep. Barbara Lee (CA), will host a press briefing to address why Gina Haspel’s record on torture and the destruction of videotapes documenting the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program” disqualifies her from running the CIA. Also joining at the briefing will be members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, faith leaders, torture survivors and advocates. 

WHAT: Press briefing to address why nominee Gina Haspel’s record on torture disqualifies her from leading the CIA. The briefing will be held immediately following the nomination hearing.

WHO: Senator Tina Smith, Representative Barbara Lee, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, faith leaders, torture survivors

Additional speakers include:

Rep. Hank Johnson, 4th Congressional District of Georgia; Chris Anders, Deputy Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office; Léonce Byimana, Torture survivor and Executive Director, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition; Yasmine Taeb, Senior Policy Counsel, The Center for Victims of Torture; Rev. Ron Steif, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations; Aliya Hana Hussain, Advocacy Program Manager, Center for Constitutional Rights; Elizabeth Beavers, Associate Policy Director, Indivisible; Jim Cason, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation; Laura Peralta-Schulte, Senior Government Relations Advocate, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; Stephen Miles, Director, Win Without War; Alli McCracken, North America Campaigner, Amnesty International; and Jason Miller, Director of Campaign and Development, Franciscan Action Network.    

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Senate Swamp

Co-sponsoring organizations: Friends Committee on National Legislation, Win Without War, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Indivisible, Franciscan Action Network, MoveOn, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, CODEPINK, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Defending Rights & Dissent, RootsAction.org, Center for Constitutional Rights, Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic), Council on American-Islamic Relations, Poligon Education Fund, Amnesty International USA, Common Defense, Nonviolence International, Justice for Muslims Collective, Witness Against Torture 

 

CAIR-Georgia Calls for Tougher Charges, No Bond, for Man Who Attacked Muslim DoorDash Driver

screenshot www.fox5atlanta.com 2018.05.09 10 50 26(ATLANTA, GA, 5/9/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called for prosecutors to seek the cancellation of bond and tougher criminal charges against a man who was arrested on Monday and charged with battery after he allegedly attacked Sonia King, a Muslim woman who delivered food to his home for DoorDash.

CAIR-Georgia has agreed to represent King, who used her keyring to fight off Rick Painter as he reportedly strangled her with her own religious head scarf. Painter, who has a criminal record and was described by one of his neighbors as a "racist," declared himself to be "Jesus" during the attack.

SEE: Food Delivery Woman Speaks Out After Being Attacked By Man Claiming To Be Jesus

"We call on law enforcement authorities to pursue tougher charges against Ronald Painter, who did not simply commit battery. He's a six-foot-tall man who allegedly tried to strangle a five-foot-tall woman to death with her own religious attire," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "If Ms. King hadn't fought back, she might not be alive today."

CAIR-Georgia also called on prosecutors to seek the cancellation of Painter's bond, and to investigate the attack as a potential hate crime. Painter has been assigned a $5,000 bond, which means he could likely go free after paying only ten percent, $500.

"Mr. Painter poses a clear and present danger to the public," Mitchell said. "The courts must not allow him to go free and terrorize other innocent people while he awaits trial. He should stay in jail until the end of his case."

Law enforcement should also determine whether Painter's violence was in any way triggered by anti-Muslim bias, given the victim's religious identity, Painter's reputation in the neighborhood as a "racist," and his use of religious language during the attack, Mitchell said.

"If a person of color declared himself to be a Muslim religious figure and then tried to strangle a nun with her own hair scarf, no one would automatically dismiss that man as mentally ill, or give him the chance to go free pending trial," Mitchell said.

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Community members are being urged 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 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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director, 404-285-9530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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