(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 11/18/16) – The Cleveland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) called on the FBI to investigate the recent property damage and threatening message left at the home of an Oberlin College professor in the City of Oberlin. According to an Oberlin Police Department incident report a threatening note against Jews was left on the victim’s door which said “Gas Jew Die” and property had allegedly been damaged and stolen.
In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Chapter Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations stands strongly against ethnic and religious intimidation and all forms of hate. CAIR stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and all marginalized groups who are facing a surge in hate crimes and targeting.
“There have been hundreds of incidents of harassment, hate attacks and vandalism across the country since the election, and this must stop. As Americans, we cannot tolerate hate and vicious attacks on our Jewish neighbors, who like the Muslim community, are a tiny religious minority in this country. Everyone deserves to live in peace, free from violence and religious and ethnic intimidation.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
(HARTFORD, CT, 11/20/2016) – On Monday, November 21, the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) will join Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) at the State Capitol press conference during which he will announce ways to strengthen federal hate crime laws.
Sen. Blumenthal is responding to growing concerns among civil rights organizations, including CAIR-CT, that are questioning President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination and appointment of known Islamophobes, racists and anti-immigrant figures to key positions in the new administration.
WHEN: Monday Nov 21, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave Hartford CT, 06106, LOB Room 1B
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called remarks by incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus about “problematic” aspects of Islam and his refusal to rule out a “registry” for Muslims as more examples of the Islamophobia exhibited by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
When asked on ABC about Trump’s appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the general’s claim that “Islam is not a real religion, but a political ideology masked behind a religion,” Priebus said Flynn’s views are in line with those of the president-elect and added: “I mean, look, phrasing can always be done differently but clearly there are some aspects of that faith that are problematic.”
Video: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Says Aspects of Islam 'Problematic'
CAIR had called on President-elect Trump not to appoint retired Flynn as his national security adviser because of his history of anti-Muslim comments and associations. Flynn was later appointed to that position, despite calling Islam a “cancer,” claiming fear of Muslims is “rational” and being a current member of the board of advisers for the nation’s most virulent anti-Muslim hate group, ACT for America.
Since the November 8 election, CAIR has seen a tremendous increase in support in terms of volunteers, donations and expressions of solidarity. More than 1,000 people have volunteered to help CAIR defend the civil rights of all Americans under a Trump administration.
Thousands of people of all faiths have donated to CAIR, including Lucy “Xena: Warrior Princess” Lawless, who tweeted her support, writing: “We're helping by donating to @NAACP @HRC @PPact @CAIRNational and fearless news organizations.”
Major law firms have offered to work pro bono for CAIR and to defend the civil rights of the Muslim community. One top lawyer wrote to CAIR: “As an American Jew, I cannot stand by silently in the face of the rising hatred and violence being experienced by the American Islamic community.”
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