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CAIR Releases 2017 Maryland Highlights Year in Review

(Baltimore, Md., 12/28/17) - The Maryland department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced the release of its annual Maryland highlights publication summarizing some of its key milestones and accomplishments in 2017.

SEE: 2017 Maryland Outreach Highlights Year in Review

“As we prepare to close the chapter on 2017, our message to Maryland Muslim families - and to families of other minority groups targeted in the current political environment is very simple: ‘You are not alone. We have your back,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “With the help of our partners in the civil rights community, we will continue to stand against any intolerance and hatred, and hold our elected officials accountable for their divisive rhetoric.”

“This past year reaffirmed that all forms of bigotry and intolerance are interconnected,” said CAIR’s Maryland Representative Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, anti-Black racism, and homophobia are flip sides of the same tarnished coin cashed in by those who profit off of hate. It is more important than ever that we commit to standing up for one another. It has been an honor working alongside our communities, allies, and principled elected leaders as we navigated challenges and celebrated victories.”

Throughout the year, the Muslim civil rights organization has been a national leader in challenging injustices, promoting tolerance, and empowering diverse communities. 

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.

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

 

CAIR Welcomes Another Court Ruling Against Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight applauded the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision against the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban 3.0.” 

In ruling against the federal government, the court made it clear that the administration’s attempt to inject national origin discrimination into the US immigration system likely violates federal law. 

SEE: 9th Circuit Says Trump's Third Travel Ban Is Illegal

Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the administration to implement Muslim Ban 3.0 while the various legal challenges against it unfold, the Ninth Circuit’s decision will not have any immediate effect on the ability of foreign nationals from the banned countries to obtain a US visa. 

The Ninth Circuit expressed alarm at Muslim Ban 3.0, explaining that it “sweeps broader than any past entry suspension and indefinitely nullifies existing immigration law as to multiple countries.”  The Court also recognized the human cost of Muslim Ban 3.0, noting that the “rights, duties and relations of countless American citizens and lawful permanent residents whose ability to be reunified with, and receive visits from, their family members” would be inhibited.

“Discrimination has no place in our immigration system, and the Ninth Circuit’s decision today reminds us of this,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “This decision is just the latest example of a federal court taking bold action against the Trump administration’s bigotry and lawlessness.”

In August, CAIR filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Hawaii’s challenge to Muslim Ban 2.0. 

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In September, CAIR —with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein—filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

CAIR filed one of the first challenges to the Muslim Ban, Sarsour v. Trump, on January 30th—just days after the Trump Administration issued its first executive order. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

CAIR also filed suit in October in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to challenge Muslim Ban 3.0

For a copy of the lawsuit, click here: http://www.cair.com/images/Zakzok_v._Trump_5b10.6.20175d.pdf

That case, Zakzok v. Trump, which has been consolidated with two other challenges and is currently pending before the Fourth Circuit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Breaking: CAIR Calls for Resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands After He is Caught in Lie About Muslim ‘No-Go Zone’ Claim

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for the resignation of Pete Hoekstra, the United States ambassador to the Netherlands, who told a reporter it was “fake news” that he said there are Muslim “no-go zones” in that country and then lied about making the fake news charge when presented with video evidence of his anti-Muslim comments.

Hoekstra, was appointed to his new position on December 11.

A video clip posted on Twitter shows Hoekstra saying: “The Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt. . .and yes there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.”

When the reporter challenged him about calling this “fake news,” Hoekstra denied he had used the phrase, despite being recorded saying it a few seconds before.

VIDEO: Watch Trump’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Get Caught in a Lie About Anti-Muslim Comments

Former Michigan Rep Pete Hoekstra Calls Report ‘Fake News;’ Proven Wrong, Then Denies He Called It Fake [VIDEO]

“Someone whose word cannot be trusted, and who lies so shamelessly, can only harm our nation’s image and interests abroad,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Ambassador Hoekstra should resign and be replaced by someone who will better represent American values in a foreign setting.”

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 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-Florida Seeks Criminal Charges for Assault on Muslim Teen in Boca Raton

screenshot www.facebook.com 2017 12 22 13 57 39 427(MIAMI, FL, 12/22/17) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies and the State Attorney's office to bring criminal charges against those responsible for yesterday's brutal group beating of a Boca Raton female Muslim teenager.

This comes after a Facebook video was posted by the parent of the battered teenager showing an alleged gang-style beating by three females.

SEE: Video of Assault on Muslim Teen in Florida

"CAIR-Florida receives numerous complaints of school bullying incidents and serious assaults against Muslim youth at a constantly increasing rate. We have reached out to the victim's family and will ensure that this serious issue is addressed swiftly and appropriately by local officials," said CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Counsel Omar Saleh.

CAIR’s California chapter (CAIR-CA) recently published a report documenting faith-based bullying and discrimination of Muslim students in California Schools. CAIR-CA’s report reveals that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

To obtain the full report, go to:  http://bit.ly/CAIRCA2017BullyingReport

CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749

 

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