CAIR-Cleveland to Hold 15th Annual Civil Rights Banquet Featuring Constitutional Scholar

chapter logos ohio(CLEVELAND, OH, 3/16/17) - On Saturday April 1, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO) will hold its 15th Annual Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme "Uniting America: Building Bridges, Not Walls!" at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence.

Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; Imam Johari Abdul Malik of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia, and keynote speaker Dr. Daniel P. Tokaji, a constitutional scholar from The Ohio State University.

At the event, CAIR will present the I-CAIR Solidarity Award to April Stoltz, long-time Lakewood community activist, for her pioneering work on the “Teatime for Peace” program, which helps breakdown stereotypes and builds friends and allies across traditional divides. Originally conceived in 2015 in response to the hateful rhetoric against Muslims during the presidential campaign, the program encourages one-on-one conversations in a group “teatime” setting and can be used to build bonds of compassion and understanding with those communities who have often been treated as the “other” by the larger society.

WHAT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Chapter, 15th Annual Civil Rights Banquet

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5:00p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Reception 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio 44131

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CAIR Welcomes Hawaii Judge’s Order Blocking Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ Nationwide

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/15/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed an order issued by a federal judge in Hawaii blocking President Trump’s new “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order..

That presidential executive order, issued March 6, preserved major components of the original Muslim ban, including halting new visas and green cards for people from six majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – stopping all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and limiting total refugee admissions. The ban was set to go into effect just after midnight tonight.

Today’s federal court order stated in part: "The illogic of the Government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

It also stated: "Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the Court for purposes of the instant Motion for TRO, that the stated secular purpose of the Executive Order is, at the very least, ‘secondary to a religious objective’ of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims."

SEE: Federal Judge in Hawaii Puts Trump's New Travel Ban on Hold

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CAIR-Houston Seeks Meeting with School District Officials to Discuss Teacher’s Anti-Muslim Tweets

chapter logos texas(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 3/15/17) - The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the administration of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to meet with representatives of the Muslim community to discuss its social media policy after a teacher apparently sent out virulently anti-Muslim statements on Twitter. 

Tweets included:

* “I do not want people who are at war with me (dar so Harb) in my country”

* “Embrace Islam and you embrace death”

Some Tweets also included highly sensitive photos of mutilated children and the comment “Islam did this.”

“We find it repugnant that a public school teacher would use social media to promote hatred of the faith practiced by a significant number of the district’s student population,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “In order to ensure that that this type of incident does not happen again, we will seek to meet with HISD administration to review its social media policy and to consider sensitivity training for its staff.”

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CAIR Seeks Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Quran Vandalism at New Mexico Library

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/15/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the reported vandalism of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, at a New Mexico library.

CAIR also urged authorities to take into account an alleged pattern of behavior by a couple at the Santa Fe library. According to library officials, the couple came to the library every few days, moved books around, displayed right-wing books on tables, and at times would be loud and disruptive.

Surveillance cameras reportedly showed the male in the couple would frequently walk to locations in which damaged books were later found. The Qurans were soiled with a liquid, which library workers believed to be urine.

SEE: Police Investigating Claim Couple May have Urinated on Quran at Library

“Based on the behavior of the suspects in this case, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the destruction of library property,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Arizona chapter called for a similar investigation of the desecration of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, by an intruder at a Tucson mosque.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque

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