(ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/5/2017) – On Friday, April 7, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host “Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition,” the first St. Louis art exhibition featuring local Muslim artists and performers.
WHAT: Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: 3rd Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108
“Our goal is to let American Muslims tell their own stories and build their own identity through art,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Typically, Islam and Muslims are only discussed through the lens of politics or conflict. We want to flip the script and show Islam and Muslims through the diversity of art and performance.”
(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/5/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for issuing an executive order that affirms the county's commitment to immigrants, diversity, public safety, and ethical policing standards.
The order, which went into effect immediately, prohibits county police from unlawfully profiling county residents' immigration status, and the unlawful detention of any individual past their release date without a "judicial order of detainer."
At a Wednesday morning press conference and signing of the order, County Executive Kamenetz noted:
"[President Trump's] directives are causing fear and panic among otherwise law-abiding residents. I am particularly concerned about the impact on children, and the chilling effect that is impacting productive police-community relations. Children are afraid to go to school, women are afraid to report domestic abuse, and families are afraid to seek medical care in a hospital out of the fear of deportation. We won’t let that happen in Baltimore County. Today’s executive order will make that crystal clear."
He criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' pledge to withhold federal funds from state and local governments that don't comply with President Trump's executive orders, citing the Tenth Amendment which he said "prohibits the federal government from withholding funds to coerce counties to conform to federal policies unrelated to the appropriation."
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Trump to demand an end to the denial of religious freedom for Chinese Christians and Uighur Muslims during his meeting on Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"When President Trump meets with President Xi Jinping, he must publicly call for an end to the escalating oppression of Uighur Muslims, Christians and other people of faith," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Discussing trade and currency manipulation is not sufficient. International norms of religious freedom are just as important as economic issues."
Earlier this month, China announced a counterproductive policy that would ban Uighur Muslims from growing beards and wearing religious attire in a purported effort to "counter extremism." Last year, China banned civil servants, teachers and students from fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. China has also targeted Christians, forcibly installing security cameras inside Chinese churches over the past week.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/5/17) - The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today welcomed the San Diego Unified School District’s (SDUSD) new initiative to combat Islamophobia and the bullying of Muslim students.
Some 150 members of San Diego’s Muslim community were present yesterday as the SDUSD passed the initiative.
This plan, developed in collaboration with CAIR-San Diego and in alignment with the Safe Place to Learn Act (AB 2845), was brought forward for formal board adoption and passed. It will focus on the district's plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the SDUSD Board in July, 2016.
"We believe this is a great first step in the direction of protecting Muslim students from the bullying that is a direct result of the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation,” said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi. “Other school districts should follow this lead, and we will be happy to work with them to provide resources and trainings.”