#‎CAIR: ‪#‎GOP ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Package Would Result in DHS Investigating Beliefs of Ordinary Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/16) - The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said raised constitutional concerns regarding the House Republican “anti-terrorism” package assembled by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and said it would result in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigating the religious and political beliefs of ordinary Muslims.

This week, House Republicans plan to vote on a bill (Homeland Safety and Security Act [H.R. 5611]) that would inevitably result in the religious profiling of ordinary American Muslims by creating an office in DHS to “counter radical Islamist terrorism in the United States” by “identifying populations targeted by radical Islamist terrorism propaganda” and managing “outreach and engagement activities. . .directed toward communities at risk for radicalization and recruitment for radical Islamist terrorism activities.”

SEE: Homeland Safety and Security Act (H.R. 5611)

SEE: On Tap in the House: Guns, Terrorism and Trump 

In a statement by CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw on the “Homeland Safety and Security Act:”

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CAIR-GA, Atlanta Muslims to Host Blood Donation Drive in Solidarity with All Victims of Violence

CAIR logo(ATLANTA, GA, 7/8/16) - On Thursday, July 14, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) and several Atlanta-area Muslim organizations will host a Red Cross blood donation drive in solidarity with all victims of violence in American and around the world. The blood drive is open to the public.

"Atlanta hospitals face an urgent and significant shortage of blood supplies," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We encourage Atlanta residents to donate blood in solidarity with all victims of violence around the world, from Baton Rouge and Dallas to Orlando and Aleppo."

The public blood drive, which had been planned since the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Dar-un-Noor Academy (434 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318), a private school located behind Al-Farooq Masjid on 14th Street in Atlanta.

Blood donors should register online beforehand at redcrossblood.org using the code: dar-un-noor. Participants can also check their eligibility to donate blood by calling the Red Cross hotline at 1-866-236-3276.

Sponsoring organizations include American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP-Atlanta), CAIR-GA, the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, The Baig Firm and the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, which plans to host a voter registration table during the blood drive.

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CAIR Calls for Congressional Hearings on Police Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/7/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hearings by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to address public outrage over two police shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota in just the past two days and to propose legislation to help prevent such deadly incidents from occurring in the future.  

On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile while he was in a car with his girlfriend and her child. The aftermath of the shooting was livestreamed on Facebook.

On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers outside a Baton Rouge, La. Video of the shooting was posted online by a community activist. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will take the lead in the investigation of that shooting.

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CAIR Decries Islamophobia Targeting Maryland Muslims Shopping for Homes

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried reports of Islamophobia targeting Maryland Muslims shopping for a home in Frederick, Md.

See: A Home That Looks Perfect, Until Bigotry Rears Its Ugly Head (Washington Post)

According to the Washington Post, realtors were showing a Muslim couple — a U.S. military veteran and his wife — a home at a community in Frederick, Md., when a local resident who saw the wife’s Islamic head scarf reportedly said loudly: “We don’t want Muslims in our clubhouse. Take off that robe over your head!”

That was not the first time the realtors witnessed anti-Muslim bigotry against prospective Muslim homeowners while showing them properties. The Muslim couple is still shopping for a home.

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