(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/13/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election indicating a likely high turnout of Muslims at the polls on November 8 – more than 70 percent of whom say they will vote for Hillary Clinton - and concern about issues such as civil rights, education, the economy, bullying, a proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and national security.
Highlights of CAIR’s survey results, announced at a news conference this morning at the civil right organization’s Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., include:
Seattle-area woman allegedly threatened by man with a gun, saying ‘I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun’
(SEATTLE, WA 10/12/2016) - Later today, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), along with members of the local interfaith community, will hold an impromptu press conference at the Regional Justice Center in Kent, Wash., to react to the jury’s decision in the case of the apparently bias-motivated threat to a Seattle-area Muslim woman by the suspect, Lawrence Francis Condon. The alleged victim will take part in the news conference.
WHAT: CAIR-WA, Alleged Victim and Interfaith Community Members to React to Jury Decision in Hate Crime Case
WHERE: Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401, 4th Avenue North, Kent, WA (The case is currently being heard in Court room 4H by Judge Samuel Chung.)
DATE: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
TIME: After jury announces its decision, possibly at around 1 p.m.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/12/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Vermont’s political and religious leaders to repudiate racist and anti-Muslim messages left at a Democratic Party office in that state.
An envelope containing images supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and attacking Jews, Muslims and Mexicans was slid under the door of the Vermont Democratic Party campaign field office in Bennington, Vt.
“These hate messages are the inevitable result of the toxic rhetoric used in the presidential campaign and should be repudiated by all responsible political and religious leaders,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since Donald Trump began using Islamophobic rhetoric, including his call for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States, his rhetorical attack on a Muslim “Gold Star” family, his false claim that “Islam hates us,” his refusal to rule out special IDs for American Muslims, and his willingness to consider closing down American mosques.
(NEW YORK, NY 10/11/16) – Representatives of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joined Muslim leaders in testifying at a New York City Council hearing on Resolution 1230-2016, which would declare support for New York City’s Muslim Communities and denounce growing islamophobia.
The CAIR-NY representatives testified in favor of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations.
“It is imperative that we voice our resolve against the misguided and often illegal actions targeting Muslims,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We will not stay silent when our children, an entire generation of youth, are called terrorists in their class by peers and treated as such by those who are supposed to protect them.”
“The need for action could not be more clear. National statistics reveal a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination, harassment and violence that touches almost every member of the community,” said CAIR-Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn. “Resolution 1230 stands in the proud tradition of this council, which has long spoken out at moments when individuals are targeted on the basis of their faith.”
Today’s hearing was held in the aftermath of a series of crimes that have targeted New York City’s Muslim Community.
CAIR-NY recently welcome increased hate crime charges against a Brooklyn woman for allegedly attacking two Brooklyn Muslim mothers pushing babies in strollers. According to police, the assailant allegedly shouted “Get the f--- out of America, b-----s," as she punched one of the Muslim women in the face and kicked them both in their legs.