(ATLANTA, GA, 6/8/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced plans to hold a "No to Extremism and Bigotry. Yes to Service and Unity” interfaith rally and food drive beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 outside Al-Farooq Masjid in Atlanta.
During the interfaith event, Georgia Muslims and a diverse line-up of faith-based and secular speakers plan to honor the memory of those killed in recent hate crimes here at home, as well as in terrorist attacks overseas, while assembling nonperishable food for donation to the Atlanta Food Bank.
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 6/7/17) - - The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the introduction of House Resolution 43 (HR 43) by Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Kansen Chu (D-Fremont) and Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), which recognizes the month of August 2017 as Muslim American Appreciation and Awareness Month.
In a statement, CAIR-CA said:
“California state leadership has a long record of supporting and protecting the rights of California’s Muslim community. In light of the prejudicial policies being implemented by the Trump administration, we welcome House Resolution 43 and its recognition of the contributions made by the Muslim community. We hope this resolution will increase awareness of the positive impact California Muslims make every day in our state. We thank Assemblymembers Bill Quirk, Kansen Chu, and Ash Kalra for their leadership and for promoting tolerance, respect and diversity in California.”
The Assemblymembers released the following statements:
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 6/8/2017) - On Friday June 9, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) will hold its third annual Ramadan Iftar with Elected Officials at Noah's Event Center in Oklahoma City.
This year's Iftar will feature keynote speaker Paula Lewis, the newly elected Oklahoma City Public School Board Chair. The evening's featured speakers will also include Representative Forrest Bennett, Representative George E. Young Sr., and Representative Monroe Nichols.
"The Annual Ramadan Iftar with Our Elected Officials is a time for us share our blessed month of Ramadan with our community and engage with our elected leaders," said Executive Director Adam Soltani. "In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to remain civically engaged as a way of combating hateful rhetoric."
(NEW YORK, NY 6/7/17) – On Saturday, June 10, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) will partner with leading civil rights groups and grassroots activists to rally in support of the Muslim community, showcasing a pluralistic alternative to alt-right activists who are holding a "March Against Sharia" in Foley Square. Rather than responding to Act For America’s hateful rhetoric, organizers hope to put forth a separate and wholly positive and pluralistic message.
“Our strength as a city and as a nation lies in our ability to love our neighbors and respect our diversity,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director, Afaf Nasher. "The bigoted fear-mongering some choose to espouse will only make our unity stronger."