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CAIR-San Diego to Announce Filing of Complaints Against Belmont Park After Muslim Women in Hijab Denied Access to Ride

CAIR logo(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/11/16) – On Tuesday, April 12, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a press conference to announce the filing of public accommodation complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Belmont Park after Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves (hijab) were reportedly denied access to a ride.

[NOTE: CAIR is also seeking a response from the city of San Diego, which is believed to own the property and may receive compensation from ticket sales at Belmont Park.]

The complaints allege violations of California's Unruh Civil Rights Act based on Belmont Park's unwillingness to permit park attendees wearing Islamic head scarves to ride the “Beach Blaster.” CAIR-San Diego’s filing alleges that two Muslim women were refused access to the ride and that no signs are posted indicating Belmont Park's alleged safety concerns.

WHAT: CAIR-San Diego to Announce Filing of DFEH Complaints Against Belmont Park

WHO: CAIR-San Diego and individual clients denied access to the ride

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CAIR-MI Releases Report on Assistance Provided to Syrian Refugees

CAIR MI logo(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/8/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today released a report detailing assistance the Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has provided to Syrian refugees in three and a half year time period.

The “Syrian Asylum Project 2013 - 2016 Report” details information about Syrians with ties to Michigan who obtained Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and political asylum through legal representation by CAIR-MI. The clients were granted these protections due to their inability to safely return to Syria.

The report provides details about who Syrian refugees are, why these clients cannot return home safely, and where they are at now.

SEE: CAIR-MI Syrian Asylum Project 2013-2016 Report

CAIR-MI has a 100 percent success rate in obtaining TPS and asylum status for all clients it represented during the time period covered by this report.

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CAIR-MI to Host 16th Annual Banquet on Sunday Highlighting Rising Islamophobia

CAIR logo(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/7/16) - On Sunday, April 10, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) will host its 16th annual fundraising banquet, with the theme "Strengthening Our Voices; Advancing Together."

The program will discuss the rising climate of Islamophobia in America as well as highlight the ways in which CAIR-MI, along with its partners in racial justice, civil rights and interfaith communities, work in coalition to address this troubling issue.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Usama Canon, director of Ta'leef Collective.

CAIR-MI’s Community Service Award will be presented to Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) and the annual Rosa Parks Scholarships will be given to this year's recipients.

WHAT: CAIR-MI 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet

WHERE: Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI

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CAIR Action Alert: TODAY is Last Day to Register to Vote in Maryland Presidential Primary Election

CAIR logoThe Maryland presidential primary election will be held on April 26, 2016, with all polling places open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is critical for our community to go out and vote. A big Muslim turnout in a low turnout primary will magnify our voice and our visibility. To be ready to vote, please make note of the following important dates and voter resources:

Important Deadlines:

Last Day to Register to Vote in Presidential Primary or Update Party Affiliation in Maryland: April 5, 2016

Early Voting: April 14 - April 21, 2016, 10am-8pm

2016 Primary Election: April 26, 2016, 7am-8pm

Register to Vote | Update Voter Information | Change Party Affiliation

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