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CAIR-GA: Georgians Plan to Host Interfaith Rally and March on Saturday, Dec. 9th: ‘STOP TRUMP, PROTECT JERUSALEM, SUPPORT PEACE’

(ATLANTA, GA, 12/8/2017) -- On Saturday, December 9, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) and the Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-Atlanta) plan to co-host "Stop Trump, Protect Jerusalem, Support Peace," an interfaith rally and march in Atlanta against President Trump's unilateral declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

WHAT: "Stop Trump, Protect Jerusalem, Support Peace"

WHERE: Centennial Olympic Park (Meet at Marietta Street Corner)

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9th, 12 pm to 2 pm

NOTE: Follow the event Facebook page for updates, including any changes due to inclement weather.

In addition to JVP-Atlanta and CAIR Georgia, sponsors of the rally include, Project South, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ Atlanta), Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine/Israel, the Kairos Mission of Oakhurst Baptist Church, and the U.S. Human Rights Network.

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Ilise Cohen of Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia, and Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, a Palestinian Christian and the first Arab-American elected to the lead the Presbyterian Church USA, among others.

On Wednesday, President Trump announced that the U.S. officially recognizes occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital and will move the U.S. embassy to the city. This move grants legitimacy to Israel's illegal military occupation, and ignores Jerusalem's 330,000 Palestinian residents, who make up 40% of the city's population. 

"Jerusalem has long been an international city, holy to many religions, and sacred to many people around the world, including many members of Georgia's Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities," event organizers said in a statement. "We encourage Georgians of all backgrounds to march with us on Saturday. Stand up for peace and freedom. Stand against occupation and oppression."

"President Trump's declaration fatally undermines what was left of the Mideast peace process, and disregards international law,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. “Like our Jewish and Christian neighbors, American Muslims consider Jerusalem to be a holy city where prophets once walked, and ancient holy sites still stand. Jerusalem belongs to everyone, and President Trump cannot change that with his illegal declaration."

"Since Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has redrawn borders, built walls, and revoked the residency rights of thousands of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, intentionally creating a Jewish majority and ethnically cleansing the Palestinian population," said Dr. Ilise Cohen of JVP-Atlanta

Cohen added, "Israel has never provided equal services to Palestinians, though they pay taxes and have no municipal representation. Unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital not only ignores the rights and aspirations of Palestinians, but it also disregards international law while legitimizing permanent Israeli occupation. This summer, Palestinian residents of Jerusalem mounted a successful and strong resistance to Israel's attempt to impede the right of Muslims to worship at Al-Aqsa. We stand with Palestinians and reject Trumps cowardly attempt to solidify apartheid practices and policies."

"This move is but another example of Trump emboldening Israel’s extreme right-wing government and settler movement, and drives home the shared values of Trump and Netanyahu’s right-wing governments, both of which incite and exploit racism, xenophobia, and fear for political gain," said the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

CONTACTS: 

Dr. Ilise Cohen, Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta, 415-810-1433, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edward Mitchell, CAIR Georgia, 404-285-9530, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine/Israel, 404-441-2702, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR to Join Other Rights Groups at Kansas City Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Policy Change

(KANSAS CITY, MO, 12/8/2017) -- On Saturday December 9, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will join the Muslim American Society-Kansas City (MAS-KC) and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East (CJME) for a rally at the J.C. Nichols Fountain, Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City, Mo., to protest President Trump’s change of a decades-long policy on the status of Jerusalem.

WHAT:  Rally to Protest Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Change Announcement

WHEN:  Saturday, December 9, 2-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: J.C. Nichols Fountain, Country Club Plaza, KC-MO

CONTACT:  MAS-KC Representative Fadi Benyalmarjeh, 816-213-3022, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR-Kansas Board Member Habib Mir, 913-221-1124,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR is calling on Americans of all backgrounds to contact their elected representatives to oppose Trump’s reckless change of policy on Jerusalem.

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“This impulsive, unjustified and drastic change overturning a long-standing policy of the United States will harm our Muslim allies and our nation’s strategic foreign policy interests, and will empower political and religious extremists of all stripes at home and abroad,” said Habib Mir, Board Member of CAIR-Kansas, “It should be rejected and opposed by all Americans in favor of a fair and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." he continued.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Member Habib Mir, 913-221-1124, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  MAS-KC Representative Fadi Benyalmarjeh, 816-213-3022, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and CJME Representative Jim Fleming 816-213-1885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-NY to Join Other Rights Groups at Rally Against Muslim Ban Tonight in Washington Square

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/7/15) -- Tonight, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join other civil rights organizations at a rally and press conference in Washington Square Park against the Muslim Ban, the Tax Scam, and to demand a DREAM Act Now. #NoMuslimBanEver, #NoTaxScam, and #DREAMActNOW!

On Monday, the Supreme Court reinstated Muslim Ban 3.0; last Friday, the U.S. Senate moved forward with a Tax Scam that will devastate New York families; and since October, thousands of DACA recipients have been put at risk for deportation.  Earlier this week, CAIR-NY expressed deep concern over the court’s decision to allow President Trump’s latest Muslim Ban policy to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality.

SEE: CAIR-NY Says U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Relatives Abroad

WHAT: Rally and March against the Muslim Ban, the Tax Scam, and to Demand a DREAM Act Now!

WHEN:  Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Washington Square Park

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917 669-4006; CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

Speakers at the rally include representatives from several rally organizers:

  • Mpower Change
  • Strong Economy for All Coalition
  • The New York Immigration Coalition
  • Arab American Association of NY
  • Asian American Federation
  • Bangla Brigade NYC
  • CAIR- NY
  • Iranian Alliances Across Borders
  • MoveOn.Org
  • National Action Network
  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
  • New York State Immigrant Action Fund
  • Planned Parenthood NYC
  • UNITEHERE Local 100
  • The Workmen’s Circle
  • 32BJ SEIU Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

CAIR-NY also encourages anyone who thinks they may be impacted by the latest Muslim Ban to contact the civil rights organization or an immigration attorney.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917 669-4006; CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

 

CAIR to Join Other Rights Groups, Members of Congress at Rally Against Muslim Ban Tonight in Front of U.S. Supreme Court

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/7/15) -- Tonight, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join other civil rights organizations and members of Congress at a rally and press conference against President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. #NoMuslimBanEver

Facebook Page: NoMuslimBanEver

Earlier this week, CAIR expressed deep concern over the court’s decision to allow President Trump’s latest Muslim Ban policy to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality.

SEE: CAIR Says U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Relatives Abroad

WHAT: Rally and Press Conference Against President Trump’s Muslim Ban

WHEN:  Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In Front of the United States Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002

CONTACT: CAIR National Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi, 202.646.6033, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speakers at the rally include members of Congress and representatives from several rally organizers:

 

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-D)
  • Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-D)
  • Justice for Muslims Collective
  • CWS Immigration and Refugee Program
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

 

Rally organizers include: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); CWS; Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB); Justice for Muslims Collective; MoveOn.org; South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT): Win Without War.

CAIR is warning citizens of the targeted countries who are present in the United States as lawful permanent residents, students, workers, or tourists to consult with an immigration attorney before traveling overseas. 

CAIR also encourages anyone who thinks they may be impacted by the latest Muslim Ban to contact the civil rights organization or an immigration attorney. 

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report     

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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