Groups Call on Atlanta Mayor to Stop Sending APD Officers to Middle East for Training
(ATLANTA, GA - 7/27/17) Members of Georgia's Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities plan to unite on Friday, July 28th, at 5 p.m. for an interfaith prayer and rally outside Atlanta's Israeli consulate.
During the event, a diverse line up of faith leaders and activists plan to call upon the City of Atlanta to stop sending Atlanta Police Department officers to the Middle East for training in police tactics. Speakers also plan to offer multi-faith prayers for peace, and to deliver a letter to the Israeli consulate.
Over the past two weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government prevented worshipers from freely attending prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, installing metal detectors and other security measures at the house of worship considered sacred by Muslims. Israeli soldiers subsequently dispersed Palestinian protesters by shooting live ammunition, unleashing attack dogs, and firing tear gas, killing several Palestinian youth.
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 7/27/2017) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a series of hate crimes against an African-American family in the Flint area.
An African American family in the Flint suburb of Burton recently had their home firebombed in the latest of three attacks on their home. Prior to this most recent attack, the family had “KKK” spray-painted on their home. Burton Police are currently investigating the latest incident.
“We call on federal law enforcement authorities to join local police in thoroughly investigating these apparent crimes of hate taking place in Burton,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
Walid notes that KKK and other hate groups have a prolific history in Michigan and appear to have made a resurgence throughout the entire country since President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination last year.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/26/2017) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today invited the individual who made death threats targeting three Somali-American women in North Dakota to meet with members of that state’s Muslim community to learn about Islam and about “American values of religious tolerance and inclusion.”
That woman is shown on video threatening the Muslim women at a Fargo, N.D., Walmart parking lot on July 25, telling them to "go home" and threatening to kill them.
In the video, the woman shouts, "We're gonna kill all of ya. We're gonna kill every one of ya," as she leans into the passenger window of the women’s vehicle. The woman later identified herself online and apologized to the Muslim women. Her employer now says she will be fired.
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/26/17) - The Alabama chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today invited U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore to visit a mosque and learn firsthand about Islam from fellow Alabamians after he recently described Islam as a "false religion" at a meeting of the North Jefferson County Republican Club.
"Statements that espouse Islamophobia and cast out fellow Alabamians, implying that they do not have the same rights under the law, are un-American," said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed in a statement. "We invite Judge Roy Moore to visit a mosque, meet with Alabamian Muslims and learn about their faith and about the Muslim constituents he intends to serve as a senator. As a candidate for the Senate, this is perhaps the best time for him to do so."