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CAIR to Host Baltimore Town Hall Meeting on ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/10/2017) -- On Wednesday, October 18, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) will co-host a town hall meeting on the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban 3.0.”

CAIR’s #NoMuslimBanEver town hall meeting, organized in collaboration with BMore Indivisible, will offer community members the opportunity to meet with national elected officials, legal experts and individuals impacted by the ban.

“This event will bring together impacted individuals, issue experts and legislators to share experiences and to brainstorm our response to the latest Muslim ban,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

WHERE: Baltimore War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St, Baltimore MD 21201

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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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CAIR-Columbus to Hold Muslim Ban 3.0 ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop at OSU

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 10/10/17) -- On Saturday, October 21, the Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a “Know Your Rights” workshop at Ohio State University.

CAIR’s free workshop, to be conducted by CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal, will cover issues such as an individual’s rights when interacting with law enforcement or the FBI, religious rights in the workplace, the rights of Muslim students, and the rights of Muslim travelers -- with a special focus on the newest iteration of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 3.0.”

The event is co-sponsored by CAIR-Columbus, the Muslim Student Association and the Somali Student Association.

For more details and a downloadable flyer: https://www.cair-columbus.com/event/know-your-rights-workshop/

WHAT: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ohio State University, Hitchcock Hall, Room 131

CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Executive Director, Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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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CAIR Files Legal Challenge to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six individuals challenging the lawfulness of President Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a “Muslim ban.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. [NOTE: The plaintiffs are represented by lawyers with Profeta & Eisenstein, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and CAIR]. 

For a copy of the lawsuit, click here: http://www.cair.com/images/Zakzok_v._Trump_5b10.6.20175d.pdf

While this latest executive action now includes two countries -- Venezuela and North Korea -- that are not Muslim majority, nationals of those countries do not face categorical bans. North Koreans, who last year received only about 100 US visas last year, can still obtain diplomatic visas and only some Venezuelan government officials and their families are affected by the ban.

The plaintiffs include Eblal Zakzok, a U.S. permanent resident who fled Syria after being detained and tortured there. He is now trying to bring his daughter to the United States on an immigrant visa that the Proclamation will make impossible to get. 

Another plaintiff, Fahed Muqbil, has a wife of Yemeni origin who has also applied for an immigrant visa the proclamation will prevent her from getting. For Muqbil and his wife, who gave birth to a child last year with severe birth defects, her inability to get that visa precludes her from tending to the needs of their daughter as she undergoes intensive treatment and surgery in the United States.

“The United States is not made safer by preventing citizens from bringing their loved ones to this country,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

This Proclamation -- the latest iteration of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban -- is fooling no one. It is clear that this executive action is simply another attempt to stigmatize Muslims and disfavor Islam,” said CAIR National Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas.

The lawsuit is the latest CAIR legal filing challenging the Trump Administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. 

In September, CAIR—with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein—filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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-Columbus Executive Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232, 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 Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘F**k God & Allah’ Vandalism Targeting Virginia Mosque

screenshot www.farmvilleherald.com 2017 10 08 18 26 58 523(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a Virginia mosque as a hate crime.

Police say vandals spray-pained “F**k God & Allah” on the wall of the Prince Edward County Islamic Center in Farmville, Va., on September 28.

SEE: Interfaith Collective Gathered In Unity After Local Mosque Vandalized

Vandals Target Mosque

“The references to ‘God’ and ‘Allah’ indicate an apparent bias motive for this vandalism targeting a house of worship,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The apparent bias motive in this case should prompt a hate crime investigation by state and federal law enforcement authorities.”

On Friday, CAIR condemned hate vandalism targeting a Muslim political candidate’s campaign sign in North Carolina and called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate repeated “kill ‘em all” vandalism targeting a Muslim business in New Mexico.

SEE: CAIR Condemns ‘Sand N**ger,‘ ‘Trump’ Vandalism of N.C. Muslim City Council Candidate’s Sign

CAIR’s Oregon chapter recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a hate crime. Vandals spray-painted “ISIS” on the Abu-Bakar Islamic Center in Portland, Ore.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html     

It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

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 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 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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