(ATLANTA, GA - 6/10/2017) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that attendees at its interfaith rally and food drive, "No To Extremism & Bigotry. Yes To Service & Unity," donated over 500 pounds of nonperishable food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
"While armed anti-Islam bigots sought to divide our state with hate, Georgia's interfaith community united our state in service," said Ruwa Romman, communications director for CAIR Georgia. "Georgia Muslims thank our Christian, Jewish and secular neighbors for standing with us and donating over 500 pounds of food to those in need."
During the interfaith event, a diverse line-up of faith-based and secular speakers expressed solidarity with the Georgia Muslim community and debunked anti-Muslim rhetoric and conspiracy theories spread by ACT for America at its "Marches Against Sharia," including one in Piedmont Park.
"ACT for America has no idea what Islam teaches, much less what Sharia actually means," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Like canon law in Catholicism and halakha in Judaism, sharia simply refers to the rules that Muslims follow, from praying five times a day to tithing annually to fasting during Ramadan."
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/9/2017) - - On Saturday, June 10th, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold several anti-hate events to challenge the hate promoted by ACT for America's anti-Sharia protest.
WHAT: Counter demonstration
WHEN: Saturday, June 10th, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155
WHAT: Dawaha event - open mosque open dialogue: protesters are welcome to come tour and have questions answered.
WHEN: Saturday, June 10th, immediately following the counter demonstration
WHERE: The mosque is located 5 blocks from the capitol, Minnesota Dawah Institute, 478 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
(KANSAS CITY, KS, 6/10/2017) -- On Saturday, June 10, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join other civil rights and interfaith organizations at a “Unity Rally and Iftar” in Kansas City to respond to the hate group ACT for America's planned anti-Muslim protests in Kansas City and across the country.
More than 300 Kansas City area residents are expected to attend the Unity Rally and Iftar. [NOTE: An “iftar” is a Ramadan fast-breaking meal.]
WHAT: Kansas City Area Civil Rights and Interfaith Groups Host Unity Rally and Iftar meal
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m.
WHERE: The grounds of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church, 9400 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, Kansas 66215
Muslim civil rights group urges American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions this weekend
(WASHINGTON, DC, 6/9/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urge Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to take part in local peaceful educational events and activities in response to anti-Islam rallies planned nationwide on Saturday, June 10.
[NOTE: A number of organizations will be using #CounterACTHate to support the peaceful challenge to Saturday’s hate rallies.]