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CAIR: FBI Abuses Top Anti-Muslim Incidents in First Quarter of 2018

screenshot www.islamophobia.org 2018.05.21 13 25 27(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/21/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the first quarter (January-March) of 2018.

CAIR’s quarterly report indicates that FBI-related cases were the most frequent type of anti-Muslim incident in the first quarter of 2018. Such incidents constituted 31 percent of all bias reports from January to March.

READ the Full CAIR Quarterly Report on American Muslim Civil Rights

“Our civil rights office frequently receives complaints about FBI abuses. This includes invasive questioning -- too often about a person's religious beliefs and practices -- at mosques and in Muslim communities, attempts to recruit Muslims as informants, the illegal use of the government's terrorist watchlist, and investigations and border searches that appear to be based on ethnicity, nationality, religious identity, and travelling abroad to visit family,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas.

“These numbers continue the disturbing trend witnessed last year of government agencies being responsible for at least a third of all anti-Muslim incidents nationwide,” said Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Research and Advocacy Department.

[NOTE: Bias incidents are defined as cases in which there was an identifiable element of religious discrimination. Hate crimes are criminal offenses against persons or property, or incidents that can be charged as such under relevant state or federal statute.]

The 2018 first quarter report records hate crimes, involving physical violence or property damage, as the second most frequent type of abuse.

Employment cases are the third most frequent type of anti-Muslim bias incident.

The most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2018 remains the victim's ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 33 percent of the total. Twenty-three percent of incidents occurred because of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf was a trigger in 16 percent of incidents.

The report dataset is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.

Last year, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents and is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

New CAIR Report: Trump's Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

Community members are being urged 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 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 understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: 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 Research and Advocacy Department Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, 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-Houston Encourages Community to Attend Funeral Services Today for Pakistani Exchange Student Slain in School Shooting

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 5/20/18) -- The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) is urging community members to attend funeral services today for Sabika Sheikh, an exchange student from Pakistan who was slain in the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday morning.

Funeral prayers for Sheikh will be held today at 2 p.m. today at the ISGH Brand Lane Islamic Center, 610 Brand Ln, Stafford TX, 77477. CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEE: Funeral prayers for Sabika to be held in US today

There will also be a candlelight vigil for Sheikh and the other victims in Sugar Land Town Square in the evening. (15958 City Walk, Sugar Land TX, 77479, 9 p.m.)

CAIR-Houston is encouraging community members to donate blood to the victims through the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

CAIR-Houston will also participate in Wear Orange: Family Day in the Park, in partnership with Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, on June 2 in Finnigan Park at 9 a.m. At that event, bystander training information and signup for community workshops will be provided by CAIR-Houston Attorney Arsalan Safiullah.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

 

CAIR-Houston Offers Condolences to Santa Fe Shooting Victims and Their Families, Encourages Blood Donation

screenshot outlook.office.com 2018.05.19 12 03 53The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) encourages community members to donate blood for the surviving victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting that occurred this morning.

Gun shots were fired early morning at a high school in Santa Fe Texas, not long after 1st period classes started.

At least 10 students were killed before a suspect could be arrested. Currently two students have been detained as suspects who are also believed to have been students at the school.

Many were injured in the active shooting. CAIR-Houston encourages community members to donate blood to the victims. Find A Blood Center Near You.

CAIR-Houston sends condolences to all the families and victims of this tragic event, including the family of Sabika Sheikh who was in America through the YES Exchange Program. She was planning to return to Pakistan on Eid.

CAIR-Houston will also be participating in Wear Orange: Family Day in the Park in partnership with Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America on June 2 in Finnigan Park at 9a.m. where Bystander Training information and signup for community workshops will be provided by CAIR-Houston Attorney Arsalan Safiullah.

CAIR Welcomes Decision by Texas Agency to Drop Anti-Muslim Police Trainer

(HOUSTON, TX  5/18/18) - The Houston Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-TX, Houston) today welcomed the decision by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to stop approving educational credit for officers taking anti-Muslim “training” with conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.  

SEE: In reversal, Texas agency says ex-FBI agent who called Islam "barbaric and evil" can't train law enforcement

Earlier this month CAIR requested the Texas agency to drop Guandolo.

SEE: A Former FBI Agent Was Caught On Undercover Video Teaching False Muslim Conspiracy Theories To Police Officers

Previous reports indicated that Guandolo was working with an anti-Muslim hate group and the Concho Valley Council of Governments to organize the May 4 training, which was open to the public, law enforcement and members of the clergy.

CAIR says Guandolo is an infamous Islamophobe who claims a former CIA director was a "secret Muslim" and that Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America.

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