SEE: We Are Sikhs
At a time when many minorities face misunderstanding and bias, the “We are Sikhs” initiative was launched to “educate our fellow citizens about the peaceful, progressive, and tolerant community of over half a million Sikhs who live in the United States.”
The campaign includes educational videos such as “Who We Are” and “Neighbors.”
Commenting on the initiative to the Associated Press recently, CAIR’s Corey Saylor “praised the new effort, noting that Sikh leaders have ‘not allowed bias to divide religious minorities.’” AP further quoted Saylor as saying, “Years ago, they could have said, 'Hey, we're not Muslims.' But they've always taken what to me was a very honorable stand that nobody should be targeted, period.”
(ANAHEIM, CA, 04/26/17) – This past Monday, April 24, the California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hosted the 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) in Sacramento. Almost 800 participants, of which more than 700 were Muslims from across the state of California, held over 100 advocacy meetings with state officials at the State Capitol.
The participants advocated on four issues in an effort to promote just, equitable and progressive policies within the State. These included protecting immigrants and religious freedoms, setting hate crime standards, and developing measures to prevent school bullying.
1) CALIFORNIA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT (SB 31) – CAIR-CA Co-Sponsoring
This bill would prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual except under certain circumstances.
(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/26/17) – On Monday, May 1, through Tuesday, May 2, more than 350 Muslims from 26 states will take part in the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
WHAT: National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
WHEN: Monday, May 1 – Tuesday May 2
Hosted by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, the two-day event is designed to connect national, regional and state Muslim organizations and community members with their elected representatives in Congress.
USCMO’S advocacy day will focus on promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice issues that will be of benefit to all Americans, regardless of faith or background.
Some of these issues include:
• A round-up endorsement of all legislation pushing back against federal policies and programs wrongfully targeting Muslims.
• Supporting DREAMers and raising concerns about the Secure Communities program’s impact on civil liberties and immigrant communities
• Endorsing the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act
Last year’s event was attended by 330 delegates from 28 states who met with some 225 congressional offices – one third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
SEE: Hundreds of Muslim Delegates Lobby Congress on ‘Record-Breaking’ National Advocacy Day
USCMO is a coalition of a number of leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.
The founding members of USCMO are American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported preliminary data revealing that cases of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of CAIR case intakes in the first three months of 2017. This represents a 1,035 percent increase in CBP bias cases reported so far this year over the same period in 2016.
[NOTE: Any case listed in this preliminary report as containing an element of religious discrimination has undergone a vetting process by CAIR intake staff that seeks to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy. Cases are updated as additional facts become available.]
CAIR also found that: