(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined other Muslim organizations at a meeting with State Department officials to discuss the need to allow more Syrian refugees into the United States and to challenge aggressive Israeli actions targeting the Al Aqsa mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.
The meeting was coordinated by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
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.
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(BOSTON, MA, 10/6/15) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today welcomed a decision by a Boston-area high school to begin allowing students excused absences to observe weekly congregational prayer services, or “Jummah.”
That decision came after CAIR-MA contacted the school administration about complaints that students were not being allowed to attend required congregational prayers on Fridays. The new arrangement aligns the school with practices observed at thousands of public and private schools across the country.
“It’s encouraging to see greater accommodation being provided within the public education system for Muslim students,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “As a former public high school teacher, I recognize the need to balance religious accommodations with ensuring that students are able to learn effectively, and in this case I think we’ve done so in a way that’s works for all parties.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has again been named to “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”
Awad’s entry on the list states:
“Nihad Awad is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is the most prominent Muslim lobby group in the US and is frequently sought out by the media and politicians for the Islamic perspective on events. Awad is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You and participates regularly in the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Awad coordinated the formal release of the Open Letter to Al-Baghdadi, signed by over 120 leading Muslim scholars and academics, which rejected the teachings that DA'ISH are promoting.
AB 953 will clarify prohibition against profiling and require reporting of data on profiling
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/5/2015) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today welcomed news of Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 953 over the weekend. The bill which was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) makes California a leader on fair policing and profiling laws.
The legislation advances constitutional values of equal protection and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. Key provisions include the creation of a statewide system of data collection on stops, searches and seizures, and require California Department of Justice to analyze and report the data.