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CAIR Condemns Trump’s Tweet in Support of ‘Beautiful’ Confederate Statues

screenshot twitter.com 2017 08 17 09 41 30(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned tweets by President Trump in support of “beautiful” Confederate statues and monuments.

Trump tweeted: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”

In a statement responding to the president’s tweet, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“Mr. Trump should be reminded that he is president of the United States of America, not the Confederate States of America. It is truly troubling that any national leader, let alone the president, would call monuments honoring those who sought to destroy America and to uphold the abhorrent institution of slavery ‘beautiful.’ Like the Confederacy, President Trump and his adviser Steve Bannon seem to favor dividing America.”

LISTEN: Confederate Statue Supporter Calls CAIR, Suggests Burning Down U.S. Mosques, Hanging American Muslims

Earlier this week, CAIR called on state and local governments across the nation to respond to the deadly terrorist attack on anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., by removing all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy. USE: #RemoveConfederateMemorials

CAIR also offered a template resolution to be introduced by public bodies such as state legislatures, city councils and school districts calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

SEE: Template Requesting the Removal of All Confederate Memorials, Flags, Street Names, and Symbols from Public Spaces and Property

On Saturday, CAIR condemned the Charlottesville attack and decried President Trump’s “failure of moral leadership” for not immediately joining in near-universal condemnation -- by name -- of the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other racists groups participating in the hate rally.

The "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville was designed to challenge the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Last week, CAIR condemned the racist rally and urged cities nationwide to remove Confederate memorials.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Planned White Supremacist Rally in Virginia, Urges Rejection of Confederate Memorials Nationwide

CAIR chapters around the nation are participating in events expressing solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s terror attack.

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump and is urging 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.

CAIR-San Diego to Join the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and Partners Celebrating ‘Muslim Appreciation Month’

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/16/17) – On Thursday, August 17, the San Diego office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SD) will join the San Diego Human Relations Commission and public officials -- including representatives from the State Senate, Assembly and the mayor’s office – to present the proclamation recognizing “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.”

Last year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced House Resolution 59 to proclaim the month of August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month” and was joined by 61 co-authors. He will be reintroducing the resolution with HR 43 on August 21 with Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu as co-sponsors.

WHAT: Presentation of Proclamation to Recognize August 2017 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

WHEN: August 17, 10 a.m.

WHERE: San Diego Central Library, Shiley Suite, 330 Park Blvd. 9th Floor, San Diego, California 92101

CONTACT: CAIR-SD Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"I am proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California," said Assemblymember Quirk.

“We’re honored to have friends that acknowledge the important contributions of the American Muslim community, particularly given the current political climate,” said CAIR San Diego’s Executive Director Hanif Mohebi.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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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NEW DATE: CAIR to Offer ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop at Virginia Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/2017) – On Thursday, August 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ workshop at one of the largest mosques in Virginia.

CAIR’s free workshop, to be conducted by CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., 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 issue of “watchlisting.”

WHAT: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ Workshop at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va.

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, 3159 Row St, Falls Church, VA 22044

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.

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 herehttp://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.

CAIR Urges Cities to Boost Security for Next Wave of Nationwide Hate Rallies on September 9

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on officials in cities targeted by a nationwide series of hate rallies scheduled for September 9 to step up security measures to ensure public safety. (Image Source: Center for New Community)

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[NOTE: Earlier today, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter called on the FBI to investigate an online threat to shoot a Muslim woman running for Congress in that state. SEE: http://tinyurl.com/MuslimCandidateThreatened ]

CAIR says the hate group ACT for America, the sponsor of the planned 9/9 “America First” rallies, has previously hosted many of the same white supremacist groups and exhibited the same bigoted themes witnessed at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” racist rally.

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Though the primary focus of ACT for America is to promote anti-Muslim policy and rhetoric, CAIR has documented an increasing unity of effort and ideology between it and other hate groups. Among the participants in ACT for America’s June 2017 hate rallies were white nationalist organizations, including Vanguard America and Identity Evropa.

SEE: CAIR Calls Nationwide Anti-Islam Rallies a ‘Bust,’ Says Counter-Protests Far Overshadowed Hate Marches

“ACT for America collaborates with groups that were present in Charlottesville and that espouse a similarly hateful vision for America,” said Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “ACT for America’s September rallies are part of a ‘Summer of Hate’ and local jurisdictions should start making the necessary security preparations now.”

SEE: The Hate That ACT for America Wrought

CAIR Video: ACT for America is a Hate Group, Plain and Simple

James Alex Fields was photographed participating with Vanguard America in the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally shortly before he allegedly murdered one counter-protestor and injured many others. As a participant at the June ACT for America rally in Pennsylvania, Vanguard America spokesperson Francisco Rivera was quoted as saying: “I don’t believe in having Muslims in the United States. Their culture is incompatible with ours.”

SEE: Eight Things About the Group That Organized Deadly Hatefest in Charlottesville

Anti-Sharia Demonstrators Hold Rallies in Cities Across the Country

The white supremacist group Identity Evropa, which was also present at Charlottesville, joined with ACT for America in several of its June rallies, including those in New York, Indiana and North Carolina. Peter Bokin -- who coordinated the Raleigh, N.C., rally -- “publicly thanked Identity Evropa” members for their presence.

SEE: Anti-Sharia Activists and Militia Members Protested in Raleigh Saturday. They Were Vastly Outnumbered.

Also present at the Charlottesville rally were the Oath Keepers, one of the largest anti-government groups in the country, which ACT for America invited to provide security for its June hate rallies.

America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel," has argued that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” Gabriel was pictured meeting with a Trump administration staffer in the White House earlier this year.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America

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The hate group is also associated with disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo, who created its Thin Blue Line project. Guandolo recently had a restraining order issued against him following allegations that he assaulted a Minnesota sheriff.

SEE: Exclusive - Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Guandolo Assaults Minn. Sheriff at NSA Conference, Per Court Documents

While ACT for America asserts that it has a “zero-tolerance policy for hate and intolerance,” a flier on the group’s letterhead proclaiming, “There has been a ban on Islam since 1952,” was distributed at their June rally in California. The June rallies included Islamophobic rhetoric such as “Islam is the problem,” “I want the Quran burned” and “End all Islamic Immigration.” A rally speaker in Texas and a sign in New York also suggested that Muslims engage in bestiality.

In response to the recent spike in hate crimes targeting minorities, 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 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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-384-8857; 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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