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CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Arrest of Pro-Trump White Supremacist Who Reportedly Phoned Threats to Augusta Mosque

(ATLANTA, GA - 12/14/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of Preston Q. Howard, a Missouri man accused of making several profane and threatening calls to the Islamic Society of Augusta (ISA) over the summer.

"We welcome the news that law enforcement arrested this anti-Muslim bigot before he could escalate his vile hate speech into a violent hate crime," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Sadly, death threats are nothing new to the American Muslim community. If any other Georgia mosques receive similar threats, they should alert law enforcement, as well as CAIR-Georgia."

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Between June 22, 2017 and August 8, 2017, 49-year-old Howard allegedly called the ISA eight different times in the early morning, leaving more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages. The caller repeatedly threatened to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general.

SEE: Audio Recordings of Threatening Voicemails Left by Anti-Muslim Caller

A Facebook page that allegedly belongs to a Missouri resident named Preston Q. Howard features posts that express support for President Trump, the Confederacy, the III% Security Force militia, and Nazi Germany. Another Facebook page listed under the same name, with the same profile picture, also features images of President Trump and Adolf Hitler.

Among many other threats made in his voicemails, Howard allegedly said:

“We are actually gonna come to your mosques and f*cking blow the heads off of the people that are in your mosques and f*cking kill you and shoot everybody in your mosques as a mass slaughter. So either way, you sand n*ggers are going to get out of my country…just so you know. And if you think I’m joking, it's going to happen. In fact, I know where you live at.”

"The white people of America are going to kill you out of this country. . ."

"Now that President Trump is president, I'm going to report your number to the White House and he's going to do something about this....It's not going to be overnight, but I'm telling you. We're going to get rid of you one way or another."

"The United States was founded on Christian religion. That's the reason why our American dollar says, In God We Trust. It doesn't say, In Allah We Trust."

CAIR-Georgia held self-defense seminars at three different Georgia mosques just before Ramadan, and encourages more houses of worship across the state to host the free seminars, which cover personal, home and mosque security tips.

SEE: CAIR-Georgia Offers Safety & Security Advice After Hate Crimes in Virginia and U.K.

Earlier this year, CAIR’s national office released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

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-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Georgia Communications Director Ruwa Romman, 678-697-9684, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Columbus Volunteers Distribute Gift Cards to Families in Need

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/17) – Today, CAIR-Columbus’ Feeding Families Project volunteers distributed holiday gift cards to the residents and staff at the YWCA Family Shelter. The Feeding Families Project volunteers have been providing meals at the shelter on the second Friday of each month since the shelter opened in 2005. 

For the past few years, CAIR-Columbus volunteers have also sought donations for gift cards around the holidays in an effort to bring some extra cheer to the families at the shelter.

“This year, especially with all the negativity in the media, we really wanted to make an effort to show the positive side of the Muslim community, the importance of charity in our religion, and to emphasize that we care about everyone in need regardless of religion or background,” said CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Jennifer Nimer. “We truly hope this small act of kindness will not only help these families through the holidays, but also let them know that their Muslim neighbors and friends care about them. We also included the staff because we see how hard they work and how much they truly care about the residents at the shelter.”

CAIR-Columbus initially started the Feeding Families Project in 2003 in conjunction with the Interfaith Hospitality Network and as part of the nationwide "Muslims-CAIR” initiative to encourage Muslims to get more involved in community service projects in their local communities.  

Monthly food service was provided at various locations throughout the city until the YWCA Family Center opened in 2005.  Volunteers were so dedicated to the project that it has continued through the years.  

“When we started feeding needy families in various parking lots in downtown Columbus in 2003, we never imagined we would continue the project for 14 years and counting,” Nimer said.

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-Columbus Executive Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Files Human Rights Complaint Over New Mexico Store’s Denial of Service to Muslims

screenshot www.huffingtonpost.com 2017 12 13 15 43 12 728(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/13/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of a human rights discrimination complaint with the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions against a New Mexico-based convenience store for its discriminatory policy that denies service to Muslims.

SEE: New Mexico Store Bans ‘Obama & Other Muslims’

Gorence & Oliveros, P.C. is co-counsel in the case.

“The civil rights movement sought to eliminate discriminatory signs denying service to members of the public based on their race, religion or national origin,” said CAIR Litigation Director Lena Masri. “We must ensure that we do not allow the bigotry of the past to resurface and be normalized in the form of Islamophobia.”

Signs posted on the windows of Mayhill Convenience Store included one that states in bold lettering: “Obama & other Muslims Not welcome here.” The sign includes a depiction of a Muslim man praying and a mosque. Several other signs contain racist and bigoted language, including the following:

  • “We don’t like Obama’s white half either”
  • “Where is the KKK When you need them?”
  • “The zoo in Washington has an African Lion. The White House has a Lying African.”
  • “Caitlin Jenner needs to give his balls to Obama. Jenner doesn’t want his and Obama ain’t got none?”
  • “Colin Kaeperni*ger you overpaid Half Breed Take your millions and go back to Africa.”
  • Another sign had a depiction of a noose hanging from a tree and next to it the words “Obama Swing Set.”

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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, (202) 742-6420, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Columbus Settles Wrongful Termination Case for Muslim Worker

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/2017) -- The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today that it has reached a settlement with a local company for wrongfully terminating a Muslim man.

The Muslim man was wrongfully terminated in May 2015 for asking for a prayer accommodation. He worked for the company for close to a decade. He was an excellent employee with no work performance issues. Every evening he would take a short break to perform his evening prayers. However, after a change in management, he was told that he could not take the short break to perform his prayers anymore. The taking of this break has not caused any problems for the company. When he insisted on his right to get a religious accommodation, he was terminated by the company.

“Our client is pleased that this matter was successfully resolved and that he has received a monetary compensation for the wrongful termination,” said CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal. “The law on religious accommodation is very clear. You don’t have to choose between your religion and your job. As long as the accommodation requested does not place an undue burden on the company, your employer has an obligation to accommodate your request,” he added. “The request for accommodation can be for wearing hijab at work, or for keeping a beard, or for taking a break to perform your prayers or to break your fast.”

CAIR-Columbus is currently representing more than 50 Muslims who have been wrongfully terminated from the workplace.

Ohio Muslims who are facing similar delays are being urged to contact CAIR-Columbus for assistance by filing an incident report online at: https://www.cair-columbus.com/

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. The CAIR-Ohio Affiliate has three chapters – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

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 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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