Download CAIR's app here: http://www.cair.com/app 

CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Appointed to Human Relations Commission

HRC Hanif Picture(SAN DIEGO, CA, 11/17/17) -- Hanif Mohebi, the executive director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) was recently appointed to the San Diego Human Relations Commission.

Human Relations Commission Executive Director Dr. Joel Day and the HRC Chair Stephen Groce were present at the swearing-in ceremony.

SEE: San Diego Human Relations Commission

The mission of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission is to conduct and promote activities that foster mutual respect and understanding, protect basic human and civil rights, as well as create an atmosphere that promotes amicable relations among all members of the San Diego community.

The Commission is comprised of 15 members; seven appointed by the Mayor and one appointed by each of the eight City Council Members. Commissioners are confirmed by the City Council and serve staggered four-year terms and its staff consists of an executive director and executive secretary.

Its purpose is to advise the mayor and city council on methods to assure that all city residents have equal access to economic, political and educational opportunities and equal access to service protection and accommodation in all businesses and public agencies.

The commission also collaborates with community groups to create comprehensive educational programs to address interracial, inter-religious and intercultural understanding. Furthermore, the commission investigates and mediates discrimination complaints of employment, housing and public accommodations.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-San Diego Executive Director, Hanif Mohebi, 858.774.9991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-MI ‘Disturbed’ with Planned Reinstatement of Detroit EMS Captain Accused of Racism

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 11/17/17) – The Michigan chapter of the Council American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today expressed concern that the City of Detroit Fire Department is set to reinstate Captain Tim Goodman, who was terminated earlier this year for posting racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic materials on Facebook. 

SEE:  CAIR-MI Concerned Over Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism in Detroit Fire Department EMS Division

http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14332-cair-mi-concerned-over-racism-xenophobia-and-anti-semitism-in-detroit-fire-department-ems-division.html

Goodman's Facebook was littered with almost 100 racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic posts.

Many posts show pictures that Goodman himself took of citizens in the community he was supposed to be serving in his duties as an EMS worker, along with racist and derogatory comments made by Goodman himself. 

Goodman is also the subject of a civil rights complaint filed earlier this year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for his discriminatory treatment of a Muslim EMT that he supervised.

"It is disturbing that the City of Detroit could even contemplate bringing Mr. Goodman back to work given his obvious racial animus toward those he supervised and those he was tasked with serving," said Amy Doukoure, attorney for CAIR-MI. "There is no place in public service for anyone who holds disdain for others based on their religion, race or background." 

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-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, (586) 943-8823, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Calls for Further Action Against Va. Teacher Placed on Leave for Pulling Off Muslim Student’s Hijab

screenshot www.youtube.com 2017 11 16 13 32 55 856(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed disciplinary action against a Virginia teacher who allegedly pulled off a Muslim student’s Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

CAIR said the student at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va., reported online that the teacher came up behind her, pulled off her hijab and reportedly said, “Oh your hair is so pretty.”

Video: CAIR Calls for Action Against Va. Teacher Who Pulled Off Muslim Student’s Hijab

Teacher Placed on Leave Over Hijab Incident

In a statement responding to the incident, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) said:

“The teacher's action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The school administration has apologized to the student and her family for the incident. FCPS takes this incident seriously and, while a thorough investigation of the incident is conducted, the teacher has been placed on leave.”

“We welcome the decision to place the teacher on leave and to apologize to the student and her family, but further disciplinary action needs to be taken based on the results of the investigation into this disturbing incident,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “No student should be bullied or attacked because of his or her faith. Teachers must protect students, not subject them to harassment or intimidation.”

Awad urged students of all faiths and backgrounds in Virginia and nationwide to report any incidents of bullying or harassment and to speak out when their educational environment is negatively impacted by bigotry.

Last week, CAIR called for a criminal investigation and the firing of a teacher at a Tennessee charter school after a video was circulated online of a Muslim student having her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, forcibly removed in a classroom.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Police Probe, Firing of Teacher After Tennessee Student’s Hijab Forcibly Removed in Class

As in the Tennessee case, The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

A recent report by CAIR’s California office revealed that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

CAIR-CA Report: More Than Half of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

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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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-NY, DOT Art Launch ‘Amplify’ Public Art, Social Justice Campaign

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/15/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today Partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art) to launch AMPLIFY, a public art campaign to promote local social justice organizations.  DOT Art partnered with artists to highlight the work of ten social justice organizations and the communities they serve.

CAIR-NY worked with the artist Morehshin Allahyari to create an original poster focused on the shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose 584% nationwide between 2014 and 2016.  In New York, anti-Muslim harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes rose 560% in just 2016, faster than the national average.

“We hope AMPLIFY will help us educate New Yorkers who might otherwise know about the stunning surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We are grateful that DOT Art is helping to use our public spaces to not only support the arts, but to engage New Yorkers in the ongoing fight for civil rights.  At a time when many hate crime victims suffer in silence, AMPLIFY can help bring a bit of visibility to their plight.”

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 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-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917 669-4006; CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

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