(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/17/18) – On Wednesday, April 18, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR-MI) will hold a noon press conference to discuss the recent filing of two civil rights complaints against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for discriminatory actions against a pregnant Muslim woman in their custody.
WHAT: Press Conference Announcing Civil Rights Complaints Against MDOC
WHERE: CAIR-MI Office: 30201 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 260, Farmington Hills, MI
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 12 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure (586) 943-8823
CAIR-MI is filing a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint on behalf of a Muslim woman housed at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility who was not given access to a hijab (Muslim female head covering) and denied religious meal accommodations while in administrative segregation.
Siwatu-Salama Ra is being housed at the women's correctional facility after a recent and controversial conviction for a weapons charge for defending herself, her mother and her small child from an attack that occurred at her mother's home in 2017.
SEE: How a flawed criminal justice system put a pregnant Detroit activist behind bars (Detroit Metro Times)
CAIR-MI is filing a second complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for an African-American female religious leader who was denied clergy status at the same facility. Upon presentation of the proper paperwork for a clergy visit, the staff at the women's correctional facility questioned the validity of Michigan's Oldest Mosque as a true religious organization.
“It is troublesome that we were forced to file complaints against the Michigan Department of Corrections for denying appropriate food accommodations for an eight-month pregnant woman,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “It is equally troubling that MDOC called into question the religious legitimacy of one of the oldest mosques in American, an institution at which I previously served as an imam.”
Walid also noted CAIR-MI has taken legal action against MDOC previously, including a lawsuit settled last year demanding religious dietary accommodations for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
State lawmakers to take part in news conference kicking off civic participation event
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/16/18) -- On Monday, April 23, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will host its 7th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) in Sacramento, with more than 800 participants from across the state expected to attend.
A news conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. on April 23 featuring Assemblymember David Chiu, CAIR-CA executive directors and community leaders.
WHAT: 7th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol
WHEN: Monday, April 23rd, 11:30 a.m.
WHO: More than 800 Muslims from across California
WHERE: News Conference – California State Capitol Building, West Side Lawn
At MDAC, American Muslims from across California will have an opportunity to meet state legislators, discuss issues of concern, and help bring about positive social change. This year, MDAC attendees will be advocating for a breadth of civil rights issues, including protections for religious communities and immigrants, measures to prevent school bullying, and criminal justice reform.
The event's legislative agenda focuses on three key bills:
AB 931 (Weber & McCarty) Police Accountability & Community Protection Act
Authorizes police officers to use deadly force only when it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death – that is, if, given the totality of the circumstances, there was no reasonable alternative to using deadly force, including warnings, verbal persuasion, or other nonlethal methods of resolution or de-escalation. This bill also establishes that a homicide by a peace officer is not justified if the officer’s gross negligence contributed to making the force “necessary.”
AB 2184 (Chiu) Business Licenses
This bill would require cities and counties that license businesses within their respective jurisdictions to accept a California driver’s license or identification number, individual taxpayer identification number, or municipal identification number.
AB 2291 (Chiu) School safety: bullying. CAIR CA Co-sponsoring
This bill would require the Department of Education to make available online training modules developed by the department addressing bullying or bullying prevention and provide an annually updated list of other training modules related to bullying.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/16/2018) -- The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging all those who value their privacy rights and want the United States to be a welcoming and just nation to tell congress to push DHS to halt its proposed “Visa Lifecycle Vetting” program (Digital Muslim Ban) and prevent all taxpayer dollars from funding it.
Last January, when President Trump issued the executive order also known as the Muslim Ban, it included a little-noticed provision calling for every visitor to the country to be screened for whether they (1) would be “a positively contributing member of society,” (2) would “make contributions to the national interest,” or (3) intend to commit a crime or terrorist act. Not only is there no legal definition for these terms, but anyone wishing to enter the United States already undergoes extensive background checks.
CLICK HERE TO TELL US CONGRESS TO STOP ICE’S VISA LIFECYCLE VETTING
American Muslims are disproportionately targeted for surveillance initiatives. For example, our nation’s watchlists overwhelmingly target American Muslims. Further, a recent Pew Research Center [survey]survey indicated that American Muslims are concerned about their place in society. The EVI program (Digital Muslim Ban) would only further institutionalize the isolation of an already disenfranchised community.