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CAIR-Georgia Releases Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Responses to Survey on Islamophobia, Civil Rights

(ATLANTA, GA, 10/30/2017) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. 

"We thank Atlanta's mayoral candidates for visiting local mosques, engaging with Atlanta Muslim voters and completing these candidate surveys, which ask about a variety of issues important to our community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. "We're happy to see that several candidates have committed to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry, and support civil rights, if elected Mayor of Atlanta." 

The surveys asked candidates about issues important to Atlanta Muslim voters, including Islamophobia, civil rights, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).

"Atlanta is home to thousands of Atlanta Muslim whose votes could help decide the result of a close election, especially during a run-off," Mitchell said. "We encourage every mayoral candidate to continue dialoguing with Atlanta Muslim voters, and we encourage Atlanta Muslims to learn about every candidate before voting."

SEE: 1. Survey-Peter Aman.pdf, 2. Survey Keisha Bottoms.pdf, 3. Survey-Vincent_Fort.pdf, 4. SurveyKwanza_Hall.pdf 5. Survey-Ceasar_Mitchell.pdf, and 6. Survey-Cathy_Woolard.pdf (Mary Norwood and John Eaves have not yet submitted survey responses).

Over the past few months, CAIR-Georgia met with 10 of the mayoral candidates to learn about their positions, educate the candidates about Atlanta Muslim voters, and invite each candidate to visit local mosques. Several other organizations joined the nonpartisan candidate outreach, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, IMAN Atlanta, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and Al-Farooq Masjid.

So far, Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms have visited Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, while Senator Vincent Fort and former Council President Cathy Woolard for Atlanta Mayor have visited Al-Farooq Masjid.

PHOTOS: Atlanta Mayor Candidates Visit Mosques, Greet Voters

Those candidates, as well Councilman Kwanza Hall, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, former City COO Peter Aman, former Fulton County Commission chairman John Eaves For Atlanta Mayor, and former candidates Michael Sterling and Al Bartell, met with CAIR-Georgia over the summer to learn about the Atlanta Muslim community.

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election and recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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

 

CAIR Condemns Maryland Students' Racist Halloween Costumes

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/30/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned reports of Maryland students dressing in racist Halloween costumes and body-writing and posting images of the hate-filled attire on social media.

SEE: Photos of Baltimore private school students' racially offensive Halloween costumes create stir online

In one image, two teens -- who are reportedly students and recent grads of Roland Park Country School, Gilman School, Boy's Latin School of Maryland, and St. Paul's School -- are dressed in what appear to be orange jumpsuits, and flash hand signals with a caption "n***** broke out" [of jail].

In another image, a male is seen posing in what also appears to be an orange jumpsuit with "Freddie Gray" emblazoned across the back, and a caption that reads: "ur going to jail tonight."

In a third image, a Nazi swastika, a racial slur and text referring to Hitler are scrawled across the back of a grinning, topless white male. 

In the joint statement issued earlier today, Gilman school and Roland Park Country School both condemned the incident and said they are investigating what happened.

"Each year at this time of year, we see racist and inappropriate Halloween costumes that use racist tropes and perpetuate culturally-insensitive stereotypes," said CAIR Maryland Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "These latest examples are symptomatic of a polarized political climate that emboldens hate in America. They do not belong in an enlightened society."

In the past, CAIR has called on retailers to remove racist Halloween costumes from its inventory.

SEE: CAIR Joins ADC in Urging Retailers to Discontinue Racist Halloween Costume Sales

Lately, CAIR has responded to a string of racist incidents occurring in Maryland localities, including calling on school officials to develop a 'zero-tolerance' policy for racism after students at a high school in Harford County wore shirts with a letter emblazoned on them that spelled out the derogatory "n" word.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incident at Md. High School, Calls for 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy on Racism

Photo spelling out racial slur spurs calls for expulsion at Bel Air High School

CAIR also recently condemned racist flyers promoting white supremacy and anti-Semitism in Montgomery County.

SEE:  CAIR Condemns Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Distributed in Maryland

Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Appear in Montgomery County

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Kansas Condemns Hate Attack on Kansas City Church, Expresses Solidarity with African-American Community

(WICHITA, KS, 10/29/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today condemned hate vandalism targeting an African-American church in Missouri.

Someone broke into the Concord Fortress of Hope Church in Kansas City, Mo., early Sunday morning, starting a fire and vandalizing the front doors and windows defaced with racist graffiti, the letters “KKK” and what appeared to be a Nazi swastika.

CAIR: ATF Investigates Fire and Racist Graffiti at Predominantly Black Church in South Kansas City

“We condemn this apparent hate attack on a house of worship and express our solidarity with the Christian and African-American communities at this difficult time,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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.

CAIR asks 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 

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, 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-WA Working with Officials, Community After ‘All Muslims Dead on 10/30 #MAGA’ Threat at High School

screenshot outlook.office.com 2017 10 28 12 43 59 520screenshot outlook.office.com 2017 10 28 12 43 23 077(SEATTLE, WA, 10/28/2017) – The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Washington) said today it is working with Kent School District administrators and impacted families to help ensure a proper response to threatening anti-Muslim vandalism and slurs found on the Kent-Meridian High School campus this week.

According to a letter sent out by the school on Friday, October 27, a staff member reported graffiti in the girl’s bathroom on Tuesday, October 24th that “threatened students of Muslim heritage.” Photos of the graffiti show threats that include “All Muslims dead on 10/30 #MAGA,”  "towel heads at KM are gonna DIE, “f**k Muslims,” and a Nazi swastika sign, as well as other slurs.

The letter goes on to say that the school is working with Kent Police and that the school “will implement extensive security measures on October 30th to help us maintain a safe campus.” CAIR-WA has been in touch with Kent-Meridian, Kent School District, and with impacted community members, and plans to meet with school officials next week to ensure a full and appropriate response to the incident. The civil rights organization will take that opportunity to discuss how the school should approach such issues moving forward to ensure Muslim students and parents feel safe at school and encouraged to report discrimination, bullying and threats.

“This is not the first case reported to us of anti-Muslim vandalism at a school, college or university. The fear of being bullied at school has increased for Muslim students due to the negative effects of the presidential campaign and election,” said Civil Rights Director Jasmin Samy. “Our community must report any case of bullying, harassment or intimidation in schools so our learning environments can be a safe place for all students.”

She noted that on Monday, the California chapter of CAIR will release a new report documenting faith-based bullying of Muslim students in that state’s schools.

SEE: CAIR-CA to Release Report on Faith-Based Bullying of Muslim Students in California Schools

CAIR’s national office has reported an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR recently released a quarterly civil rights report documenting 354 incidents of anti-Islam religious bias during the third quarter of 2017. CAIR documented a 9 percent rise in bias incidents in the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

SEE: CAIR 3rd Quarter Civil Rights Report Shows Rise in Hate Crimes Over Same Period Last Year

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents, including religiously motivated bullying, to police and to CAIR-WA’s Civil Rights Department at 206.367.4081 or by filing a report at: http://cairseattle.org/get-help

CAIR-Washington is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Washington 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-Washington Media & Outreach Director, Sarah Stuteville, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 206-403-3931

 

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