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Texas Leaders Asked to Condemn Islamophobia

 

On Monday, September 20, the Houston office of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) will hold a news
conference at which the Muslim civil rights group will call on religious
and political leaders in Texas to speak out against Islamophobia. That call
comes following a series of anti-Muslim incidents in the state, including a
firebomb attack Friday on an Islamic center in El Paso.

WHAT: CAIR-Houston news conference on Islamophobia
WHEN: 11 a.m., Monday, September 20, 2004
WHERE: CAIR-Houston Office, 5821 Southwest Freeway, Suite 304, Houston, TX
SEE: http://www.cairhouston.org

CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, 713-838-2247, 832-656-0449

SEE: "Failed Firebombing Disturbs Islamic Center Leader"
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20040919-170992.shtml
"Islamic Center Of El Paso Threatened"
http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/3742351/detail.html

"Unfortunately, when political and religious leaders remain silent on the
issue of anti-Muslim hate, bigots mistake that silence for acceptance and
act accordingly," said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa Galloway.

In August, CAIR asked law enforcement authorities in McAllen, Texas, to
investigate an intentionally-set fire at a Muslim store as a possible hate
crime. The fire followed two separate incidents in which unknown parties
painted the phrase "Go Home" on the door of the store. The hate-graffiti
appeared just after the store began running advertisements on local
television that featured a Muslim woman wearing an Islamic head scarf.

Earlier this year, a man was arrested for threatening the same El Paso
Islamic center targeted in Friday's terror attack, an arson suspect was
arrested at the scene of a fire at a Muslim business in San Antonio,
vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the interior of a Lubbock mosque, and a
home-made bomb exploded in the mailbox of a Houston Islamic center.

In response to anti-Muslim incidents nationwide following the 9/11 attacks,
CAIR published a "Muslim Community Safety Kit." The safety kit may be
obtained free of charge by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Include name,
address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.)

SEE ALSO: "American Muslims Still Feeling 9/11 Backlash"
http://www.silive.com/living/advance/index.ssf?/base/living/1095439519142750.xml
"UC Police Probe Possible Hate Crime"
http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~2412669,00.html

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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Amy Goodman to Speak at CAIR-DC Dinner

 

Join us in our nation's capital October 2, 2004, for CAIR's 10th Anniversary banquet dinner, "Building a Better America: A Decade of Dedication." Keynote speakers include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.

SEE:
http://www.democracynow.org/staff.shtml

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, from 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington DC, Tel: 202-328-2000 fax: 202-234-0015

Tickets: $55 per person, $85 per couple
Limited babysitting available during the banquet: $10 per child

TO REGISTER ONLINE, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/convention2004

DINNER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

To volunteer to help at CAIR's 10th Anniversary Banquet, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-488-8787, ext. 6050.

 

CAIR-Chicago Concerned About Possible Profiling

 

The Chicago office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today expressed concern over the
potential for racial and religious profiling in a new security initiative
by the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
The initiative focuses on searching CTA L cars for "suspicious" passengers
and objects.

SEE: "Cops Sweep L Cars for Terror Threats"
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-cta14.html

"The Chicago Muslim community is supportive of all reasonable security
measures necessary to ensure public safety," said CAIR-Chicago Director of
Communications Ahmed Rehab.

Rehab did however caution against the use of racial and religious profiling
in carrying out the new security measures.

"Previous experience has shown that profiling is not an effective law
enforcement tactic," said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Yaser Tabbara.
"We ask that the Chicago Police Department maintain its long-standing
commitment to a no-profiling policy."

CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Yaser Tabbara, 312-718-3725, 312-212-1520, E-Mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF PROFILING, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp
Click on "Submit an Incident Report" on the left side of the home page.

 

Register Online for CAIR's 10th Anniversary Banquet

 

Join us in our nation's capital for CAIR's 10th Anniversary banquet dinner,
"Building a Better America: A Decade of Dedication." Keynote speakers
include Ralph Nader, Presidential Candidate and Siraj Wahaj of MANA.

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, from 6-10 p.m.

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington DC, Tel: 202-328-2000 fax: 202-234-0015

Tickets: $55 per person, $85 per couple
Limited babysitting available during the banquet: $10 per child

TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org/convention2004

 

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