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CAIR-Iowa to Join Silent Protest of Islamophobic Event in Sioux Center

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 10/26/17) – Later today, the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) will join a coalition of civil rights and advocacy organizations for a silent protest at a 7 p.m. speech by Stephen Kirby at the Sioux Center Public Library in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Critics say Kirby is an Islamophobe who quotes Islamic text and traditions out of context “to give a misleading impression that Islam is violent and backward.”

SEE: Protest Planned at Sioux Center Talk on Islam

The event is sponsored by Sioux County Conservatives and had to be moved from the original venue due to protests.

SEE: Protesters Force Change of Location for Conservative Event

“Mr. Kirby claims he is doing no more than quoting Islamic sources, but he is really no different than anti-Semites or anti-Christian extremists who twist Jewish materials or the Bible to spread hatred and misinformation,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

In September CAIR-Iowa condemned distribution of hate literature by a neo-Nazi, white supremacist group.

Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.

SEE: CAIR-Iowa Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Anti-Muslim Message Left at Mosque

Last week, CAIR 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

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-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, 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.

 

BREAKING NEWS: CAIR to Release New Satirical ‘Anti-Muslim Ban’ Product at Saturday’s Banquet in Arlington, Va.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/25/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that it will release a new satirical “anti-Muslim ban” product at its 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

“If you used CAIR’s ISLAMOPHOBIN to help cure Islamophobia, you will love this new product that “removes foul executive orders,’” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Each attendee at CAIR’s annual banquet will receive a sample of the product.

Last year, CAIR released ISLAMOPHOBIN, a mock-medicine designed to “cure” Islamophobia.

Video: CAIR Launches ‘ISLAMOPHOBIN’ Public Awareness Campaign to Challenge Anti-Muslim Bigotry

In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's banquet will feature a number of nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb
  • Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud
  • Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Comedian Jeremy McLellan

Banquet attendees will join CAIR in honoring pioneering diplomat, researcher, scholar, and teacher Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, who will receive CAIR’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

They will also hear from the surviving hero and from relatives of the two men who gave their lives in defense of others in Oregon.

Individual tickets cost $65.

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, can be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a sponsorship form.

 

CAIR: Muslim, Civil Rights Groups Respond to Yet Another Attack on Muslim Refugees by the Trump Administration

San Francisco, CA, 10/24/17 - Today, the Trump Administration announced it would continue to restrict refugees from 10 Muslim-majority nations by imposing new security measures put in place to discriminate against Muslims. While the Administration’s latest executive order does allow refugees to be admitted into the country as a part of the refugee resettlement program, it places extreme vetting measures on refugees from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and North Korea and subjects these refugees to devastating delays they should not have to endure. These eleven nationalities made up 44% of arrivals in FY 2017, primarily from Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Iran.

Every country, except the North Korea and South Sudan, is a Muslim-majority nation. This discriminatory policy, indicative of the Administration’s larger, xenophobic immigration agenda, represents yet another attack on Muslims and refugees. In response to this news, Elica Vafaie from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Zahra Billoo from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Elica Vafaie, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

“Again and again, this administration has shown a propensity to discriminate against refugees and immigrants based solely on their country of origin and religion. This Administration’s xenophobic agenda attempts to use national security as an excuse to limit the immigration of families and children of refugees who are in dire need of our help and any delay is another day in acute danger.”

Zahra Billoo, CAIR Representative:

“This is yet another attempt at a discriminatory Muslim Ban. Under the guise of national security, this administration has created new vetting measures to slow the process of reuniting families and children of already vetted refugees from Muslim-majority countries. The intention is clear, this is a discriminatory attack on Muslim refugees who are seeking a new home here in America. We will not allow this attack on American Muslims or any other attack like it to stand, and we will continue to fight discrimination in any form and in every way possible.”

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center:

“These new, clearly discriminatory measures are once again aimed at blocking Muslims from coming to the U.S. These new policies will have devastating consequences for the families of refugees who have already waited long enough to start their lives in the United States, and we shouldn’t delay that any longer. This is simply another attempt by the President to abuse executive authority and discriminate against Muslims, and unfortunately in this case, those most in need of America’s protection.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

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.

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is organized by a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups who are leading efforts around the country to fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim Ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities and immigrants across the country.

 

CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Harassment Targeting Tenn. Muslim Girls, Knife Attack on Father, Threat to Kill Entire Family

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Christopher Beckham, 32, was charged with two counts of assault and one count of aggravated assault for allegedly harassing the Muslim girls when they got off a school bus in Nashville, Tenn.

The girls, who both wear Islamic head scarves (hijab), say Beckham told them to “go back to [their] country,” that they were “not welcome in America,” and said he was going to beat them up. When the girls’ father arrived at the scene, Beckham reportedly pulled a knife on him. After Beckham was arrested, he allegedly continued to make racist comments about the victims and threatened to kill the entire family when he gets out of jail. Beckham’s bond was set at $20,000. His first appearance in court is set for Thursday.

CAIR is calling on law enforcement authorities to revoke bond in the case because of the continued threat to the family.

SEE: Man Accused of Harassing Muslim Girls in Nashville

Man Accused of Harassing 2 Muslim Girls As They Got Off School Bus

Man Arrested for Harassing & Assaulting Two Teenage Girls & Their Father

“The allegations in this case clearly warrant consideration of a hate crime enhancement in the sentencing phase if the suspect is found guilty,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Because the suspect reportedly made threats to kill the entire family once he got out of jail, we urge that his bond be revoked and that he be held in custody.”

Tennessee law allows a judge to enhance a sentence if the defendant intentionally selected the victims because of their race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for Anti-Muslim Threat in Delaware

Earlier this week, CAIR welcomed a hate crime charge brought against a Delaware man after he allegedly threatened two neighbors, reportedly because he thought one of them was a Muslim.

Last week, CAIR 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

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.

 

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