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CAIR and Coalition Partners Welcome Passing of AB-2845 in CA State Legislature

CAIR logo(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/24/2016) - The California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) and its coalition partners today welcomed the passing of AB 2845, the Safe Place to Learn Act.

AB 2845 was taken up for Assembly concurrence and passed with a 65-0 vote. 

Authored by Assemblymember Das Williams, this bill works to address the growing problem of bullying and discrimination based on religious affiliation or perceived religious affiliation. AB 2845 will provide certificated staff at local education agencies with school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation. The bill also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post anti-bullying resources related to affiliation or perceived affiliation with any religious group on its website.

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CAIR-Dallas, Muslim Leaders to Welcome Arrest of Hate Caller Who Threatened Mosque Worshipers

cair texas logo(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/24/16) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference with local Muslim leaders to welcome the arrest of a man who threatened to decapitate worshipers at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.

WHAT: CAIR-DFW Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday August 24, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Masjid Al Sahabah, 6005 Chapman Road, Watauga, Texas

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem, 817-538-8269, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mujeeb Kazi, spokesperson and board member for Masjid Al Sahabah in Watauga, said in a statement:

"The Muslim community of Watauga welcomes the arrest of James Smithey, who threatened to behead Muslims in our mosque. While our community is comprised of peace-loving, compassionate members of society, and have accepted the apology of the caller, it is important for the wheels of justice to turn to safeguard all residents from crime.

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CAIR-Dallas Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Death Threats to Mosque

CAIR logo(DALLAS, TEXAS, 8/23/16) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened to decapitate congregants at a mosque in Watauga, Texas.

Video: CAIR-Dallas Calls for Probe of Threat to Texas Mosque

In a statement, CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said:

“Any individual or group seeking to harm or instill fear in a community must be held accountable by law enforcement authorities. We welcome the arrest of this suspect and hope that other like-minded individuals may be deterred from acting similarly knowing this behavior is criminal and not to be taken lightly.”

SEE: Mosque Leaders Fearful After Threatening Voicemail

The individual arrested was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after turning himself in.

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CAIR-OK Welcomes Hate Crime Charges in Khalid Jabara Shooting

CAIR OK(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 8/23/2016) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today welcomed the district attorney’s addition of hate crime charges against Stanley Vernon Majors to the original charges of first degree murder, firearm possession after a previous felony and threatening a violent act.

SEE: Murder Charge Filed in Shooting Death of Khalid Jabara 

Video: CNN International Interviews CAIR-OK Rep About Alleged Hate Crime Murder of Arab-American

Majors is accused of fatally shooting his next door neighbor, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara, on August 12. The Jabara family reported multiple incidents of harassment, threats ,and other attacks on their ethnicity and perceived religion, including calling them “Dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Moos-lems.” In 2015, Majors ran down and struck Haifa Jabara with his car, causing her serious injuries and forcing her to undergo multiple surgeries and rehabilitation periods.

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