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CAIR Asks D.C. Metro to Explain Removal of Muslim Woman Train Operator

Comstock takes ride on Silver Line(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/13/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) to explain why a Muslim woman driver who wears an Islamic head covering (hijab) was prevented from operating her train with a group of political VIPs as passengers.

According to the Muslim woman operator, the first car of her Silver Line train was commandeered for a media event last Friday featuring VIPs such as Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.).

SEE: Comstock Takes Ride on Silver Line, Discusses Future

Before leaving on her normal schedule, the Muslim operator was reportedly informed by a supervisor that she would not be driving the train and was told to sit in the commandeered compartment while being watched by security personnel. The Muslim driver ultimately burst into tears because of the stress and humiliation she felt.

In her formal union complaint, the Muslim driver wrote: “I have reasons to believe that I have been discriminated against due to my gender and religious preference (Al-Islam).”

CAIR has contacted Metro and the train operator’s union about the incident. Metro’s director of diversity told CAIR that the incident is being investigated.

“We urge Metro to explain why a qualified train operator would be removed from her post in such circumstances,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Without an adequate explanation of Metro officials’ actions during this incident, the perception exists that the train operator was removed from her post because of her religious attire.”

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.

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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.

 

CAIR-LA Calls for Resignation of El Monte Official Over Anti-Islam Facebook Post

art barrios china moves ban islam(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/13/15) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called for the resignation of an El Monte, Calif., official who posted an Islamophobic comment on social media.

Art Barrios, a planning commissioner for the City of El Monte and a former El Monte city council member, recently posted an article headlined "China Makes Major Moves to Ban Islam" on his Facebook page and then commented, "Sounds good maybe the rest of the world should do the same."

SEE: Screenshot of Art Barrios’ Anti-Islam Facebook Post

“While Mr. Barrios has the right to his bigoted views, it is unacceptable for a person who holds such views to be in a position of public trust and authority,” said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai. “Discrimination against building of mosques is widespread and well documented, and therefore it is unacceptable that a planning commissioner of any city, who ought to be fair and neutral, would hold such hateful views. We urge Mr. Barrios to resign his post on the planning commission, or failing that, for the city council to vote to remove him at their next meeting.”

The El Monte city council’s next meeting will be held on  May 19.

CAIR has recently expressed concerns about anti-Muslim material posted on social media by a number of public officials nationwide.

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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.

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CONTACT:  CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad at 714 776 1847 or email: 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 Reps Meet with DHS Secretary on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Homeland Security Chief Hears Skepticism on Effort to Identify Extremists(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/8/15) - CAIR representatives this week engaged with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson during two separate meetings focused on the Obama administration’s new countering violent extremism (CVE) program in New York. CAIR officials met previously with the secretary on the same issue in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

SEE: Homeland Security Chief Hears Skepticism on Effort to Identify Extremists (NY Times)

SEE: CAIR Brief on CVE

CAIR: Arizona Muslims Condemn Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas

CAIR-logo(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/7/15) – Leaders of the Arizona Muslim community today condemned the recent attack Sunday on an anti-Islam event in Texas.

In a joint statement, a number of Muslim community group said:

“We condemn Sunday’s attack on an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, and reiterate our condemnation of all forms of terrorism and religious extremism. Our community was saddened to learn that two individuals from Phoenix were involved in the attack that injured Officer Bruce Jointer.

“We also share the view that violence in response to anti-Islam programs like the one in Garland is more insulting to our faith than any cartoon, however defamatory. Bigoted speech can never be an excuse for violence.  Unfortunately, human history shows us that hatred breeds more hatred and extremism leads to more extremism.

“Ironically, bigots like those that planned the anti-Islam event and the perpetrators of Sunday’s attack share a common goal of seeking to provoke a downward spiral of mutual hostility and mistrust in America.  People of good will must work together to ensure that extremists of all faiths and backgrounds do not accomplish that malevolent goal.”

The statement was signed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Arizona (CAIR-AZ), the Islamic Community Center of Tempe, the United Islamic Center, the Islamic Center of East Valley, the Islamic Center of Tucson, the Islamic Center of North East Valley, the West Valley Islamic Center, Masjid Al Noor (Mesa), Islamic Center of North Phoenix, Arizona Cultural Academy, the Somali American United Council, the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board, and the Muslim American Society – Arizona.

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CONTACT: Operations Coordinator Kristy Sabbah, 480-704-3876, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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