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CAIR-Missouri: Women Lead Art Exhibition to Challenge Stereotypes, Empower Local Muslim Artists

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 3/20/2018) – On Saturday, March 31, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host the 2nd annual “Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition” featuring nearly three dozen local Muslim artists and performers – the majority of whom are Muslim women - to challenge stereotypes, build understanding and empower American Muslims to share their stories through art.

WHAT: Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 5:30 – 9:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM)

3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis MO, 63108


TICKETS: $15 Adults, $5 for children 12 and under, 5 and under free.


CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Events Curator Yusra Ali, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Events Organizer Sadia Ali, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet Some of Our Artists & Performers: 


“We want to inspire a generation of American Muslim artists and performers who use their creative passions to tell their stories and not let others do it for them,” said Yusra Ali curator for the art exhibition. “After last year’s art exhibition, we had so many Muslim creatives reach out, especially Muslim women who wanted an opportunity to display their work and tell their stories. We are so inspired by the overwhelming number of Muslim women who are organizing, are premiered artists and performers, and will share their talents and stories on the last of National Women’s History Month.”

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CAIR Submits Testimony Supporting Bill in Maryland General Assembly to Impose Reasonable Restrictions on Use of Solitary Confinement

(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/20/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it has submitted testimony in support of HB 786 – Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Limitations, that has been introduced and heard this week in the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill, sponsored by Maryland State Delegate Jazz Lewis, establishes reasonable limitations on the use of solitary confinement at correctional facilities in Maryland. These include:


  • restricting to a maximum of 15 consecutive days, or a total of 90 days, that an inmate may be placed in restrictive housing in any one year period, and
  • prohibiting certain vulnerable inmates from placement in solitary confinement under certain circumstances.

CAIR’s testimony reads in part:

“For many years, human rights advocates and civil rights organizations have called for an end to the practice of solitary confinement in federal and state prison systems. It is widely viewed as a form of extreme punishment that leads to inmates being held from 22-24 hours in isolated confinement in a small cell with severe sensory deprivation.

“The United Nations has condemned this practice as a ‘degrading, inhumane form of abuse that amounts to little more than torture by another name,’ while many advocates in the United States agree that it is unconstitutional and violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual forms of punishment.

“The State of Maryland resorts to solitary confinement – known as ‘restrictive housing’ – for inmates at twice the national average. In 2016, according to the Baltimore Sun, nearly 70 percent of the state prison population in Maryland spent an average of nearly two months in isolated confinement. Those who appear to be most at risk are the mentally ill whose condition is exacerbated by these cruel and inhumane conditions.

“The average cost of housing a prisoner in isolation in a Maryland correctional facility is three times greater than housing in the general population. CAIR believes that reform on this issue is imperative in our state because it:


  • Is a cruel, unconstitutional, and inhumane form of punishment that can pose a risk to public and personal safety.
  • Adversely impacts inmates’ mental health and leads to greater risk of suicide
  • Is counterproductive, leading to high rates of recidivism, and
  • Is a financial burden and comes at an exorbitant cost to taxpayers

“CAIR supports HB 786 because we have a moral responsibility to advocate for humane, constitutional policies regarding solitary confinement, mass incarceration and reforming our criminal justice system,” said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry, who also serves on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights. “It is impossible to subject inmates to unnecessary restrictive housing, knowing its harmful effects, and then expect them to return to society without irreparable damage. Such punishment, as it stands, is inhumane, unconstitutional, unconscionable, costly, and fails to keep our state safe.”    SEE: Time to end solitary confinement in Maryland CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CAIR-Minnesota to Take Part in Muslim Day at the Capitol

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/19/18) -- On Tuesday, March 20, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations will join members of the state’s Muslim community at the 14th Annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol" hosted by Muslim American Society of Minnesota MAS-MN. The event will include a 9:30 a.m. rally in the capitol rotunda.

Minnesota’s governor and secretary of state are scheduled to appear at the event.

The annual event seeks to promote community engagement in local politics and to discuss issues of interest to the Muslim community with their elected representatives. This year, the topics of interest include Islamophobia, anti-Muslim legislation and gun violence.

WHAT: Muslim Day at the Capitol

WHEN: Rally starts at 9:30 a.m., Meetings with elected officials 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: Rotunda, State Capitol

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register at

Muslim Day at the Capitol consists of three components:


  • Training is provided for participants on how to interact with legislators and lobby for their concerns. The training is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. in Conference Room 316, 3rd Floor, State Capitol. A light brunch will be provided.
  • A rally at 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda. All participants gather to hear elected leadership and community leaders speak to the Muslim community.
  • Attendees go in small groups to meet with legislators and speak to them about Muslim concerns. 

Scheduled speakers include Minnesota Muslim community leaders and prominent elected officials. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. will be appointments with state representatives and senators.

Muslim Day at the Capitol Partners:

  • AbuBakr Assaddique Islamic Center
  • Abu Huraira Islamic Center
  • Alif Center
  • Al Amal School
  • Al Madinah Cultural Center (AMCC)
  • American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
  • Brooklyn Park Islamic Center (BPIC)
  • Confederation of Somali Community Minnesota
  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Darul Farook Center
  • Dar Al Qalam Cultural Center
  • Darul Uloom Islamic Center
  • Gems of Light Academy
  • Hikma Academy
  • Iman Hussein Islamic Center 
  • Islamic Association of Mankato
  • Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM)
  • Islamic Center of the Twin Ports (Duluth)
  • Islamic Center of Winona 
  • Islamic Civic Society of America / Darul Hijrah
  • Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Minnesota
  • Islamic Community Center of Minnesota / Masjid Al-Iman
  • Isuroon
  • Jaafari Islamic Center
  • Mankato Islamic Center
  • MAS Blaine Community Center (MBCC)
  • Masjed Abubakr Al-Seddiq (Rochester)
  • Masjid Al Ansar Islamic Center
  • Masjid Al Huda (ICCC)
  • Masjid Al Ihsan
  • Masjid An Nur
  • Masjid Ar Rahman (MCC)
  • Masjid At Taqwa
  • Masjid At Tawba (ICCC)
  • Masjid Omar (24 Mall)
  • Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community
  • Muslim Youth Leadership Awards
  • North West Islamic Community Center (Masjid Al Kareem)
  • Pearls of Hope
  • Rawda Community Center
  • Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood of Empowerment
  • Sisters Need a Place
  • Shanta Link
  • South Metro Islamic Center (SMIC) – Rosemount
  • Tawfiq Islamic Center
  • AbuBakr Islamic Center (Faribault)
  • As Sunnah Islamic Center
  • Muslim Society of Owatonna
  • Daru Salaam Islamic Center
  • Irshaad Islamic Center
  • Islamic Association of North America (IANA)


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