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CAIR to Mark ‘Muslim Ban’ Anniversary with Grand Opening of New Office in Maryland

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/18) – On Saturday, January 27, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization will mark the first anniversary of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in Maryland.

CAIR’s new office will enable the organization to better serve the growing civil rights needs of Maryland’s diverse communities.

WHAT: CAIR Office in Maryland Grand Opening Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

R.S.V.P. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

On January 27, 2017, CAIR announced a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. to publicize the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the Muslim ban executive order signed on that day by President Trump.

SEE: CAIR to Announce Constitutional Challenge to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14062-cair-to-announce-constitutional-challenge-to-trump-s-muslim-ban-executive-order.html

Video: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkL1-e6cMYQ

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia, challenged the constitutionality of the order because its apparent purpose and underlying motive was to ban people of the Islamic faith in several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

In a statement at the time, CAIR National Litigation Director Lena F. Masri, Esq. said: “There is no evidence that refugees -- the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation -- are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

Hundreds of Marylanders were personally impacted by the Muslim ban - leading to separated families, canceled travel plans, heightened uncertainty, and fears of scapegoating.

In the past year, the Trump administration’s discriminatory policies - coupled with a dramatic rise in intolerance, hate crimes, and bias attacks following the 2016 presidential election observed in Maryland and across the country - have led to a greater demand for CAIR’s services.

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Says DOJ/DHS Report on Terror Smears Immigrants, Ignores White Supremacist Violence

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said a new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between 2001 and 2016 serves to smear all immigrants and ignores the troubling phenomenon of violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants.

CAIR said the report was required by one of President Trump’s executive orders.

SEE: DHS Reports 73% of Convicted International Terrorists are Foreign-Born

In a statement, CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said:

“This agenda-driven report is clearly designed to support the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic policies. It ignores violence committed by white supremacists and other non-immigrants, and instead seeks to tar all immigrants with the brush of terrorism. As President Trump’s long history of racist and anti-immigrant statements and policy proposals have demonstrated, administration policies must be viewed through the lens of the Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy that are the main motivating factors for such policies.”

A report from the Cato Institute indicated that more than three times as many people were killed in terror attacks by native-born Americans than foreign-born attackers between the 9/11 attacks and the end of 2015.

That report stated: “From September 12, 2001, until December 31, 2015, 24 people were murdered on U.S. soil by a total of 5 foreign-born terrorists, while 65 other foreign-born terrorists attempted or committed attacks that did not result in fatalities. During the same period, 80 people were murdered in terrorist attacks committed by native-born Americans and those with unknown nationalities.”

Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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.

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, 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 Condemns Distribution of Hate Literature to Maryland Homes

screenshot outlook.office.com 2018 01 14 14 03 30 743(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/14/18) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the reported distribution of Islamophobic and homophobic hate literature to homes in Maryland.

CAIR said the cartoon-like tracts by the hate group Chick Publications, titled “Camel’s in the Tent,” include bizarre claims that Muslims seek the “conquest” of America by taking over the country “little by little, one city at a time.” Chick has a long history of bigoted attacks on Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, and other groups.

Last year, CAIR condemned distribution of the same hate literature in Maine.

SEE: Anti-Islam Leaflets Left on Cars in Presque Isle

"While bigots have the same right to free speech as any other Americans, those who reject hatred and prejudice of all kinds have a duty to speak out in support of the American tradition of racial and religious inclusion," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

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 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.

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

 

CAIR-WA to Present on Islamophobia to Youth at MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

(SEATTLE, WA, 1/14/18) – On Sunday, January 14, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Washington) will present on Islamophobia at the MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop in Downtown Seattle.

The goal of the workshop is to empower youth between the ages of 11-18 to speak out publicly against Islamophobia and Antisemitism, while also building relationships between diverse communities.

WHAT: MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

WHEN:  Sunday, January 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Seattle University Student Center, 1100 E James Way, Seattle WA 98122

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Media & Outreach Director Sarah Stuteville, 206-403-3931, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Young Americans are feeling the impact of hate impacting their own family and friends," said Jasmin Samy, CAIR-WA Civil Rights Director, who will be speaking on Islamophobia at the workshop and will be available for media interviews, “Giving them the tools to challenge Islamophobia will help them make a difference in their communities and on our nation at large." Free tickets are available at mlkvoice2018.eventbrite.com.

More information can be found on the event Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/953350911487179/

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.

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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MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Stuteville, Media & Outreach Director for CAIR-WA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 206-403-3931

 

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