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CAIR 3rd Quarter Civil Rights Report Shows Rise in Hate Crimes Over Same Period Last Year, Moderate Decline in Total Cases

screenshot 2017 10 17 15 06 57 240(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group, today released a quarterly civil rights report documenting 354 incidents of anti-Islam religious bias during the third quarter of 2017.

In its third quarter update, CAIR documented a decrease in the overall number of anti-Muslim bias incidents as compared to the first and second quarters. (354 incidents in Q3, as compared to 451 in Q2 and 851 in Q1) However, bias incidents rose 9 percent in the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

Hate crimes were the most frequently documented type of bias incident, with 61 cases in the third quarter of 2017. This number was comparable to previous quarters, so while overall cases are down, the number of hate crimes remained steady.

The most likely location for the occurrence of a bias incident was an air/bus/train terminal, with ethnicity or national origin being the most common factor identified as triggering the incident. People of Middle Eastern or North African descent were the most frequent targets of bias.

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents in the Third Quarter of 2017  

“The fact that hate crimes are now the most frequent type of bias incident we document is deeply concerning, “said Zainab Arain, coordinator of CAIR’s National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “The moderate decline in reported bias incidents in the third quarter of this year does justify wary optimism.”

Since January 2017, CAIR has released preliminary Islamophobia data every three months.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

Civil Rights Data Quarter Two Update: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents April -- June 2017

In May, the organization released civil rights data covering 2014-2016. 

The Empowerment of Hate: The Civil Rights Implications of Islamophobic Bias in the U.S. 2014-2016

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 424-204-2436, 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-MN, Somali Faith Leaders to Offer Update on Mogadishu Bombing

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/17/2017) - - Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join Somali faith and community leaders at a press conference to offer updates on the bombing in Mogadishu and will offer ways community member can get involved in supporting those impacted by the terror attack.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ummatul Islam Center 3015 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

WHO: Leaders from the Somali Community

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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 Racist Incident at Md. High School, Calls for 'Zero-Tolerance' Policy on Racism

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/17/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a racist incident at Bel Air High School in Harford County, Md., and urged school officials to promptly develop a “zero-tolerance policy” on racism and to appropriately discipline anyone who engages in such disturbing acts. 

The incident took place during School Spirit Week, and involved several students wearing shirts, each emblazoned with a single letter, and positioned and photographed so that the letters spelled out the "N" word. 

SEE: Photo Spelling Out Racial Slur Spurs Calls for Expulsion at Bel Air High School

"School officials must take concrete steps to ensure a safe, non-hostile learning environment for students of all backgrounds," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We support families of students demanding stricter consequences for those involved in this incident to help discourage anything like this from happening again."

A statement released by Harford County Public Schools reads in part:

“The use of racial slurs, or any discriminatory comments, is not acceptable in Harford County Public Schools. As a school system, we welcome and honor diversity and are committed to facilitating a safe and secure environment for all of our students and staff. Given the nature of the incident that occurred at Bel Air High School, the school staff, the administration, and the entire student body will have an opportunity to work towards an inclusive, supportive, and respectful learning environment with the guidance of the Supervisor of Equity & Cultural Proficiency.”

The school system also says continued professional development for staff will focus on cultural responsiveness and inclusivity.

This is the most recent in a string of racist incidents occurring in Maryland localities. Recently, CAIR condemned racist flyers promoting white supremacy and anti-Semitism in Montgomery County. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Distributed in Maryland

Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Appear in Montgomery County

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Fliers-Promoting-White-Supremacy-Anti-Semitism-Appear-in-Montgomery-County/

change.org petition calling for stricter punishment than the purported 9 days suspension for the students involved has collected over 16,800 signatures.

SEE PETITION: Zero Tolerance for Racism in Schools (Md.) 

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

 

CAIR-Missouri: Speaking Truth to Power - Khizr Khan Gold Star Father

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 @ 2:30 PMWASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS | WILSON HALL, 214

Khizr Khan, Speaking Truth to Power at Washington University in St. Louis

Join us for an evening panel discussion with Gold Star Father Khizr Khan who rocked the nation by challenging the President to read the Constitution. This insightful frank conversation will give the audience an opportunity to explore the current political climate in the U.S. while discussing the politicization of Islamophobia.

 

  • Get a Signed Copy of the Constitution
  • Free & Open to the Public, Limited Seating
  • Refreshments Served
  • RSVP Online: www.cair-mo.org/goldstar

Guests will be able to receive a signed copy of a pocket constitution from Mr. Khan along with a photo for a suggested donation of $100. WUSTL Students are encouraged to attend a meet & greet with Mr. Khan from 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served during the program. This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. 

This event is brought to you by the Muslim Student Association at Washington University in St. Louis (MSA WUSTL) and the Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO).

 

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