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CAIR-PA: Third Annual "Muslim Capitol Day" in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 4/16/18) – On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the leadership of the Pennsylvania Muslim community and their non-Muslim allies from the Jewish and Christian communities will participate in the Third Annual Muslim Capitol Day (MCD) at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

A press conference and rally will take place on Muslim Capitol Day from 10:30 am – 11:30 am on the Capitol Rotunda steps with speakers from both government and representatives of different faith communities.

More than 100 MCD participants will visit the offices of their elected state senators and representatives. During these meetings, the participants will make clear to their representatives the degree to which anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate crimes have affected Muslims' daily lives and the lives of their children throughout Pennsylvania, especially since the onset of the Trump campaign and presidency, and demand that their representatives speak out against any hate speech directed at any group.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Muslim Capitol Day

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

WHERE: Harrisburg Capitol Building

PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY: Capitol Rotunda Steps, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The goals of Muslim Capitol Day are:

* To raise the awareness of elected officials about Islamophobia stemming from certain politicians and media outlets.

* To encourage and increase the participation of American Muslims in the democratic political process.

* To work together with other groups and communities in building of a more equitable society, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or racial background.

Rabiya Khan, a member of the Advisory Board of CAIR-Philadelphia, said, “Muslim Capitol Day is an invaluable opportunity for American Muslims to make our voices heard in the halls of government and to assert that no amount of hate speech will deter our community from peacefully approaching our government for redress of grievances.”

This year, Muslim Capitol Day participants will focus on supporting one bill: SB942/HB135, “PAROLE ELIGIBILTY FOR LIFE SENTENCES.”

The sponsors of the bill are State Senator Sharif Street and State Representative Jason Dawkins. We support this bill because we believe it to be in the best interests of all the people of Pennsylvania.

The sponsors of Muslim Capitol Day are the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), Emgage Pennsylvania, and two Philadelphia mosques: Masjidullah and Philadelphia Masjid.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Outreach Director Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, Office: 267.515.6713, Mobile: 617.401.5397; CAIR-Philadelphia Advisory Board Member Rabiya Khan, 717.817.5906


CAIR-MI Urges ‘Robust’ Charges for Shooting Targeting Unarmed African-American Teen

screenshot 2018.04.13 12 28 26(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/13/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on Oakland County prosecutors to “robustly” charge a man who discharged his firearm on an unarmed African-American teen.

On Thursday, the teenager went to a home in Rochester Hills asking for directions after becoming lost on his way to school. A man in the house reportedly brandished a firearm at the teen and then opened fire at him as he ran for his life.

SEE: Michigan homeowner fires gun at teen who knocked on the door to ask for directions (WDIV Channel 4)

The shooter is currently in law enforcement custody while prosecutors are deliberating potential charges.

“The shooter should be robustly charged according to our state’s criminal law for shooting at the unarmed teen who simply came to a home asking for directions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We suspect that the alleged shooter may have been motivated to attempt to murder the unarmed teen due to racial bias.”

Walid noted that CAIR-MI was involved in calling for justice in similar case when an unarmed black teen, Renisha McBride, was fatally shot in 2013 by a white male after seeking help after a car accident.

SEE: “Criminalizing Black Corpses”: No Charges Filed After White Man Kills Detroit Teen Renisha McBride (Democracy NOW!)

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CAIR Thanks Sens. Booker, Shaheen, Menendez, Markey, Coons for Highlighting Pompeo’s Islamophobia at Confirmation Hearing

screenshot 2018.04.12 16 00 42(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for highlighting Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s history of Islamophobic statements and associations during today’s confirmation hearing.

Video: Sen. Cory Booker Grills Mike Pompeo on His Past Anti-Muslim Statements and Associations

Video: Sen. Edward Markey Questions Mike Pompeo About His Smears Targeting U.S. Muslim Leaders

“We thank all those senators who cared enough about our nation’s traditions of religious inclusion and constitutional protections to call Mr. Pompeo out on his past Islamophobic statements and associations,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

CAIR is also calling on all those who value America’s traditions of religious inclusion and respect for diversity to contact members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization set up a click-and-send action alert to urge senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation.



In addition to issuing the action alert, CAIR released a congressional fact sheet, titled “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.



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