CAIR Condemns 'Trump' Vandalism in Maryland County

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned several cases of vandalism reported in Howard County, Md., at least two of which involved the word “Trump” being spray-painted on vehicles. 

One of the families whose vehicle was vandalized identifies as Hispanic, and family members are concerned that they were targeted because of their national origin, even though they are legal residents.

SEE: Vandalism cases reported in Howard County, 'Trump' spray painted on vehicles

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the election of President Donald Trump.

"This is one more disturbing example of the impact that the current administration's decisions and policies are having on ordinary Americans," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "We encourage law enforcement authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice."

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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CAIR Welcomes Maryland Vote Expanding AG’s Power to Sue Trump Administration

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/16/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a vote by Maryland state lawmakers to expand the state attorney general's power to challenge unconstitutional federal policies and presidential executive orders.

SEE: Maryland Attorney General Frosh Awarded Expanded Power to Sue Trump Administration

Lawmakers Expand Attorney General Powers to Resist Trump

The joint resolution allows Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for actions that are deemed to infringe on Marylanders' rights or access to health care, civil liberties, economic security, environment, immigration or international travel.

In a testimony submitted to relevant Committee Members on the issue, CAIR wrote in part:

"Maryland is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims – some of whom are refugees and immigrants; some of whom hail from one of the seven countries listed on the Muslim ban; the vast majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who contribute to society, pay taxes and seek to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Our state and our country are richer for their contributions.

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GOOD NEWS UPDATE: CAIR Welcomes Cancellation of Maryland Event with ‘Muslim Ban’ Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the cancellation of an appearance by anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney tomorrow in Maryland. 

Gaffney, whose conspiracy theories have reportedly been used as the ideological basis for President Trump’s recent “Muslim ban,” had been invited to speak at the Kenwood Golf & Country Club on Thursday, February 16th by the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women.

CAIR and the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition announced a protest against Gaffney’s appearance.

Within hours after announcing that it was co-sponsoring the protest, CAIR learned directly from a club representative that the event was canceled. 

Protest Facebook Page: Protest Islamophobe Frank Gaffney in Bethesda, MD

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CAIR to Join Protest of Speech by ‘Muslim Ban’ Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney in Maryland

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/17) – On Thursday, February 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in protesting an appearance by anti-Islam conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney at a Bethesda, Md., country club.

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Kenwood Golf & Country Club, 5601 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20816

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

Protest Facebook Page: Protest Islamophobe Frank Gaffney in Bethesda, MD

https://www.facebook.com/events/1347624318633267/

Gaffney, whose conspiracy theories have reportedly been used as the ideological basis for President Trump’s recent “Muslim ban,” has been invited to speak at the Kenwood Golf & Country Club by the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women.

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