CAIR Says Holocaust Remembrance Day is a Reminder of the Evil of Bigotry and Injustice

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/24/17) – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day should serve as a reminder of the evil of bigotry and injustice.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“On this Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), we are reminded that the evil that inspired the tragic murder of six million Jews and millions of other innocents during World War II is alive today in the form of growing bigotry targeting minority groups in this country and worldwide.

“This day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis, and it should also remind us of the never-ending struggle against injustice and oppression.”

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.

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CAIR: 700+ to Take Part in California ‘Muslim Day at the Capitol’ on April 24

chapter logos california(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/21/17) - On Monday, April 24, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will host its 6th annual “Muslim Day at the Capitol” (MDAC) in Sacramento, with more than 700 participants expected to attend.

CAIR-California and allies will also hold an 11 a.m. press conference highlighting the program’s legislative priorities. 

WHAT: 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol - “Action Trumps Fear”

WHEN: Monday, April 24th, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Press Conference at 11 a.m.)

WHO: 700+ Muslims from Across California

WHERE: Grand Ballroom, 1215 J St. and California State Capitol Building

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CAIR Welcomes Religious Exemption Granted for Minnesota Teenage Muslim Boxer’s Hijab

CAIR Welcomes Religious Exemption Granted for Minnesota Teenage Muslim Boxer Hijab(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a religious exemption granted to a teenage Muslim boxer in Minnesota who was previously barred from competition because she wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

Amaiya Zafar, 16, from Oakdale, Minn., will be allowed to compete wearing hijab under a new rule covering religious exemptions that is expected to be formally adopted by the USA Boxing board of directors in June. Under the new rule, which applies only to local “non-advancing matched bouts,” a request for a religious exemption must be made for each event in which the boxer wishes to participate.

Zafar is scheduled to box at an event on Saturday, April 29, in Minneapolis, Minn. She will be the first boxer allowed to fight in a USA Boxing-sanctioned event while wearing hijab.

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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Mississippi Mosque

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/19/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Mississippi mosque.

Officials with the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg say the sign for the mosque was vandalized early Friday morning. The sign was vandalized about a year ago, and in 2014, shots were fired into the facility. 

SEE: Hattiesburg Islamic Center Sign Vandalized

“Whenever any house of worship is vandalized, particularly during a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide, law enforcement authorities should investigate the possibility of a bias motive,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper noted the police just released video of a person spray-painting an “X” on the door of a mosque in New York and vandals targeted California Muslims with hate graffiti.

Vandal Spray Paints Giant X On Doors of Queens Islamic Center: NYPD

Possible Hate Crime Targets Muslims in California

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 35 other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR: This Map Shows How Many Mosques Have Been Targeted Just This Year (CNN)

Earlier this week, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters received a racist, Islamophobic letter sent from Michigan portraying former President Obama as a monkey and containing a page from an English translation of the Quran smeared with a “foreign substance” that is assumed to be feces.

SEE: Racist, Islamophobic Letter with ‘Foreign Substance’ on Quran Page Received at CAIR’s DC Headquarters

CAIR recently called for hate crime investigations of bias-motivated incidents targeting Muslims in Georgia, Wisconsin and Texas, part of “almost daily” attacks on American Muslims and other minority groups nationwide in recent months.

Video: CAIR-Georgia Offers Reward for Info on Hate Attack Targeting Muslim Teen

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