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CAIR Condemns Barcelona Terror Attack, Trump’s Islamophobic Twitter Reaction

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 13 people dead and many more injured.

CAIR also condemned the “Islamophobic” Twitter response to that attack offered by President Trump that included false information.

Trump tweeted, apparently in reaction to the attack in Spain: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!"

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

“We condemn the terror attack in Barcelona, and we condemn President Trump’s irresponsible and Islamophobic response to that attack. President Trump claims he needed days to get the ‘facts’ on Charlottesville, and said nothing about the recent bombing of a Minnesota mosque, but tweeted false information within minutes of the Barcelona attack.

“The knee-jerk promotion of the widely-debunked myth about U.S. Gen. John Pershing in the Philippines --- which President Trump surely knows is false since he has used it in the past -- may just be his attempt to divert attention from widespread criticism of his response to the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville.”

Awad tweeted in response to the Barcelona attack: "Sickening to watch the #barcelonaattack. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of this despicable crime against the innocents."

SEE: Awad’s Tweet

POLITIFACT: Donald Trump Cites Dubious Legend About Gen. Pershing, Pig's Blood and Muslims

CAIR Says Trump’s Continued Use of ‘Pig’s Blood’ Myth Endangers American Muslims

Earlier today, CAIR condemned tweets by President Trump in support of “beautiful” Confederate statues and monuments.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Tweet in Support of ‘Beautiful’ Confederate Statues

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump and is urging 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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Condemns Trump’s Tweet in Support of ‘Beautiful’ Confederate Statues

screenshot twitter.com 2017 08 17 09 41 30(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned tweets by President Trump in support of “beautiful” Confederate statues and monuments.

Trump tweeted: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”

In a statement responding to the president’s tweet, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“Mr. Trump should be reminded that he is president of the United States of America, not the Confederate States of America. It is truly troubling that any national leader, let alone the president, would call monuments honoring those who sought to destroy America and to uphold the abhorrent institution of slavery ‘beautiful.’ Like the Confederacy, President Trump and his adviser Steve Bannon seem to favor dividing America.”

LISTEN: Confederate Statue Supporter Calls CAIR, Suggests Burning Down U.S. Mosques, Hanging American Muslims

Earlier this week, CAIR called on state and local governments across the nation to respond to the deadly terrorist attack on anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., by removing all government monuments and symbols that celebrate the Confederacy. USE: #RemoveConfederateMemorials

CAIR also offered a template resolution to be introduced by public bodies such as state legislatures, city councils and school districts calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

SEE: Template Requesting the Removal of All Confederate Memorials, Flags, Street Names, and Symbols from Public Spaces and Property

On Saturday, CAIR condemned the Charlottesville attack and decried President Trump’s “failure of moral leadership” for not immediately joining in near-universal condemnation -- by name -- of the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other racists groups participating in the hate rally.

The "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville was designed to challenge the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.

Last week, CAIR condemned the racist rally and urged cities nationwide to remove Confederate memorials.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Planned White Supremacist Rally in Virginia, Urges Rejection of Confederate Memorials Nationwide

CAIR chapters around the nation are participating in events expressing solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s terror attack.

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump and is urging 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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-San Diego to Join the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and Partners Celebrating ‘Muslim Appreciation Month’

(SAN DIEGO, CA, 8/16/17) – On Thursday, August 17, the San Diego office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SD) will join the San Diego Human Relations Commission and public officials -- including representatives from the State Senate, Assembly and the mayor’s office – to present the proclamation recognizing “Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.”

Last year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced House Resolution 59 to proclaim the month of August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month” and was joined by 61 co-authors. He will be reintroducing the resolution with HR 43 on August 21 with Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu as co-sponsors.

WHAT: Presentation of Proclamation to Recognize August 2017 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month

WHEN: August 17, 10 a.m.

WHERE: San Diego Central Library, Shiley Suite, 330 Park Blvd. 9th Floor, San Diego, California 92101

CONTACT: CAIR-SD Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"I am proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California," said Assemblymember Quirk.

“We’re honored to have friends that acknowledge the important contributions of the American Muslim community, particularly given the current political climate,” said CAIR San Diego’s Executive Director Hanif Mohebi.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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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NEW DATE: CAIR to Offer ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop at Virginia Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/2017) – On Thursday, August 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ workshop at one of the largest mosques in Virginia.

CAIR’s free workshop, to be conducted by CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas at Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., will cover issues such as an individual’s rights when interacting with law enforcement or the FBI, religious rights in the workplace, the rights of Muslim students, and the rights of Muslim travelers – with a special focus on the issue of “watchlisting.”

WHAT: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights and Responsibilities’ Workshop at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va.

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque, 3159 Row St, Falls Church, VA 22044

CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 herehttp://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 Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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