CAIR Seeks ‘Full Review’ of Rules of Engagement After Second Deadly U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Civilians

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a “full review” of current rules of engagement in the conflict with ISIS in Syria following a second deadly U.S.-led airstrike in that nation that killed at least 33 civilians in a school used as a shelter for displaced people.

SEE: U.S. Investigates Airstrike in Syria That Activists Say Killed  Civilians

Last week, CAIR called for a “full and transparent” investigation of allegations that the U.S. military conducted an airstrike on a Syrian mosque, leaving dozens of worshipers dead and injured.

SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Full and Transparent’ Probe of Alleged U.S. Airstrike on Syrian Mosque

US Military Launches Investigation of Strike Near Mosque in Syria

In a statement, CAIR said:

“With two recent attacks by U.S.-led forces in which so many Syrian civilians were killed and injured, it is imperative that our military and political leaders conduct a full review of the rules of engagement in that conflict to ensure that civilians are protected and that our nation’s values are maintained. Targeting civilians, even by accident or incompetence, is not only a tragedy for the loved ones of the dead and injured, but also harms America’s struggle against terrorism by alienating those we seek to protect.”

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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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-NY Denounces Mayor de Blasio’s Surprise Appointment of Intelligence Watchdog

chapter logos newyork(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/21/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights group, today denounced Mayor de Blasio’s surprise appointment of Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s newly reconstituted “Handschu Committee.”  The civilian representative is intended to serve as an independent watchdog on NYPD intelligence division investigations, ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services Division consent decree, which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance.

SEE: NYPD Agrees to Stronger Oversight of Investigations Into Religious, Political Groups

“Today’s surprise appointment, made without any consultation with the Muslim community, lacks the cooperation we needed to have confidence in this appointment,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Mayor de Blasio is asking us to blindly trust his appointee will curb the NYPD’s abusive surveillance, but that trust must be earned.”

“Mr. Robinson has exemplary legal credentials, but there’s no assurance this longtime prosecutor will be willing to curtail the NYPD’s pattern of unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Once again, Mayor de Blasio has given up a chance at lasting change to paper-over our dysfunctional and discriminatory intelligence apparatus.”

Muslim community members are asked to report any police harassment and discrimination to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

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CAIR-SFBA, Community Groups Celebrate the Signing of San Francisco Anti-Registry Ordinance Into Law

chapter logos california(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 3/21/17) - Today, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee hosted a ceremony to celebrate the signing of the San Francisco Anti-Registry (“Non-Cooperation with Identity- Based Registry”) Ordinance into law. 

Dozens of community members attended the ceremony in support of the ordinance that will stop San Francisco from “using resources to create, implement, provide investigation or information for, enforce, or otherwise assist or support any government program requiring the registration of individuals on the basis of religion, national origin, or ethnicity, or creating a database of individuals on the basis of religion, national origin, or ethnicity.”

A broad coalition of organizations - Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), the National Lawyers Guild -Francisco Bay Area (NLG SF), and the ACLU of Northern California advocated for this law that will create protections against any registry based on religion or country of origin.

“The SF Anti-Registry Ordinance is the first of its kind across the nation,” said Zahra Billoo, Executive Director for CAIR-SFBA. “Thank you to Mayor Lee, Supervisor Cohen, Supervisor Ronen, Supervisor Sheehy, and Supervisor Fewer San for their leadership. Together our elected officials and community organizations created stronger protections for vulnerable community members from racial profiling and religious discrimination through the passage of this law.”

"The City of San Francisco and our local communities showed today that they stand ready to oppose any discriminatory policies that profile our communities, which the new administration may push forth,” said Elica Vafaie, National Security & Civil Rights Attorney at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. “This first of its kind local ordinance provides tangible protections and we hope it sets a precedent throughout the country.”

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CAIR-MN to Host ‘1,000 Who CAIR, Call to Action’ Event to Challenge Islamophobia, Defend Civil Rights

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/21/17) -  On Saturday, March 25, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold an event aimed at challenging Islamophobia and defending civil rights.

[MEDIA NOTE: CAIR's event will be live-streamed on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIR.Minnesota/ ]

WHAT: CAIR-MN Event ‘1,000 Who CAIR, Call to Action’

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 4-8 p.m.

WHERE: The O'Shaughnessy Theater on the campus of St. Kate's, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Development & Outreach Coordinator, Patti Walsh, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The event will feature noted Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Civil Rights Leader Nekima Levy-Pounds, and other politicians and entertainers such as comedians Jeremy McLellan and Danish Maqbool, to inspire and energize people into ACTION.

This unique event will be a rallying cry to all who believe in religious freedom for Muslims and Americans of all faiths. CAIR-MN is hosting this event not only as a fundraiser and conference, but as a kick-off to its bold campaign to activate 10,000 Minnesotans in the fight against bigotry and hatred.

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