(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/18/2016) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on administrators of Bagley High School in Bagley, Minn., to cancel an event this evening featuring notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate groups in America, describes Guandolo as "a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims 'do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.'"
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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 10/18/15) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an announcement by the Syosset School District that its public schools will observe the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as the Hindu holiday Diwali. Syosset is the first of Long Island's districts to recognize these holidays.
[NOTE: Eid al-Fitr, which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes at the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Some 10 percent of New York City public school students are Muslim.]
In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said:
"Like other parts of New York, Long Island's diversity is growing. By voting to include Islamic and Hindu holidays on the school calendar, the Syosset School District is properly recognizing the strength of its plurality and the need to be inclusive. We hope other Long Island school districts follow Syosset's example in permitting students to celebrate religious holidays without having to miss class."
She further noted that CAIR chapters nationwide have worked to have school districts recognize Muslim holidays. In March 2015, CAIR-NY welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that New York City's public schools would recognize Islamic holidays.
CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.
WHAT: Final Presidential Debate, Viewing Parties
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 PM (Doors open 5:30PM)
WHERE: 3000 Scott Blvd., #212, Santa Clara, CA 95054
43450 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 (co-hosted by Afghan American Conference)
55 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111 (co-hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus)
CAIR-SFBA, along with the Afghan American Conference and Asian Law Caucus, will be hosting three public viewings of the final presidential debate of the 2016 elections.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that the topics of the final debate:
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – 10/18/16) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today released a 2016 Muslim Voter Guide that provides information about the upcoming November election in Oklahoma.
The 2016 Muslim Voter Guide includes information about all of the State Questions on the ballot, how to simplify the voting process, frequently asked questions about voting, and a sample ballot.
“The CAIR-OK voter guide was created with the Oklahoma Muslim in mind but contains information aimed at making this election accessible to all,” said Anna Facci, CAIR-OK’s Events and Operations Coordinator. “There is much more than the presidential election on the ballot this November and participation in state and local elections has a significant impact on the future of our state and local communities.”
DOWNLOADCAIR-OK VOTER GUIDE:
The guide also includes CAIR-OK’s recommendations for the state’s seven State Questions, including a letter from CAIR-OK’s Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure about the dangers of State Question 790.
“This year, there are several very important and very concerning matters addressed in State Questions, including SQ 790, which dangerously weakens the separation between church and state that is an enshrined part of our legal history,” said Laizure. “It’s crucial for our reader to be informed of the down-ballot issues so that they can vote for the future of their communities.”