(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 8/23/2016) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today welcomed the district attorney’s addition of hate crime charges against Stanley Vernon Majors to the original charges of first degree murder, firearm possession after a previous felony and threatening a violent act.
Majors is accused of fatally shooting his next door neighbor, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara, on August 12. The Jabara family reported multiple incidents of harassment, threats ,and other attacks on their ethnicity and perceived religion, including calling them “Dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Moos-lems.” In 2015, Majors ran down and struck Haifa Jabara with his car, causing her serious injuries and forcing her to undergo multiple surgeries and rehabilitation periods.
(ATLANTA, GA, 8/23/16) – Later today, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) will hold a joint press conference with the Georgia NAACP and several other organizations to announce several updates regarding the blocked mosque in Newton County, Ga., and to respond to the anti-Muslim rhetoric expressed at town hall meetings on the issue last night.
WHAT: CAIR-GA News Conference on Proposed Mosque
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, 560 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Islamophobic rhetoric at last night’s meetings included: "We have already seen bombings and beheadings. Eight years ago our U.S. government got a Muslim president who has put Muslims in power.” Also: “I don’t want these people and these teachings in our community. Were you not watching your television on 9/11/ 01? Have we lost our minds?”
Muslim civil rights group calls on GOP presidential candidate to ‘reexamine’ his own bigoted views and policies
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today demanded that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump fire paid campaign staffers who have posted racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican messages on their personal social media accounts.
CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, also called on Trump to “reexamine” his own bigoted views and policies that attracted the racist staffers to his campaign in the first place.
A report by the Associated Press found Trump staffers who posted “that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, mocked how Mexicans talk, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war.”
AP noted that seven Trump staffers “expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.” A similar AP review of public social media accounts of Hillary Clinton's larger campaign staff found nothing as offensive.
According to AP: “A graphic designer for Trump's advance team approvingly posted video of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing fellow blacks for ignorance, irresponsibility and having too many children. A Trump field organizer in Virginia declared that Muslims were seeking to impose Sharia law in America and that ‘those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight.’”
One former Trump staffer posted an image stating: "We need Islam control, not gun control."
(ATLANTA, GA, 8/18/16) - Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), attorney Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South and almost 20 Georgia Muslim non-profit organizations have joined CAIR-Georgia's call for a federal investigation into Newton County for anti-Muslim discrimination.
Neither CAIR Georgia, the Georgia NAACP or the other supportive civil rights organizations currently represent the targeted mosque, which hopes to separately and privately resolve the situation with the county commissioners without legal action.
But all the organizations believe that the Justice Department should simultaneously investigate the county's actions.
"Although the targeted mosque hopes the Newton county commission will agree to privately resolve this, CAIR Georgia and other civil rights organizations stand ready to intervene and assist if the county commission does not quickly reverse course," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the NAACP. "In the meantime, the Justice Department should investigate the county's blatantly unconstitutional actions."
Public comments leading up to the moratorium by opponents of the proposal included anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments.
"Newton's county commissioners abandoned their oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, as well as their own local laws, because of fear and bigotry," said CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "We urge federal authorities to investigate this clearly discriminatory decision and protect the religious rights of all Georgians."