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CAIR, BMORE Indivisible Partner to Hold Maryland #NoMuslimBanEver Town Hall

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/18/17) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with BMORE Indivisible, will host a #NoMuslimBanEver Town Hall to take a stand against the Trump administration's discriminatory policies and executive orders that are disproportionately impacting Muslims, immigrants and refugees. The event will feature members of Congress, local elected officials, impacted people, and interfaith leaders. 

WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Town Hall WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Doors open: 6pm, Event begins: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Baltimore War Memorial (lower level), 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

CONTACT: CAIR Rep. Dr. Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Maryland State Delegate Bilal Ali (first Muslim delegate to represent Baltimore City), and Syrian-American Imam Bashar Arafat are among the confirmed speakers. 

On Tuesday, the civil rights organization welcomed a Hawaii federal judge's decision to temporarily block the implementation of the controversial ban. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge's Decision to Block Trump's 'Muslim Ban 3.0'

Judge Derrick K. Watson's decision means that for 14 days, the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries targeted by the ban, which was to go into effect today. 

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR to Honor Hawaii AG Douglas S. Chin with ‘Defending Liberty Award’ at 23rd Annual Banquet in Arlington, Va.

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations will honor Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin with its “Defending Liberty Award” at CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Chin said, "Today is another victory for the rule of law. We stand ready to defend it," in response to a decision today by a federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing “Muslim Ban 3.0,” the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban. Chin’s office filed that legal challenge.

In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's 23rd Annual Banquet will feature a number of other nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb, Islamic Scholar and Community Leader
  • Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud
  • Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Individual tickets cost $65.

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

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CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

Muslim civil rights group calls on Trump administration to withdraw proposed rules

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is welcoming a decision today by a federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing “Muslim Ban 3.0,” the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban.

Judge Derrick K. Watson’s decision means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries targeted by the ban, which was to go into effect tomorrow.

SEE: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban

The Hawaii court found that the Muslim ban “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals” from the Muslim majority countries would be “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”

Recognizing that “national security” is pretext for the Muslim ban, the court determined that it contains “internal incoherencies that markedly undermine its stated ‘national security’ rationale.” The court concluded that the ban contradicted its stated “national security” rationale and that many of its provisions were not supported by any verifiable evidence.

"We are thankful that the judiciary has once again blocked President Trump’s attempt to undermine our nation's laws and Constitution," said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. "President Trump should do the right thing and withdraw his latest Muslim ban, which represents nothing more than an irrational, illegal and unconstitutional attempt to fulfill a bigoted campaign pledge."

She noted however that the judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.

On October 18, CAIR will join a coalition of national and local American Muslim and civil rights organizations at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march outside the White House in Washington, D.C.

The event is designed to protest discriminatory policies that unlawfully target and hurt American Muslim and immigrant communities across the country and are part of the administration’s xenophobic, white supremacist agenda.

WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Rally and March

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 11:30 a.m. [MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media should sign in by 10 a.m. at the press risers in Lafayette Square.]

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. - March begins at Lafayette Square with speeches by a member of Congress, American Muslim leaders and impacted individuals

1:30 p.m. - March to the Trump International Hotel via Pennsylvania Avenue

3:30 p.m. - Program will end with march up to the doorstep of the enforcers of the Muslim ban, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

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.

SEE: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups, is mobilizing and organizing events around the country to help lead the fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities across the country.

Earlier this month, CAIR announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six individuals challenging the lawfulness of President Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a Muslim ban. A federal court hearing on that and other related lawsuits took place today in Maryland.

VIDEO: CAIR Joins Other Civil Rights Organizations at News Conference Outside Federal Court in Maryland

That lawsuit was the latest CAIR legal filing challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. 

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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.

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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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 3rd Quarter Civil Rights Report Shows Rise in Hate Crimes Over Same Period Last Year, Moderate Decline in Total Cases

screenshot 2017 10 17 15 06 57 240(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil rights and advocacy group, today released a quarterly civil rights report documenting 354 incidents of anti-Islam religious bias during the third quarter of 2017.

In its third quarter update, CAIR documented a decrease in the overall number of anti-Muslim bias incidents as compared to the first and second quarters. (354 incidents in Q3, as compared to 451 in Q2 and 851 in Q1) However, bias incidents rose 9 percent in the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

Hate crimes were the most frequently documented type of bias incident, with 61 cases in the third quarter of 2017. This number was comparable to previous quarters, so while overall cases are down, the number of hate crimes remained steady.

The most likely location for the occurrence of a bias incident was an air/bus/train terminal, with ethnicity or national origin being the most common factor identified as triggering the incident. People of Middle Eastern or North African descent were the most frequent targets of bias.

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents in the Third Quarter of 2017  

“The fact that hate crimes are now the most frequent type of bias incident we document is deeply concerning, “said Zainab Arain, coordinator of CAIR’s National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “The moderate decline in reported bias incidents in the third quarter of this year does justify wary optimism.”

Since January 2017, CAIR has released preliminary Islamophobia data every three months.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents 2017 Quarter One Update

Civil Rights Data Quarter Two Update: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents April -- June 2017

In May, the organization released civil rights data covering 2014-2016. 

The Empowerment of Hate: The Civil Rights Implications of Islamophobic Bias in the U.S. 2014-2016

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

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 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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Coordinator Zainab Arain, 424-204-2436, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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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