CAIR Releases Toolkit to Help Muslims Introduce Anti-Islamophobia Resolutions in State Legislatures
(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/2/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced the filing of a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on behalf of a Muslim woman who allegedly had her religious head scarf (hijab) forcibly removed by a male officer of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
Kirsty Powell and her husband, who are both African-American, were driving near Market St. and Long Beach Boulevard when they were pulled over by the LBPD. Powell was arrested on an outstanding warrant. During the arrest she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her head scarf. Powell made several requests for a female officer to search her. The officers informed her that she was, "not allowed to wear her hijab” and that they were “allowed to touch a woman.”
(ANAHEIM, CA, 5/2/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the resignation of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Chief of Staff Tom Angel after CAIR-LA and other civil rights organizations demanded his resignation for sending numerous Islamophobic and racist emails.
“The Sheriff’s decision to accept his chief of staff’s resignation sent an important and clear message going forward that the LASD has zero tolerance for misconduct that could undermine the trust between the Department and the diverse L.A. communities that it serves,” said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Manager Haroon Manjlai. “We support Sheriff McDonald's commitment to take actions to rebuild the trust and undo the damage by reviewing existing policies to ensure accountability and enhance cultural and ethnic sensitivity and professionalism among LASD personnel."
Title: Coordinator, Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Director, Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia
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.
The Coordinator will work with the Director to conceive, initiate, and conduct investigative research projects and programs aimed at combatting bias in the United States.
These projects involve building and maintaining databases, distilling information for inclusion in reports and public briefings, and conceiving and implementing campaigns to discredit bias and promote an inclusive society.
Skills and education requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology, Marketing, Journalism or other relevant field Strong research, writing, editing and proofreading skills An ability to distill pertinent information from large amounts of content Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills Knowledge and interest in politics and current affairs Excellent information management abilities with an eye for detail Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases Consistent follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines with an ability to work on several issues at once Ability to work at times with minimal supervision
Expand, maintain, and improve CAIR’s Islamophobia databases, Islamophobia Monitor web site and methods for monitoring and exposing bias networks in the United States Participate in researching, writing, and producing CAIR’s Islamophobia reports and briefs Maintain overall knowledge of the Islamophobia movement in the United States, its notable individuals, narratives, institutions, and tactics Undertaking relevant research and analysis as directed Conceive and produce materials that present effective strategies for opposing Islamophobia and other forms of bias Hosting workshops and attending community outreach events as needed. Liaising with partner organizations Advise and provide assistance to CAIR chapters and community partners on Islamophobia issues Travel and weekend work as needed Scheduling appointments, receiving and making telephone calls, drafting and typing office memos, and performing other administrative duties
How to Apply:
Application review will begin May 18, so applications submitted prior to that date will have priority.