(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/27/2018) -- CAIR is urging American Muslims to take advantage of the upcoming August recess -- during which members of Congress return home to spend time with their constituents -- by requesting meetings to advocate on state and national issues of importance, including: dismantling President Trump's "Muslim Ban" executive order; opposing limits on campus free speech and boycotts; protecting immigrant communities by supporting Dreamers, TPS holders and opposing new restrictions; and, recognizing the accomplishments of U.S. Muslims.
Each year, Congress goes into recess for the month of August. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to begin their summer recess today until September 3 (Labor Day). Member of the U.S. Senate will start their recess on August 6 until September 14.
While members of Congress are in their home districts for the annual summer break, it is important for American Muslims to schedule in-district office meetings or attend town halls to build greater momentum on issues already being supported by Muslim organizations, activists and communities nationwide.
[NOTE: On May 7 and 8, more than 400 delegates attended meetings with some 250 elected officials and congressional staffers during the fourth annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Muslim rights.]
CAIR is encouraging Muslim community members to print out downloadable copies of legislative fact sheets it has prepared for distribution to members of Congress and their staff at town halls and to leave behind during one-on-one meetings. CAIR leave behind documents prepared for the August recess include:
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet:Push Back Against the Trump’s Unconstitutional Muslim Ban & Biased Extreme Vetting Programs
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet: Protect Free Speech on Campus: Student Opposition to Israel’s Human Rights Abuses is Not Anti-Semitic
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet:Protect Immigrant Communities: Supporting Dreamers, TPS Holders and Opposing New Restrictions
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet: Support H.Res. 869: Recognizing the Accomplishments of U.S. Muslims
CAIR Calls on Congress, Trump Administration and International Community to Act Against New Israeli ‘Apartheid’ Law
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Congress, the Trump administration and the international community to take concrete steps against the adoption of an “apartheid” law by Israel stating that the Jewish people "have an exclusive right to national self-determination,” with no mention of either equality or minority rights.
ACT NOW: Tell Congress to Cut Nearly $4 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Aid to Israel After Declaring Itself an Apartheid State
The bill defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people -- not of all Israeli citizens regardless of race or faith -- removes Arabic as an official language and affirms Jewish-only settlements as “a national value.”
SEE: Israel Passes Controversial 'Nation-State' Bill With No Mention of Equality or Minority Rights
Jewish Nation-state Law Makes Discrimination in Israel Constitutional
Israel Passes a Law Affirming a Jewish Nation-State
In a statement, CAIR said:
“Israel has long imposed a system of de facto apartheid -- with rights and opportunities apportioned according to race, religion and ethnicity – but now Benjamin Netanyahu's government has written that racism into law.
“Because billions of American taxpayer dollars are given to Israel each year, and because our nation should stand as a beacon for freedom and equal rights, Congress and the Trump administration must join with the international community in taking concrete steps to push back against this attempt to further legalize racial segregation.
“We must repudiate this racist legislation in the same way the world rejected apartheid-era laws requiring that every citizen be classified as a member of one of a number of racial groups and enforcing the segregation of public services.
“Our nation’s elected leaders, along with the international community, must clearly demonstrate that de jure (in law) racism will not be accepted in the modern era.”
CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress That Campus Opposition to Israel’s Human Rights Abuses is Not Anti-Semitic
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, announced today its opposition to the falsely titled “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018,” [S. 2940/H.R. 5924] which incorrectly conflates legitimate First Amendment protected discussion on American campuses about Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians with the vile bigotry of anti-Semitism.
CAIR is also calling on all Americans to urge their elected representatives in Congress to oppose and not co-sponsor the act.
ACT NOW: EMAIL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS
CAIR joins the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Arab American Institute (AAI) and other civil liberties groups in raising serious free speech concerns about the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018.
“The falsely-titled Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 would only create confusion between what are real and punishable anti-Semitic hate crimes and the protected free speech rights of American students and faculty members,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad added: “It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the Apartheid-like policies of a foreign government or for Americans to engage in the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”
Action Alert: CAIR Calls on Muslim Voters to Contact Elected Representatives in Opposition to Trump’s Family Separation Policy
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on American Muslim voters -- and all other Americans concerned about family values -- to contact their elected representatives to voice opposition to the Trump administration’s recently-introduced policy to break apart families at the border and place children in detention.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Click on CAIR’s Action Alert to Contact Your elected Representatives on This Important Issue:
Criticism of the policy has come from across the political spectrum and includes condemnation from members of Trump’s own political party and family.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“It is unconscionable to rip children from their parent’s arms in a cynical attempt to pressure lawmakers to fund the widely-rejected border wall or to intimidate those seeking a better life for their loved ones. Members of Congress should hear from the majority of Americans who oppose this un-American, inhumane and immoral policy of family separation and detention of children.”
Awad also quoted from the poem on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/7/2018) – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is again calling on all Americans who respect the Constitution and value human rights to tell their Senators and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to oppose the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new CIA director.
Haspel is scheduled to appear before the committee on Wednesday and reportedly considered withdrawing from the nomination process because of increasing opposition to her past actions.
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL AND CALL THE U.S. SENATE AND SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE TO OPPOSE HASPEL’S CONFIRMATION AS CIA DIRECTOR
While at the CIA, Haspel not only oversaw the torture of detainees, but she helped destroy the evidence documenting the abuses in direct violation of U.S. law and executive orders.
In addition to issuing a click-and-send action alert, CAIR is releasing a congressional fact sheet, titled “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Torturer Gina Haspel as CIA Director,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Members of the public are being asked to take the following actions to oppose and block Haspel’s confirmation as CIA Director:
- Take part in CAIR’s action alert to email and call your state’s U.S. senate delegation and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to oppose and block Haspel’s confirmation.
- Read CAIR’s congressional factsheet “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Torturer Gina Haspel to CIA Director,” which can be found here. Forward this factsheet along to your state’s Senate delegation, and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
- Organize locally. Connect with neighbors, your house of worship, state or city CAIR chapter, and other non-profits interested in requesting the Senate to oppose and block Haspel’s confirmation.
- Call and schedule constituent meetings with your state’s U.S. Senate delegation urging opposition to Haspel’s confirmation should it come to a vote on the Senate floor.
- Contact information for members of the U.S. Senate can be found here.
- Contact information for local CAIR chapters can be found here.
- A checklist on meeting with an elected official and ensuring an effective meeting with an elected official can be found in CAIR’s policy toolkit: “Recognizing American Muslim Contributions in our States.”
- Call the offices of members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urging them to oppose and block Haspel’s confirmation during the hearing that is reported to take place sometime in April. A call script is provided below.
- Please note: Individuals that live in states that have a senator who serves on the committee can use their influence as a constituent to exert additional pressure.
- Write an editorial for your local newspaper and other online state or regional news forums that your state’s senate delegation is likely to read. Use this press release and the points made by CAIR’s congressional factsheet opposing Haspel’s confirmation. For more helpful suggestions, refer to “13 OP-ED TIPS,” from New York Times writer, Jennifer Finney Boylan.