Action Alert: CAIR Urges Americans to ‘Unite Together’ in Opposing Pompeo’s Confirmation as Secretary of State

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/19/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all those who value America’s traditions of religious inclusion and respect for diversity to urge the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. 

CAIR is releasing seven steps people can take to urge their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation.

  • CLICK HERE TO SEND CAIR’S ACTION ALERT TO THE U.S. SENATE - CLICK HERE TO READ CAIR’S CONGRESSIONAL FACT SHEET OPPOSING POMPEO’S NOMINATION

“Mr. Pompeo’s expressed Islamophobic views and association with a virulent anti-Muslim hate group should disqualify him from being confirmed as secretary of state,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw. “Americans must unite together in opposing Pompeo’s confirmation to prevent any harm he may do to our nation’s image and to relations abroad.”

McCaw said CAIR is calling on all Americans to urge members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose Pompeo’s confirmation and to question him about his past anti-Muslim statements, about current associations with anti-Muslim hate groups and about his views on supporting torture, keeping the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo open and framing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as religious wars.

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 Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Act Now: See Instructions, Resources, Phone Numbers and Call Script Below

Members of the public are being asked to take the following actions to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state:

  • Take part in CAIR’s click-and-send action alert to email your state’s U.S. senate delegation and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation.
  • Take action today, click here
    Read CAIR’s congressional factsheet “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State,” which can be found here. Forward this factsheet along to your state’s Senate delegation, and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 
  • 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 Pompeo’s confirmation.
  • Call and schedule constituent meetings with your state’s U.S. Senate delegation urging opposition to Pompeo’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 Committee on Foreign Relations urging them to oppose and block Pompeo’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.

Contact Information: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (by leadership then state)

  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (Republican, Tennessee) – Phone: 202-224-3344, Website click here.
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Ranking Member Bob Menendez (Democrat, New Jersey) – Phone: 202-224-4744, Website click here.
  • Senator Jeff Flake (Republican, Arizona) – Phone: 202-224-4521, Website click here.
  • Senator Cory Gardner (Republican, Colorado) – Phone: 202-224-5941, Website click here.
  • Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat, Connecticut) – Phone: 202-224-4041, Website click here.
  • Senator Christopher Coons (Democrat, Delaware) – Phone: 202-224-5042, Website click here.
  • Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida) – Phone: 202-224-3041, Website click here.
  • Senator Johnny Isakson (Republican, Georgia) – Phone: 202-224-5623, Website click here.
  • Senator Todd Young (Republican, Indiana) – Phone: 202-224-5623, Website click here.
  • Senator Rand Paul (Republican, Kentucky) – Phone: 202-224-4343, Website click here.
  • Senator Edward J. Markey (Democrat, Massachusetts) – Phone: 202-224-2742, Website click here.
  • Senator Jeanne Shahen (Democrat, New Hampshire) – Phone: 202-224-2841, Website click here.
  • Senator Cory Booker (Democrat, New Jersey) – Phone: 202-224-3224, Website click here.
  • Senator Tom Udall (Democrat, New Mexico) – Phone: 202-224-6621, Website click here.
  • Senator Rob Portman (Republican, Ohio) – Phone: 202-224-3353, Website click here.
  • Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat, Oregon) – Website click here.
  • Senator Tim Kaine (Democrat, Virginia) – Phone: 202-224-3753, Website click here.
  • Senator Ron Johnson (Republican, Wisconsin) – Phone: 202-228-6965, Website click here.
  • Senator John Barrasso (Republican, Wyoming) – Phone: 202-224-6441, Website click here.
  • Call Script: Suggested Message to U.S. Senators: “Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to “OPPOSE” and “VOTE NO” on the confirmation of Mike Pompeo due to his expressed Islamophobic views and association with an anti-Muslim hate groups and his views on supporting torture, keeping the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo open, and framing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as religious wars. Pompeo serving as secretary of state would harm our nation’s image and relations with key players in the international community. Thank you.” 
  • 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 Pompeo’s confirmation. For more helpful suggestions, refer to “13 OP-ED TIPS,” from New York Times writer, Jennifer Finney Boylan.
  • Report back to CAIR any progress made in pushing your state’s senate delegation or members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose or block Pompeo’s confirmation. Contact  CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw by email at rmccaw@cair.com, with subject line: “Pompeo Tip.”

If you have difficulty reaching senate offices using these numbers, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be transferred.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR Action Alert: Help Move Historic Bill to End Genocide Through Maryland State Legislature

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/7/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans concerned about human rights to contact the chair of Maryland legislature’s Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, the Honorable Delegate Anne Healy, and urge her to approve HB1787 - Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity so that the House Speaker may refer it to the appropriate standing committee for consideration.

SEE: HB1787 - Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity 

This legislation would mandate that the state upholds Maryland values by spending and investing taxpayer dollars in a manner that promotes human rights and does not support genocide. It aims to ensure that the State of Maryland uses these funds to help encourage corporations to not engage in business with governments that commit crimes against humanity and violate basic human rights.

The bill, which was drafted in consultation with subject matter experts around their travel schedule, is currently in the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. 

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: 

Contact Honorable MD State Delegate Anne Healy

Chair, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee 

Phone: (410) 841-3961

Email: anne.healey@house.state.md.us

Respectfully and firmly ask that she approve HB1787, Maryland Bill to End Genocide, so that it may be assigned to an appropriate standing committee for consideration. 

“We collectively have a responsibility to ensure that our tax dollars are spent ethically and responsibly, and do not perpetuate abusive, unjust policies against any population,” said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry. “If passed, this historic, consequential and meticulously-crafted legislation will help pressure governments to develop sound, humane practices that foster corporate investment and trade.”


Action Alert: Join CAIR-Florida in Asking for Removal of Middle School Teacher Running a Racist Podcast

(Miami, FL, 3/7/2018) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the State's largest civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all those who value our student's school safety to join CAIR-Florida in urging the Citrus County School District to immediately remove Dayanna Volitich, a social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School running a racist podcast.

"Volitich's clear anti-Islamic and xenophobic convictions are dangerous, not only to the education of Crystal River students but to local and state communities at large. It makes us all less safe, is misrepresentative, and furthers the Islamophobic agenda. The only element that should be eradicated from this earth, or the classroom for that matter, is 'hate' - not a religion that teaches peace, understanding, and compassion," said CAIR-Florida's Central Florida Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak.

Action Alert 1:

CAIR-Florida welcomes Crystal River Middle School's Superintendent Sandra Himmel's decision to immediately remove Dayanna Volitich, also known as Tiana Dalichov, a social studies teacher who ran a racist podcast: "Unapologetic.”

If the investigation confirms the allegations that Volitich was pushing her views in the classroom, CAIR-Florida requests that Superintendent Himmel demands Volitich's permanent termination as such conduct would clearly violate Florida's Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession and federal laws. 

Along with her termination, CAIR-Florida's seeks that the School District issue a condemnation, an apology, and offer an Islam 101 educational workshop to its educators. 

LINK to Action Alert 1 

Action Alert 2:


CAIR-Florida Calls Florida Voters to Contact Senators to Vote ‘No” on Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Bill, Thanks Sen. Torres for Support

(Miami, FL, 2/14/2018) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the nation's largest civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked State Senator Victor Torres for his unshakable fight to protect civil liberties for all by opposing unconstitutional "anti-BDS" legislation and urges his peers in the Florida Senate to mirror his stance and oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act."

ACT NOW: Click Here To E-mail your Florida Senators Before 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 15th, And Urge Them to Vote NO on SB 780

CAIR-Florida and other civil rights organizations state that proposed legislation would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of American business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine territories. Boycotts such as the Montgomery Bus boycott against segregation or the boycott of companies enabling South African Apartheid were employed successfully in support of civil and human rights and as an integral part of our political process.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (SB 780) was introduced at a time when Palestinian human rights activists in the United States and elsewhere embraced boycotts as a strong, peaceful, and effective tool to pressure the Israeli government to respect the human rights of Palestinians and to influence the American public to join them and do the same.

"We call on our state senators to defend the rights of all Floridians to express their political beliefs without fear of government retaliation or retribution," said CAIR-Florida’s Orlando Regional Director Rasha Mubarak.

SB 780 is a threat to the free speech of all Americans and is clearly unconstitutional. The act would charge those American business owners and individuals who participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with criminal penalties. CAIR-Florida believes that American involvement in foreign boycotts started with dumping tea into Boston Harbor. It is un-American and illegal for the U.S. Government to deny U.S. businesses and individuals the right to work to change the illegal and discriminatory actions of a foreign government.

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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.


Action Alert: CAIR-Florida Urges Florida Legislators to #LetLordePlay

(Miami, FL, 2/12/2018) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all those who value the First Amendment to join CAIR-Florida, Jewish Voice for Peace, Dream Defenders, and many other community organizations who are part of the Florida Palestine Solidarity Coalition in signing a petition to stop Florida legislators from canceling international pop-star Lorde's scheduled performances in Tampa and Miami on April 12th.

On April 11th and 12th, Lorde is scheduled to perform first in Tampa and then Miami. Due to 2016

Florida anti-BDS legislation (SB 86), the state is prohibited from engaging with contractors who conduct at least 1 million dollars of business and are participating in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement (BDS) against the state of Israel. This year, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (SB 780) was introduced at a time when Palestinian human rights activists in the United States and elsewhere have embraced boycotts as a strong, peaceful and effective tool to pressure the Israeli government to respect the human rights of Palestinians and to influence the American public to join in doing the same.

Under this legislation, Representative Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, is urging the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority as well as the Tampa Sports Authority to cancel Lorde's upcoming events in the respective cities. This act is completely unconstitutional and violates the freedom of speech rights of the artist, as well as any other potential contractors, to participate in the peaceful BDS movement against Israel.

SEE HERE: Florida lawmaker wants to force Lorde to cancel her shows because of her stance on the BDS movement

CAIR-Florida strongly believes that cancelling Lorde's performances would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. Boycotts such as the Montgomery Bus boycott against segregation or the boycott of companies enabling South African Apartheid have been employed successfully in support of civil and human rights and as an integral part of our political process.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Do not cancel Lorde's Florida concerts because of anti-free speech laws!

"As the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (SB 780) moves forward in our state legislature, we are unfortunately already experiencing what we had been anticipating: an infringement of our constitutionally protected freedom of speech rights. The repercussion of last year's anti-BDS bill that unconstitutionally blocks state or local governments from conducting business exceeding $1 million with any organization engaged in a boycott of Israel. Lorde, an artist who has chosen to bravely use her platform to boycott what she believes to be an injustice to the Palestinian people, has become our ally in the fight for justice and the protection of the civil liberties of all Florida residents." said Rasha Mubarak, CAIR-Florida's Central Florida Regional Director.

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, wRuiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida's Orlando Regional Director, Rasha Mubarak, rMubarak@cair.com, 407.490.9407