CAIR Releases ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Strong’ Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic PSA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/14/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an online public service announcement (PSA) encouraging everyone to “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Strong” during the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Video – CAIR Coronavirus Pandemic Public Service Announcement: ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Strong’ […]

Creating connections, changing hearts and minds

The tragic massacre targeting a mosque in Quebec, Canada on January 29, 2017, ended the lives of six Canadian Muslims and injured many more. It was not the first time our communities were targeted, but it was among the most deadly acts of violence in recent history. Then, on May 26, 2017, in Oregon, three […]

Bringing free legal services and advocacy to your state

As the need for CAIR’s services grows, so does our network of chapters nationwide.  The Chapter Department’s goal is to create a strong, sustainable nationwide infrastructure, with professionally-run, grassroots CAIR chapters serving communities in all 50 states. Currently, CAIR has 35 chapters and offices in 27 states, including CAIR’s National headquarters in Washington, D.C. In […]

Fighting the unconstitutional ‘Muslim Ban’

CAIR’s National headquarters and chapters nationwide, alongside other American Muslim and ally organizations, are working every day to respond to the unconstitutional Muslim Ban. On January 30, 2017, CAIR filed one of the first challenges to the unconstitutional Muslim Ban, Sarsour v. Trump, just days after the Trump Administration issued its first Muslim Ban executive […]

Fighting unconstitutional ‘watch list’ and ‘no fly lists’

Every person in America deserves equal treatment under law. That is the promise of the Constitution and that’s what CAIR, along with American Muslim and allied organizations, works every day to ensure.  In 2017, we won another major legal victory challenging the unconstitutional ‘watch list’. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit included an 11-month-old baby, which […]

Educating decision-makers with facts

Did you know that in 2017, CAIR distributed 4,000 educational guides including our ‘Know Your Rights’ guides, ‘Challenging Islamophobia’ guides, and our guides to Islamic practices in the workplace, schools, among many more? Through the web site, www.islamophobia.org and a fully staffed advocacy department, we also ensure that decision-makers are educated about ‘experts’ and educate them information […]

Executive Legal Assistant to National Litigation & Civil Rights Director and General Counsel

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.  CAIR’s 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. Description:   CAIR is seeking an experienced Executive Legal Assistant to provide administrative support to […]

CAIR-Georgia Appoints Attorney Murtaza Khwaja as Legal and Policy Director

CAIR-Georgia Appoints Attorney Murtaza Khwaja as Legal and Policy Director

(ATLANTA, GA – 2/24/2020) — The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it has appointed attorney Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its Legal and Policy Director. Khwaja previously served as CAIR-Georgia’s staff attorney and lobbyist from 2017 to 2020. In […]

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Racist Vandalism Found on Coach’s Vehicle in Colfax

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 02/12/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned racist vandalism found on a visiting coach's vehicle that was parked at Colfax High School. Bear River High School coach Ralph Lewis reportedly returned to his car after a game against Colfax High School, which Bear River won, to find the "n-word" scrawled on the window. READ: Racist Word Written On Visiting Basketball Coach Ralph Lewis’ Car At Colfax High School (CBS 13) Colfax High Principal Paul Lundberg said in an email sent to parents Friday night, “The coach happens to be African-American and a long-time contributor in our community working with youth for many years.” In a statement, CAIR-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) Executive Director Basim Elkarra said: “We condemn this racist vandalism. It is disturbing that Bear River coach Ralph Lewis was subjected to this act of hatred after a high school basketball game and during Black History Month, a time devoted to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans. It underscores how far we have to go to combat bigotry, along with the importance of making ethnic studies a requirement for high school graduation and the need to uplift marginalized voices. As a community, we must call out and stand up to racism and bigotry in all forms." Elkarra urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR-SV/CC’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report online. CAIR-SV is an office of CAIR, 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. – END – CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or kkipling@cair.com

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 02/12/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned racist vandalism found on a visiting coach’s vehicle that was parked at Colfax High School. Bear River High School coach Ralph Lewis reportedly returned to his car after a game against Colfax High School, which Bear River won, to […]