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The Islamophobia Machine Is in High Gear
As a community, we need to respond
As-salaamu ‘alaikum (Peace to you),
It’s only the beginning of March, yet the challenges we face as a community are mounting daily. You can see it. You can feel it. The ISLAMOPHOBIA MACHINE is going into high gear. This is a fight we cannot afford to lose and we need your help to win.
CAIR’s new staff attorney worked with local leaders to coordinate a statewide challenge in Tennessee to proposed legislation that would effectively make it ILLEGAL TO BE A MUSLIM. Despite our successful challenge to such bills in Oklahoma and Indiana, CAIR is being forced to divert staff and resources to deal with similar anti-Islam laws being introduced in more than a dozen state legislatures nationwide.
We will need your help to prevent these unconstitutional and un-American laws from being passed and implemented.
CAIR has also been in the forefront of the community’s challenge to potentially biased congressional hearings to begin this coming Thursday by Rep. Peter King (R-NY).
We published an online toolkit designed to help community leaders respond to the hearings and launched a website called “Capturing the Facts” to solicit testimonials on community efforts to prevent violent extremism and examples of positive interactions between American Muslims and law enforcement agencies. CAIR op-eds exposing Rep. King’s history of anti-Islam rhetoric have been published in the New York Daily News and the Austin American-Statesman.
Because of the pro-active efforts of CAIR and others, Rep. King was forced to drop some of the anti-Muslim extremists he planned to call as witnesses.
In January, our lawyers filed suit to demand that the government allow an American Muslim citizen — Gulet Mohamed — to return to the United States after he was detained in Kuwait and questioned by the FBI without an attorney present despite his request for legal representation. Mr. Mohamed was allowed to return to America just days after CAIR filed its suit.
These are just a few of the challenges CAIR is addressing on your behalf — because we work to protect you and your family.
In recent months, we launched a new department specifically designed to address the rising level of Islamophobia in our society and need to hire key professional staff to carry out a methodical response to all the challenges we face.
After seeking the help of Allah, we need your support to meet these challenges.
Will you donate TODAY – or better yet – will you SPONSOR one of CAIR’s initiatives?
[NOTE: CAIR is zakat-eligible and tax deductible.]
Our goal is to raise $235,000 by the end of the month; with your help we can do it. I was so proud that our supporters went above and beyond in the last appeal. We can do it again.
Here are some actions you can take:
Visit CAIR’s new GIVING CENTER to show your support for our important work.
Please send a one-time donation of $50, $100, $500, $1,000 , $2,500 or more to support this work right now. If you prefer, commit yourself to $10 or more per month. Forward this request to your friends and family.
Thank you again,
CAIR National Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Ave, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003
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