Ibrahim Hooper

  • CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Iowa Girl Run Down in Racist Attack

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/20/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for hate crime charges after a 14-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle in an apparent racist attack in Iowa. 

    A woman has been charged with attempted murder after she told officers she intentionally ran over the girl because she believed the teen was “Mexican.”

    SEE: Latino Leader Says Community Asking About Hate Crime Charge

    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/12/20/latino-leader-says-community-asking-why-alleged-assault-clive-not-charged-hate-crime-nicole-franklin/2712272001/

    Police: Iowa Woman Said She Ran Over Girl in Racist Attack

    https://kttc.com/2019/12/20/police-iowa-woman-said-she-ran-over-girl-in-racist-attack/

    Iowa Woman Drove Over Teen Because She Was Latina, Police Say

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/iowa-woman-drove-over-teen-because-she-was-latina-police-n1105886

    “We condemn this act of violence allegedly targeting a young girl because she was perceived to be part of the Latino community and call on law enforcement authorities to consider bringing hate crime charges in the case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Along with other minority communities, members of the Latino community have increasingly been targeted by hatred and discrimination in the current toxic political environment.”

    He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

    SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in North Carolina, Wyoming, Illinois

    https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_racist_incidents_in_north_carolina_wyoming_illinois

    CAIR-SFBA Expresses Solidarity with Sikh Community After Man Attacked, Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Assault

    https://www.cair.com/cair_sfba_expresses_solidarity_with_sikh_community_after_man_attacked_calls_for_probe_of_bias_motive_for_assault

    CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

    La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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    CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

     


  • CAIR Welcomes Tennessee Prison System's Decision Over Ejection of Muslim Visitor for Refusing to Remove Hijab

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Tennessee Department of Correction's decision to take corrective action to address civil rights violations committed by a correctional officer against a Muslim American visitor who was ejected from the facility after refusing to remove her hijab (Islamic head scarf) in the presence of a male officer.

    Earlier this month, CAIR’s Georgia chapter (CAIR-Georgia) learned that a Muslim grandmother who was visiting the Northeast Correctional Complex had been ejected from the facility by an Officer Tressler, who insisted she remove her hijab and pass it through a metal detector. The woman had never been forced to do so during her prior visits to the facility.

    The Muslim woman offered to remove her hijab privately in the presence of a female officer who was also there, but Tressler refused to approve her request. He then ejected her from the building and refused to provide his name. Another officer provided Tressler's last name.

    After CAIR-Georgia and CAIR National called on the jail to uphold the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom, legal counsel for the Department agreed to permit female visitors who cover their hair for religious reasons to remove their scarves outside the presence of male officers.

    READ: CAIR Letter to Tennessee Department of Correction

    “We thank the Tennessee Department of Correction for addressing the concerns we raised about mistreatment of a Muslim American woman who visited the jail,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia. “The First Amendment does not end at the walls of a prison. Even there, every American has the right to freely and safely practice his or her faith."

    The Washington-based civil rights organization offers an educational toolkit, called "A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

    SEE: A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
    http://tinyurl.com/CAIRCorrectionalGuide

    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.

    La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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    CONTACT: CAIR-GA Executive Director Edward Mitchell, emitchell@cair.com, 404-285-9530; CAIR National Staff Attorney Ankur Sakaria, asakaria@cair.com, 202-516-4722; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

     

     


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