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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 about Islam and Muslims.

All of CAIR’s civil rights reports and annual reports on Islamophobia and its effects on American Muslim families and children are published on the new islamophobia.org website, which is now the top result for searches using the term ‘Islamophobia.’

CAIR reports, produced by our Research & Advocacy Department outline the spike in anti-Muslim hate. The reports also identify the well-funded and well-coordinated network of hate groups promoting anti-Muslim hate and lobbying Congress and state legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws, and lobbying news media editors, Hollywood producers and other decision-makers to produce highly defamatory portrayals that fuel prejudice and hate.

CAIR’s timely and professional reports are being used by state, national and international media outlets to highlight the growing Islamophobia targeting American Muslims, including families and children, as well as mosques and Islamic schools.

During 2017, we helped hundreds of law enforcement agencies, schools, colleges, elected officials, and other decision-makers make educated decisions and not allow anti-Muslim hate group members and conspiracy theorists who offer misinformation to mislead their staff. This resulted in many decision-makers end trainings and information sessions by known hate group members and conspiracy theorists. Learn more at islamophobia.org

During 2018, we aim to scale our advocacy work even more to ensure that those who peddle hate and conspiracy theories are driven away from the mainstream and to the margins of society.

Learn how you can take action, by going to islamophobia.org/takeaction

Help us continue this work by donating what you can at cair.com/donate

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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 was yet another indication that the unconstitutional watchlists are not only unconstitutional, but also ineffective.

This CAIR lawsuit is the broadest ever legal challenge to the unconstitutional ‘watch list.’ Not only does it challenge the discriminatory placement of innocent American families and children on the unconstitutional ‘watch list’ without due process, but also everyday hardships that American Muslim families and children on the list have to endure, including: invasive additional screening and hours-long detentions; being tortured and harassed at U.S. ports of entry; having their bank account closed without explanation or notice; not being able to send funds to their parents and family through wire transfer; not being allowed to even test drive or buy a car; being treated as armed and dangerous by local law enforcement during routine traffic stops, which means police approach the person with guns drawn; not being allowed to get jobs at airports; FBI and other agencies using the person’s ‘watch list’ status to pressure the person to become a government spy on their own communities.

The lawsuit is also the first to be allowed to move forward to challenge the ‘selectee list’ (where unlike the ‘no-fly list’, listees can board airplanes) component of the unconstitutional federal watch list.

In issuing the court's opinion, Judge Anthony J. Trenga stated: "The Government's 'trust us' approach is inconsistent with the fundamental procedural protections applicable to the deprivation of a protected liberty interest, including the right to be heard."

SEE: Ordeal of Infant on 'Watch List' Shows Deep Flaws: Lawsuit


The Federal Government Said A 7-Month Old Baby Was a Possible T*****t

All of our legal help is provided free of charge to our clients.

Help us continue this work by donating what you can at www.cair.com/donate

TAKE ACTION:  If you experience any discrimination while traveling, please call CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or file a report online at: www.cair.com/gethelp  All of CAIR’s services, including the help of our lawyers, is provided at zero cost to community members and we work. As always, we keep all of our clients’ information confidential—including their telephone number, address, email address and any other identifying information—unless they clearly give us permission to use it.

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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 order. This was possibly the broadest challenge to the Muslim Ban and was launched within 3 days of the President’s signing of the order.

See press release: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order
Read the text of CAIR’s full law suit: www.cair.com/images/press_releases/Complaint-1.30.2017FOR-FILING.pdf
Watch the video of the full news conference 
Watch Video: CNN Goes Live to CAIR 'Muslim Ban' Lawsuit News Conference 

In August, 2017, CAIR filed an amicus (‘friend of the court’) brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of the State of Hawaii’s legal challenge to Muslim Ban 2.0. Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In September, 2017, CAIR -with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein-filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

CAIR also filed suit in October, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to challenge Muslim Ban 3.0. For a copy of the lawsuit, see: www.cair.com/images/Zakzok_v._Trump_5b10.6.20175d.pdf

That case, Zakzok v. Trump, which has been consolidated with two other legal challenges and is currently pending before the Fourth Circuit. See details: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

On October 18, 2017, CAIR joined a coalition of 14 other civil rights and advocacy organizations to deliver a joint petition with more than 100,000 signatures to members of Congress calling for legislation to immediately rescind the newest version of the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban.” The coalition of organizations includes: ACCESS, ADC, ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Arab AAI, AAAJ, CAIR, IABA, Muslim Advocates, MPAC, NILC, NIAC Action, NNAAC, PAAIA, and SAALT.

See press release: http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14721-cair-other-civil-rights-groups-deliver-100k-signature-petition-to-congress-calling-for-end-to-muslim-ban-3-0.html

In November, 2017, CAIR-California, along with the Muslim Justice League and Muslim Public Affairs Council, filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Hawaii's challenge to Muslim Ban 3.0.

On December 22, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimously decided against the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban 3.0.”  In ruling against the federal government, the court made it clear that the administration’s attempt to inject national origin discrimination into the US immigration system likely violates federal law. See: 9th Circuit Says Trump's Third Muslim Ban Is Illegal

CAIR is also part of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort focused on the resistance against the Muslim Ban.

Visit cair.com/pressreleases to find our press releases on these and many more victories

Visit cair.com/careers to find civil rights and other open staff positions

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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 2017, in addition to strengthening current chapters, CAIR started working toward five new chapters and offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Austin, TX, and West Virginia.  See our press release about this most recent effort: www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2017/05/04/DC81788

If you’re interested in learning how to start a CAIR chapter in your state, email chapters@cair.com

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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 brave Americans defended an American Muslim teen and her friend from a white supremacist attacker spewing anti-Muslim slurs. Two of the men, while defending the girls, sacrificed their lives when they were fatally stabbed by the attacker.

After these tragedies, CAIR immediately called for justice for the victims.

Knowing that hate speech leads to hate violence, we also pledged to hold the purveyors of anti-Muslim hate responsible for the resulting violence. According to research, for over a decade, mainstream news, commentary and entertainment media have consistently featured defamatory portrayals of Islam and Muslims and consistently promoted long-discredited anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. This must change, and CAIR is committed to changing this in close collaboration with American Muslim organizations and allies of all faiths.

To learn more about our work with the press, visit cair.com/press  As the year progresses, we’ll have more updated content on the effort to change the way mainstream media portrays our communities, and how you can use your voice to help bring this much-needed change.

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