It's Up to You, Not the Courts, to Defeat the Muslim Ban

It's Up to You, Not the Courts, to Defeat the Muslim Ban

Question: Can we defeat Trump's Muslim Ban after yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision?

Answer: Yes. It is up to all of us to defeat the Muslim Ban. We’ll defeat it the same way Trump's family separation program was recently forced to shut down after advocacy organizations – like CAIR - and fair-minded Americans responded to the call to action.

Just one hour after the Supreme Court's ruling, CAIR hosted a press conference at its national headquarters, just a few blocks away from the Supreme Court and Congress, declaring that the fight against the Muslim Ban, and against the Trump administration's anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies will continue.

CAIR and its allies nationwide are working to mobilize all Americans to defeat the Muslim Ban. We are organizing all those who value religious freedom and constitutional rights to demand that Congress pass legislation to defund the ban and further pressure the White House to grant more visa waivers.

In cooperation with coalition partners, CAIR coordinated a nationwide response that included:

  • a national press conference in Washington, D.C., attended by numerous national and international media,
  • a statement offered at the multi-organizational rally outside the Supreme Court following the ruling,
  • more than 20 press conferences and rallies around the country,
  • hundreds of broadcast media interviews that have been viewed by millions of Americans.

SEE: Some of CAIR’s Statements Nationwide on the Muslim Ban Ruling

https://www.youtube.com/user/CAIRtv

Historically, the Supreme Court has failed to protect minorities (Native American treaties, slavery, Japanese American internment in World War II) and change only happened through political awareness and social mobilization. That’s what CAIR is doing and planning to do. We need you and your support.

CAIR needs your financial support to fight the Muslim Ban. We are more committed than ever to fighting for your rights. 

Consider giving $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, or whatever you can. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, is appreciated.

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Thank you in advance for your support.

Nihad Awad


CAIR National Executive Director

P.S. -- Please send this appeal to your friends and family, and post on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Remember: CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.


Support CAIR's End of Year Campaign

s-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you):

We are pleased to present to our supporters CAIR's 2017 annual video, "Living our Faith, Defending Freedom," outlining our work on your behalf in 2017. Please watch and share the video. Please do your part to support our work as we move into 2018.

 


We've almost reached our year-end goal

As-salaamu alaykum dear friends,

Our year-end fundraising is coming to a close, and our goal is $263,000. Alhamdulillah, we're almost there!

We thank all those who have already contributed and appreciate their support, but we need a final push to put us over the top so we can continue to defend your rights and safeguard the image of Islam in America.

We need to raise just $37,000 before midnight tonight.

I urge you to consider giving $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can.

If you have not already done your part, please donate right now. If you have already contributed, please give just a little more.

With God's help and your support we will achieve our fundraising goal. If every person who receives this message does his or her part, we can do it.

Thank you for your support and may Allah bless you.

Sincerely,



Nihad Awad
Executive Director

Remember: All contributions to CAIR are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.


3 calls that can be life-changing

As-salaamu alaykum:

1. A call to CAIR can help end bullying of your child

An 11th-grade Muslim student at a Maryland school told CAIR that her teacher interjected into a conversation between her and a classmate and told her classmate that "Muslims are dangerous. They are terrorists and they will kill you," and said he should never "be Muslim."

The Muslim student felt extremely uncomfortable with the teacher's remarks and immediately reported the incident to school administrators and CAIR. In response to the student's complaint, CAIR intervened by sending a letter to school administrators and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights requesting that they investigate the teacher's alleged discriminatory and offensive statements for potential civil rights law violations. School officials are now investigating the incident.

It's important that this 11th grader and many like her feels the support of CAIR and her community.

2. A call to CAIR can stop discrimination and harassment in the workplace

We get more calls about employment discrimination and workplace harassment than any other kind of case.

We hear from workers who are wrongfully fired, whose supervisors refuse to allow them to pray on breaks, or who are harassed to the point that they feel their only option is to resign. We hear from sisters who are denied a job or threatened with firing because of their hijab. These situations sometimes cause stress, anxiety, and even illness. They need someone to be on their side.

Many new immigrant workers don't know their rights regarding religious accommodation at work or they may fear losing their jobs if they speak up.

When all of these people call CAIR, we step in to protect their rights and assist in their fight. This year, we've helped hundreds of Muslims to fulfill their religious obligations and be treated respectfully at work.

3. A call to CAIR can speed up delayed citizenship

Many of our clients come to us for help after their naturalization applications are inexplicably delayed or stalled in the citizenship process, some with delays lasting for many years.

This year, CAIR attorneys helped a Muslim man who had been fighting to get his U.S. citizenship since 2011. This client's application, like so many others we see, was stalled in the process due to pending government checks. After two years and countless hours of letter-writing, meetings, research, and briefing by CAIR attorneys, our client finally received his U.S. citizenship this year.

And a donation from you to CAIR can help change people's lives for the better.

These are just a few of the 1,200 civil rights cases we helped resolve in 2014 at our national office alone. We need your help today and tomorrow to continue our important work.

We still need to raise $146,000 to meet our year-end goal of $263,000. There are only two more days. We hope CAIR can count on you.



We are a 100% donor-supported organization, and all our services are offered free of charge.

 Please go to our website right now to make a contribution. We also accept donations using PayPal. You may also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

 Thank you,

Roula Allouch

CAIR National Board Chair


There are two days left to possibly reduce you 2014 taxes by making a 100% tax-deductible, zakat-eligible donation to CAIR. [Mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31st to qualify for a tax deduction for 2014. Donations postmarked on or after January 1 qualify for a 2015 tax deduction.]

Please share this message with your friends and family and on social media. Help spread the word to all American Muslims that CAIR is the organization they can call if they're facing discrimination.

 


Another historic effort for American Muslim rights at the Supreme Court

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As-salaamu alaykum,

Alhamdulillah, CAIR filed an amicus ("friend of the court") brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is considering whether clothing retailing giant Abercrombie & Fitch's refusal to hire a Muslim woman wearing a religious headscarf (hijab) was discriminatory.

Next year, the Supreme Court will determine whether a job applicant or employee is required to explicitly inform anemployer that his or her dress or grooming practice is religiously motivated and to request that the employer provide an accommodation. The ruling will have a profound impact on the ability of many American Muslims to obtain and secure employment.

The case, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., arises out of a complaint initially filed by CAIR's Oklahoma chapter on behalf of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim job applicant who was denied employment because she wears hijab.

 

Read CAIR's Supreme Court Brief

 

Since CAIR opened its doors in 1994, our dedicated staff has been working tirelessly to defend your religious rights in major American corporations. We have successfully defended the rights of Muslim employees working at Sears, JCPenny, Dell, OfficeMax, FedEx, Hertz, UPS, Disney, Delta Air Lines, Taco Bell, Domino's Pizza, Solectron, T.J. Maxx, US Airways, Quality Inn Hotels, and many other important companies.

These victories don't just happen. Each case begins with the initial intake of the complaint for review by our legal staff. From there, cases can often be mediated by CAIR to an acceptable accommodation resolution. We also utilize our community action alerts to engage the community through mobilization, and email, letter-writing and call-in campaigns. In many cases, CAIR's public awareness efforts have helped bring about positive resolution.

Whatever approach we use, the fact remains. . .they all take time and resources. CAIR's Supreme Court brief that we filed today took hundreds of hours of work by our experienced attorneys to research and draft the brief. (Outside attorneys would have charged some $60,000.) Their work was made possible by your generous support.

We need that support to continue and to grow if we are to achieve more successes on your behalf, inshAllah.

Why not reduce your 2014 taxes while helping CAIR defend your rights?

CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization. We are a 100% donor-supported organization, and all our services are offered free of charge.

 

 

Please go to www.cair.com right now to make a contribution. We also accept donations using PayPal. You may also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31st to earn a tax deduction for 2014.]

May Allah bless you and your family.

The CAIR Legal Team

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Why not support CAIR through the dollar-a-day program?

The idea of CAIR's dollar-a-day program is simple. If you commit to just a small donation of $1/day ($30/month) to CAIR, you can help us by joining others to provide a steady source of funding for our work.



We took your issues to Congress

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 I am pleased to share with you the news of an unprecedented week of organized Muslim advocacy in the U.S. Congress.

Recently, dozens of CAIR activists from around the country were on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to share your concerns with members of Congress and their key staffers.

CAIR scheduled a record-breaking 190 congressional meetings with offices representing 23 states; 130 of those meetings took place despite a snow storm and resulting government closures. Few other organizations can say they have scheduled this high a number of Hill visits in a single advocacy effort.

CAIR representatives walked the halls of Congress, meeting with elected officials and their staffers and urging them to address issues such as growing anti-Muslim hate speech, the placing of American Muslims on watch lists and no-fly lists without due process or legal recourse, and the NSA's bulk collection of communications data from law-abiding citizens.

We hear about the issues many American Muslims face and report to us every day. For government-related issues, the only way for them to be resolved and prevented in the future is with this kind of political advocacy.

 2014-Hill-days-CAIn the past, these advocacy efforts have resulted in policy changes. Previously we lobbied to end the use of anti-Muslim trainers for law enforcement, and at the end of 2011, the White House announced plans to overhaul its counterterrorism training and remove all unqualified trainers with anti-Muslim bias.

 We understand that these changes will not come about instantly. It takes time and persistence to build a presence and political voice. For years Muslims complained about not having a voice in government. Now things are changing.

 Alhamdulillaah, the momentum is growing year by year. This is our 8th annual Hill days event, and it's been growing steadily. Last year we scheduled 163 meetings; this year, it was 190. We're looking forward to having a bigger presence next year so your issues will be heard by more representatives in Congress inshaAllah.

 Your contribution to CAIR has helped us to do this. Thank you. Because of people like you, we are able to have this growing, organized lobbying effort on Capitol Hill.

 This grassroots advocacy work on your behalf has positive benefits -- but it's not cost free.

2014-Hill-days-MN-WA-NJWe need your help to continue voicing your concerns to those elected to public office. Without your contribution, this work cannot continue. Help CAIR keep the volume turned up on issues of importance to the American Muslim community!

 Your donation will help us expand our reach. The only way we can hold even more congressional visits next year is by training more community members and support staff, by providing the resources they need to travel to Washington, D.C., and by having the necessary legislative resources once they get here.

Please take a minute today to show your support for our work by making a donation.

CAIR is a 100% donor-supported, tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

Please go to www.cair.com right now to make a contribution. We also accept donations using PayPal. You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003. Many employers offer matching gift programs that could double your donation to CAIR. Please check with your human resources department to see if yours does.

 

Together, with Allah's blessing, we can do it.

Sincerely,

 

 Nihad Awad

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If this is happening in your town, CAIR can help

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As-salaamu alaykum (peace be to you).

I am writing to share with you what happened in the past few days, to ask you to report to CAIR if something similar happens in your area, and also to ask for your support.

The good news is, CAIR is pushing back -- and winning -- against the growing number of individuals and groups seeking to profit from the promotion of anti-Muslim hate in law enforcement circles.

Just this week -- in partnership with the local Muslim community and the Southern Poverty Law Center -- we were able to convince a state agency in Virginia to withdraw accreditation for a three-day training program entitled "Jihadi Networks in America" taught to sheriff's officers by John Guandolo, a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist.

Guandolo is infamous for the bizarre claim that the current CIA director is a secret Muslim agent of a foreign government and the assertion that American Muslims "do not have a First Amendment right to do anything."

 Knowing Mr. Guandolo's anti-Muslim views, we sprang into action when we learned that he would be "training" law enforcement agents about Islam and Muslims. We sent letters to the sheriff and other officials informing them of Guandolo's history of bias and set up an action alert so that concerned people like you could share your concerns with the sheriff's office. Along with local Muslim leaders, we had a meeting with the sheriff and were eventually able to give a presentation about Islam and Muslims to about 30 law enforcement officers.

Most importantly, we also contacted the state agency that was offering training credits to the officers who took Guandolo's course. After reviewing Guandolo's history of spreading false information, that agency decided not to offer credits for the sessions. (You can see their press release on the right.)

This victory is similar to the one that we achieved last year when CAIR got a similar anti-Muslim bigot banned from three trainings in Illinois.

CAIR has established a full-time department to monitor and combat this campaign of misinformation about Islam and Muslims.

 We need your help in countering this propaganda campaign targeting you, your family and your faith.

Can we count on your financial support? We need to raise $110,000 in order to conduct further research to produce high-quality video and reports documenting the Islamophobia network and to enhance our staff capacity to challenge their activities (our Islamophobia department is currently only one person).

Please take a minute TODAY to show your support for our work by making a donation.

A NOTE TO IMAMS AND OTHER LEADERS: As leaders of communities that will inevitably feel the impact of growing Islamophobia, I ask that you make a special effort to encourage community members to support CAIR.

 CAIR is a 100% donor-supported, tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

 Please go to www.cair.com right now to make a contribution. You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

Thank you for your time and support. Together, with Allah's blessing, we can do it. 

Sincerely,

 

Nihad Awad

P.S. - Please send this appeal to your friends and family, and post on Facebook, Twitter and other networks. Remember, CAIR is zakat-eligible and tax-deductible.


A short video of CAIR's work in 2013

 

As-salaamu alaykum (peace be upon you),

 December 31st is the deadline for receiving a 2013 tax deduction for charitable giving. Before the end of this month, CAIR needs to raise $327,840. We are $190,000 away from our goal, and we need your help to reach it.

 REMEMBER: CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

 

 Take a few minutes to watch a video highlighting just some of what CAIR was able to accomplish with your support in 2013.


 We accomplished all this, alhamdulillah, while defending the civil rights of the thousands of Muslims who contact CAIR each year to report workplace discrimination, border profiling, hate attacks, travel bans, or any of the other issues impacting our community.

 Please go to www.cair.com right now to make a contribution. You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003. IMPORTANT NOTE: Mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31st to earn a tax deduction for 2013.

Together, with Allah's blessing, we can do it.

 Sincerely,

 The CAIR Team

P.S. - Please share this appeal with your friends and family, and post on Facebook, Twitter and other networks. Remember, CAIR is zakat-eligible and tax-deductible. Giving today will ensure you get a tax deduction on your next tax return.

 





Help CAIR win this case for these students

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As-salaamu alaykum (peace be upon you),

Have you struggled to build an Islamic school in your community? Imagine if, in addition to the funding and logistical challenges, the city repeatedly denied you permission to build.

The words above are from a poem by a young Muslim at the Michigan Islamic Academy, which has been denied the right to build a new school on vacant land, even though the school met every requirement put forth by the township's planning commission.

After meetings with city officials and public hearings did not bring results, CAIR attorneys filed a lawsuit to ensure that the school gets built. Earlier this year a federal judge ruled that the case can move forward.

Twenty-two students at the current facility sent handwritten pleas like the one above to the township asking them to give permission to build. The new school would be big enough to serve 360 students. Let's make their dream come true.

Every day, around the country, CAIR is fighting similar legal battles on behalf of American Muslims and in support of constitutional rights.

A reminder: December 31st is the deadline for receiving a 2013 tax deduction for charitable giving. Before the end of this month, CAIR needs to raise $201,000 more to reach our goal of $327,000 for this season. Please help us meet our goal.

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 You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003. [Important note: Mailed donations must be postmarked by December 31st to earn a tax deduction for 2013.]

CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

 


How should our fellow Americans learn about Islam?

 

As-salaamu alaykum. (Peace to you.)

CAIR is working toward the day when being Muslim carries a positive connotation in society and Islam has an equal place among many faiths in America's pluralistic society.

This goal will be achieved not by reacting to daily events, but by having programs in place to foster mutual understanding.

CAIR's "Explore the Quran" project is a powerful example of such a program. This year alone, we have shipped 17,000 copies to Americans of all faiths.

Why? Because rather than learning about Islam through the media, your neighbors get to read our holy book for themselves.

Here is what comes when people discover and read for themselves what Islam is about:

"Today, during a Bible study meeting, some folks were making statements about Islam, the Quran, etc., as propagating / condoning violence. I have only read bits and pieces of the Quran you sent me, but I knew that they were wrong and so I argued that they were taking comments out of context. Had you not sent me the free Quran, I probably would have accepted their statements, but having read for myself, I could correct their misstatements. Thank you for entrusting your holy book to my family." -- An interfaith partner

 

"Our school received a copy of The Message of the Quran and I would like to express our gratitude for this generous gift. ... It will be included with other materials we have on Islamic history and religion and hopefully will help students understand and be more tolerant of the differences and similarities of people all around the world." -- A high school librarian

 

"For me, the 'Share the Quran' project is a more tangible way to actively share the truth of Islam with as many people of other faiths as possible. What more effective antidote to the current virulent anti-Muslim propaganda than the Holy Quran? What more personal satisfaction could there be than knowing you have done your part as a vicegerent of God, to fulfill the divine imperative: 'Let there be among you a group that invites to all that is good' (Quran 3:104)." -- A Share the Quran project sponsor

Before the end of this month, CAIR needs to raise $327,840. This number represents a mere four days of the funding enjoyed by the U.S. Islamophobia network.

 With your help, the staff and volunteers at CAIR know we can ensure that Americans who wish to know more about our religion can read the Quran and get to know the Islam we know, not the distortions seen on TV, spread by Islamophobes or preached by violent extremists.

 December 31st is the deadline for receiving a 2013 tax deduction for charitable giving. CAIR is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 77-0646756) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

Please go to our donation page right now to make a contribution. You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003.

Together, with Allah's blessing, we can do it.

Sincerely,

 

 Nihad Awad

P.S. - Please send this appeal to your friends and family, and post on Facebook, Twitter and other networks. Remember, CAIR is zakat-eligible and tax-deductible. Giving today will ensure you get a tax deduction on your next tax return.

 

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