Naaz Modan

  • CAIR Representatives to Attend MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago From Dec. 28-30

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/28/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that its representatives will be attending a MAS-ICNA conference in Chicago, Ill. from December 28 to December 30.

    CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad will be joining other prominent Muslim American leaders such as Linda Sarsour and Dalia Mogahed in three panel discussions on Islamophobia and activism throughout the weekend.

    SEE: CAIR at MAS-ICNA Convention

    In addition to the panel discussions, CAIR attorneys will be offering free legal clinics throughout the weekend at its booth in the convention bazaar (#F35). CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas and attorney Ahmed Mohamed will answer questions about the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban,” discrimination in the workplace or in schools, bullying of Muslim students, and other topics of concern to the American Muslim community.

    Video: CAIR to Offer Free Legal Clinics at MAS-ICNA Convention in Chicago, Dec. 28-30

    At its booth CAIR will also providing limited copies of its post-election report, “The Rise of American Muslim Changemakers: Political Organizing in the Trump Era.”

    CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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.

    La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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  • CAIR-LA and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-LA) Condemn Local ADL Leader for Anti-Muslim Smear Tactics

    (LOS ANGELES, CA - 12/19/2018) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles (JVP-LA) today condemned the attempts of the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an Israel apologist group, to smear CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, a nationally recognized civil rights and human rights leader, in retaliation for protected political expression critical of Israel’s human rights abuses.

    During separate public and private presentations with the Orange County Human Relations Commission and Orange County Human Relations Council earlier this month, Rabbi Peter Levi, director of the ADL’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional Office, attacked as anti-Semitic Mr. Ayloush’s social media and public comments condemning and calling for an end to Israel’s repressive apartheid system.

    “As a human rights activist who consistently speaks against all tyrannical and repressive regimes and policies around the world, especially in the Middle East, I reject the bullying tactics and defamation attempts of apologists of the State of Israel who wish to shield Israel from legitimate criticism,” said Hussam Ayloush. “Demanding an end to the apartheid regime in Israel is not anti-Semitic any more than demanding an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa or to segregation in the United States was anti-Christian.”

    CAIR-LA Managing Civil Rights Attorney Marwa Rifahie noted “anti-Semitism is a very real issue that Jews in America continue to face today. This is evidenced by the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh and more recently, hate speech spray-painted on synagogues throughout Orange County. Rather than focusing on the hate in our backyard, Rabbi Levi abused the platform afforded to him to attack CAIR-LA in a move intended to discredit the important civil rights work we do through falsely conflating support for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism.”

    “Mr. Levi is purposefully putting the American Muslim community at harm by pushing Islamophobic stereotypes about Muslims and anyone who criticizes Israel,” said Estee Chandler, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of JVP. “This very harmful depiction of the largest Muslim rights organization in California and a well-known Muslim leader as anti-Semitic plays into false stereotypes of Jews versus Muslims. These attacks undermine the work that respected partners - like Hussam Ayloush - and our organizations are committed to, namely combating hate, discrimination and fostering understanding.”

    This is the latest occurrence of the ADL attempting to smear human rights activists and supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as Anti-Semites:

    Through the years, many civil rights organizations have criticized ADL’s troubling history of undermining anti-racist groups in the United States.  CAIR-LA and JVP-LA call for Mr. Levi and the ADL to cease the vitriolic attacks.

    Earlier this week, CAIR filed a major First Amendment lawsuit to a  “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law in Texas enacted last year. The lawsuit is challenging the state’s restrictions on citizens using their First Amendment right to oppose Israeli occupation and human rights abuses.

    CAIR-LA is Southern California’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. 

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  • CAIR-Pittsburgh Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Muslim Student

    (PITTSBURGH, PA, 12/17/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack on a Muslim student high school who wears an Islamic headscarf, or hijab.

    CAIR-Pittsburgh is offering legal support to the student’s family after she was shown on a video posted online being attacked in the bathroom of Chartiers Valley High School. The Muslim student was treated later for a concussion and severe bruising. Criminal charges are pending.

    Police: Criminal charges pending in altercation at Chartiers Valley High School

    https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/12/17/Chartiers-Valley-High-School-bathroom-fight-social-media-video-investigation-Collier-police/stories/201812170080

    Video of Attack

    https://www.facebook.com/alexis.work.79/videos/157771828520749/

    Charges Pending But No Hate Crime In Chartiers Valley Bathroom Fight

    https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14416003-74/charges-pending-but-no-hate-crime-in-chartiers-valley-bathroom-fight

    The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization 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.

    CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

    http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html

    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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  • CANDIDATES AND CONSTITUENTS: AMERICAN MUSLIM ELECTION VICTORIES AND VOTER ATTITUDES

    2018 Midterm Election

    Released: November 7, 2018

    In coordination with Jetpac

    Conducted by Triton Polling & Research
    www.tritonpolling.com

    Commissioned by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003
    Tel 202.488.8787 Fax 202.288.0833
    info@cair.com www.cair.com
    Twitter: @CAIRNational
    Facebook: facebook.com/cairnational

    Report Authors:
    Robert S. McCaw, CAIR Government Affairs Department Director
    Dr. Abbas Barzegar, CAIR Research and Advocacy Department Director
    Shaun J. Kennedy, Jetpac Executive Director
    Liam W. Foskett, CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator
    Zainab Arain, CAIR Research and Advocacy Department Manager
    Abigail Shepard-Moore, CAIR Research and Advocacy Department Intern

    Background:


    This report presents a detailed picture of political positions and attitudes held by
    American Muslim voters in the wake of the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 midterm
    election. It also provides a comprehensive list of nationwide American Muslim
    election victories in 2018. This list was compiled in coordination with Jetpac and
    based upon publicly available data as of November 7, 2018. According to this
    research, approximately 55 American Muslims were elected to local, state, and
    national positions. Data in this report will be updated and further analyzed in a
    forthcoming joint report on American Muslim political organizing strategies to be
    released on November 13.

    The exit poll is based on an automated survey that explores the views of registered
    American Muslim voters on their participation in this year’s election,
    political party preference, perception of personal values, concerns about rising
    Islamophobia, and religious and civic engagement since the 2016 presidential
    election. The survey results are drawn from a random sample telephone survey
    of 1,027 American Muslim voters.

    As American Muslim participation in the political process has experienced steady
    growth in the past several decades, so has interest in better understanding Muslim
    voters. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, American Muslim
    groups mobilized to deliver presidential endorsements that received national
    attention. In 2006, CAIR issued its first-ever random sample poll of likely Muslim
    voters. Prior to the increasingly heated 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections,
    CAIR commissioned polls to track the views of American Muslim voters.
    CAIR also commissioned a national exit poll survey of Muslim voters following the
    2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

    In the 2014 midterm election, CAIR released a survey of the six most populous
    states of American Muslim voters, which included California, Florida, Illinois, New
    York, Texas, and Virginia. CAIR also released a similar six-state poll for the March
    2016 “Super Tuesday” primary that explored Muslim views of Democratic and
    Republican Party presidential nominees.


    American Muslims Elected to Office *

    *This information is based upon publicly available data gathered and analyzed
    by CAIR and Jetpac and updated as of close of business on November 7, 2018.
    Please report content updates or adjustments to info@cair.com.

    Highlights of Findings:

    • 95% of Muslim voters who responded to the survey participated in this year’s midterm election.

    • 78% of Muslim voters primarily voted for the Democratic Party candidates
    and 17% for Republican Party candidates.

    • 46% of Muslim voters consider themselves liberal on social issues, while 35%
    consider themselves conservative.

    • 43% of Muslim voters consider themselves fiscally conservative, while 40%
    consider themselves liberal.

    • 26% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic candidates perceived
    themselves as being conservative on social issues. Moreover, 36%
    perceived themselves as being fiscally conservative.

    • 68% of Muslim voters thought Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the
    U.S. increased while 17% thought it decreased in the past year.

    • 78% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates
    thought Islamophobia increased in the past year. Conversely, only 33% of
    Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates thought
    Islamophobia increased in the past year.

    • 53% of Muslim voters became more interested in politics since the 2016
    presidential election, while 34% maintained the same level of interest in
    politics and 13% became less interested in politics.

    • 55% of Muslim voters have become more actively involved in politics and/or
    civically engaged since the 2016 presidential election, while 45% have not.

    • Out of those Muslim voters who have become more actively involved in
    politics and/or civically engaged since 2016 presidential election:

    • 20% have primarily donated money to a political or social campaign.
    • 25% have primarily donated their time by volunteering with a local
    charity or civic-minded or religious organization.
    • 18% have primarily donated their expertise by using their skills
    and/or network to advance social/political engagement.
    • 37% have primarily been involved in another way.


    • Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates were
    more likely to contribute money as their primary form of involvement, while
    Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates were
    more likely to volunteer with a local charity or civically minded or religious
    organization.

    • 15% of Muslim voters are very involved in activities at their mosque or Islamic
    center, while 26% are somewhat involved, 27% are not very involved, 28%
    are not at all involved, and 4% were not sure / didn’t know how to answer.

    • 49% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates
    were more likely to not at all be involved in activities at the mosque or Islamic
    center in comparison to their Democratic Party supporting counterparts
    (23%).

    • 63% of survey respondents identified as male and 37% as female.

    • Muslim women are more likely to support Democratic Party candidates and less
    likely to support Republican Party candidates than their male counterparts.

     

    Methodology:


    A sample of 1,027 respondents was drawn through a randomization procedure
    from a larger database of more than 250,000 Muslim voter households. The 1,027
    respondents themselves were a subset of this larger database characterized by
    having two or more traditionally Muslim names.

    The American Muslim voter database was developed by matching state records
    of registered voters with an extensive list of some 45,000 traditionally Muslim
    first and last names. In compiling this list, common names prevalent among Muslims
    across the world’s Muslim-majority ethnic groups were identified and verified
    by well-informed members of these ethnic groups.

    Although it is the largest such list compiled to date, this pool of Muslim voters
    does not include Muslims with uncommon names or those who do not have
    traditionally Muslim names. Also excluded are Muslims with names that are also
    common in other communities (such as Sarah or Adam).

    CAIR commissioned an independent polling company, Triton Polling & Research
    of Henderson, Nevada, to conduct the poll via automated telephone interviews.

    Calls were conducted on November 6, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m., by time zone.
    Respondents included 650 men and 377 women from across the nation. The poll
    has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, with a confidence level of 95%.

    The interview explored the following topics:
    1. Basic demographic indicators, including age and gender.
    2. Perception of personal political ideology, social values and religiosity.
    3. Political and civic engagement and voting behavior.
    4. Perception of Islamophobia.


    Top Line Survey Results

    Political Attitudes and Personal Political Ideology

    Q1. Did you vote in the 2018 November midterm election?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Yes: 94.9% (975 respondents)
    No: 5.1% (52 respondents)

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    When asked whether they voted in the 2018 midterm election, 94.9% registered
    Muslim voters stated that they voted, while 5.1% said that they did not.


    Q2. Which party did you primarily vote for?

    (Based on respondents who voted)
    Republican: 17.1% (167 respondents)
    Democratic: 78.4% (764 respondents)
    Green: 0.7% (7 respondents)
    Libertarian: 0.7% (7 respondents)
    Democratic Socialists of America: 0.5% (5 respondents)
    Write-in: 0.5% (5 respondents)
    Not sure / don’t know: 2.1% (20 respondents)

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    In a poll of registered Muslim voters that participated in the 2018 midterm election,
    78.4% reported that they primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates,
    while 17.1% voted Republican Party, 0.7% Green Party, 0.7% Libertarian Party, and
    0.5% Democratic Socialists of America. Only 0.5% of registered Muslim voters
    wrote in the name of their preferred candidate and 2.1% of respondents were not
    sure or did not know how to respond to the question.

    The results of this poll continue the noted trend of most registered Muslim voters
    aligning with the Democratic Party. CAIR’s 2016 presidential election exit poll of
    more than 2,000 Muslim voters indicated 74% voted for Democratic Party candidate
    Hillary Clinton, while 13% for Republican Party candidate, now president,
    Donald Trump.

     

    Q3. Generally, do you lean more conservative or liberal on social
    issues?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Conservative: 34.9% (358 respondents)
    Liberal: 46.2% (474 respondents)
    Not sure / don’t know: 19.0% (195 respondents)



    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    This poll indicates that most registered Muslim voters, regardless of political party
    affiliation, consider their personal views on social issues to be liberal (46.2%), in
    comparison to the 34.9% that viewed themselves to be conservative on social issues.
    19% of respondents were not sure or did not know how to respond to the question.

     

    Q4. Generally, do you consider yourself to be fiscally conservative
    or fiscally liberal?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Conservative: 43.0% (442 respondents)
    Liberal: 39.8% (409 respondents)
    Not sure / don’t know: 17.1% (176 respondents)


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    This poll indicates that most Muslim voters, regardless of political party affiliation,
    consider themselves to be fiscally conservative (43%), in comparison to the 39.8%
    that viewed themselves as fiscally liberal. 17.1% of respondents were not sure or
    did not know how to respond to the question.

    Both poll questions on whether registered Muslim voters perceive themselves
    to be conservative or liberal on social and fiscal issues are in follow-up to CAIR’s
    “AMERICAN MUSLIM VOTERS AND THE 2016 ELECTION” pre-election survey
    of 804 Muslim voters. In that survey, CAIR found that most Muslim voters, regardless
    of political party affiliation, consider their personal political ideology to
    be moderate (44%), followed by liberal (25%), conservative (11%), and then other
    (16%).

     

    Q5. Do you think Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the
    U.S. have increased or decreased in the past year?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Increased: 68.4% (702 respondents)
    Decreased: 17.0% (175 respondents)
    Not sure / don’t know: 14.6% (150 respondents)


    Note: 2016 data sourced from previous general election survey sample commissioned
    by CAIR in October 13, 2016.

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Most respondents, 68.4%, believe that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment
    in the U.S. have increased in the past year. Conversely, only 17% of respondents
    believe that such sentiment has decreased and 14.6% were not sure or did not
    know how to respond to the question.

    CAIR asked registered Muslim voters the same question in its October 2016
    pre-election survey. As shown above, most respondents in both surveys thought
    Islamophobia increased.

    Political and Civic Engagement

    Q6. Since the 2016 presidential elections, have you…

    (Based on total respondents)
    Become more interested in politics: 52.6% (540 respondents)
    Become less interested in politics: 13% (134 respondents)
    Maintained the same level of interest in politics: 34.4% (353 respondents)

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Since the 2016 presidential election, more than half of register Muslim voters
    (52.6%) reported that they became more interested in politics. Conversely, 13%
    of respondents reported that they became less interested in politics, while 34.4%
    reported that they maintained the same level of interest in politics.


    Q7. Since the 2016 presidential election, have you become more
    involved in politics and / or civically engaged?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Yes (more involved): 54.8% (563 respondents)
    No: 45.2% (464 respondents)


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Since the 2016 presidential election, 54.8% of Muslim voters reported that they
    became more involved in politics and/or civically engaged. Conversely, 45.2% of
    respondents reported that they had not become more engaged.

     

    Q8. In what way has your involvement taken the greatest form?

    (Based on those answered yes to the previous question)
    Money: Donating to a political or social campaign: 20.4% (115 respondents)
    Time: Volunteering with a local charity or civic-minded or religious organization:
    24.9% (140 respondents)
    Expertise: Using your skills and/or network to advance social/political engagement:
    17.8% (100 respondents)
    Other: 36.9% (208 respondents)

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Of those respondents who reported greater involvement in politics and/or civic
    engagement since the 2016 presidential election, they were asked a follow-up
    question to determine in what way their involvement took the greatest form:

    • 20.4% of respondents said they primarily donated to a political or social campaign.

    • 4.9% of respondents said they primarily volunteered with a local charity or
    civic-minded or religious organization.

    • 17.8% of respondents said they primarily used their skills and/or network to
    advance social/political engagement.

    • 36.9% of respondents report their involvement took another form.

    Religiosity 

    Q9. Including prayer, how involved are you in activities at the
    mosque or Islamic center? Would you say that you are?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Very involved: 15.1% (155 respondents)
    Somewhat involved: 26.2% (269 respondents)
    Not very involved: 26.7% (274 respondents)
    Not at all involved: 28% (288 respondents)
    Not sure / don’t know: 4% (41 respondents)

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Fifteen percent (15.1%) of polled Muslim voters reported that they were very
    involved in activities at a mosque or Islamic center, 26.2% stated they were somewhat
    involved, 26.7% were not very involved, 28% were not at all involved, and 4%
    refused to answer the question.

    Q10. What gender do you identify as?

    (Based on total respondents)
    Female: 36.7% (377 respondents)
    Male: 63.3% (650 respondents)


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election


    How Muslim Voters Who Voted For Democratic or Republican Candidates Responded to Other Survey Questions


    Comparison of the responses of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican
    and Democratic Party candidates to other survey questions.

    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Highlights:

    • 26% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic candidates perceived
    themselves as being conservative on social issues. Moreover, 36%
    perceived themselves as being fiscally conservative.


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Highlights:

    • 78% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates
    thought Islamophobia has increased in the past year. Conversely, only 33% of
    Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates thought
    Islamophobia has increased in the past year.

    • 47% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates
    thought Islamophobia has decreased in the past year. Conversely, only 10% of
    Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates thought
    Islamophobia has decreased in the past year.


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Highlights:

    • 57% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates
    expressed becoming more interested in politics since the 2016 presidential
    election, while 48% of their counterparts who primarily voted for Republican
    candidates expressed becoming more interested in politics.


    Source: CAIR
    2018 Midterm Election

    Highlights:

    • A near even amount of registered Muslim voters who primarily voted for
    Republican or Democratic Party candidates expressed having become more
    involved in formal political and / or civically engaged since the 2016 presidential
    election (60% vs 55%).

    • Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates were
    more likely to primarily contribute money as their primary form of involvement,
    while Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic Party candidates
    were more likely to volunteer with a local charity or civically minded or
    religious organization.


    Highlights:

    • A near even amount of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican or
    Democratic Party candidates are very involved in activities at the mosque or
    Islamic center (15% vs. 15%).

    • 49% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Republican Party candidates was
    more likely to not at all be involved in activities at the mosque or Islamic center
    in comparison to their Democratic Party-supporting counterparts (23%).
    • Muslim women are more likely to support Democratic Party candidates and
    less likely to support Republican Party candidates then their male counterparts.


  • CAIR-Ohio to Host 2nd Annual Muslim Day at the State Capitol

    (COLUMBUS, OHIO, 09/19/2018) – On Tuesday, September 25, the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host its 2nd Annual Muslim Day at the State Capitol in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

    WHAT: CAIR-Ohio Hosts 2nd Annual Muslim Day at the State Capitol
    WHEN: 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Media are urged to arrive at 1:00 P.M.)
    WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
    CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed, (410) 805-4215, uhameed@cair.com
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL AGENDA: 
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cair-ohio-2nd-annual-muslim-day-at-the-state-capitol-tickets-46631356643

    Ohio Muslim participants from across the state will hold meetings with more than 40 different legislative offices -- nearly a third of the legislature – focusing on five different bills relating to fair policing practices, a $15 minimum wage and increased gun safety.

    The capitol day will also include trainings and a panel focused on leadership featuring State Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes and Stephanie Howse and Columbus City Councilmember Elizabeth Brown.

    “CAIR-Ohio’s Muslim Day at the State Capitol is an event that allows members of our state’s Muslim community to live out their Islamic values by advocating for a more just society for all Ohioans, regardless of faith or background,” said CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed. “We recognize that it is our responsibility to address the inequities in our state by doing our part and having critical conversations with policymakers about the issues that impact the most vulnerable among us.” 

    CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR-Ohio has three chapters in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Their 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.

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  • GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR’s Intervention Allows U.S. Citizen on Government’s ‘No-Fly’ List to Return Home

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/4/18) – Following CAIR's intervention, an American citizen placed on the “no-fly” list by the U.S. government was able to return to the United States from “extrajudicial exile” in the Middle East.

    Extrajudicial exile occurs when an American citizen travels overseas to visit family, for work or for tourism and -- after that person lands in a foreign country -- the federal government puts him or her on the no-fly list. Placement on that list is only discovered when that American citizen attempts to fly home.  

    “Through lawsuits, public pressure and an unwavering commitment to protect the rights of American Muslims, CAIR has -- alhamdulillah -- been able to ensure that dozens of those placed on the no-fly list are able to return to their homes,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “CAIR stands ready to fight for all Americans whose rights have been violated.”

    He said CAIR has filed multiple challenges to the government’s watchlisting system, along with multiple lawsuits to allow Americans who are subject to the system’s flight ban return to the United States.

    VIDEO: CAIR Announces Filing of Broad Challenge to Watchlisting System

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

    The Washington-based civil rights organization recently released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018 indicating that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

    SEE: CAIR Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter of 2018

    Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report   

    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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  • CAIR Decries Appearance of Former Top ICE Official at Anti-Muslim Hate Event in Va.

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/30/2018) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the scheduled appearance of the former acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at an upcoming conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by a notorious anti-Muslim hate group.

    Thomas Homan, formerly acting director of ICE, is listed as a confirmed “Special Dinner Gala Honoree” at the Sept. 4-5 conference of the hate group ACT For America in Arlington, Va. Homan retired in June of this year.

    While acting director of ICE, Homan refused to condemn the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, but instead claimed that his agency was simply enforcing the law.

    “By appearing at an anti-Muslim hate event, Mr. Homan would – because of his past position as head of ICE - send the clear message that bigotry is viewed as acceptable by top government officials in the current administration,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We urge Mr. Homan to withdraw from this hate event.”

    McCaw noted that CAIR today sent a letter to members of Congress and their staff outlining ACT For America’s bigoted agenda and history prior to the hate group’s Capitol Hill Day on Sept. 5. For a copy of that letter, email: rmccaw@cair.com

    In July, CAIR called on Fox News to withdraw its representatives from the conference. Several Fox News hosts and commentators were listed as “invited” to appear at the conference.

    ACT For America, founded by “Brigitte Gabriel,” is an anti-Muslim hate group with growing ties to white supremacist, neo-Nazi hate organizations that exhibits the same bigoted themes as seen at the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally. [NOTE: “Brigitte Gabriel” is also known as Hanah Kahwagi Tudor and Brigitte Tudor.] Last year, ACT For America organized widely-condemned anti-Islam rallies nationwide.

    SEE: CAIR: Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia

    CAIR Calls Nationwide Anti-Islam Rallies a ‘Bust,’ Says Counter-Protests Far Overshadowed Hate Marches

    In the past, CAIR released two short videos exposing ACT for America’s bigotry and its links to White supremacist organizations.

    SEE: CAIR Releases Videos Exposing Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America’s Bigotry, Links to White Supremacist Organizations

    CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT For America

    CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel

    ACT for America has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has named "Brigitte Gabriel" as a member of the nation's "Anti-Muslim Inner Circle."

    Gabriel has argued that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She believes “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.”

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

    Earlier this month, CAIR released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018 indicating that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the first quarter of 2018.

    SEE: CAIR Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter of 2018

    Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report   

    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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  • CAIR Welcomes Dr. Abbas Barzegar as New Director of Research and Advocacy

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today welcomed Dr. Abbas Barzegar as its new Director of the Department of Research and Advocacy to spearhead CAIR’s efforts in documenting Islamophobia across the cultural and political landscape.

    He will also develop CAIR’s research programming infrastructure through strategic engagement with local chapters, non-profit allies, and universities.

    “We welcome Dr. Barzegar to the CAIR team as we are expanding our staff and resources to meet the unprecedented challenges facing the American Muslim community and our society,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

    Dr. Barzegar graduated from Emory University in 2010 in the field of Religious Studies and brings years of applied research experience with recognized expertise in American Muslim history, transnational Muslim civil society and intra-faith relations.

    His work has been supported by the European Union, The British Council, the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

    Dr. Barzegar’s commentary and analysis may be found in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and Aljazeera. He also maintains professional research affiliations with Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Studies and George Mason University’s Ali Vurak Center for Global Islamic Studies.  

    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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  • CAIR-Florida Condemns Rep. Mast’s Appearance on Anti-Islam Radio Show, Calls on Elected Officials to Speak Out

    (MIAMI, FL, 8/17/2018) -- The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today condemned last Tuesday’s appearance of Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) on the Right Side Patriots radio show hosted by anti-Islam commentators bashing American Muslim candidates for committing “ballot box jihad.”

    It has been reported that on the August 14th radio show hosted by Diane Sori and Craig Andersen, Congressman Mast did not make any anti-Muslim comments, however, following Mast’s appearance, both commentators went on to accuse American Muslim political candidates of committing “ballot box jihad.”

    SEE: GOP lawmaker appears on right-wing radio show hosted by 'anti-Islam' commentators

    CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, stated:

    “We condemn the congressman’s decision to be a participant on this far-right radio program and call on elected officials from both parties to speak out on this matter. It is immoral for any elected official to engage, sponsor or participate in far-right radio programs with a clear agenda of spreading hate and Islamophobia. His actions only contribute to the incessant wave of hate incidents and hate crimes that our community continues to experience, especially since the last elections.”

    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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  • CAIR Recognizes Historic Night of Muslim Primary Victories in Minnesota

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today recognized the historic string of victories by American Muslim candidates in last night’s Minnesota primary election. Seven Minnesotan Somali, Arab-American and African-American Muslim candidates won a series of victories during last night’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor and non-partisan primaries.

    [NOTE: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CAIR does not endorse or oppose any candidate running for office.]

    “Last night’s historic string of Minnesotan Muslims’ primary victories sets a new benchmark for American Muslims aspiring to give back to their communities and run for public office,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “American Muslims are not only defining their own narratives in a hostile political landscape, they are creating new spaces for what representation and diversity in public service looks like.”

    “We are proud of the strong voter turnout of all Minnesotans in last night’s primary, especially Minnesota Muslim voters, in making democracy work for everyone,” said CAIR Minnesota’s Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Last night’s historic primary exemplified the trust Minnesotan voters place in Muslim candidates running for office.”

    Hussein added that he expects Minnesota’s Muslim Republican voters to make the leap to candidates in future electoral races.   

    List of Muslim Minnesota Primary Winners And Their Opponents:

    • African American Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, who won 49.85 percent of the vote (280,587 votes) in a five-way race, will compete against Republican primary winner and former Minnesota state Representative Doug Wardlow, who won 46.3 percent of the vote (135,568 votes) in a three-way race, for Minnesota State Attorney General.

    • Somali-American Muslim state Representative Ilhan Omar, who won 48.2 percent of the vote (65,238 votes) in a six-way race, will face off with Republican primary winner Jennifer Zielinski, who won 56.5 percent of the vote (8,680 votes) in a three-way race, to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

    • Somali-American Muslim Mohamud Noor, who won 39.7 of the vote (2909 votes) in a seven-way race, will challenge Republican primary winner Joseph Patiño, who won 67.1 percent of the vote (190 votes) in a two-way race, to represent Minnesota State Representative District 60B.   

    • Somali-American Muslim Hodan Hassan, who won 28.4 percent of the vote in a five-way race (2207 votes), will challenge Republican primary winner Bruce Lundeen, who won 100 percent of the votes (218) in an unchallenged race, to represent Minnesota State Representative District 62A.   

    • Somali-American Muslim Fardousa Jama, who won 27.26 percent of the vote (211 votes) in a three-way nonpartisan race will face off against Mark Frost, who won 63.7 percent of the votes (493 votes) to represent Council Member Ward 3 (Mankato).

    • Arab American Muslim Dr. Hala Asamarai, who won 20.3 percent of the vote (1851 votes) in a seven-way nonpartisan race will face off against Molly Lewis, who won 19.45 percent of the vote (1773 votes), and several other candidates (see above link), to represent as a School Board Member in Independent School District #13.

    • African American Muslim Sharon Dumas El-Amin, who won 20.32 percent of the vote (24912), in a five-way non-partisan race will face off against Kimberly Caprini, who won 29.88 percent of the vote (36113 votes), and several other candidates (see above link), to represent as a School Board Member at Large in Special School District #1.

    These Muslim candidates join two other Minnesotan Muslims that have already earned their place on the November 6 ballot:

    • South Asian American Muslim Amir Joseph Malik (DFL) will challenge incumbent Minnesota State Representative Nolan West (R) to represent Minnesota State Representative District 37B.

    • Somali American Muslim Siad Ali who is running unopposed in the general election for Minneapolis Board of Education District 3.

    Last week, CAIR congratulated Palestinian Arab-American Muslim Rashida Tlaib on winning the primary election in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Tlaib won the primary election defeating five other candidates. Running unopposed, her win in the November general election is ensured. She will be the first American Muslim woman elected to Congress.

    In Massachusetts, African American Muslim Tahirah Amatul-Wadud will square off against incumbent Representative Richard E. Neal in the state’s Democratic Primary for Massachusetts’s 1st Congressional District. No Republican candidate is contesting for the office. The primary will take place September 4.

    In April, the Washington Post reported that More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year

    This year, CAIR is working to mobilize American Muslim voters across the nation. 

    SEE: Election Update: CAIR Reminds American Muslims to Go to the Polls Ahead of August & September Primaries

    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.

     

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  • CAIR-New Jersey Applauds Members of the NJ Congressional Delegation for Demanding Removal of Islamophobic ICE Official

    (SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 8/15/18) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today applauded six members of the New Jersey congressional delegation for demanding the removal of New Jersey ICE office spokesperson Emilio Karim Dabul after disturbing news reports surfaced of his connections to Islamophobic groups. 

    On Wednesday, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) wrote a letter to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald Vitiello, demanding Dabul’s removal.

    “We applaud these six members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation for taking a stand against bigotry,” said James Sues, Executive Director of CAIR-New Jersey. “It is unacceptable for someone with ties to known Islamophobes and anti-Muslim hate groups to speak on behalf of a government agency such as ICE.”

    SEE: Letter to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald Vitiello

    As first reported by the Star Ledger on Aug. 3, Dabul has ties to numerous anti-Muslim groups including ACT for America, an organization which has “flood[ed] the American public with hate speech demonizing Muslims,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dabul also contributed to FrontPage, a far right publication whose founder, David Horowitz, is seen as a godfather for anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry in the United States. In addition, Dabul helped edit for Freedom Center, another Horowitz organ the Star Ledger labels a “hate group.”

    SEE: ICE's Spokesman in N.J. Has Disturbing Ties to Hate Groups

    On Aug. 6, CAIR-New Jersey called for the dismissal of Dabul in a letter to Matthew T. Albence Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    SEE: CAIR-New Jersey Calls for Dismissal of ICE Spokesman With Ties to Anti-Muslim Hate Groups

    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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  • CAIR Seeks Probe of Louisiana Officer’s Anti-Muslim Social Media Post

    (Washington, D.C., 8/13/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for an investigation of a Louisiana police officer’s Islamophobic Facebook post.

    Joey Hester, former Shreveport police officer and current part-time police officer in the town of Blanchard, shared an anti-Muslim social media post on his personal Facebook account with the text: “90 Muslims across the U.S. are running for office. This is how it starts! Beware, stay informed!” Hester is running for a seat in the Shreveport City Council.

    “Joey Hester’s clearly bigoted and Islamophobic views seriously bring into question his ability to impartially serve and protect all Blanchard town residents, especially its Muslim community,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We call on the Blanchard Police Department to investigate whether Hester violated and department or town policies by re-posting anti-Muslim materials.”

    Last Thursday in the state of Virginia, CAIR called on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to rebuke At-large Chair, Corey Stewart’s apparent Islamophobic attack on Twitter using the slur “ISIS commie” against Michigan democratic primary candidate Abdul El-Sayed.

    SEE: CAIR Calls for the Board of County Supervisors to Rebuke Corey Stewart’s ISIS Slur Attacking Muslim Candidate

    Hours after CAIR’s call for rebuke, Stewart released the initial statement: “One of my vendors put out a tweet last night that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS, because he apparently received support from purported extremists.  I don't believe in guilt by association. I have been the target of very similar smears, and I don't believe in using such tactics against others." That response however failed to adequately dismiss the patently false assertions against El-Sayed and on Friday, Stewart issued the statement: “My vendor put out a tweet that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS. There is no evidence supporting this assertion. I don't believe in guilt-by-association – I have been the target of very similar smears, and I won't use such tactics against others.”

    CAIR also condemned another Islamophobic social media post last Thursday made by a Florida Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain, who posted on Facebook, “We can’t let the colonization of Islam and sharia law take over of America,” and that he is, “against the political take over of the world by their Sharia system of law,” along with additional anti-Muslim and white supremacist comments in defense of his original claim.

    SEE: CAIR-Florida Condemns Islamophobic Posts by Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain

    CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist public officials and government employees that have been given a platform for their bigotry under the Trump administration.

    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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  • CAIR Condemns Racist Graffiti Discovered on Vehicles in Baltimore County, Maryland

    (Baltimore, Md., 8/13/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned hate symbols and racist graffiti spray-painted on at least 15 vehicles parked in a residential area in Maryland. 

    African-American residents of the Lochearn neighborhood of Baltimore County awoke on the morning of Aug. 10 to learn that their cars had been vandalized with Nazi swastikas and racial obscenities.   

    SEE: Baltimore County police investigate 15 cars vandalized with swastikas, obscenities in Lochearn

    The incident, which has instilled fear among residents and is reportedly being investigated as a bias-motivated crime, occurred ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. 

    It is the latest in a string of other disturbing incidents that CAIR has condemned in the state, including anti-Semitic flyers distributed to homes in Laurel and an anti-Semitic attack on two Jewish students at Towson University in Baltimore County. 

    “These crimes are partly a consequence of unchecked racism and bigotry that has increasingly plagued communities of color and religious minorities in America under the Trump administration,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Cowards who conceal their identity and attempt to intimidate or attack others do not belong in a civilized society and their crimes must not be met with silence.”

    SEE: CAIR Condemns Distribution of Anti-Semitic Pamphlets in Maryland as Symptom of ‘Empowered’ Bigotry

    SEE: Towson University investigating possible hate crime against two Jewish students

    On Friday, CAIR condemned the weekend’s planned ‘Unite the Right 2’ Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville rally which erupted in domestic acts of terrorism targeting anti-racist protestors in Virginia.   

    SEE: CAIR Condemns This Weekend’s White Supremacist “Unite the Right 2” Rally in D.C.

    During Sunday’s #UnitedtoLove counter rally on the National Mall, Chaudry spoke of the need to defiantly stand up for one another.

    CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ‘Targeted,’ recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17 and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same time period. 

    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.

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  • CAIR Offers Condolences and Support for the Wahhaj Family

    Muslim Group Calls on Media to Stop Harassing Grieving Family Members, Spreading False Rumors

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/10/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today extended condolences to the family of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, as well as support for his grandfather, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a respected leader of the American Muslim community. 

    CAIR’s statement also calls on the media to refrain from re-victimizing members of the Wahhaj family with sensationalistic or Islamophobic coverage. CAIR also condemns those hate groups that have already used this tragedy as an opportunity to launch a smear campaign against Imam Wahhaj.

    In a statement offered by CAIR:

    “In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.

    We extend our sincere condolences to the family of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. We pray that God grants the Wahhaj family comfort, patience and strength as they mourn the loss of this young child.

    We encourage law enforcement to work as expeditiously as possible to determine what happened to Abdul-Ghani, why it happened and who must be held accountable for this tragedy. 

    In the meantime, both the public and the media should refrain from jumping to conclusions, spreading rumors or harassing members of this grieving family. To do so victimizes them all over again.

    We strongly condemn those outlets and hate groups that have already used this tragedy as an opportunity to launch a smear campaign against Imam Siraj Wahhaj.

    Over the past forty years, Imam Siraj has made innumerable positive contributions to the people of New York, as well as the American Muslim community. 

    Imam Siraj was the first American Muslim to deliver an opening invocation before the U.S. Congress. His mosque famously transformed an entire neighborhood, leading a generation of young people away from a life of crime and addiction. He has also traveled across our nation in support of various charitable, educational and social justice causes.

    It is also important to note that Imam Siraj Wahhaj has spent the past year supporting those humanitarian causes while simultaneously working with law enforcement to find his missing relatives. Indeed, it was the imam's assistance that reportedly allowed law enforcement to finally locate them in New Mexico.

    Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to Imam Siraj for his efforts to stand against injustice, both on our streets and around the world. We stand with Imam Siraj, his daughter-in-law Hakima Ramzi, and the rest of his family as they grieve and seek answers in this trying time.”

    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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  • CAIR Condemns This Weekend’s White Supremacist “Unite the Right 2” Rally in D.C.

    Marks One-Year Anniversary of Domestic Acts of Terrorism Targeting Anti-Racist Protesters in Charlottesville, VA

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, today issued the following statement in advance of this weekend’s white supremacists’ “Unite the Right 2” rally at Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House, in Washington, D.C.

    CAIR is also encouraging public participation in United to Love Rally taking place on Sunday, August 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more and register for the event.

    The United to Love Rally is an initiative of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church and is open to all who believe love is stronger than hate. CAIR is one of the many organizations co-sponsoring the event.

    CAIR offered this statement ahead of this weekend’s “Unite the Right 2” rally:

    “CAIR marks the one-year anniversary of the domestic acts of terrorism targeting anti-racist protesters that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer and the vicious beating of Deandre Harris at the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia and the University of Virginia, respectively. We urge all Americans to denounce the racist ideology of hate promoted by the alt-right white supremacists that will be gathering under the ‘Unite the Right’ banner this weekend in front of the White House.

    As we remember these terrorist attacks targeting anti-racist protestors, CAIR calls on National Park Service Police, D.C. Police and Metro Transit Police to ensure the safety and security of anti-racist counter-protesters from the violent “Unite the Right 2” supporters who are a threat to public safety.

    American Muslims call on President Trump to unequivocally condemn the ‘Unite the Right 2’ white supremacist rally without assigning blame to ‘both sides.’

    CAIR also calls on the media and journalists to responsibly report on the rally and refrain from covering ‘both sides’ thereby providing a national platform to white supremacists looking to promote their bigotry.

    CAIR prays for the safety of anti-racist activists who oppose those openly committing hate crimes in public and encourages community members to attend alternative counter-protest events held in safe spaces.

    Finally, CAIR reminds all anti-racist protestors to know their rights in the event that police target them, as Portland Police recently battered civil rights activists countering a similar right-wing white supremacist ‘Patriot Prayer’ rally last weekend.”

    CAIR launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

    For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

    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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  • CAIR-Oregon Expresses Disappointment in Portland Police Chief's Response

    (Portland, OR, 8/8/18) - The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today joined Portland DSA (Democratic Socialists of America - Portland), Empower Portland, Portland Jobs with Justice, and NLG Portland (National Lawyers Guild - Portland) in expressing disappointment with Chief Danielle Outlaw’s response to allegations of improper uses of less-lethal weapons and disparate treatment of anti-racist activists by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

    In her press statements, Chief Outlaw said that “We call it down the middle,” and that anti-racist protesters “came with the intent to cause some problems.” She also claimed Portland Police “proactively sent out staff to all area hospitals in an effort to locate injured persons.”

    SEE: Chief Danielle Outlaw press conference

    The Oregon-based community organizations stated:

    “We’re deeply disappointed by Chief Outlaw’s response to these troubling events. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has failed to protect Portlanders who have for years experienced the ramifications of violent alt-right behavior gone unchecked in the city. This behavior has included racist groups openly admitting to spreading hate speech and violent threats, carrying weapons into public spaces, causing violence that provokes police attacks upon innocent protesters, and manipulating the police from conducting thorough and proper investigation of riot events they have organized.

    Portlanders who choose to rise up against those who openly commit hate crimes in public shouldn’t have to fall victim to the Bureau’s weaponry during a lawful protest, which caused one victim to suffer a traumatic brain injury and left another victim with third degree burns. Disparate treatment of anti-racist activists who are passionate about defending marginalized communities, like the Muslim, Jewish, Black, Latino and LGBTQIA communities, are deserving of cooperation and respect, rather than police violence.

    Several news outlets, including Rawstory, reported that video has emerged showing the real reason why anti-racist activists were attacked was because PPB had forgotten two police vehicles behind. This report runs counter to PPB’s narrative that counter-protesters had thrown objects towards them. More so, this report is consistent with witness videos available online and the journalistic accounts from that day. If PPB is choosing to protect its police property over the well-being of thousands of people, we are in a bigger crisis than we thought.

    In addition, we’re deeply disturbed to hear from the Chief that Portland Police proactively attempted to search for those allegedly injured by them in local hospitals. These actions seem like Portland Police are not trauma-informed and, more so, shows citizens there is a lack of regard for constitutional privacy and HIPAA rules. If any hospitals actively gave information to PPB on any patient who came in seeking medical assistance as a result of being allegedly harmed by police, they should be sanctioned for HIPAA violations.

    Furthermore, we encourage those negatively impacted by police behavior to seek out attorneys prior to reporting to law enforcement.

    As a result of the above, we are reiterating our demand for the oversight of the Portland Police Bureau through the following items:

    1. An outside agency (the Oregon Department of Justice, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division or other third party civilian oversight agency) must conduct an investigation into PPB tactics.
    2. Oregon legislators must pass a bill for the development of a fully funded Civil Rights Division within the Oregon Department of Justice to ensure future police misconduct will be investigated by the state.”

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY:  CAIR to Announce Challenge to Federal Government's Watchlisting System, Including TSA's Quiet Skies Program

    (Washington, DC, 8/7/2018) - On Wednesday Aug. 8, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a press conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    At the press conference, CAIR will announce its new constitutional challenge to the federal government’s watchlisting system, including the TSA’s recently revealed Quiet Skies program. 

    WHAT: CAIR News Conference

    WHO: CAIR Civil Rights Attorneys and Some of the Plaintiffs

    WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 12:00 p.m.

    WHERE: CAIR Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

    CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com

    SEE: Welcome to the Quiet Skies (Boston Globe)

    Quiet Skies punishes those who—through family, community or the workplace—have relationships with individuals the federal government has designated as a “known or suspected terrorist.”  The program imposes indiscriminate surveillance upon a designee’s family members, friends, co-workers, and travel companions at airports and on airplanes.

    SEE:  Have you gained or lost weight?  Congrats, TSA is tracking you for suspicious activity (USA Today)

    The lawsuit’s plaintiffs are more than a dozen innocent American Muslims and their families—people who have not been charged, arrested, or convicted of a terrorism-related crime—from Washington DC, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Kansas, and New Jersey.

    The federal government uses the watchlisting system to, as one judge described it, “transfor[m] a person into a second class citizen, or worse.” 

    SEE: Judge Anthony J. Trenga's Opinion 
    http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/Gulet-Order.pdf   

    Targets of the watchlisting system can be denied the ability to travel by air, subject to invasive and stigmatizing searches and interrogations, detained for hours at border crossings, have their electronics seized, be deprived of the right to purchase a firearm, and have their bank accounts closed—in addition to other innumerable consequences that flow from the government’s secretive watchlists.

    The watchlist, as a whole, singles out innocent Muslims.  The stigmatizing label of “terrorist” impairs their family, religious, business and employment relationships regardless of their innocence. 

    CAIR has filed multiple challenges to the government’s watchlisting system along with multiple lawsuits to allow Americans who are subject to the system’s flight ban return to the United States. 

    SEE: CAIR-Florida Helps Muslim Citizen on No-Fly List to Successfully Return to Florida

     Cair Holds News Conference for Return of Utah Imam Abdi After Lawsuit Challenging No-Fly List

    If you or your friends or family have experienced significant and invasive travel delays, please file a report with our Civil Rights Department at https://www.cair.com/report.  

    CAIR launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

    For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

    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.

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