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Ismail Allison

In My Own Words: The Way Forward On Interfaith Collaboration

By: Zahra Billoo, CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Throughout my career as a Muslim civil rights attorney, I have worked on areas of common concern with my Jewish neighbors. Together, we have advocated for human rights here and abroad. We have stood up against police brutality, racist immigration policies, and illegal discrimination. We have called out racism and bigotry, including the interrelated threats of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. I will always raise my voice on these important issues, God willing.

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Ismail Allison

Congress Should Reform the Unconstitutional ‘Terrorism’ Watchlist

Yesterday, Rep. Carson and Muslim, Arab and South Asian American Groups Testified that Congress Should   By: CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw, rmccaw@cair.com Media outlets are free to re-publish or distribute the commentary below with attribution. —–  Yesterday, the U.S Judiciary Commitee held a groundbreaking hearing on discrimination and the civil rights of the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities. We welcomed the hearing as another opportunity for Congress to commit to protecting the

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Ismail Allison

How India is Working to Squash Religious Freedom and Deny Human Dignity 

Media outlets are free to re-publish or distribute the commentary below with attribution. By: Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR National  In recent weeks, the world has witnessed the Indian government’s hateful attempts to exclude Muslim women from society by banning young women from wearing the hijab to school.  The ban on Islamic headscarves motivated thousands to protest the grotesque infringement on civil rights by the Karnataka state, which is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party

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Ismail Allison

Why and How Muslim Institutions Should Use FEMA Funding to Enhance Physical Security 

NOTE: Media outlets are free to republish this commentary with attribution By: Robert McCaw and Megan Fair, CAIR National Does your mosque have high-quality security cameras? What about the local private Islamic school? Do they have comprehensive safety systems—alarms, cameras, secure entry doors, bulletproof windows, an armed guard? Can your community afford any of these measures?   For many Islamic private schools, organizations and houses of worship, the answer to many of these questions is No.

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Ismail Allison

On January 6th, America Got a Taste of What Muslims Have Been Dealing With for Years

NOTE: Media outlets are free to republish this commentary with attribution By: Ismail Allison, CAIR National On January 6th, America became acquainted with a shadowy group of far-right extremist organizations willing and ready to use violence to realize their political will and intimidate those they hate. As American Muslims, we’ve known them for many years.  Far-right groups and militias like the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters and the Proud Boys have been engaged in anti-Muslim

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Ismail Allison

10 Ways President Biden’s First Year in Office Impacted American Muslims

NOTE: Media outlets are free to republish this commentary with attribution   By: Robert McCaw and Ismail Allison, CAIR National  When President Biden officially took office at noon on January 20th, 2021, many American Muslims breathed a sigh of relief.   Although no one should have expected President Biden to become a champion for every issue important to our community, we were confident that the openly racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric spread by President Trump would end—and

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