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CAIR Welcomes String of Historic Barrier-Breaking American Muslim Electoral Victories in MA, MI, MN, NY, NJ, & PA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/3/21) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today recognized the historic victories of several American Muslim candidates breaking barriers in Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.     CAIR congratulated the following American Muslims on their hard-fought and groundbreaking electoral victories:   Tania Fernandes Anderson, first Cape Verdean American immigrant and American Muslim elected to the Boston City Council, Massachusetts.   Etel Haxhiaj, first Albanian American refugee and American Muslim elected to the Worcester City Council, Massachusetts.   Abdullah Hammoud, first Lebanese American Muslim elected mayor of Dearborn, Michigan.   Amer Ghalib, first Yemeni American immigrant

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CAIR-New York Congratulates Muslims Elected to New York City, Lackawanna City Councils    

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 11/3/2021) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today congratulated two candidates elected to their respective city councils in New York City and Lackawanna, N.Y.  In yesterday’s election, Shahana Hanif became the first Bangladeshi and American Muslim woman elected to the New York City Council. In upstate New York, Amira Muflahi became the first Yemeni-American Muslim woman to be elected to the Lackawanna City Council.  In a statement, CAIR-New York Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed stated:  “We congratulate Shahana Hanif and Amira Muflahi on their historic victories in New

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CAIR Calls on House Rules Committee to Schedule NDAA Amendments Banning U.S. Military Weapons Transfers to American Law Enforcement, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Muslim Group Urges Committee to Support Amendments Seeking State Department Investigation into Egyptian Government Human Rights Violations   (WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Chairman James McGovern and member of the U.S. House Rules Committee to support several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ban U.S. military transfers to American law enforcement, and human rights violators Israel, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.  SEE: House Rules Committee: NDAA Amendments  CAIR also called on the House Rules committee to support amendments seeking

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CAIR OP-ED: Ten Post-9/11 Measures that Targeted Muslim Americans—and the U.S. Constitution

NOTE: Media outlets are free to republish this commentary with attribution.  By Edward Ahmed Mitchell Esq., Council on American-Islamic Relations The Patriot Act. NSEERs. National security letters. The watchlist. The no-fly list. Bulk data collection. CVE. Anti-Sharia laws. The Muslim Ban. In the twenty years since September 11, 2001, our government has established dozens of laws, policies and programs ostensibly designed to prevent additional attacks on our nation. Some of those post-9/11 measures—such as increasing airport security and improving communication between federal agencies regarding potential threats—were reasonable, legal and successful in making us safer. But many other measures were as

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CAIR Condemns U.S. Drone Attack in Afghanistan That Killed 10 Civilians, Calls for Transparent Investigation and Moratorium on Drone Warfare 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/30/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the reported killing of 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, in a U.S. drone attack in Kabul, called for a transparent investigation, and called for the Biden administration to severely limit the use of drone warfare due to its “longstanding pattern” of causing civilian deaths.  Media reports indicated that the civilians were killed when an American drone targeted a vehicle in Kabul on Sunday.   SEE: Nine family members, including children, killed in US strike in Kabul targeting suspected ISIS-K

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CAIR Urges Biden Administration to Reject Israel’s Bid to Join Visa Waiver Program, Cites Discrimination Against American Muslim, Arab-American Travelers   

Take Action: Urge the Biden Administration to Reject Israel’s Bid to Join Visa Wavier Program Without Firm Guarantee of Reciprocal Travel Privileges for Arab and Muslim Americans   (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on President Joe Biden and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to reject Israel Envoy to the U.S. Gilad Erdan’s request for a U.S. Visa Waiver Program deal “without a firm guarantee of reciprocal travel privileges for all Americans–including Muslim, Palestinian and Arab-American travelers who often face severe entry restrictions or outright travel bans when entering Israel–

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CAIR Welcomes Repeal of 2002 Authorization to Invade Iraq, Calls on Congress to End All Middle East Entanglements

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/17/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the House of Representative’s vote to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq and called on Congress to end all American military entanglements in the Middle East.   The 2002 AUMF authorized the use of American armed forces against the Saddam Hussein regime. If the Senate votes to repeal it, the President’s ability to order military actions in Iraq without congressional approval would come to an end. The separate 2001 AUMF, which authorizes attacks on those

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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of ‘Two Giants’ Serving the Cause of Justice, D.C. Attorney Martin McMahon and MLFA’s Tarek AlKadri in Texas

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences on the passing of “two giants” serving the cause of justice: Washington, D.C., attorney Martin F. McMahon, who led CAIR’s civil rights work in the organization’s early years, and Tarek AlKadri, who served the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) and Pure Hands, a nonprofit organization that delivers humanitarian aid to those in need in Yemen. [NOTE: Funeral arrangements for Martin McMahon, who died Saturday, have yet to be announced.] In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:     “American Muslims have lost a great friend and principled ally with the passing of

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CAIR-CA Releases 2021 Annual Legal Report Highlighting Expanded Services and High Volume of Immigration Intakes

Report shows CAIR-CA legal staff handled a total of 1,769 intakes in 2020, highlights impact of pandemic-related border closures and travel restrictions  (SANTA CLARA, CA, 5/3/2021) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today announced the release of its annual statewide legal report that analyzes and summarizes all civil rights and immigration complaints in 2020 reported to CAIR-CA’s offices in the San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA), San Diego (CAIR-SD), Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA), Sacramento Valley and Central California areas (CAIR-SV/CC).    SEE: 2021 Annual Legal Report  According to the report, CAIR-CA legal staff handled a total of 1,769 intakes in 2020.   CAIR-CA’s immigration attorneys represented

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CAIR Welcomes House Passage of NO BAN Act, Urges Congress to Help Diversity Visa Winners Blocked by Muslim and African Bans

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/21/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass the H.R. 1333, the “National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act” or the “NO BAN Act.” CAIR urged U.S. Senate Democratic and Republican leadership to support the bill. The NO BAN Act was adopted with a bipartisan vote of 218 to 208. Only Republicans voted against the bill.  Introduced by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 159 congressional Democrats, the NO BAN Act would ensure no future president has the same authority to create

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