CAIR Asks Arizona Police Department to Drop Islamophobic Training

CAIR National logoMesa Police Department is hosting ‘training’ by anti-Islam conspiracy theorist John Guandolo

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Ariz., not to host “training” to be offered next month by notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.

Guandolo’s hate group Understanding the Threat (UTT) is scheduled to hold the law enforcement training May 16-18 at the invitation of the Arizona Police Association (APA). The training is reportedly “POST Certified,” meaning it fits curriculum standards set by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

In a letter to Mesa Police Department Interim Chief Michael Dvorak, CAIR wrote in part:

“Among many other bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely stated U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches, that the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by ‘enemies of the United States,’ that when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of ‘civilizational jihad,’ that former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim, and that Muslims are ‘obligated’ to lie, and that it is ‘unprofessional’ for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

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CAIR-MN Rep to Attend First USA Boxing-Sanctioned Bout with Muslim Boxer Wearing Hijab

cair logos minnesota(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/17) – On Saturday, April 29, a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will attend a bout featuring a teenage Muslim boxer in Minnesota who was previously barred from competition because she wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

Amaiya Zafar, 16, from Oakdale, Minn., will be the first boxer allowed to fight in a USA Boxing-sanctioned event while wearing hijab. She will compete against a girl from Iowa in a Circle of Discipline at the Spring Fling Amateur Boxing match in the Richard R. Green Central Park School in Minneapolis, Minn.

WHAT: First USA Boxing-Sanctioned Bout with Muslim Boxer Wearing Hijab

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, April 29, Richard Green Central Gym, 3416 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, Bouts start at 4 p.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Leaders Meet with Lawmakers on ‘Muslim Advocacy Day’

chapter logos newyork(NEW YORK, NY, 04/27/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and Muslim Leaders from across New York state held dozens of advocacy meetings earlier this week with elected officials and their staff at the state Capitol in Albany as part of “Muslim Advocacy Day 2017.”

The community leaders advocated on two sweeping laws in effort to promote just, equitable and progressive policies in New York. If enacted, these laws would prevent New York’s participation in a so-called “Muslim registry,” prevent local law enforcement cooperation with immigration enforcement (ICE), and protect electronic communications (such as emails and social media) from warrantless surveillance.

1. S. 4075a (Support) – The New York State Liberty Act would stop state and local agencies from assisting the federal government in establishing a database or registry based on religion, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.  The act would also prevent local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. I.C.E. immigration enforcement.

2. A. 1895 (Support) – The New York State Electronic Communications Privacy Act would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant issued by a judge before they are legally allowed to track cellular devices, read emails and/or text messages, or access any other electronic documents.

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CAIR Supports ‘We Are Sikhs’ Initiative

CAIR National logoSEE: We Are Sikhs

At a time when many minorities face misunderstanding and bias, the “We are Sikhs” initiative was launched to “educate our fellow citizens about the peaceful, progressive, and tolerant community of over half a million Sikhs who live in the United States.”

The campaign includes educational videos such as “Who We Are” and “Neighbors.”

Commenting on the initiative to the Associated Press recently, CAIR’s Corey Saylor “praised the new effort, noting that Sikh leaders have ‘not allowed bias to divide religious minorities.’” AP further quoted Saylor as saying, “Years ago, they could have said, 'Hey, we're not Muslims.' But they've always taken what to me was a very honorable stand that nobody should be targeted, period.”

SEE: Sikh Americans Launch Ad Campaign That Looks to Push Back on Hate

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