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CAIR-Sacramento Valley Demands Accountability for Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man, Stephon Clark

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 3/21/18) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, today demanded accountability following the police shooting of an unarmed African-American man in South Sacramento.

Stephon Clark, 22, was killed after being confronted by officers in the backyard of his grandparents' home where he lived. Officers fired 20 shots at Clark, who police say they had believed was armed at the time. However, no gun or weapon was found at the scene and Mr. Clark was only found to be in possession of a cell phone. Although Clark's grandparents were both home at the time he was killed, neither was made aware that their grandson had been killed right outside their home until several hours after the incident occurred.

In a statement, CAIR-SV Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem said:

"There must be a thorough investigation into what happened to Stephon Clark and what led to this young man being killed in his own backyard.   We have seen too often the deaths of unarmed African-American boys and men as a result of police-involved shootings."

"We urgently support the release of all video footage related to Mr. Clark's shooting in hopes that it will lead to full transparency and accountability."

CAIR-SV has called for similar investigations of other incidents nationwide involving allegations of disparate treatment of African Americans by law enforcement authorities.

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CAIR-MA: Annual Massachusetts ‘Open Mosque Day’ to Be Held on April 8th

(BOSTON, MA, 03/21/18) - On Sunday, April 8, more than 20 mosques across Massachusetts will take part in the second annual “Open Mosque Day” to provide an opportunity for the wider public to meet their Muslim neighbors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour a mosque, hear a brief introduction to Islam and observe a Muslim prayer service.

“In this time of widespread misunderstanding about Islam, we hope to show our communities that their Muslim neighbors live, pray and dream just like anyone else,” said Wafaa Wahabi of the American Islamic Center in Everett, Mass. “We’re proud to open our doors, on this day and every day.”

WHEN: Sunday, April 8th, from 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: See attached flyer for a full listing of participating mosques.

CONTACT: Mohammed Shadid, Event organizer, (801) 336-6861, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or, Dr. John Robbins, CAIR-MA Executive Director, (617) 862-9159, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents, Religious Slurs at a Maryland High School

(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/21/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a pattern of racist incidents and religious slurs at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, Md.  

SEE: Racial slurs found at Chesapeake High School

That school’s Principal Stephen Gorski wrote in a letter to parents that racial, ethnic and religious slurs and symbols were discovered last week scrawled on a toilet seat inside a boys’ bathroom. Last Friday, racial slurs were also discovered carved into a classroom doorway.

The school, located in Anne Arundel County, has long been plagued with allegations of racial and religious intolerance. African-American resource officers have been placed at the school to help minority students feel safe.  

This month, a spokesperson for Arundel County Public Schools announced that a teacher retired after allegedly using the n-word in the presence of a Black student.

SEE: Students at School Plagued by Allegations of Racist Incidents Met with Positivity in ‘Chalk Walk’

One suspect is in custody in one of the incidents and charges are pending. 

“We condemn this alarming pattern of bigotry and stand in solidarity with the NAACP’s Anne Arundel Chapter, the Caucus of African-American Leaders and local clergy and allies to support impacted students,” said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry. 

She noted that these incidents are only the most recent examples of intolerant attitudes observed in Maryland public schools. 

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CAIR-Oregon Welcomes Bias Enhancement to Charges Against Suspect Who Rammed Muslim Man

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 2/20/18) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today welcomed a decision by the Oregon Department of Justice to add a bias enhancement to the charges against a suspect who allegedly used his car to intentionally ram a Muslim man in Lincoln City.  Perry G. Nicolopoulos is suspected of intentionally ramming a Muslim man after a minor collision in a parking lot in Lincoln City.

Nicolopoulos is being charged with attempted murder in addition to 11 other felonies and four misdemeanors. 

SEE: State prosecutors say man accused of ramming Portlander with car committed bias crime

“This incident once again shows that hate is thriving here in Oregon and we all must do more to combat it,” said CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan. “Oregon Muslims continue to be subjected to threats and violence that only serve to traumatize our community. We call on all stakeholders: citizens, teachers, parents, government officialsand law enforcement to do more to stamp out hate in this state. This can no longer be an issue that marginalized communities are forced to fight by themselves.”

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

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

Last year, 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:

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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