CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Fire Targeting Florida Mosque

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cair logos floridaCAIR Offers Reward for Info on Fire Targeting Florida Mosque

(MIAMI, FL, 2/24/17) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set a fire overnight at a mosque in that state.

PRESS CONFERENCE:

WHAT: CAIR-Florida, Daarus Salaam Mosque Center Press Conference

WHERE: In front of Islamic Society of New Tampa (Daarus Salaam Mosque), 15830 Morris Bridge Rd., Thonotosassa, FL 33592

WHEN: February 24, 10 a.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305-502-6749

Fire officials are investigating a blaze that broke out early this morning at the Islamic Society of New Tampa in Thonotosassa, Fla.

SEE: Hillsborough Co. mosque fire under investigation, CAIR offering reward for info leading to arrest

A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305-502-6749; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Announces Successful Settlement of Lawsuit for Mich. Muslim Inmate Denied Adequate Ramadan Diet

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/24/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the successful settlement of a lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim inmate brought against the Michigan Department of Corrections over the denial of adequate nutrition during the annual month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR’s lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The lawsuit, which was originally filed by the inmate in the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division in 2012, challenged a policy that required Muslim inmates to sacrifice an adequate diet when they elected to participate in the Ramadan fast.

Muslim inmates received as little as one-third of the recommended daily calories in Ramadan 2011. The court recently appointed CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri and co-counsel Shereef Akeel to represent the inmate after reaching a successful settlement on a similar case brought on behalf of several inmates. 

Since the filing of that lawsuit, MDOC increased the amount of food it provides Muslim inmates participating in the Ramadan fast to satisfy the nutritional and caloric guidelines set forth in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”

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CAIR Settles Discrimination Suit Against Advance Auto Parts on Behalf of Md. Muslim

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/24/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the settlement of an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a Maryland Muslim worker against Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of automotive replacement parts, accessories, and services.

The lawsuit, which alleged violations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of Aamir Hamid Cooper, a 23-year-old African-American Muslim and former Sales Clerk at Advance Auto’s retail location in Bowie, Md. CAIR alleged that Cooper was subjected to unfair and unequal working conditions as well as relentless attacks on his Islamic faith and racial identity.

The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

SEE: CAIR Files Employment Discrimination Suit Against Advance Auto Parts on Behalf of Md. Muslim

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, 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.  

CAIR-Kansas Seeks State, Federal Hate Crime Charges for Shooting of ‘Middle Eastern’ Men

CAIR logo(KANSAS CITY, KS, 2/23/17) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called for state and federal hate crime charges to be brought against a man who allegedly shot two men – one of whom died – that he mistakenly thought were “Middle Eastern.” A witness reportedly heard the suspect shout “get out of my country” shortly before the shooting occurred. A third person was injured in the incident.

SEE: Suspect in Olathe Shooting Allegedly Told Bartender He Killed Two Middle Eastern Men

“Because of the alleged bias motive for this deadly attack, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to consider filing hate crime charges in order to send a strong message that violence targeting religious or ethnic minorities will not be tolerated,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy

Elbayoumy noted that two Kansas men were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in a hate attack on three Somali Muslims in that state.

SEE: 2 Kansas Men Sentenced for Hate Crime Attack Against Somalis

He added that CAIR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8th election.

Video: FBI Probes North Carolina Threats to 'Kill' American Muslims (CAIR)

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