(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight condemned President Trump’s move to replace White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a notorious Islamophobe who as a history of ties to anti-Muslim extremists and organizations.
“We urge Americans across the political spectrum to speak out against the appointment of John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser because of his ties to anti-Muslim bigots and his promotion of extremist views that will inevitably harm our nation and that could lead to unnecessary and counterproductive international conflicts,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Bolton is the last person who should be entrusted with this critically-important position, which requires sound judgment and a fact-based approach to national security matters.”
Awad said CAIR is concerned about the safety of American Muslims and other minority communities with Bolton advising an already Islamophobic and white supremacist administration.
John Bolton Backgrounder:
Bolton has long been associated with anti-Muslim extremists Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller. He even wrote the forward for Spencer and Geller’s book “The Obama Administration’s War on America.” Geller endorsed Bolton as a presidential candidate.
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Robert Spencer
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Pamela Geller
Bolton advocated for the Iraq War and promoted the false justification for the conflict. He has promoted anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and called for bombing Iran and North Korea.
In 2016, Bolton spoke at a conference of the American Freedom Alliance hate group. His speech at the conference, which had the overall theme, “Can Islam and the West Coexist?” contained a “joke” the punchline of which was that President Obama was a Muslim.
Bolton is also the chairman of the New York City-based anti-Muslim organization the Gatestone Institute. The organization produces a steady stream of false and fear-mongering Islamophobic articles. It published the myth that certain cities with Muslim majority neighborhoods were off limits to those who did not practice the faith.
An article in “The Intercept” also noted that the Gatestone Institute claimed that the Obama administration refugee policy “exposes Americans to the jihad.” In its posts, the institute consistently depicts refugees as rapists and hosts of “highly infectious diseases” that threaten the health of the German people.
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
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: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
Newly-arrived immigrant fired from first U.S. job, forced to pray outdoors in middle of winter
(NEW YORK, NY, 3/22/18) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and Lloyd Patel LLP, a leading employee-side labor and employment firm, today announced a $50,000 settlement with a Queens company for wrongfully terminating a Muslim man.
The 29-year-old South Asian green card holder, who prefers to remain anonymous, was wrongfully fired in 2017 simply for asking to pray. As a newly-arrived immigrant, this was the man’s first job in the United States, but he worked less than a week before being terminated.
The man’s supervisor reacted negatively to the revelation he was Muslim and became increasingly hostile once they learned about his faith. In his short time at the company, the man’s supervisor reportedly began to target him, sabotaging his work assignments and making derogatory statements about his faith.
This same supervisor refused to let him spend a few minutes a day praying in an empty part of the office, forcing him to pray in a nearby park in the dead of winter. In addition to providing compensation for lost wages and emotional damages, the employer is also required to conduct non-discrimination training for both management and employees.
“No New Yorker should be forced into the cold, or fired from work, simply for wanting to pray,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Our laws are clear: New Yorkers have the right to reasonable accommodations to practice their faith. You don’t have to choose between your religion and your job. This settlement helps send a signal to employers that Muslim New Yorkers will not accept workplace discrimination or harassment. Our laws protect the right to take reasonable breaks, to pray, to wear the hijab, and to keep a beard.”
“Our client made the difficult and courageous decision to take a stand against unlawful religious discrimination by taking legal action, and we could not be more proud to have represented him,” said Lloyd Patel LLP Partner Erin Lloyd. “We are pleased with the monetary award for our client and that future employees at this company will be made aware of their legal rights and protections.”
(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.
(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.