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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR Condemns White Supremacy Banner in Iowa, Vandalism of George Floyd Mural in Utah

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned the vandalism of a mural memorializing George Floyd in Salt Lake City, Utah. The pop art-style portrait of George Floyd’s face was covered with black tar Sunday. The Salt Lake City Police Department opened an investigation into the vandalism and whether the actions constituted a hate crime. The artists have since repaired

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Ayan Ajeen

CAIR Condemns Denial of Service for Black Patrons at Baltimore Restaurant; Calls for Broader Staffing, Policy Changes

(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/23/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned an incident that occurred over the weekend at an upscale Baltimore restaurant involving a young, Black boy who was denied service for “not being dressed to code,” although his attire was very similar to athletic apparel worn by a white boy of around the same age who had in fact been served.  SEE: Ouzo Bay owners apologize after video shows restaurant denying service to

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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR Condemns White Supremacist, Pro-Trump, Islamophobic Vandalism of New Mexico Indian Restaurant

Muslim civil rights group calls on president to speak out against growing racist, anti-immigrant and white supremacist attacks nationwide (WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned white supremacist, pro-Trump, Islamophobic vandalism targeting an Indian restaurant in New Mexico. On Monday, the owner of the India Palace restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., found his business trashed and racist and white supremacist slurs such

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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR-Florida Welcomes Federal Appeals Court Decision Allowing Orlando FBI Shooting of Ibragim Todashev Plaintiffs to Conduct Discovery

(MIAMI, FL, 6/22/2020) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision reversing the dismissal by the U.S. District Court – Florida Middle District in the case of Todashev v United States on the key issue of the shooting of Mr. Todashev. The family of Ibragim Todashev is represented by James Cook, Esq., and CAIR-Florida. SEE: 1.    Video: 2020 Todashev Case

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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR-NY Condemns Use of Illegal Chokehold in Arrest of Queens Man

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/22/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the use of an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer to restrain 35-year-old Ricky Bellevue on Sunday morning at Rockaway Beach in Queens. The NYPD has suspended the offending officer without pay.  The application of this chokehold by the officer comes just days after the New

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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR Joins 100 U.S. Groups in Urging Biden, Trump to Support Equality for Palestinians

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined CODEPINK along with over 100 other organizations in urging presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden and President Trump to adopt a just and principled foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinian struggle. In a joint letter, the organizations noted policy positions that American voters are looking for in presidential candidates.  “Current U.S. positions supporting, indeed enabling,

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