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Hijab Makes Muslim Women Target of Race Attacks, Australian Study Finds

Ninety percent of Muslim woman have suffered form of racist abuse or violence in Australia since the September 11 attacks in the United States, a new report revealed here Wednesday. The report, by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, found that while most Arabs and Muslims had experienced some form of racist abuse in recent years, women were at the frontline because of their wearing of the traditional headscarf, the hijab. “We listened to

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CAIR Calls VA Paintball Sentencing ‘Draconian’

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called the harsh sentencing in the Virginia “paintball Jihad” case “draconian” and said the Muslim defendants faced selective prosecution. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced one of three Muslim defendants to life in prison and imposed an 85-year term on another for conspiring to aid an Islamic group in conflict with India. Judge Brinkema told those in the courtroom that the sentences, mandated

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CAIR Launches ‘I am an American Muslim’ Campaign

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched a nationwide television and radio public service announcement (PSA) campaign, called “I am an American Muslim,” designed to help reduce anti-Muslim discrimination and stereotyping. To view the PSAs, go to: CAIR’s 30 and 60-second PSAs feature American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage. Each person in the spots states how they and their families have served America and ends by saying, “I am

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U.S. Muslims to Launch National PSA Campaign

On Wednesday, June 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to launch a nationwide television and radio publicservice announcement (PSA) campaign, called “I am an American Muslim,”highlighting the Muslim community’s support for religious diversity andservice to the nation. The spots are part of CAIR’s ongoing efforts tochallenge anti-Muslim discrimination and intolerance. WHAT: PSA Campaign Launch News ConferenceWHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453

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Mexican Muslim Allowed To Wear Hijab In Passport Photo

Following intervention by CAIR, a Muslim woman who is a Mexican citizen and resident of Illinois, will now be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated head scarf, or hijab, in her passport photo. The woman was prevented from taking her photo when officials said that Mexican policy prohibited the covering of ears in passport photos. After CAIR sent letters to the Mexico Ambassador in Washington and the consulate in Illinois, the Muslim woman was allowed to

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650 Turn Out For CAIR-MD/VA Banquet

(BETHESDA, MD) – The Maryland and Virginia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) said some 650 people turned out on Saturday for the group’s annual fundraising banquet in Bethesda, Md. The standing-room-only event topped CAIR-MD/VA’s fundraising goal of $250,000. At the dinner, presidential candidate Ralph Nader encouraged America Muslims to continue challenging bigotry and to support civil liberties. Representatives of the John Kerry presidential campaign and the offices of a number of state

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