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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Hate Crime in Bayside Queens, Welcomes NYPD Hate Crime Probe

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/19/2020) – 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 a violent incident in a Bayside 7-Eleven store, during which a man was shoved to the ground, and confronted with extremely aggressive racial slurs. The victim, Sungmin Kwon, captured the altercation on video. The NYPD has launched a hate-crime investigation. Upon entering the 7-Eleven, the offender

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Ayan Ajeen

CAIR-Georgia Strongly Condemns Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic Remarks by GOP Candidate Marjorie Greene

(ATLANTA, GA, 6/19/20) — The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned the anti-Black, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic remarks made by GOP congressional candidate Marjorie Greene and called on her to issue a public apology.  CAIR-Georgia also called on the Georgia Republican Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee to amplify and expand their condemnation of GOP candidate Marjorie Greene for her

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Ayan Ajeen

CAIR Condemns Racist Flyers in Iowa, Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for KKK Vandalism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist flyers distributed in Iowa calling for white people to practice “racial distancing” to avoid contracting COVID-19. The flyer was reportedly found Thursday in parts of eastern Iowa, including Davenport and Bettendorf. The message was attached to a Washington Post article, bringing attention to the disproportionate infection and death rates of COVID-19 among African-Americans, and it

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Ibrahim Hooper

CAIR Marks Juneteenth with Live Screening, Q&A on Short Film Exploring American Muslims’ Reflections on Racial Injustice

‘In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey’ follows Muslim leaders as they learn about history of slavery, lynching, segregation (WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/20) – Today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will mark Juneteenth with the re-release of a short film, “In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey.” [NOTE: “Juneteenth,” or “Freedom Day,” commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas; the oldest known celebration of the ending of

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Ayan Ajeen

CAIR-LA Calls For Arrest of Woman Caught on Camera Spewing Anti-Asian Racist Rant in Torrance

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 6/18/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today supported the investigation of criminal charges against a woman filmed multiple times going on Anti-Asian rants at Wilson Park in Torrance.  According to KTLA/5, police are building a criminal case against the woman – identified as Lena Hernandez of Long Beach. On June 11, Hernandez was filmed telling an Asian woman exercising at the park, “Go

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Ayan Ajeen

BREAKING: CAIR-NY Welcomes City Council Vote to Pass the POST Act Calling for Public Oversight of NYPD Surveillance Technology

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/18/2020) – 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 welcomed the NYC Council’s passing of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, an essential NYPD surveillance reform bill. CAIR-NY has been advocating for the passage of the POST Act, alongside a diverse swath of coalition partners dedicated to building legislative and executive support for transparency

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