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Ismail Allison

CAIR-Massachusetts Releases New Report Documenting 1,000+ Calls for Civil Rights Assistance Since 2016

(BOSTON, MA, 5/11/22) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released its 2021 civil rights report, “Protecting Our Community.”    In addition to cases from 2021, the report also documents over 1,000 calls for assistance from members of the Muslim community to CAIR-MA since 2016, when its legal department was established.   CAIR-MA received 163 requests for legal assistance in 2021, down from an average of

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Ismail Allison

CAIR Calls on Biden Administration to Condemn Israeli Assassination of Palestinian-American Journalist, Direct FBI to Launch Probe

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/11/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Biden to condemn the assassination of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and direct the FBI to launch an investigation into her murder.  Abu Akleh, an American citizen and a reporter for Al Jazeera, was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper while covering an Israeli attack on the occupied West Bank town of

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Ismail Allison

CAIR to Call on Virginia’s Fairfax County Police to Renew Search for Body of Murdered Muslim in Landfill

(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/10/2022) – On Thursday, May 12, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, plans to hold a news conference to call on Virginia’s Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) to renew its search for Ahmed Hasheem Ebrahim who was reported missing on January 17 and allegedly murdered on January 16, 2022. CAIR will also call on Fairfax County officials to direct the police to reopen the search.  Authorities learned

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Ismail Allison

CAIR-Oregon Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Vandalism on Mosque, Synagogues

(PORTLAND, OR, 5/10/2022) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today welcomed the arrest of a suspect in connection with the vandalism of a mosque and two synagogues in Portland, Ore.    The suspect pleaded not guilty to several charges, including arson. He is accused of spray-painting an antisemitic phrase on the wall of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue and smashing one of its windows, smashing a window at the Congregation Shir

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Ismail Allison

CAIR-Connecticut Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Mosque Vandal

(HARTFORD, CT, 5/10/2022) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) today sought the public’s help in identifying the man who broke into and vandalized a Waterbury, Conn., mosque.  The man reportedly forced entry into the Masjid al-Mustafa mosque last Wednesday and broke several windows. Waterbury Police provided an image of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterbury Police Burglary Squad Detectives at (203)-574-6941 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line

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Ismail Allison

CAIR Welcomes Renaming of Formerly Confederate-Themed Virginia Middle School

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/10/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed this afternoon’s renaming ceremony for a Virginia middle school from “Stonewall Jackson Middle School” to “Unity Braxton Middle School.”  That new name, replacing that of a Confederate General, is derived from desire to honor both the school’s diverse student population and a decorated veteran, Carroll Braxton, and his late wife, Celestine Braxton, a pioneering educator. The renaming was

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