CAIR-Missouri to Join Rally in Support of Justice for Immigrants and Refugees

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/30/2017) – On Monday, May 1, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will join a “No Bans, No Walls, No Hate, Love All” rally organized by the St. Louis chapter of Indivisible in front of Senator Roy Blunt’s state office to support justice for immigrants and refugees.

WHAT: No Bans, No Walls, No Hate, Love All Rally

WHERE: Roy Blunt’s Office, 7700 Bonhomme Ave Ste 315, St. Louis 63105

WHEN: Monday, May 1, 5 p.m.

CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR-Missouri Communication Intern Neveen Ayesh, 314-452-554

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"The current administration's demonization of immigrants is unethical and un-American," said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed. "We believe Senator Blunt’s silence on this issue is unacceptable.”

The program will include a rally in front of Senator Blunt's office, along with a delegation of ten community leaders who will visit the Senator's staff. A CAIR-Missouri representative will join the Missouri delegation while Syed will meet with Blunt's staff in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

"St. Louis should be a freedom city for immigrants and refugees," said CAIR-Missouri Communication Intern Neveen Ayesh. "Senator Blunt should remember the example of the Bosnians who helped rebuild St. Louis and became an integral part of our community."

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members 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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html      

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR Employment Opportunity in Washington, D.C. - Communications Coordinator

Position:  Full time; salaried

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization with chapters across the country. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.  Its core mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR is seeking a full time Staff Attorney for its Washington D.C. chapter.  This position will report to the National Litigation Director.

Essential Functions/Duties

Carry out CAIR’s mission and vision with various stakeholders and audiences through duties that include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and editing news releases, media kits, action alerts, statements, and other communications materials
  • Researching and monitoring news and issues for information related to CAIR’s mission and vision
  • Compiling and distributing daily digital newsletter as well content for the annual report
  • Publishing communications materials on CAIR’s website
  • Producing video, print, digital, and graphic materials in support of strategic marketing and communications campaigns
  • Creating and managing social media campaigns to maximize communication of CAIR’s mission and vision
    • Build and execute social media strategy through research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification
    • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action
    • Set up and/or optimize CAIR pages within each platform to increase the visibility of content
    • Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community
    • Create editorial calendars and syndication schedules
    • Continuously improve by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on that information
  • Collaborating with other CAIR departments to manage issues, identify key influencers and to coordinate actions
  • Representing CAIR in media interviews
  • Researching, writing and editing commentaries and editorial materials related to CAIR’s mission and vision
  • Facilitating coalition-building with communicators at organizations that support of CAIR’s mission and vision
  • Training and coaching of CAIR staff and members of the public as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Occasional and limited travel may be required as well as participation of evening and/or weekend events

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 to 4 year of relevant experience in journalism, media relations and/or marketing and communications
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications or a related field
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and understandable manner for internal/external communications
  • Excellent news writing and editing skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong social media skills/understanding
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Thorough knowledge of social media tools, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Knowledge of media databases and tools such as Cision, TVEyes, Meltwater

This position reports to: Director of Communications

Compensation: Commensurate with skills and experience

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter, samples of any relevant work and a resume to jobs@cair.com.


CAIR-NY Condemns Racially, Religiously Motivated Attack on Sikh Man in the Bronx

chapter logos newyork(NEW YORK, NY, 4/18/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the attack on a Sikh man in the Bronx as a suspected hate crime.

According to police, Harkirat Singh, a 25-year-old Sikh man and taxi driver, was attacked by his passengers during a trip from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx. The passengers reportedly called Singh “Ali Baba,” swore at him, refused to pay the cab fare, and attempted to break the cab meter and partition. The passenger then, while fleeing the police, ripped Singh's turban from his head. [NOTE: “Ali Baba” is a character from the Arab folk tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”] The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

SEE: NYC Sikh Taxi Driver Assaulted, Turban Ripped Off Head

"As brothers and sisters facing increased racially and religiously motivated attacks, this reprehensible attack against Mr. Singh resonates strongly with our community," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "CAIR-NY extends its empathy and support to Mr. Singh and the Sikh community."

“No New Yorker should ever face violence because of his or her faith,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “We are a city united by our diversity. Any attack motivated by religious bigotry is an attack on all New Yorkers and the values we hold dear.”

Recently, several anti-Sikh attacks received national attention. Earlier this year, in Kent Washington, a Sikh man while in his driveway was accosted by another man, told to “go back to his country”, and was shot in the arm. Local authorities are looking into the attack as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Sikh Man's Shooting in Washington Investigated As Hate Crime

There has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting Sikhs, American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Earlier this month, the NYPD noted that there has been a 100 percent increase in hate crimes. CAIR-NY believes that even this figure is a gross underestimation due to under-reporting.

SEE: NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR: 3rd National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill to Take Place May 1-2

Screen Shot 2017 04 13 at 3.33.32 PM(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/13/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is encouraging Muslims nationwide to attend the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on May 1-2.

CLICK HERE to register or forward this alert to someone you know and ask them to register

Hosted by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, the advocacy day is expected to draw hundreds of Muslim delegates from across the nation. This two-day event is designed to connect national, regional and state Muslim organizations and community members with their elected representatives in Congress.

USCMO’S advocacy day will focus on promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice issues that will be of benefit to all Americans, regardless of faith or background.

Some of these issues include:

  • A round-up endorsement of all legislation pushing back against federal policies and programs wrongfully targeting Muslims.
  • Supporting DREAMers and raising concerns about the Secure Communities program’s impact on civil liberties and immigrant communities
  • Endorsing the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act

CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

JudgeSheila(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/13/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the nation’s first female Muslim judge and the first African-American woman to serve on New York state's highest court.

CAIR: Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a Trailblazing Judge, Found Dead in Hudson River (CNN)

United States' First Female Muslim Judge Found Dead in Hudson River

“To God we belong and to Him we return,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Judge Abdus-Salaam was an inspiring example of personal success and empowerment, and served faithfully as a voice for justice in our society. Her death represents a devastating loss for our community and for the nation.”

CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher stated: “Judge Abdus-Salaam was not only a trailblazer in the legal community, she was a dedicated public servant who spent her entire career advocating for the rights of marginalized people. As a member of the bench, Judge Abdus-Salaam continued her life’s work, authoring decisions that helped fulfill the often-unrealized promise that New York’s laws should provide justice and dignity for all.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


CAIR Update: Islamophobia and the Trump Team

CAIR logoCAIR researchers have updated our informative Islamophobia.org website with the record and background of individuals serving in the Trump administration who have a history of problematic, inaccurate and misleading statements about Islam and Muslims. Some of these individuals are also connected with virulent Islamophobic groups.

UPDATES INCLUDE:

Michael Anton - Deputy Assistant, National Security Council

Thomas Bossert - Homeland Security Adviser

Beth Van Duyne – Rumored HUD Appointee

Frank Wuco - Senior White House Adviser for the Department of Homeland Security

SEE: Islamophobia and the Trump Team

 


CAIR-Cincinnati 15th Annual Banquet a Sold-Out Success

CAIR logo(CINCINNATI, 4/5/17) – The Cincinnati office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today thanked those who contributed to the success of its sold-out 15th Annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Saturday.

The speakers for the event were Mr. Khizr Khan, Esq., Constitutional Rights Advocate and Gold Star Father, and Ms. Roula Allouch, Esq., CAIR-National Board Chair.

"This banquet was our most successful yet and offered us an opportunity to celebrate CAIR's community advocacy work, to share our successes, and to prepare for the challenges ahead," said CAIR-Cincinnati President Tariq Rehman. “Our guest speakers spoke to the current concerns of the Muslim community and inspired the audience to continue working hard to help restore civil discourse and unity in our nation.”

Awards were given to individuals for enhancing understanding of Islam, and for protecting civil liberties.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. There are three CAIR chapters in Ohio- Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-mail: kdabdoub@cair.com


CAIR-Florida Calls on Election Official to Cancel Islamophobic ‘Voter Education’ Presentation

cair logos florida(MIAMI, FL, 4/5/17) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on an election official in that state to cancel an apparently Islamophobic presentation he plans to offer to voters and poll workers tomorrow.

Supervisor of Elections Paul Stamoulis is scheduled to present what he calls a "history of radical Islam" at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Cultural Center of Port Charlotte. Stamoulis sent an email to poll workers urging them to attend the presentation. Stamoulis claims his presentation is part of a “voter education” initiative.

SEE: Election Supervisor's Islam Presentation Raises Eyebrows

“It is entirely inappropriate for an official, whose job it is to ensure fair and non-partisan elections, to engage in such polarizing behavior that has nothing to do with the voting process,” said CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz.

Yesterday, CAIR-FL called on law enforcement authorities in that state to treat an alleged anti-Muslim threat to a family as a hate crime.

SEE: CAIR-Florida Urges Hate Crime Prosecution of Anti-Muslim Threat to Family

CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.

SEE: CAIR Decries Trump Administration’s ‘Deafening Silence’ on Series of Anti-Muslim Incidents Nationwide

CAIR-OK Releases 2016 Civil Rights Report Showing Spike in Anti-Muslim Hate Incidents

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 35 incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR: This Map Shows How Many Mosques Have Been Targeted Just This Year (CNN)


CAIR Renews Call for Dismissal of Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Over Support for Anti-Semitic Militia

CAIR logoMuslim civil rights group urges Americans to contact the White House to ask the president to fire Gorka

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/4/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its call for President Trump to dismiss top counter-terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka following revelations that he “publicly supported a violent racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary militia” in Hungary.

From the Forward newspaper: “In a video obtained by the Forward of an August 2007 television appearance by Gorka, the future White House senior aide explicitly affirms his party’s and his support for the black-vested Hungarian Guard (Magyar Gárda) — a group later condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for attempting to promote an ‘essentially racist’ legal order.”

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka Backed Violent Anti-Semitic Militia

“It is astounding that an individual with alleged links to racist and anti-Semitic groups still has a policy-making job in the White House,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “President Trump must demonstrate through action that racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry will not be tolerated in his administration.”

McCaw noted that CAIR previously called for Gorka’s firing over media reports that he is a formal member of a Hungarian group listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II. (#DropTheNazi)


CAIR Welcomes Policy Change on Hijab and Other Religious Attire for Maryland Student Athletes

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/3/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a change of policy by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) allowing student athletes to wear religious attire, including an Islamic head scarf (hijab).

That change in policy came following CAIR intervention last month in the case of a Muslim student who was prevented from playing in a basketball game because of her hijab. The student was barred from the game after officials cited a rarely-enforced rule requiring “documented evidence” of a request for religious attire.

SEE: CAIR Encourages Policy Change, Diversity Training After Maryland Muslim Student Barred from Game Over Hijab

A March 21 MPSSAA notice to “Local Supervisors of Athletics, Member School Athletic Directors” stated in part:

“The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) herein grants an exception to the NFHS uniform standards for religious purposes. Any participant may wear a head covering, wrap, or other required religious garment which is not abrasive, hard, or dangerous to any player/others, and is attached in such a way that it is unlikely to come off during play.”

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“We welcome this change in policy, which will enable more Muslim high school students – as well as students of other faiths – to participate in athletic activities,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Religion should never be a factor in the ability to play sports. We encourage the National Federation of State High School Associations, of which MPSSAA is a member, to adopt a similar policy change.”

Chaudry noted the courage and advocacy of the Muslim student and her mother, which helped prompt this significant development.