CAIR: 52 Groups Urge Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Rescind Award to Indian PM Modi

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/2019) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that 52 civil and human rights, refugee and religious organizations (see list of signatories below) sent a letter to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urging the charity to not award its premier Global Goalkeeper Award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at its Goalkeepers event next week, citing human rights violations.

SEE: Group Letter Urging Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Rescind Award to PM Modi

https://tinyurl.com/ModiAwardLetter

The letter opposes awarding Modi given his government’s well-documented human rights abuses targeting minority Muslim, Dalit and Christian communities, as well as its recent and illegal revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its protected status and laying siege to its eight million residents.

Signatories to the letter recognize the positive impact India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan sanitation campaign has had in eliminating open defecation in that county but believe that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cannot in good conscience bestow an award on Modi while he oversees a brutal military campaign of collective punishment in the Kashmir Valley – while concurrently stripping 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims of their citizenship in the Indian state of Assam and constructing prison camps to detain these now stateless people.

The letter also mentions that since Modi was elected as Prime Minister in 2014, there has been a 400 percent increase in hate crime violence against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits, and that leaders of his political party, Bharatiya Janata Party, have been credibly accused of emboldening “communal violence” and failing to forcefully condemn or put a stop to it.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com

TEXT OF LETTER:

September 17, 2019

Mr. Bill Gates and Mrs. Melinda Gates

Co-Chairs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

PO Box 23350

Seattle, WA 98102

RE: Request to Rescind Award Offer to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Citing Human Rights Abuses

Dear Bill and Melinda Gates:

We, the undersigned 52 state, national and international organizations, write to request that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation not award its premier Global Goalkeeper Award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at your Goalkeepers event this month. We furthermore express our serious concern that you would offer this award to Modi given his government’s well-documented human rights abuses targeting minority Muslim, Dalit, and Christian communities, as well as its recent and illegal revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its protected status, and laying siege to its eight million residents.

While it is praiseworthy for the Bill & Melinda Gates  Foundation to recognize the positive impact India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan sanitation campaign has had in eliminating open defecation by constructing 90,000,000 toilets and adopting other community-based approaches, you cannot in good conscience bestow an award on Prime Minister Modi while he oversees a brutal military campaign of collective punishment in the Kashmir Valley that includes:

  • Revocation of the region’s protected status;
  • A near-constant curfew leading to an urgent humanitarian crisis of severe shortage of food and lifesaving medications;
  • The forced unwarranted detention of some 4,000 elected Kashmiri political leaders, business leaders, civil society members, and rights activists in secret jails by Indian forces, including mass arrest and beatings of children and widespread torture of detainees;  
  • Gross human rights abuses of Kashmiri residents by Indian security forces in the Kashmir Valley;
  • A halt on the publication of all local news and prevention of international journalists from entering the Kashmir Valley; and,
  • A continued communications and internet blackout of Kashmir.

In August, the Indian government illegally revoked Article 370 of the constitution, taking away the protected status of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir. The legal maneuvering that led to the revocation of Article 370 has been widely panned by legal experts as unconstitutional and a complaint has already been filed in the Indian Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the revocation. The Indian government’s mobilization of more than 50,000 additional military personnel to the existing 700,000 stationed troops in the region has also made it the most militarized region of the world.

Since revoking Article 370, India’s military has maintained a continued communications and internet blackout of Kashmir, forcibly detained some 4,000 elected Kashmiri political leaders, business leaders, civil society members, and rights activists in secret jails, and levied a near-constant curfew on the region’s 8 million residents. There are widespread reports of torture of detainees. Indian security forces have also arrested children and kept their whereabouts secret from their parents.

The siege has led to an urgent and grave humanitarian crisis in which residents are facing a serious shortage of food and other life essentials. The Kashmir Valley has now run out of lifesaving medications, turning “hospitals into graveyards.”

The Modi-led Indian government continues to shut down all local media and is not allowing any international journalists to enter the Kashmir Valley. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the news from the Kashmir Valley is smuggled out on flash drives that are then published in international media. The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has called the blackouts a “form of collective punishment” lacking “even a pretext of a precipitating offense.”

You should also be seriously concerned that under Modi’s leadership, the Indian state of Assam has stripped 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims of their citizenship and is constructing prison camps to detain these now stateless people. The Indian government has now expelled all international journalists from the State of Assam. Prime Minister Modi’s plan to open similar detention centers across India is causing widespread fear and panic in the Indian Muslim community.

Modi’s government has tried to pass a new citizenship bill in the Indian Parliament that would create a pathway to citizenship for migrants from neighboring countries that are Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, or adherents of other faiths — but leaves out Muslims. While that discriminatory bill passed the lower house it has thankfully stalled in the upper house of parliament.

Leaders of Modi’s political party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have been credibly accused of emboldening “communal violence” and failing to forcefully condemn or put a stop to recent mobs of violent Hindu nationalists lynching, murdering, and brutally beating minorities, especially Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and members of lower castes within India’s society.

Since Mr. Modi was elected as Prime Minister in 2014, there has been a 400% increase in hate crime violence against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits. Reports in the media indicate that victims of such communal violence are beaten and murdered while mobs shout or force their victims to repeat the phrase: "Jai Shri Ram," which means “Praise Lord Ram,” one of the gods in the Hindu pantheon.

Moreover, the 2019 University of California at Berkeley study titled “Islamophobia in India: Stoking Bigotry,” found that the 10 Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Telangana, and Assam collectively accounted for 1,972 cases of politically-motivated violence, and implicated BJP leaders of stoking “communal violence” and hate. 

Prior to becoming prime minister of India, in 2005 the U.S. Department of State banned Modi from entering the United States. Modi was denied a visa because as then-head of the state government in Gujarat between February 2002 and May 2002, he comprehensively failed to stop Hindu nationalist riots that resulted in the killing of more than 1,000 Muslims, including the reported gang-rape and murder of 250 women and destruction of countless homes and businesses. Modi and his government’s silence during the rioting earning him the shameful title "Butcher of Gujrat."

Again, we request that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation not offer the Global Goalkeeper Award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he will use this prize to deflect criticism of his government’s egregious human rights violations in Kashmir, Assam, and throughout all of India.

Sincerely,

National Organizations:

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Afghan Diaspora Equality and Progress

American Muslim Empowerment Network

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Franciscan Action Network

Indian American Muslim Council

Islamic Association of North America

Islamic Leadership Institute America

Islamophobia Studies Center, Berkeley, California

Muslim American Society

National Lawyers Guild International Committee

Only Through US

Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross USA Province

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

United We Dream

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

US Council of Muslim Organizations

Win Without War

Yemeni American Merchants Association

State Organizations:

American Muslim Voice Foundation, California

Baltimore County Muslim Council, Maryland

Capuchin Franciscans Province of St. Joseph, Midwest Office

Faith in Public Life, Ohio

Flint Islamic Center, Michigan

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor US Area, Ohio

Franciscans for Justice, California

Islamic Center of Detroit, Michigan

Islamic Center of Old Bridge, New Jersey

Jewish Voice for Peace - Atlanta Chapter, Georgia

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission, Province of Our Lady of Consolation, New Mexico

Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York, New York

Montgomery County Muslim Council, Maryland

Muslim Identities & Cultures, Townsend Center and Center for Race & Gender Working Group, Berkeley, California

Order of Franciscans Ecumenical, California

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, California

Showing Up for Racial Justice - Montgomery County, Maryland

United Maryland Muslim Council, Maryland

Women in Black, California

Women in Black, Maryland

Women in Black, Pennsylvania

Women in Black, Washington

International:

American Friends Service Committee

Education Justice for Global Peace

Global Justice and Human Rights Law Network

Independent Old Catholic Church

International Center for Rights and Justice

Joining Hands for Justice in Israel and Palestine

Mujeres de Negro, Madrid, Spain

One Billion Rising

V-Day

Women in Black, Vienna, Austria

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


CAIR Condemns Colorado GOP for Sharing Islamophobic Post

(DENVER, CO, 9/17/19) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Douglas County, Colo., Republican Party for sharing an Islamophobic post on Facebook.

Last week, the Douglas County GOP shared a post with an image of the burning World Trade Center and the statement, “Every time a Moslem (sic) stands up in Congress and tells us they will change the Constitution, impeach our President, or vote for Socialism, remember you said you would never forget. They said they would destroy us from within.”

SEE: Douglas County GOP Shares Facebook Post Attacking Muslims
https://coloradotimesrecorder.com/2019/09/douglas-county-gop-attacks-muslims/18106/

“Public officials and political parties should advocate inclusion of minority communities and avoid the divisive rhetoric that is all too common nationwide,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole. “We urge Colorado Republican party officials to repudiate Islamophobia and all other forms of bigotry.”

Last week, CAIR-CO called for an apology from Colorado Senator Vicki Marble who liked the same anti-Muslim post but shared from a different account.

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Calls for Apology from Lawmaker for Liking Islamophobic Post
https://www.cair.com/cair_colorado_calls_for_apology_from_lawmaker_for_liking_islamophobic_post

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Arkansas ‘White Power’ Hate Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_arkansas_white_power_hate_vandalism

NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.

The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’s 25th Annual Gala

https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Online registration is now open for the gala with a keynote address by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive early-bird discount.

SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, kcole@cair.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 


#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2002, CAIR Launches National ‘Library Project’ Initiative to Educate the American Public About Islam, Counter Islamophobia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released the latest “CAIR Snapshots” video highlighting a quarter century of “defending, educating and empowering the American Muslim community.”

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

Today’s snapshot features how in 2002, CAIR launched its library project, a first-of-its-kind national initiative to educate the American public about Islam and to counter Islamophobia.

#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2002, CAIR Launches National ‘Library Project’ Initiative to Educate the American Public About Islam, Counter Islamophobia

https://youtu.be/nxl69bzl69E

BACKGROUNDER: CAIR Launches Library Project

https://www.questia.com/read/1P3-208748351/cair-launches-library-project

The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’s 25th Annual Gala

https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Online registration is now open for the gala with a keynote address by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive early-bird discount.

SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


New CAIR ‘Bias Brief’ Shows 10,015 Anti-Muslim Incidents Since 2014

Report details most frequent types of bias incidents and outlines discriminatory and unconstitutional nature of government watchlist

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a groundbreaking third-quarter report, called “The Bias Brief,” which recorded a total of 10,015 anti-Muslim bias incidents since 2014. 

CAIR’s New Report: The Bias Brief: Trump’s Impact on Anti-Muslim Bias

CAIR’s Bias Brief provides the most detailed information to date on the trend in anti-Muslim bias incidents from 2014 through June of 2019. The report details the most frequent types of bias incidents and outlines the discriminatory and unconstitutional nature of the government watchlist.

[NOTE: Earlier this month, CAIR announced a major victory in its challenge to the federal government’s terror watchlist in Elhady v. Kable (E.D.Va.).]

SEE: CAIR to Announce ‘Complete Victory’ in Constitutional Challenge to Federal Terror Watchlist

https://www.cair.com/cair_to_announce_complete_victory_in_constitutional_challenge_to_federal_terror_watchlist

According to the report, “Not only did the number of bias incidents increase, the violent nature of the incidents also jumped. From 2014 through June of 2019, CAIR chapters across the country recorded a total of 1,164 anti-Muslim hate crimes including physical assault and property damage. Like total bias incidents, reported hate crimes against the American Muslim community spiked after the 2015 entry of Donald Trump into the presidential elections.”

The report also states, “The most frequent type of abuse, aggregated from 2014 through June of 2019, was harassment, defined as unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited conduct which annoys, demeans, or offends the target and results in a hostile environment for the target. This was closely followed by employment discrimination.” 

“This report documents the prevalence and severity of the disturbing rise in the number of anti-Muslim bias incidents,” said CAIR National Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain. “While various studies have pointed to the rise in bias incidents since the 2016 presidential election, this report shows the most recent data on bias incidents targeting the American Muslim community.”

Highlights from the report: 

  • The highest spike in bias incidents occurred in 2017 with 2,599 incidents, a 94 percent jump over 2014 levels. This can be attributed to the Muslim Ban Executive Order, which was signed within the first 10 days of the Trump presidency. 
  • In the first half of 2019, CAIR recorded 759 anti-Muslim bias incidents.
  • The overall trend in federal agency-instigated incidents demonstrates that the FBI is the most common federal government agency for which American Muslims report acts of bias, accounting for almost half of the total number of cases: 1,177 total bias incidents
  • CAIR chapters recorded 506 anti-mosque incidents from 2014 through June of 2019. Of this total, the highest recorded type of incidents - at 148 - were a result of damage, destruction, or vandalism to mosque property. 

Community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 and civilrights@cair.comor by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR’s app shares critical “know your rights” information and simplifies the process of reporting hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR urges American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app  

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Research and Advocacy Director Abbas Barzegar, 202-742-6413, abarzegar@cair.com; CAIR National Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, zarain@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

 


MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-Ohio to Host 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 9/16/2019) – On Tuesday, September 17, the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host its 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse.

WHAT: CAIR-Ohio Hosts 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

WHEN: 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. (Media are invited to arrive at 1 P.M. at the Statehouse Atrium when participants will be preparing for their legislative meetings. Ohio Muslim adults and youth will be available for interviews.)

WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Government Affairs and Development Coordinator Usjid Hameed, (410) 805-4215, uhameed@cair.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL AGENDA: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cair-ohio-3rd-annual-muslim-advocacy-day-tickets-63590756665

Ohio Muslim participants from across the state will hold meetings with more than 30 different legislative offices focusing on bills relating to paid family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, and voting access. 

The advocacy day include trainings and a keynote speech focused on the importance of activism for American-Muslims by award winning civil rights activist Linda Sarsour.

“CAIR-Ohio’s Muslim Advocacy Day is an event that allows members of our state’s Muslim community to live out their Islamic values by advocating for a more just society for all Ohioans, regardless of background,” said CAIR-Columbus Government Affairs and Development Coordinator Usjid Hameed. “We recognize that it is our responsibility to address the inequities in our state by doing our part and having critical conversations with policymakers about the issues that impact the most vulnerable among us.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR-Ohio has three chapters in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Their mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims

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Early-Bird Registration Deadline Approaching for CAIR's 25th Anniversary Gala in D.C. with Dean Obeidallah

Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive the early-bird discount

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/2019) – The early-bird registration deadline (Oct. 1) is approaching for CAIR's 25th anniversary gala featuring comedian Dean Obeidallah, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, Linda, Sarsour, and State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-PA) to be held Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

With the theme “Defending, Educating, and Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims,” the gala will celebrate CAIR’s 25 years of service to the community.

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

In past years, the annual banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, may be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing events@cair.comA table of 10 costs $1500. Space in the commemorative program book is available for advertisements to reach all banquet attendees. Email events@cair.com for a sponsorship form. 

Disclaimer: All funds solicited in connection with this event are for CAIR, and not for Ilhan Omar or Ilhan Omar for Congress.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR-Colorado Calls for Apology from Lawmaker for Liking Islamophobic Post

(DENVER, CO, 9/13/19) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for an apology from Colorado Senator Vicki Marble (R-Ft. Collins) after she liked an Islamophobic post on Facebook.

SEE: Lawmaker Says She “Liked” Bigoted Facebook Post As Part of Her Job to Listen to People
https://coloradotimesrecorder.com/2019/09/equating-muslims-in-congress-with-9-11-terrorists/18014/

This week, Sen. Marble liked a post with an image of the burning World Trade Center and the statement, “Every time a Moslem (sic) stands up in Congress and tells us they will change the Constitution, impeach our President, or vote for Socialism, remember you said you would never forget. They said they would destroy us from within.”

When asked why she liked the post, the Senator stated that she did so “to say thanks for posting or let the person know I read it. . .I like hearing people express their views. I need to know what’s on their minds. It is part of being a legislator.”

“While Senator Marble’s commitment to hearing different viewpoints is admirable, anti-Muslim bigotry is not and should not be validated by legislators as just a different viewpoint,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole. “Would Senator Marble like posts supporting the KKK or neo-Nazis? Islamophobia, just like anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind, should not be tolerated and we call on the Senator to immediately apologize.”

In July, CAIR welcomed the resignation of a Pennsylvania GOP official over vitriolic and violent Facebook posts about Muslims.

SEE: CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of Islamophobic Pennsylvania Official
https://www.cair.com/cair_pittsburgh_welcomes_resignation_of_islamophobic_pennsylvania_official

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Arkansas ‘White Power’ Hate Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_arkansas_white_power_hate_vandalism

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, kcole@cair.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 


CAIR Reps to Speak at ‘Stemming the Tide of Hate’ Islamophobia Conference in Texas

Help us overcome the growing tide of hate by participating in the Texas Islamophobia Conference.

"Stemming the Tide of Hate" is a 1-day conference hosted by CAIR-DFW that will give deep insight, promote discussion, and provide solutions to the growing hate in our nation. The conference includes diverse and knowledgeable panel of speakers:

  • Dr. Robert Hunt: Perkins School of Theology Director of Global Theological Education
  • Congressman Colin Allred, U.S. Representative for Texas' 32nd District
  • Zainab Arain, CAIR National Research & Advocacy Manager
  • Rabbi Holly Cohn: Adjunct Rabbi for Beth El Binah
  • Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-Minnesota

WHEN: Sat, October 12, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

WHERE: Southern Methodist University, Hughes-Trigg Student Center,3140 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205

REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stemming-the-tide-of-hate-texas-islamophobia-conference-tickets-72405806717

The event will also feature CAIR-Texas DFW's new Executive Director Faizan Syed, the former Director of CAIR-Missouri.

Lunch will be provided along with a break for afternoon Muslim prayers.

This event is free and open to the public though registration is required.

CAIR will hold its 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’s 25th Annual Gala

https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Online registration is now open for the gala with a keynote address by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive early-bird discount.

SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CAIR-Georgia Condemns Planned Pro-Trump, White Supremacist Rally in Dahlonega, Calls on Local GOP to Denounce Event

(ATLANTA, GA - 9/13/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today joined other civil rights organizations in condemning a planned white supremacist, pro-Trump rally in Dahlonega. Ga., and called on the Lumpkin County Republican Party to denounce the event after initially "liking" a post about it on Facebook.

SEEDahlonega Braces for Rally By White Supremacist

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

"No one should be surprised that white supremacists plan to host a rally for President Trump, who has fomented racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry against the American people.

"What should surprise everyone is the Lumpkin County Republican Party's refusal to explicitly condemn the event after expressing support for it on Facebook. In the fight against white supremacy, a wink and a nod is just as unacceptable as silence."

Earlier this year, the Lumpkin County Republican Party's Facebook page "liked" a post that referenced the event. More recently, the party posted a statement on Facebook laying out its process for officially endorsing events, but not specifically mentioning or repudiating the pro-Trump rally.

SEELumpkin County Republican Party Liked Post About Rally in June

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Arkansas ‘White Power’ Hate Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_arkansas_white_power_hate_vandalism

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.] 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq., 404-419-6390, info@ga.cair.com


#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2001, CAIR Releases Report on First Census of American Mosques, Publishes Congressional Guide for Muslim Voters, Opens Chapters in Florida and Arizona

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/13/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released the latest “CAIR Snapshots” video highlighting a quarter century of “defending, educating and empowering the American Muslim community.”

[NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century.]

Today’s snapshot features how in 2001, CAIR released a report on the first census of American mosques, published a Congressional Guide for Muslim Voters and opened chapters in Florida and Arizona.

#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 2001, CAIR Releases Census of U.S. Mosques, Publishes Guide for Muslim Voters

https://youtu.be/73mJHUHAm7Y

BACKGROUNDER: Study Finds Number of Mosques Up 25% in 6 Years (NY Times)

https://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/27/us/study-finds-number-of-mosques-up-25-in-6-years.html

The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’s 25th Annual Gala

https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

Online registration is now open for the gala with a keynote address by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place and receive early-bird discount.

SAVE WITH EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION: Individual tickets cost $75 before Oct. 1 and $85 thereafter. Childcare is $25 per child before Oct. 1 and $35 thereafter. Childcare registration is required for children under 13 years old.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com