CAIR Welcomes Withdrawal of U.N. Ambassador Nominee Heather Nauert

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Heather Nauert’s decision to withdraw from consideration as U.N. ambassador.

SEE: Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration as UN Ambassador

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/16/politics/heather-nauert-withdraws-un-ambassador/index.html

CAIR had called on the Trump administration to drop Nauert’s nomination because of her inexperience in diplomacy, past associations with Islamophobia and after new reports surfaced showing that the former host of “Fox and Friends” helped promote the conspiracy theories of notorious anti-Muslim activists.

SEE: CAIR Renews Demand for Trump to Drop U.N. Ambassador Nominee Nauert After Revelations She Hosted Islamophobes

https://www.cair.com/cair_renews_demand_for_trump_to_drop_u_n_ambassador_nominee_nauert_after_revelations_she_hosted_islamophobes

CAIR Factsheet on Heather Nauerthttps://tinyurl.com/NauertFactsheet

“We welcome Heather Nauert’s withdrawal from consideration as U.N. ambassador and hope that whoever takes up that post will represent our nation in an unbiased manner based on a wealth of diplomatic experience,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR 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. The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period. Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.

CAIR Report: Trump's Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

A CAIR app shares critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process of reporting hate crimes and bias incidents and is urging 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

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

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


CAIR-Sacramento, Allies Condemn Islamophobic Attack on Sikh Store Clerk in Marysville

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/15/19) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) and its allies from the Sikh community today condemned an attack on a store clerk in Marysville, Calif., that police are calling a hate crime.
The victim, who is a clerk at a 7-Eleven, reported that on Wednesday, when he tried to confront a customer who attempted to leave without paying for his coffee, the patron threw the coffee on the clerk and punched the clerk in the face.
Later in the day, another assault was reported to police.
Police responded and spoke with the suspect, John Crain, who admitted to attacking the clerk and that he "hated Muslims" and believed that the clerk was Muslim.
CBS13 said it confirmed that the clerk is Sikh.
[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
Crain was booked into Yuba County Jail on charges of theft, assault and a hate crime.
In a statement, CAIR-SV's Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem said:
"We condemn this attack on an individual because of his faith. This hate crime represents yet another attack on our Sikh brothers and sisters fueled by Islamophobia and those emboldened by this administration’s xenophobic policies and sentiments. We welcome the hate crime charges and encourage law enforcement to continue to take these clear incidents of bias seriously."
Amar Singh Shergill, an American Sikh Public Affairs Association board member, said:
"Although Sikhs often bear the brunt of bigotry across the country, we must be clear that, over the past several years, hate crimes have been on the rise against all minority communities. We must stand together to stop the irresponsible rhetoric from political leaders that put us all at risk."
Palvinder Kaur, the director of development & programs at Jakara Movement, said:
"Hate crimes against the Sikh community have been a recurring phenomena prior to 9/11. With the history of such crime weighing down on us, it is incumbent upon communities and officials to ensure such violence is addressed. It is also incumbent upon law enforcement officers and community members to facilitate environments that ensure such hate, prefaced on racial lines, comes to a close. We should all stand united against any actions that deprecate the well being and lives of any human."
CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra said CAIR has in the past spoken out against bias-motivated attacks on American Sikhs. 
In 2013, CAIR-SV decried an attack on an elderly Sikh man.
CAIR also said that American Muslims "stand with their Sikh brothers and sisters" following a deadly shooting attack targeting a house of worship of that faith in Wisconsin.
In 2011, CAIR-SV offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who gunned down two elderly Sikh men in Elk Grove, Calif.
In 2010, CAIR-SV called for an FBI investigation of an attack on a Sikh cab driver in West Sacramento, Calif. The driver said his passengers made anti-Muslim remarks during the attack. Two men were later arrested on charges of felony assault and commission of a hate crime.
And in 2015, CAIR-SV issued a statement condemning a brutal attack on an elderly Sikh man.
CAIR California (CAIR-CA) founds a marked rise in anti-Muslim bias incidents in California in 2017, as detailed in its Civil Rights Report. CAIR-CA recorded an 8 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 compared to 2016.
Sweilem urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-SV's Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report at http://bit.ly/cairsvreport.
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 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-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or kkipling@cair.com

CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Speak Out Against Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/15/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all members of Congress to speak out against President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border in order to access billions of dollars in funding to build a border wall.

Friday morning, President Trump declared a national emergency, saying “we’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”

CLICK HERE TO SEND CAIR’S ACTION ALERT TO CONGRESS

In response to the emergency declaration, CAIR said:

“CAIR condemns President Trump’s declaration of emergency powers to construct a border wall that is primarily motivated by an anti-immigrant ideology designed to ‘make America white again.’ Such a declaration is an abuse of executive authority and will immediately be challenged by in the courts and in Congress.

“Refugee asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or undocumented immigrants seeking work or to reunite with their families do not constitute a ‘national emergency.’ There is no invasion, only the manufactured rhetoric of a racist President who failed to get what he wanted.”

CAIR applauded legislators that have already condemned this hate-filled abuse of presidential authority, including Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Rand Paul (R-KY).

Yesterday, Congress passed, and President Trump signed legislation preventing another government shutdown and authorizing $1.375 billion for border fencing. CAIR applauded the 128 Representatives and 16 Senators who voted against the spending bill, which also included an increase in funding for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In December, representatives of the California chapter of CAIR, along with other local and national faith leaders, were arrested at the San Diego-Tijuana border in an act of peaceful civil disobedience in support of asylum-seekers and immigrants.

SEE: CAIR-CA Representatives and Religious Leaders Arrested at the Border in Support of Asylum-Seekers, Immigrants

https://www.cair.com/cair_ca_representatives_and_religious_leaders_arrested_at_the_border_in_support_of_asylum_seekers_immigrants

In November, CAIR condemned the now court blocked Trump administration rules that would have denied asylum to virtually any migrant arriving at the border and that are based on the same controversial legal justification used for Trump’s “Muslim Ban.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s New Use of ‘Muslim Ban’ Justification to Deny Asylum Rights

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_trump_s_new_use_of_muslim_ban_justification_to_deny_asylum_rights

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

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


CAIR-MN Welcomes North Dakota School Officials’ Action Against Racist, Islamophobic Bullying of Students

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/15/19) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed actions by Grand Forks, N.D., school officials against the reported racist and Islamophobic bullying of students.

Concerned families met with officials at South Middle School in Grand Forks on Wednesday to discuss the bullying, which reportedly included words like "monkey," the “n-word” and "terrorist" directed at African-American and Somali children. In one case, a Somali student had her hijab (Islamic head scarf) pulled off.

District officials now say they will talk about cultural differences with teachers and students and “work to better educate teachers on how to handle bullying in the classroom.”

SEE: Parents claim pattern of racist bullying at Grand Forks middle school

https://www.inforum.com/news/969958-Parents-claim-pattern-of-racist-bullying-at-Grand-Forks-middle-school

“We hope the promise to take steps against bullying of African-American and Muslim students will be followed by concrete actions,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “All children should feel welcome at school, regardless of their race or religion.”

He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR also offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

https://tinyurl.com/CAIREducatorsGuide

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted 

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html   

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

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-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, jHussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 

 


CAIR Condemns Trump’s Planned Border Wall Emergency Declaration as ‘Abuse of Executive Authority’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight condemned President Trump’s planned emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as an “abuse of executive authority.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that Trump will sign legislation to prevent a government shutdown while at the same time declaring a national emergency to try to build the border wall.

SEE: Trump Will Sign Spending Bill and Declare a National Emergency, Mitch McConnell Says

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/14/trump-decides-whether-to-sign-border-security-deal-to-avoid-shutdown.html

In response to the planned emergency declaration, CAIR said:

“CAIR condemns President Trump’s planned declaration of emergency powers to construct a border wall that is primarily motivated by an anti-immigrant ideology designed to ‘make America white again.’ Such a declaration would be an abuse of executive authority and would immediately invite legitimate constitutional and congressional challenges.

“Refugee asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or undocumented immigrants seeking work or to reunite with their families do not constitute a ‘national emergency.’”

In December, representatives of the California chapter of CAIR, along with other local and national faith leaders, were arrested at the San Diego-Tijuana border in an act of peaceful civil disobedience in support of asylum-seekers and immigrants.

SEE: CAIR-CA Representatives and Religious Leaders Arrested at the Border in Support of Asylum-Seekers, Immigrants

https://www.cair.com/cair_ca_representatives_and_religious_leaders_arrested_at_the_border_in_support_of_asylum_seekers_immigrants

In November, condemned the now court blocked Trump administration rules that would have denied asylum to virtually any migrant arriving at the border and that are based on the same controversial legal justification used for Trump’s “Muslim Ban.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s New Use of ‘Muslim Ban’ Justification to Deny Asylum Rights

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_trump_s_new_use_of_muslim_ban_justification_to_deny_asylum_rights

CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

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

 

 


CAIR Calls on GOP to Drop, Repudiate Islamophobic Speaker at Feb. 19 North Carolina Event Who Tweeted ‘#IslamIsTheProblem’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Republican Party to drop a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist as a speaker at an upcoming event in North Carolina and to repudiate his hate-filled Islamophobic tweets and rhetoric.

Islamophobe Chris Gaubatz has been invited by the Haywood County Republican Party as a guest speaker Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Haywood GOP headquarters in Waynesville, N.C.

Gaubatz has tweeted, “When you understand the threat, you understand that there is no such thing as 'radical islam' [sic], just islam. [sic],” using the hashtag “#IslamIsTheProblem.”

Link to Screenshots of Tweets: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10156350351777695

In the past, Gaubatz joined his former employer and fellow anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo in smearing American mosques and claiming the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies” of America.

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR4VgC0Yf_Y

Gaubatz falsely claimed that there are Muslim “no-go zones” in Minnesota and that two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and André Carson (D-Ind.), had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He has also been linked to other online Islamophobes.

SEE: Conspiracy Theorist Claims Muslims Have 'No-Go Zones' in Minneapolis

http://www.citypages.com/news/conspiracy-theorist-claims-muslims-have-no-go-zones-in-minneapolis/441764193

Witness at Ted Cruz Hearing Accuses Congress' Two Muslim Members of Muslim Brotherhood Ties

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-muslim-brotherhood_us_5772b615e4b0352fed3e0372

Unmasked Anti-Muslim Troll Amy Mekelburg connected to Chris Gaubatz

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/06/12/unmasked-anti-muslim-troll-amy-mekelburg-connected-chris-gaubatz

“We urge Republican Party leaders in North Carolina and nationwide to disassociate the GOP from all forms of bigotry, including the kind of Islamophobia spewed by Mr. Gaubatz,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

McCaw noted that last year, CAIR welcomed a decision by Virginia’s Amherst County Sheriff's Office to tell the Amherst County Republican Committee that and event featuring Gaubatz must be moved to another venue. CAIR had urged the sheriff’s office and the Amherst County Republican Committee to drop the event.

SEE: CAIR Asks Virginia Sheriff, GOP to Drop Anti-Muslim Event

https://www.cair.com/cair_asks_virginia_sheriff_gop_to_drop_anti_muslim_event

Amherst County Sheriff's Office Nixes GOP Plan to Host Anti-Muslim Speaker at Agency

https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/amherst-county-sheriff-s-office-nixes-gop-plan-to-host/article_1e429fd4-f4bb-11e7-b4a4-d3b51c73d4a8.html

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

 


CAIR-MA Welcomes Conviction of Man Who Attacked Muslim Grandmother

(BOSTON, MA, 2/14/19) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today welcomed the conviction of Sean Devlin, who attacked a Muslim grandmother on her way to Ramadan services in 2017. 

Devlin was convicted of four charges for which he was indicted, including two hate crime offenses. Tomorrow, Devlin will be sentenced by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders.

SEE: Judge Finds Man Guilty of Accosting, Attacking Muslim Woman on MBTA

https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Muslim-Racial-Slurs-MBTA-Attack-Guilty-Verdict-505838031.html

CAIR-MA represents the victim, Malika Touirtou, and provided victim advocacy services since the 2017 attack.

“It can take a village to bring a perpetrator to justice,” said Barbara J. Dougan, CAIR-MA’s Civil Rights Director. “In this case, we are grateful to the MBTA police, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit, the witnesses who stepped forward and the bystanders who prevented Devlin from leaving the scene.  But most of all, we are grateful to Ms. Touirtou, for her courage to stand up to the coward who attacked a woman nearly twice his age for wearing a hijab (Muslim headscarf).”

Devlin first accosted the victim, then 61, as she was taking the Orange Line to her mosque at night for religious services during Ramadan, the month-long period during which Muslims fast and pray.  He screamed slurs at her and told her to “go back where you came from,” then punched the window near her head so hard that the window shattered.  As she was leaving the train, he followed her and struck her in the back with an umbrella, leaving bruises that lasted for weeks.

SEE: Muslim Victim Undeterred by Alleged Attack

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-MA Civil Rights Director, Barbara J. Dougan, Esq., 781-281-9992, bdougan@cair.com

 


CAIR-Sacramento: Amid Hunger Strike, Organizations to Meet with Detainees in Yuba County, Hold Press Conference

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/13/19) - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) will be joining other Sacramento Immigration Coalition advocates on Thursday, Feb. 14, to visit with and hold a press conference for Yuba County Jail detainees who are on a hunger strike.

Forty-six immigration detainees at the jail have been refusing to eat since last weekend in a protest against conditions at the facility.

READ: Yuba County Jail immigration detainees declare hunger strike (Appeal-Democrat)

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Sacramento Immigration Coalition holds a press conference for the ICE detainees who are on a hunger strike at Yuba County Jail.

WHERE: Yuba County Jail, 215 Fifth St, Marysville, CA 95901

WHEN: 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14

MORE INFO: CAIR-SV plans to live-stream the press conference on its Facebook page.

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Mahmoud Zahriya at 916-441-6269 or mzahriya@cair.com

Detainees’ demands include:

  • Immigration detainees and county inmates must be housed separately.
  • Immediately improve medical, mental health and dental treatment.
  • End punitive conditions for detainees.
  • End the dehumanizing daily 19-hour lockdowns.
  • Programming must be offered to detainees.
  • Provide for regular access to exercise and fresh air.
  • Follow ICE guidelines for grievance procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Translators must be offered.
  • Address maintenance issues in a timely manner.
  • Address unsanitary conditions.
  • Provide for an independent oversight committee with unannounced visits.

“This will be my fifth visit to the Yuba County Jail, and every time I have witnessed poor and inadequate medical care for detainees with chronic health or mental health concerns. At least 40 individuals have attempted suicide in recent years. The jail is so understaffed that other inmates would have to facilitate operational duties for our client visits,” said Mahmoud Zahriya, CAIR-SV policy & advocacy coordinator, who will be speaking at the press conference. “It’s clear the Yuba County Jail will not remedy the situation on its own accord. We look forward to Sen. Kamala Harris’s leadership on this issue.”

READ: Lawyers: 41 Suicide Attempts At Yuba County Jail Point To Inmate Mistreatment (CBS)

The jail currently has an average of 180 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees per day, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.

It has a long-standing contract with ICE to house detainees and the contract has been generating about $5 million in revenue yearly, according to the Appeal-Democrat.

The county has been under a court order to improve jail conditions for 40 years.

READ: Inmates sue over conditions at Yuba County jail (Sac Bee)

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-Oregon Applauds Portland City Council for Withdrawing from the JTTF

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 2/13/19) -- The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today applauded Portland City Council for their decision to withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

SEE: Portland City Council Passes Resolution Withdrawing from the JTTF

https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2019/02/13/portland-leaves-the-joint-terrorism-task-force-again-becoming-second-city-to-cut-ties/

SEE ALSO: Text of Passed Resolution Withdrawing Portland Police from JTTF

CAIR-Oregon joined a coalition of groups including Unite-Oregon, the ACLU of Oregon and Portland Copwatch in advocating for Portland to withdraw from the JTTF.

In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan said:

“We are grateful that the Portland City Council pledged to stand up for the rights of the Muslim community through withdrawing from the JTTF. This decision affirms the voices of traumatized Muslims all across the country who have spoken out and advocated against undue harassment by JTTF officers. We hope this action will spur other cities to reevaluate their involvement in the JTTF.”

CAIR-Oregon was assisted by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area’s Executive Director Zahra Billoo.

In a statement Billoo said:

“Our experience in San Francisco and Oakland has shown us that participation in the JTTF is proving incompatible with local laws and that where asked to comply and be transparent, the FBI has put up road block after road block hamstringing police departments. Congratulations to Portland on once again demonstrating real leadership and prioritizing civil rights.”

Last week, CAIR-Oregon joined by the Oregon Justice Resource Center and Western States Center successfully advocated for a resolution by the Portland City Council to condemn white supremacy and white nationalism.

SEE: Portland City Council Passes Resolution Denouncing White Supremacy Groups

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-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450zkhan@cair.com

 

 


CAIR Action Alert: Urge Mississippi Senators to Reject Unconstitutional, Anti-Free Speech, Anti-BDS Blacklist

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/13/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on all Americans who value the First Amendment to contact Mississippi state senators and urge them to reject an unconstitutional anti-BDS bill that just passed the state’s House of Representatives.

The bill would create a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel and prevent the state retirement system, treasury and any state government entity from investing in a company on the list. It passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 88-10.

CLICK HERE TO SEND CAIR’S ACTION ALERT TO THE MISSISSIPPI SENATE:

https://oneclickpolitics.com/messages/edit?promo_id=5482

SEE: Mississippi House Passes Bill Banning Boycott of Israel
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/mississippi-house-passes-bill-banning-boycott-of-israel-1.6934962

There are currently anti-BDS laws or executive orders in 26 states across the country. Courts in Arizona and Kansas have already struck two of them down as unconstitutional.

SEE: Federal Court Blocks Arizona Law Aimed at Anti-Israel Boycotts
https://www.aclu.org/news/federal-court-blocks-arizona-law-aimed-anti-israel-boycotts

SEE: In First, Judge Blocks Kansas Law Aimed at Boycotts of Israel
https://www.aclu.org/news/first-judge-blocks-kansas-law-aimed-boycotts-israel

In January, CAIR announced a legal challenge to Maryland’s “No Boycott of Israel” or “anti-BDS” law (Executive Order 01.01.2017.25).

CAIR’s lawsuit, on behalf of former Maryland lawmaker Syed Saqib Ali, says the Maryland order is a violation of the First and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.

SEE: Muslim Group Sues to Block 'No Boycott of Israel' Measure (AP)
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/maryland/articles/2019-01-09/muslim-group-sues-to-block-no-boycott-of-israel-measure  

CAIR: Maryland Man Sues Hogan, Frosh For Executive Order Forbidding Contracts With Those Who Boycott Israel
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-first-amendment-lawsuit-20190109-story.html

CAIR recently distributed an action alert encouraging Americans to voice their concerns about a similarly unconstitutional Senate bill.  

CAIR Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Free Speech, Oppose Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Bill
https://www.cair.com/action_alert_tell_congress_to_protect_free_speech_oppose_unconstitutional_anti_bds_bill 

In December, CAIR filed a motion on behalf of a Texas speech pathologist who was fired for refusing to sign a statement certifying that she does not, and will not, boycott Israel or Israeli settlements.

SEE: CAIR Files Motion to Enjoin Texas Anti-BDS Act as Unconstitutional
https://www.cair.com/cair_files_motion_to_enjoin_texas_anti_bds_act_as_unconstitutional

CAIR Video: Texas Muslim Fired for Refusing to Sign Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Oath Not to Boycott Israel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0MiM7j8aA

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 Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-742-6420, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com