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CAIR-Kentucky to Host Jan. 22 Muslim Day at the State Capitol

Participants to discuss school bullying, healthcare, voting rights, minimum wage with lawmakers

(LEXINGTON, KY, 1/19/20) – On Wednesday, January 22, the Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), along with members of Muslim communities and organizations from across the state will host the first annual “Muslim Day at the State Capitol” at the State Capitol Building in Frankfort, Ky.

WHAT: CAIR-Kentucky Hosts 1st Annual Muslim Day at the State Capitol

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601

CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, (859) 545-0651, wMuhammad@cair.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/kentucky-state-capitol/muslim-day-at-the-state-capitol/452799968962056/

REGISTER: Muslim Day at the State Capitol

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muslim-day-at-the-state-capitol-tickets-81639767743

SEE: Muslims to Gather Wednesday at Capitol

https://www.state-journal.com/news/muslims-to-gather-wednesday-at-capitol/article_83806ae8-38e8-11ea-b367-af53a8c53f34.html

In a statement, CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad said:

“We want Muslims to have a voice in the issues that affect our lives and the lives of all Kentuckians. We hope that with the training and the experience of Muslim Day at the State Capitol, Kentucky Muslims will be encouraged and confident to become even more civically engaged. When we are engaged and advocate for what makes life better for Muslims -- like safe schools and equity in maternal healthcare -- we are advocating for what makes life better for all Americans.”

The main session for Muslim Day at the State Capitol is from 10 a.m. to noon and will include welcoming remarks and short presentations by several legislators, CAIR national and CAIR-Kentucky representatives.

During pre-arranged meetings throughout the day, attendees will meet with legislators and their staff to advocate for bills focusing on anti-bullying in schools, erasing maternal healthcare disparities for women of color, re-enfranchisement of voting rights, and increasing the hourly minimum wage.  

Muslim Day at the State Capitol activities also include trainings, town hall discussions, tours of the Capitol, and a special educational program for middle school students who will be attending from Lexington and Louisville Muslim schools.

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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CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Indiana Official Who Called Muslims 'Goat Humpers'

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of newly-elected Kokomo Common Council Member Greg Jones after Islamophobic posts to his Facebook page in 2015 calling Muslims “goat humpers” and referring to Islam as “a Theocratic Moon Cult.”

Jones said he no longer espouses his previous opinions and hopes "the people will see to forgive me for my sins of the past."

SEE: Jones Resigns After Racist Social Media Posts Surface

http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/jones-resigns-after-racist-social-media-posts-surface/article_71a1d680-3957-11ea-b4be-4fae948abcf3.html

Jones Resigns From Kokomo Common Council

https://www.kokomotribune.com/news/local_news/jones-resigns-from-kokomo-common-council/article_25f21cbc-395d-11ea-98bd-3b75ab00a217.html

“We welcome the decision by Mr. Jones to resign from his position on the council and hope this incident can become a learning opportunity for the entire community,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. 

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.

SEE: CAIR Offers Testimony on Hate Crimes Bill in Maryland State Legislature

https://www.cair.com/cair_offers_testimony_on_hate_crimes_bill_in_maryland_state_legislature

CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Nebraska Synagogue
https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_neo_nazi_vandalism_of_nebraska_synagogue

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; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

 


CAIR Offers Testimony on Hate Crimes Bill in Maryland State Legislature

(Baltimore, Md., 1/17/20) – Yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations offered testimony in support of a hate crimes bill being considered again in the Maryland General Assembly that would make it illegal to depict or display a noose, Nazi swastika or other hate symbols without consent, on public or private property, with the express intent to intimidate an individual or group. 

SEE: House Bill 5 - Hate Crimes - Use of An Item or Symbol to Threaten or Intimidate (Maryland General Assembly 2020 Session)  http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2020RS/bills/hb/hb0005F.pdf

SEE: Anne Arundel County leaders speak in support of strengthening state hate crime laws

https://www.capitalgazette.com/politics/ac-cn-hate-bill-20200116-20200116-ul27peg23fbqbnlxiiyya5xtau-story.html

The bill, re-introduced by Delegate Mark Chang, is intended to close loopholes that exist in the current statutes, and was prompted in part by an increase in hate crimes specifically in Anne Arundel County.

“Delegate Chang’s bill is a step in the right direction to make Maryland a place where everyone feels safe and protected,” said CAIR’s Legislative Intern for Maryland Outreach Eimaan Imran, who testified. “If this bill passes, we will be one step closer to making sure our state is truly a welcoming place for all.”

“According to expert witness testimony, based on current Maryland statutes, someone could walk onto public or private property that does not display a ‘no trespassing’ sign, hang a noose, pencil hateful messages onto the wall, and still not be prosecutable,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “As hate crimes continue to plague our society, lawmakers must act to close these loopholes and help protect targeted communities from threats and intimidation.”

Other witnesses who testified in support of the bill include Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, and representatives from the ACLU of Maryland, NAACP Maryland State Conference, and other organizations. 

If it passes, the bill would make such crimes punishable by fines up to $5,000 and imprisonment up to three years. If the act leads to the death of a victim, the crime would be punishable by fines up to $20,000 and 20 years in prison. 

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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062


CAIR-Minnesota to Join Bemidji Women's March, Take Part in Panel Discussion with Beltrami Co. Commissioners

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/17/20) – On Saturday, January 18, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) will join other community organizations for the Bemidji Women's March beginning at 11 a.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of Bemidji State University (BSU).

The march will return to the BSU campus for a panel discussion with Beltrami County commissioners Reed Olson and Tim Sumner, as well as a representative of First Lutheran Church Bemidji and CAIR-Minnesota Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

SEE: Women's March to Be Held Saturday in Bemidji https://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4867806-Womens-March-to-be-held-Saturday-in-Bemidji
Creating Welcome for Refugees-What We Need to Know

https://www.facebook.com/events/s/creating-welcome-for-refugees-/732094597194203/

NOTE: Dress in very warm layers, bring snacks and water bottles or a thermos filled with a hot beverage. No food/drinks provided. See Facebook event for more details.

Facebook Page: “Women’s March Bemidji 2020”

https://www.facebook.com/events/1678892598919431/

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, Jhussein@cair.com; Mattea Elhard, Women’s March Bemidji, mattea.elhard@gmail.com, 218-308-1769

HOSTED BY: Students for the Environment and Phoenix (Bemidji State University student organizations), in collaboration with CAIR and Women’s March Bemidji.

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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CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Nebraska Synagogue

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned vandalism targeting a Jewish temple in Lincoln, Neb.

Surveillance video shows a male spray-painting the door and steps of the South Street Temple then stepping back and taking a photo. The door was vandalized with a Nazi swastika and appears to also say 'F U Black Shirt.”

SEE: Surveillance video shows person vandalizing door and steps of South Street Temple

https://www.1011now.com/content/news/Swastika-painted-on-Lincoln-temple-567013191.html

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said: 

“We condemn this act of anti-Semitic hate and stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Nebraska and around the country. Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must stand with minority communities that are increasingly the targets of bigotry and violence.” 

She noted that CAIR has repeatedly condemned acts of hate against the Jewish and other minority communities nationwide.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/cair_ny_condemns_anti_semitic_vandalism

Video: CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Neo-Nazi 'White Power' Vandalism Targeting Sikh Center

https://youtu.be/hC6oJLGZvYs  

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.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘Sand N*****’ Vandalism Targeting Louisiana Business
https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_for_hate_crime_probe_of_sand_n_vandalism_targeting_louisiana_business

CAIR Says Decision to Allow Confederate Flag on Students’ Clothing in Virginia Creates ‘Hostile Learning Environment’
https://www.cair.com/cair_says_decision_to_allow_confederate_flag_on_students_clothing_in_virginia_creates_hostile_learning_environment

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; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

 


CAIR: Show Up Jan. 28 in Court, Rally Against the Muslim Ban (Richmond, VA)

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/20) – On Tuesday, January 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, will hear arguments over whether civil rights groups can proceed in challenging the Trump administration's Muslim ban based on its discriminatory intent. 

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and other civil rights groups are urging members of the public to join them that morning to show up in court and -- after the court hearing concludes -- join them outside for a press conference and rally.

The day’s events will also mark the third anniversary of Trump’s first Muslim Ban executive order 13769, which was issued on January 27, 2017. 

SHARE: The Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/476757633271471/ 

RSVP: Fill Out the Event’s Google Form (Need a Ride from D.C.?)

http://bit.ly/MuslimBanRally 

DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TIME: Showing up in Court: Lining up to witness court proceedings begins at 8:30 AM outside the courthouse. Courthouse doors open at 8:45 AM. The hearing will take place in room 207. The court will begin hearing cases at 9:30 AM. 

COURTHOUSE RULES ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the courtroom unless you are an attorney. 

TIME: Press Conference and Rally: Immediately following the Muslim ban hearing, a press conference and rally will take place outside the courthouse. The press conference will take place sometime between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. 

NOTE ON EVENT’S TIMING: Because the Muslim ban case is one of several being heard by the court that morning, the court will notify the public at 9:30 am EST when the Muslim ban oral argument will take place. Press conference and rally event organizers will issue a corresponding updated media advisory and make a separate announcement on the Facebook Event Page.***

LOCATION:

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse & Annex

1000 - 1100 E. Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219 

Sponsors of the day’s anti-Muslim ban courtroom event, press conference and rally include:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU of Maryland

ACLU of Virginia
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
International Refugee Assistance Project

Jetpac

Justice For Muslims Collective

Muslim Advocates

National Immigration Law Center
No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign

BACKGROUND

In May 2019, a federal district court in Maryland rejected the Trump administration's attempt to throw out a case filed by a coalition of leading civil rights groups alleging that the Muslim ban could not be explained by anything other than a bigoted purpose and, as a result, is unconstitutional even under the Supreme Court's decision in Trump v. Hawaii. 

The district court found that that the lawsuit plausibly asserted that the President had "exhibit[ed] religious animus toward Muslims and articulat[ed] a desire to ban Muslims from entering the United States." Judge Chuang allowed the civil rights groups’ challenge to move forward, because the facts asserted "support a conclusion that the Proclamation was issued for the illegitimate purpose of advancing fear and hatred toward Muslims."

With that district court decision, civil rights groups would have been able to conclusively prove in a court of law that the Muslim Ban's genesis and its implementation were rooted in prejudice and provide a formal accounting of this historic injustice.  Unfortunately, soon after the Maryland federal court's decision was issued, the Fourth Circuit stayed the case pending a hearing and ruling reviewing it by the Fourth Circuit.  

The hearing will address three cases being considered in parallel by the federal court: 

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Maryland, National Immigration Law Center, and International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on behalf of HIAS, IRAP, the Middle East Studies Association, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and the Arab American Association of New York.

Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, brought by Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), the Iranian Students’ Foundation (ISF), and four individual plaintiffs. 

Zakzok v. Trump, brought by CAIR, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Jethro Eisenstein of Profeta & Eisenstein, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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


CAIR Expresses Concern About Possible ‘White Power’ Signs in DC Firefighter Recruit Photo

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about possible “white power” hand signs shown in a photo of Washington, D.C., firefighter recruits.

The photo, apparently taken last year, shows D.C. Fire and EMS recruits using a gesture similar to the "OK" hand sign, which is often used by racists to signal "white power." Some commentators say the recruits could have been playing the "Circle Game," which uses the same symbol.

SEE: 'Racial antics' | DC Fire recruits seen holding possible 'white power' symbol in photo

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/dc/dc-fire-recruits-seen-holding-white-power-symbol-in-picture/65-38b59e24-5a74-4c43-8d5d-ad9ee2fd64e3

“Given all the public discussion of this particular hand gesture, those using it should know its racist implications,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This incident raises sufficient concerns to warrant concrete steps to determine the motive of the recruits and to take appropriate remedial actions.”

Last month, CAIR welcomed the firing of 37 West Virginia government workers who participated in a Nazi salute photograph.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of West Virginia Government Workers in Nazi Salute Photo

https://www.cair.com/cair_welcomes_firing_of_west_virginia_government_workers_in_nazi_salute_photo

Yesterday, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of hate vandalism targeting a business in Lafayette, La. The owner of Lux Hookah Lounge contacted the Lafayette Police Department after he found the words “Sand N***** Club” on the front of his business.

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘Sand N*****’ Vandalism Targeting Louisiana Business

https://youtu.be/_p60l4FYCsk

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.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism 
https://www.cair.com/cair_ny_condemns_anti_semitic_vandalism

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Neo-Nazi 'White Power' Vandalism Targeting Orangevale Sikh Center 
https://www.cair.com/cair_sacramento_valley_condemns_neo_nazi_white_power_vandalism_targeting_orangevale_sikh_center

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; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

 


CAIR-DFW to Join Major Coalition’s Press Conference to Denounce Governor’s Refugee Ban and Welcome Md. Court’s Injunction

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/16/20) – On Friday, January 17, the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will join more than a dozen refugee resettlement agencies, faith based groups, civil rights organization, and refugee advocates at a press conference to denounce Governor Abbott’s decision to ban new refugees from Texas and to welcome a Maryland court’s injunction that blocks that decision.WHAT: United for Texas Refugees Press Conference

WHERE: Park Plaza Tower Media Room13111 N. Central Expressway, 3rd floor, Dallas TX 75243

WHEN: Friday, January 17, 11 A.M.

CONTACT: Faizan Syed, Executive Director of CAIR-DFW (469)290-2909, faizan@cairdfw.org

Earlier this week the wrote a statement that said in part:

Governor Abbott’s decision to not resettle refugees in Texas goes directly against American values, human dignity and morality and even the scriptures of all Abrahamic faiths.

The Statue of Liberty calls to the world: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ The governor’s decision is an affront to the welcoming spirit that defines our nation and the values that all Americans hold dear.

Read Full Statement: https://tinyurl.com/ub7u54n  

“As Texans, we are proud to welcome refugees to our state and ashamed by the morally bankrupt decision by our Governor that scapegoats the most vulnerable in our community,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed.  “We welcome the court’s injunction but continue to work passionately to stand for refugees and give them a voice.”

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-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, (469) 290-2909, faizan@cairdfw.org

 


CAIR Welcomes Md. Judge’s Ruling Blocking Trump’s Order on Refugee Resettlement

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/15/20) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by a Maryland judge stating that President Donald Trump cannot give state and local governments “veto power” to reject refugees from resettling within their borders.

U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte blocked Trump's executive order requiring resettlement agencies to get written consent from officials in any jurisdiction where they want to resettle refugees beyond June of this year.

Judge: Trump Can't Let States 'Veto' Refugee Resettlement

https://www.nhregister.com/news/texas/article/Judge-agrees-to-block-Trump-order-on-refugee-14977425.php

In a statement, CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas said:

“We welcome the Maryland federal district court's decision to block for now the Trump administration’s Executive Order 13888, which attempted to impose a state-by-state refugee ban. This executive order, if left standing, would interfere with the ability of refugees to obtain the services they need to resettle in our nation.

“While we are optimistic that the courts will ultimately do the right thing, we must also remain vigilant. The court's decision only temporarily blocks the order and we will continue to work to ensure a welcoming society for refugees.

“As a nation, we must unite our voices to stop the demonization of refugees who come to this country to rebuild their lives. We will continue to raise our voices and call on people of all faiths and backgrounds to take a stand to welcome and advocate for refugees in their communities.

“We appreciate the leadership of HIASChurch World Service (CWS), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in taking on this important fight.

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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 202-642-4934, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com