CAIR Welcomes Adoption of U.S. Senate Resolution Recognizing American Muslim Rights and Contributions

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the adoption of S. Res. 555, sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), titled “Recognizing the freedom of Muslims of the United States to exercise their religion and participate in the civil systems of their country.” 

ACT NOW: Thank Your Senator for Supporting S. Res. 555, A Resolution Recognizing the freedom of Muslims of the United States to exercise their religion and participate in the civil systems of their country

“CAIR welcomes the U.S. Senate’s unanimous adoption of this bi-partisan resolution reaffirming the constitutional and religious rights of all Americans, and which recognizes and celebrates the many important civic contributions American Muslims have made and continue to make in enhancing the well-being of our nation,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad added: “CAIR encourages state legislatures across the nation to take note and adopt similar measures reaffirming the rights and contributions of their Muslim communities.”

Adopted by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate, the resolution recognizes the rights and liberties granted to people of all faiths in the United States, including American Muslims, and the many valuable contributions Muslims have made to the nation throughout its history.

The resolution specifically raises awareness about the millions of American Muslim, who as a community, have contributed to the nation by serving “in the Armed Forces of the United States for generations,” and as “scientists,” “inventors,” “athletes,” “entrepreneurs,” “Members of Congress,” “Ambassadors of the United States,” “business owners, firefighters, police officers, physicians, laborers, service workers, and teachers.”

A similar resolution awaits consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives, H. Res. 869, titled “Recognizing American Muslims' history and contributions to our Nation,” introduced by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 25 members of Congress. 


TODAY: CAIR to Join CASA, Allies at Vigil Outside Maryland Correctional Facility Where Some Separated Children, Parents Have Been Transported

CAIR Applauds Md. AC’s Decision to Join Lawsuit Against Trump Policy of Separating Families 

TODAY: CAIR to Join CASA, Allies at Vigil Outside Maryland Correctional Facility Where Some Separated Children, Parents Have Been Transported

(Baltimore, Md., 6/22/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s announcement that Maryland will join a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking to reunite more than 2,200 children taken from their parents by immigration officers at the United States’ Southwest Border.

SEE: Maryland to join lawsuit against White House over migrant family crisis as policy confusion deepens

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-trump-border-lawsuit-20180621-story.html

“In the context of the unethical, immoral and unconstitutional policies emerging from Washington, D.C., state level elected leaders have a special responsibility to demand justice, transparency, and accountability of the Trump administration,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Our country is still a nation of checks and balances, and this pending lawsuit to reunify families is an example of the system at work.”

Later today, CAIR will join CASA and allies at a vigil outside a correctional facility in Glen Burnie, Maryland where separated family members including children are reportedly being detained.

WHAT: Vigil For Our Families

WHEN: (Today) Friday, June 22nd, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Ordnance Road Correctional Center, 600 E. Ordnance Road, Glen Burnie, Md. 21060

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


CAIR-FL: Tampa Muslims to Offer Hosting for All Migrant Children Separated From Parents

(TAMPA, FL, 6/22/18) – On Friday, June 22, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area (ISTBA), CAIR-Florida, and United Voices for America will hold a news conference to announce a humanitarian program to host all 2300 migrant children separated from their families by President Trump’s border policy until they are reunified with their parents. NOTE: The hosting offer will include transportation costs.

"Trump’s Executive Order does not solve the current crisis because there is no plan to reunite children already separated from their parents. This offer from the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay comes in a timely manner offering real solutions to real problems. Family separation or family camps on military bases are immoral policies that need to immediately cease. Our community is offering a safe and loving environment for minors until they reunite with their parents; this is good and necessary,” said Norma Henning, CAIR-Florida's Immigration Attorney.

WHAT: Press Conference by Tampa Muslims to Announce Program to Host All

Migrant Children Separated from Their Parents

WHERE: Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area (ISTABA)

(7326 E. Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33617)

WHEN: Friday, June 22, 12:10 p.m.

CONTACTS: Wilfredo Ruiz, wRuiz@cair.com, 305.502.6749, CAIR-Florida Communications Director, Thania Clevenger-Diaz, tClevenger@cair.com, 305.304.2173

At its news conference to which other organizations concerned about the issue are invited, ISTBA will call on the Trump administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take immediate steps to release the children into the care of Muslim host families in the Tampa Bay Area.


WATCH: Full CAIR News Conference Outside Va. Detention Facility Calling for Immigrant Family Reunifications


CAIR to Call for Family Reunification Outside Infant and Child Detention Center in Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/18) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference outside a Virginia facility housing immigrant infants and children who were separated from their families by a recently-introduced Trump administration policy.

At its news conference outside the Youth For Tomorrow facility in Bristow, Va., to which other organizations concerned about the issue are invited, CAIR will demand that the Trump administration take immediate and transparent steps to reunify families separated at the border.

CNN: A Look Inside the Places Where Infant and Child Migrants are Held

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/unaccompanied-children-centers/index.html

WHAT: CAIR News Conference Outside Virginia Child Detention Facility to Demand Family Reunification

WHERE: Outside Youth For Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Dr., Bristow, VA 20136

WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 3:30 p.m.

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

“This inhumane policy of taking babies from their mommies and daddies should end, not only on paper, but also in practice through immediate family reunifications,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR has called on American Muslim voters -- and all other Americans concerned about family values -- to contact their elected representatives to voice opposition to the Trump administration’s policy that separated thousands of parents and children at the border.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: Click on CAIR’s Action Alert to Contact Your elected Representatives on This Important Issue:

https://oneclickpolitics.com/messages/edit?promo_id=4430


CAIR to Hold News Conference Reacting to Possible Thursday SCOTUS ‘Muslim Ban’ Ruling

Supreme Court ruling on Trump’s Muslim Ban may come on Thursday, June 21, or Monday, June 25

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/20/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference to offer reaction to the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on the legality of the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban 3.0” when it is announced.

That decision is expected as early as 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, or may be handed down on Monday, June 25. CAIR will hold a news conference at 11:15 a.m. at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., on whatever day the court’s Muslim Ban decision is announced.

NOTE: CAIR is also part of the #NoMuslimBanEver coalition of national and local civil and human rights groups and American Muslim organizations and will join the “We Will Not Be Banned” rally outside the Supreme Court at 11:45 a.m. on the day of the court’s decision.

A number of CAIR chapters nationwide will also join public rallies on the day of the decision. To contact a CAIR chapter, go to: https://www.cair.com/chapters or visit https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/ and click on “Find an Event Near You.”

DC EVENT PAGE: We Will Not Be Banned on Muslim Ban Decision Day

https://www.facebook.com/events/175375686636175/

WHAT: CAIR News Conference

WHO: CAIR Civil Rights Attorneys Who Filed Muslim Ban Challenges

WHEN: 11:15 a.m. Following the Supreme Court’s Decision (Normally Announced at 10 a.m.)

WHERE: CAIR Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 (Just Blocks from the Supreme Court)

CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com


CAIR Welcomes Md. Governor’s Move to Protest Family Separations, Urges Attendance at Actions Rejecting ‘Zero Morality’ Policy

(BALTIMORE, MD, 6/20/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed news that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan became the second Republican governor to reject President Trump’s immoral family separation policy affecting migrant children by ordering the return of a National Guard helicopter and crew and vowing not to deploy more state resources to the border until the separations stop.

SEE: Md., Va. governors pull Guard troops from border to protest separations

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/2018/06/19/4f1d09fa-73cd-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html

AP: Toddlers, babies held in 'tender age' facilities after separated from families

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/immigration-border-separations-tender-age-shelters/index.html

Later today, CAIR will be joining a rally outside of ICE’s Baltimore office in defense of immigrant families. 

SEE: Baltimore Rally in Defense of Immigrant Families 

https://www.facebook.com/events/542467969603982/?ti=icl

The civil rights organization voiced objections to facilities along the U.S. border that have been designated to detain migrant infants and children forcibly separated from their parents and has encouraged communities across Maryland to contact lawmakers and join actions opposing the policy. 

Attorney General Jeff Session’s "zero tolerance" policy against those crossing into the US without documentation has been sharply criticized as an unethical “zero morality policy” that has led to at least two thousand children being detained under disturbing conditions since it went into effect earlier in the year. 

CAIR’s Houston chapter today expressed solidarity with Mayor Sylvester Turner who is rejecting Child Immigration Detention Centers, or “baby jails,” in that city that would house children taken from their families at the border. 

SEE: CAIR-Houston Joins Mayor Turner in Rejecting Trump’s ‘Baby Jails,’ Urges Turn-Out at Family Separation Protest

https://www.cair.com/cair_houston_joins_mayor_turner_in_rejecting_trump_s_baby_jails_urges_turn_out_at_family_separation_protest


CAIR-Houston Joins Mayor Turner in Rejecting Trump’s ‘Baby Jails,’ Urges Turn-Out at Family Separation Protest

(HOUSTON, TX, 6/20/18) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today expressed solidarity with Mayor Sylvester Turner who is rejecting Child Immigration Detention Centers, or “baby jails,” in that city would house children taken from their families at the border.

[IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: Join CAIR-Houston, in partnership with FIEL, on Friday, June 22 to protest the possible child detention center on Emancipation Park. This center will house children from 18 months to 17-years-old. El gobierno federal está planeando abrir un centro de detención en Houston. Este centro será para los niños entre los 18 meses y 17 años. Tenemos que luchar en contra de las pólizas que continúan a inhumanamente separan a los niños de sus padres. Date/Location: 6 p.m., Friday, June 22, 419 Emancipation Ave.]

Reports have surfaced that a certain facility on Emancipation Park is under consideration for use as an immigration detention center for children. The owner of the former warehouse and homeless shelter was discovered to have signed a long-term lease with Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs over 25 immigration centers for children across three states including Texas. 

SEE: Houston mayor doesn't want to 'enable' Trump policy by housing immigrant children
http://www.kbzk.com/story/38461848/houston-mayor-doesnt-want-to-enable-trump-policy-by-housing-immigrant-children

Mayor Sylvester Turner has stated that “No one ever said it was being leased to a tenant that was going to house children that were separated from their parents” when discussing the private proprietor of the facility. 

SEE: 'I can't support it': Mayor Turner rejects idea of child immigration detention center in Houston


CAIR-MI Offers Reward for Info on Racist Hate Crime

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 6/19/2018) — The Michigan chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of an apparent racist hate crime this morning in Vienna Township.

The vehicle of an African-American man was vandalized in his driveway with a racial slur, Nazi swastika and “wite [sic] pride. The vehicle’s tires were also slashed.  The FBI, along with local law enforcement, is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

SEE: Racial slur and swastikas spray-painted on man's truck near Clio (Mlive.com)

http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2018/06/racial_slur_swastikas_spray-pa.html

“We call on anyone who has knowledge of this heinous act of intimidation to immediately contact Genesee County Sheriff office or the FBI,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “This racist incident is especially troubling given that it took place on Juneteeth, a day in which African Americans celebrate emancipation from chattel slavery.”


CAIR to Mark Juneteenth with Month-Long Photo Journal of Muslim Activists on Alabama Civil Rights Tour

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched the “Alabama Civil Rights Tour Photo Journal Project.” CAIR’s month-long campaign will share one image per day, along with personal reflections, from an educational tour taken recently by the civil rights organization’s staff. #AlabamaPilgrimage #Juneteenth2018

To view the first photo and reflection, CLICK HERE.

In the first post, CAIR-NJ’s Abdul Mubarak-Rowe wrote:

“I have to be honest. I wasn’t sure whether I was emotionally prepared to confront this brutal legacy that was so raw and uncompromising in its brutal detail. These pilgrimages to these sacred sights aren’t for the faint of heart. It is overwhelming in its horrific detail but absolutely necessary in order to ensure that one never forget what occurred here. Do not let your children and grandchildren forget.”

CAIR’s photo journal project coincides with “Juneteenth,” or “Freedom Day,” commemorating the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas; the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

During the CAIR civil rights tour, some 30 American Muslim civil rights leaders and activists from around the country traveled to Alabama to visit sites of historical significance during the civil rights movement. Sites visited included the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church. The group also attended the inauguration of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala.

Each day’s photo and accompanying reflection will be posted to CAIR’s social media platforms beginning on Juneteenth (June 19) and continuing for a month.

SEE: CAIR Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/cairnational

CAIR Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/@cairnational

CAIR Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/cair_national   

The CAIR photos and reflections can be tracked on social media using the hashtag #AlabamaPilgrimage

To find other Juneteenth related posts, follow the hashtag #Juneteenth2018.