CAIR Relaunches ‘Muslims GOTV’ Election Website, Releases 2018 Congressional Voter Guide, PSAs

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today relaunched www.MuslimsGOTV.com, an election resource website that features the civil rights organization’s “2018 Congressional Voter Guide,” a midterm election congressional scorecard, and public service announcements (PSA) encouraging American Muslims to register to vote and get out the vote (GOTV) on election day.

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said its “2018 Congressional Voter Guide” offers resources to assist Muslims nationwide as they prepare to vote in the November election.

The congressional scorecard tracks the votes and bill co-sponsorship of each member of Congress, assigning positive (+), negative (-). or neutral (*) ratings depending on how closely their actions on relevant legislation corresponded with civil rights and social justice priorities identified by CAIR. The criteria selected for each topic is rooted in legislation introduced and voted upon in 2017-2018.

DOWNLOAD: CAIR’s 2018 Congressional Voter Guide

https://tinyurl.com/CAIRVoterGuide2018

Digital copies of the guide will be distributed to the American Muslim community throughout the nation.

CAIR’s Muslims GOTV website is one of the Muslim civil rights organization's many efforts to enhance Muslim participation in national and state elections and amplify the Muslim community’s voice on election day.

The website features PSA videos encouraging Muslim voters to register to vote and turn out on election day, and includes resources on registering to vote, absentee and early voting, and locating polling stations, among other CAIR produced election materials. 

VISIT: www.MuslimsGOTV.com    

WATCH: CAIR PSA: Are You Ready to Vote?

WATCH: CAIR PSA: Register to Voter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cB7Go73p_o

“It is the responsibility of every American Muslim to ensure the continued growth of our community's political strength and capacity by registering to vote and going to the polls in each and every election,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw.

McCaw added: “Our vote counts and is being counted on. Who wins or loses any given race is in the hands of only the most proactive of communities. CAIR wants to make sure every elected official and candidate is working to earn the confidence and votes of American Muslims.”

CAIR has also partnered with MPower Change’s #MyMuslimVote campaign -- a national, non-partisan campaign focused on increasing civic engagement in American Muslim communities through voter registration, engagement and mobilization efforts. To learn about your state’s voter registration requirements, visit the National Association of Secretaries of State “Can I Vote” website by clicking here.

SEE: https://mymuslimvote.org/

Four weeks ago, CAIR urged members of the Muslim community nationwide to ensure that they are registered to vote before their state’s voter registration deadline passes.

In August, CAIR recognized the historic string of victories by American Muslim candidates in Minnesota’s primary election. Seven Minnesotan Somali, Arab-American and African-American Muslim candidates won a series of victories during the Democratic-Farmer-Labor and non-partisan primaries.

CAIR also congratulated Palestinian Arab-American Muslim Rashida Tlaib on winning the primary election in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Tlaib won the primary election defeating five other candidates. Running unopposed, her win in the November general election is ensured.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or civilrights@cair.com.

NOTE: As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CAIR does not endorse or oppose any candidate running for office.

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-Oregon Calls on GivingFuel to Ban ‘Patriot Prayer’ from Fundraising Over Rooftop Snipers at Protest

(PORTLAND, OR, 10/16/18) The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on the crowdfunding site GivingFuel to ban the group “Patriot Prayer” from raising funds on that website after it emerged that the far-right group set up snipers targeting the public and anti-fascist protesters at an August 4th rally in Portland. In addition, the group as recently as Sunday was responsible for more violence in Portland. 

SEE: Armed protesters were on Portland rooftop in August, police now say

Bear spray, bloody brawls at Patriot Prayer 'law and order' march in Portland

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

“GivingFuel should immediately prevent Patriot Prayer from being able to fundraise through its platform. GivingFuel bills itself as a platform for nonprofits, churches and charities. To allow a hate group to use its platform to funnel money for operations that lead to the endangerment of others is disappointing. GivingFuel should act more responsibly.

“In addition, Patriot Prayer is apparently in violation of multiple policies that GivingFuel has instituted against hate groups using its platform.  We previously contacted GivingFuel and encouraged them to drop Patriot Prayer from their platform back in August. GivingFuel must urgently enforce their terms of service, otherwise we will encourage other groups to withdraw from using them as a service.”

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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ACTION ALERT: Only a FEW Tickets Left for CAIR’s National Conference, Annual Banquet This Weekend in Arlington, Va.

There are only a few tickets left for CAIR’s 24th annual banquet, with the theme “Faith Led, Justice Driven,” at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20.

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

 

TO PURCHASE TICKETS, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/events  

At the banquet, you will hear from a distinguished array of speakers and awardees, including:

  • Abdul El Sayed
  • Hatem Bazian
  • Namira Islam
  • Khaled Beydoun
  • Arsalan Iftikhar
  • Yasir Qadhi
  • Khizr Khan
  • Aisha Al-Adawiya
  • Roula Allouch

You will be entertained by comedian Amer Zahr and meet CAIR’s 2018 “American Muslim of the Year.”

Prior to the banquet, CAIR’s National Leadership and Policy Conference, themed “We the People, Organizing for Justice: Vision 2020,” will begin on Oct. 19 in the same venue.

VIEW THE UPDATED CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

https://tinyurl.com/UpdatedCAIRConferenceProgram

Conference Sessions Include:

  • Prophetic Tradition in Leadership and Activism

Synopsis: Join our speaker for a discussion on how American Muslims can harness the Prophetic tradition of leadership and activism to inspire the causes we advocate for them, in the pursuit of a just end by just means.

  • Fighting Anti-BDS Legislation

    Synopsis: Understanding the combined policies that affect Muslim Americans in advocacy.

  • Social Media Master Class

    Synopsis: In this session, you’ll learn how to build your social media presence, how to create a unique voice, how to grow your profile, and how to engage and mobilize your followers.

  • #NoMuslimBanEver = #FamiliesBelongTogether

    Synopsis: Learn from experts on how Muslims are moving past the Supreme Court’s Muslim Ban decision and partnering with other impacted immigrant communities fighting to keep the U.S. open to all those who share the American Dream.

  • #MakingSafePlaces

    Synopsis: This session will explore how we can foster an environment for sharing personal experiences with the ultimate goal of effectively mobilizing and organizing for political action.

AND MORE. . .

Conference registration cost includes all meals and discounted student registrations are available.

To Register for the Banquet or for CAIR’s Leadership and Policy Conference, GO TO:

https://www.cair.com/events  

Reserve a Banquet Table(s) of 10:


CAIR, Maryland Muslim Council Welcome GOP Candidate’s Apology for Islamophobic Campaign Mailer

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/16/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined with the Howard County Muslim Council to welcome a public apology from Republican candidate David Yungmann for an Islamophobic mailer sent to residents from his campaign. 

SEE: Republican Candidate for County Council Apologizes

https://www.facebook.com/265793033887387/posts/521408744992480/

Yungmann is campaigning for Howard County Council’s District 5 seat. Last Friday, CAIR condemned the message in the mailer, which cited opposition TO A MOSQUE in Howard County as one of Yungmann’s biggest achievements. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Maryland GOP Candidate’s Islamophobic Campaign Mailer Citing Opposition to Mosque Expansion

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_maryland_gop_candidate_s_islamophobic_campaign_mailer_citing_opposition_to_mosque_expansion

In a statement released yesterday, Yungmann partly said:

“Over the past few days, numerous people have reached out to me directly intending to help me understand the issue from their perspective and to hear mine. I appreciate these conversations and, thanks to the individuals who made the effort to contact me, I have a better understanding of the sensitivity to any perceived anti-Muslim message. I apologize to anyone that was hurt or offended by my poor choice of words.”

“We welcome Mr. Yungmann’s public apology and commitment to dialogue,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We look forward to engaging with him and encourage him to also reconsider the placement of a testimonial on his website applauding his mosque opposition because of the negative message it sends to his supporters.”

Chaudry added that elected officials and candidates running for public office have an obligation to use their platforms responsibly, and avoid language or behavior that profiles, stereotypes, or potentially incites hostility towards any community.

CAIR-NJ: Chatham Councilman Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Statements

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/morris/2018/10/15/chatham-nj-councilman-apologizes-anti-muslim-statements/1654529002/

“I want to thank the community at large for their outpouring of support and for standing with us,” said Ainy Kazmi, president of the Howard County Muslim Council. “This apology was an important step, and we hope Mr. Yungmann will continue to make steps to meet with our council as well as with other leaders in the Muslim community.”

Earlier this month, CAIR called on Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso, who is campaigning for a seat in the State Senate, to step down after anti-Islamic Facebook posts.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Anne Arundel County Councilman to Step Down After Anti-Islamic Facebook Posts

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/cair-calls-for-councilman-grasso-to-step-down-after-sharing-anti-muslim-posts-on-facebook/23587915

After an ensuing public outcry and media scrutiny, Grasso later apologized and removed the problematic social media posts.

SEE: Grasso Apologizes to Muslim Council President, Deletes 'Hate-Filled' Posts

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/elections/ac-cn-grasso-apology-1005-story.html

Recently, CAIR also called on the Mayor of the City of Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland to publicly apologize for a social media comment calling the Muslim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan a ‘terrorist.’

SEE: Hagerstown Mayor Bruchey Criticized for Social-Media Comment Calling London's Muslim Mayor a Terrorist

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/bruchey-comes-under-fire-for-anti-muslim-social-media-comments/article_ad434124-848b-11e8-907a-832b3f09c1f0.html

The civil rights and advocacy organization also later welcomed his apology. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Bruchey's 'Delayed Apology' For Social-Media Comment, Seeks Meeting

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/cair-welcomes-bruchey-s-delayed-apology-for-social-media-comment/article_d5ac6bde-8631-11e8-ab79-470e104fe65a.html

CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ‘Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period. 

CAIR noted that this latest incident is yet another example of the emboldening of intolerant attitudes observed from public officials and individuals in positions of authority in Maryland and across the country. 

Video: CAIR-San Diego Condemns Public Official Who Called Muslims ‘Sub-Human Scum’

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9NDCs1Kiu_M

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.

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CAIR-NJ Calls on NJ GOP to Repudiate Candidates’ Anti-Muslim, Racist Posts

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/15/18) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on Republican State Committee Chairman Doug Steinhardt to repudiate anti-Muslim and racist comments made on Facebook and on the anti-Muslim hate site BarenakedIslam by Republican candidate for Chatham Borough Council, Peter Hoffman.

In a Facebook post Peter Hoffman stated that “a hyphenated American is not an American at all” and “assimilation is what made this country great, NOT emphasizing differences.” 

In a post to anti-Muslim hate site BarenakedIslam Hoffman stated, “Islam is a sick, backward faith practiced by low life scum. . .until the “moderate” Muslims rein in their sick brethren and stop this type of behavior, Islam will always be the religion of beasts in my mind.”

SEE: Hoffman’s anti-immigrant and anti-Islam social media posts contradict the candidate’s claims supporting diversity

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/chatham/articles/hoffman-s-anti-immigrant-and-anti-islam-social-media-posts-contradict-the-candidate-s-claims-supporting-diversity

"The statements Mr. Hoffman made reveal a level of prejudice that would impact how he might serve his constituents of different faiths and races, and should disqualify him as a candidate," said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. "The bigoted views expressed by Mr. Hoffman do a disservice to the welcoming community in New Jersey. This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the state and national level.”

He said 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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Maryland GOP Candidate’s Islamophobic Campaign Mailer Citing Opposition to Mosque Expansion

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_maryland_gop_candidate_s_islamophobic_campaign_mailer_citing_opposition_to_mosque_expansion


Aneelah Afzali to Receive CAIR ‘American Muslim of the Year' Award

Only a few days left to reserve your tickets for CAIR’s annual banquet in Arlington, Va.

There are only a few days left to reserve your tickets for CAIR’s 24th annual banquet, with the theme “Faith Led, Justice Driven,” at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20.

At the banquet, community activist, interfaith leader and justice advocate Aneelah Afzali -- the founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) -- will receive CAIR’s 2018 “American Muslim of the Year” award. AMEN is a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Washington state.

CAIR’s award honors an American Muslim who demonstrated "exemplary service to the country and the community" at the local or national level over the last year by "inspiring and empowering." Previous awardees include Linda Sarsour, Khizr Khan, Ahmed Mohamed, Rep. Keith Ellison, and M.J. Khan.

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

GO TO: https://www.cair.com/events  

Also at the banquet, you will hear from a distinguished array of speakers and awardees, including:

  • Abdul El Sayed
  • Hatem Bazian
  • Namira Islam
  • Khaled Beydoun
  • Arsalan Iftikhar
  • Yasir Qadhi
  • Khizr Khan
  • Aisha Al-Adawiya
  • Roula Allouch

You will be entertained by comedian Amer Zahr.

Prior to the banquet, CAIR’s National Leadership and Policy Conference, themed “We the People, Organizing for Justice: Vision 2020,” will begin on Oct. 19 in the same venue.

VIEW THE UPDATED CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

https://tinyurl.com/UpdatedCAIRConferenceProgram


CAIR Action Alert: Speak Out About National Park Service Proposal to Limit Free Speech, Assembly

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined the Wilderness Society and more than 80 organizations in a letter today to the National Park Service opposing the proposed "protest fee" for demonstrations on the national mall.

In August, under the direction of the Trump Administration, the National Park Service issued a proposed rule to introduce fees for holding protests on the National Mall. The co-signers of this letter are deeply concerned that this proposal would infringe on Americans’ rights to free speech and assembly.

The financial barrier would preclude equal opportunity and access, dissuading and prohibiting some Americans from demonstrating. The ability to afford fees for permits must not be a factor in who gets the opportunity to protest at our most iconic and politically significant sites. 

We are building a broad coalition of opposition spanning lots of issue areas because free speech and assembly matter for all issues.


CAIR Asks Active Duty Generals to Withdraw from Virginia Event Co-Sponsored by Anti-Muslim Hate Group

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on several top active duty military commanders to withdraw from an event later this week in Virginia co-sponsored by the Center for Security Policy (CSP), an anti-Muslim hate group headed by notorious Islamophobe and conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney.

CSP is co-hosting an October 17 symposium on “asymmetric threats” in McLean, Va., which includes four speakers who are lieutenant generals from several branches of the military.

  • Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF
  • Gen. Daniel J. O’Donohue, USMC 
  • Gen. David D. Thompson, USAF 
  • Gen. Michael K. Nagata, U.S. Army

SEE: https://www.asymmetricthreat.net/

According to the Army’s equal opportunity manual, “participation in extremist organizations and activities by Army personnel is inconsistent with the responsibilities of military service.” The Air Force’s manual states that participating in groups “espousing supremacist causes or advocating unlawful discrimination” is a violation of policy. Other branches of the military have similar policies.

SEE: Military Officials Aren’t Supposed to Associate with Hate Groups. So Why Are These Generals Speaking at Frank Gaffney’s Confab?

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/15/frank-gaffney-military-generals-anti-muslim-islamophobia/

Last year, an event at a Maryland country club featuring Gaffney was canceled after several advocacy organizations – including CAIR – raised concerns about his Islamophobic rhetoric.

SEE: Event at Kenwood Country Club with Right-Wing Speaker Canceled After Protest Threat

https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/politics/event-at-kenwood-country-club-with-right-wing-speaker-canceled-after-protest-threat/

Gaffney, whose conspiracy theories have reportedly been used as the ideological basis for President Trump’s recent “Muslim ban.”

SEE: How the Anti-Muslim Fringe Conquered the White House

http://www.vox.com/world/2017/2/13/14559822/trump-islam-muslims-islamophobia-sharia

Meet Frank Gaffney, the Anti-Muslim Gadfly Reportedly Advising Donald Trump’s Transition Team

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/08/meet-frank-gaffney-the-anti-muslim-gadfly-who-produced-donald-trumps-anti-muslim-poll/

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and his Center for Security Policy (CSP) as a hate group. According to the SPLC, CSP is “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

Of Gaffney himself, the SPLC says he is “gripped by paranoid fantasies about Muslims destroying the West from within, suspicious that Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, and a proponent of a new version of the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee to root out suspected Muslim subversives.”

SEE: SPLC Designated Hate Groups: Center for Security Policy

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/anti-muslim

SPLC: Frank Gaffney

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/frank-gaffney-jr


CAIR-Georgia Wins Settlement Worth Almost $50,000 for Worker Who Experienced Anti-Muslim Harassment on the Job

(ATLANTA, GA - 10/15/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that one of its clients has received a settlement worth almost $50,000 after experiencing anti-Muslim harassment on the job. 

As part of a confidential settlement agreement, CAIR Georgia has agreed not to publicly identify the employer responsible for the anti-Muslim harassment.

"We welcome this positive outcome, and we strongly encourage other Georgia Muslims who experience workplace discrimination to speak up," said CAIR-Georgia staff attorney Murtaza Khwaja. "Do not suffer quietly. Alert us immediately so that we can help you stand up for your rights."

In a statement, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

"In the nearly two years since Donald Trump took office, our office has received a significant increase in complaints of anti-Muslim bigotry within the workplace, which now accounts for the majority of our casework.

"Among other things, a grocery store manager threw away a Muslim woman's prayer rug. A company banned a Muslim from attending Friday prayer. A group of employees openly mocked their Muslim co-worker, calling him 'ISIS.' A restaurant manager drastically cut an employee's hours because she started wearing a hijab.

"These and other acts of employment discrimination are just as illegal today as they were before President Trump took office. Employers must grant their employees reasonable religious accommodations. Employers must protect their employees from bigotry at the hands of co-workers or supervisors. Employers must not undermine, elevate, or otherwise treat employees differently based on their religious identity. 

"Any employers who choose to discriminate must face the legal and financial consequences of doing so."


CAIR-Minnesota Seeks Community’s Help in Locating Two Missing Muslim Teens

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/14/18) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today seeks assistance from the public in locating two female Muslim teenagers missing since early Saturday morning.

According to their families, Bushra Abdi, 19 (5’10”), and Zeynab (Hafsa) Abdalla, 19 (5’9”), from Shakopee, Minn., left their respective workplaces during a break and later called 911 for help. The Shakopee Police Department is leading the investigation into the teens’ disappearance.

Anyone having information about the missing teens is asked to call the Shakopee Police Department at (952) 233-9400.

“We are asking anyone who has any information relating to the whereabouts of these young women to please call the Shakopee Police Department,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.