CAIR-OK Releases 2018 Civil Rights Report Showing Heightened Targeting of Women who Wear Hijab, Increase in Employment Discrimination Claims

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 4/24/19) - The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today announced the release of its 2018 Civil Rights Report, detailing the work of its Civil Rights Department from January-December 2018 and highlighting an increase in employment-related claims as well as heightened targeting of women who wear hijab, or religious head coverings.

SEE: https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/2018-cair-ok-civil-rights-report/

[MEDIA ADVISORY: Later today, CAIR-OK will hold a media availability to discuss the results of the report.]

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2 – 4 pm.
WHERE: CAIR-OK Office, 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 226, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

The 2018 Civil Rights Report details the work of the CAIR-OK Civil Rights Department throughout 2018, including a breakdown of the complaints reported, trends in civil rights issues, and accomplishments of the Civil Rights Department.

“This report represents the hard work of one of the state’s top civil rights advocacy organizations,” said CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure. “It is of vital importance that we are able to track, document, and analyze the trends in civil rights issues that the Muslim community faces, so that we can determine where our efforts are the most needed.”

Some key findings of the 2018 Civil Rights Report: 

  • While the total number of discrimination complaints was lower than 2017, a higher proportion of calls showed evidence of discrimination or anti-Muslim bias.
  • Hijabs remain the most common triggering factor for a discriminatory incident at 35%.
  • The proportion of complaints related to employment increased from 19% in 2017 to 30% in 2018.
  • The most common issue referred to other legal practitioners is immigration-related cases, consistent with data from previous years.

CAIR Oklahoma has in recent years produced Guides to Islamic Religious Practices, which outline basic Islamic religious practices and suggest best practices for teachers, administrators, and healthcare professionals to use in supporting their Muslim students, clients, patients, and families. The guides are all available free of charge from the Civil Rights Department.

SEE: 

CAIR-OK Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/the-healthcare-providers-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

CAIR-OK Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/an-educators-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

CAIR-OK Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
https://www.cairoklahoma.com/resource/an-empoyers-guide-to-islamic-religious-practices/

CAIR-OK's Civil Rights Report also tracks the activity of the Civil Rights Department in community outreach, youth leadership, and coalition building. It highlights the role of CAIR-OK in a variety of areas and locales, including lobbying at the nation’s capital, speaking engagements in other states, and appearances at many workshops, seminars, and other events.

It also notes that CAIR-OK was named the 2018 CAIR Chapter of the Year and that Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure was listed as one of 100 Women Trailblazers by the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma, joining other prominent women throughout the state’s history such as civil libertarian Angie Debo and civil rights activist Clara Luper.

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-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, vLaizure@cair.com


CAIR Applauds Historic New Maryland Law Authorizing Statewide Commission to Investigate History of Racial Lynchings

(Baltimore, MD, 4/23/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a new law that will create the nation's first statewide truth commission tasked with investigating the history and legacy of racial terror lynchings in Maryland. 

SEE: Maryland Establishes First Statewide Commission on Racial Terror Lynchings

https://eji.org/news/maryland-establishes-first-statewide-commission-on-racial-terror-lynchings

Sponsored by State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, House Bill 307 received bipartisan support and is especially symbolic because it acknowledges that truth and reconciliation are sequential - requiring full knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the truth before there can be meaningful reconciliation.

Read full text: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2019RS/bills/hb/hb0307t.pdf

The historic measure was signed into law at the conclusion of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2019 session last week by Governor Larry Hogan.

In a statement, Dr. Nicholas Creary, an assistant professor of history at Bowie State University who helped draft language for the bill, said partly:

“The Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission offers an opportunity to restore the humanity of both victims and perpetrators of violence. It will also provide a means to stop the silencing of African American communities that was an integral element of racial terror lynchings.”

“This critical fact-finding mission is necessary to understand and properly educate ourselves and each other on the dangerous sentiment that fueled such a hateful and inhumane practice in America,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee in February in support of the bill. “It’s impossible to have conversations about closure, forgiveness and justice until we know the full scope and extent of injustices that occurred.” 

The law authorizes the Office of the Attorney General to issue certain subpoenas; require the appointed Commission to hold public meetings in each county where a racially motivated lynching has been documented, in order to receive and make recommendations; and mandate the Commission to submit an interim and final report to the Governor and the General Assembly on designated dates.

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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062


CAIR-Pittsburgh, Interfaith and Community Leaders to Hold Rally to Protest Islamophobic Fox News Host’s Appearance at St. Barnabas Health System

Group re-issues action alert after four sponsors pull support for event over Pirro appearance

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/19) – On Thursday April 25, the Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, along with a large coalition of interfaith organizations, peace activists and other community leaders, will hold a protest outside the Marriott hotel in Cranberry Township, Pa. where Islamophobic Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is set to speak at a charitable event for the St. Barnabas Health System.

SEE Facebook Event Page: Protest at Jeanine Pirro – St. Barnabas event

https://www.facebook.com/events/308697199808535/

SEE: Jeanine Pirro’s History of Anti-Muslim Attacks 

In March, Pirro attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to wear an Islamic head scarf, calling it “antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.”

WHAT: Rally to Protest Islamophobic Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro’s Appearance at St. Barnabas Health System
WHO:
CAIR-Pittsburgh and a wide coalition of supporting organizations
WHEN:
Thursday, April 25, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Township, PA 16066
CONTACT:
CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania, 412-606-3601, zlasania@cair.com

The peaceful protest will condemn bigotry, Islamophobia, and violent propaganda and protesters are encouraged to bring their own signs.

Last month, CAIR called on St. Barnabas Health System in Pennsylvania to drop Islamophobic Fox News host Jeanine Pirro as a speaker at the April 25 event.

Three days later, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of major sponsors from the event after issuing a call for them to pull out.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Withdrawal of Sponsors for Penn. Event Featuring Islamophobic Fox News Host Jeanine Pirro
https://www.cair.com/cair_welcomes_withdrawal_of_sponsors_for_penn_event_featuring_islamophobic_fox_news_host_jeanine_pirro

According to news reports, four sponsors have pulled their support for the event over Pirro's appearance.

SEE: Protest Planned over Pirro Speech in Cranberry Following Her Remarks About Muslim Congresswoman

The Washington-based civil rights organization is also asking Americans to take part in its click and send action alert calling on the St. Barnabas Health System to drop Pirro as a speaker.

ACTION ALERT: Contact St. Barnabas Health System to Ask That Jeanine Pirro Be Dropped as an Awardee and Speaker at the “Founder’s Day” Celebration
https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/64476/respond

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-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania, 412-606-3601, zlasania@cair.com


CAIR, Partners to Hold 'Unity Rally' at Towson University In Response to Rally by Hate Group

(Baltimore, MD, 4/23/19) - On Wednesday, April 24, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in partnership with the Muslim Students Association and other campus groups at Towson University will hold a ‘Unity Rally’ to affirm the principles of diversity and inclusion at the campus and other institutions of higher learning. 

WHAT: CAIR, Student Organizations to Co-Host Towson Unity Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2:30pm 
WHERE: Towson University, Freedom Square (Parking: 251 University Avenue, Towson, MD 21252) 
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

Last week, the civil rights organization condemned a hate rally that spilled over to the university, and called on campus administrators to take action to address an “increasingly intolerant climate on campus.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Hate Rally at Maryland University, Calls on Campus Officials to Take Action to Foster Inclusive Environment

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_hate_rally_at_maryland_university_calls_on_campus_officials_to_take_action_to_foster_inclusive_environment

SEE: Towson University students protest against targeted hate speech group

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/towson-students-protest-against-targeted-hate-speech/27197240

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-Georgia Reiterates Need for Hate Crime Law After Muslim Uber Driver Assaulted Outside Braves Stadium

(ATLANTA, GA - 4/22/2019) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed the arrest of a Georgia man who cursed and assaulted an American Muslim Uber driver outside the SunTrust Park baseball stadium after an Atlanta Braves game.

On April 2, 2019, an American Muslim Uber driver parked at SunTrust Park after an Atlanta Braves Game. When a man who smelled of alcohol entered his car, the driver informed the man that he was not his Uber driver. Cursing, the man exited the vehicle.

According to a police report and cell phone video of the incident, the man's friend then approached the Uber driver's car, threatened to "f*cking destroy him," opened his car door, spit on him, and punched him. The attacker also twice made an Islamophobic slur, saying, "How many virgins do you get for sucking c***?"

SEEPartial Video of Incident (WARNING - GRAPHIC)

[NOTE: Most profane language used by the attacker has been censored. Media outlets may request an original, uncensored version of the video by emailing info@ga.cair.com]

Cobb County Police officers arrested the man, charging him with simple battery and public drunkenness. He has been released on bond, and he has not yet been formally indicted, according to the court dockets.

SEEPolice Report - SunTrust Park Incident

"We thank the Cobb County Police Department for immediately arresting this man, and we encourage the prosecutor's office to pursue this case further," said Murtaza Khwaja, staff attorney with CAIR-Georgia. 

Khwaja added, "This crime serves as another reminder of why Georgia should recognize, document, and penalize hate crimes. Without a hate crimes law, officers and prosecutors cannot officially document or appropriately punish these incidents for what they are: crimes of hate."

During the 2019 Georgia legislative session, a proposed hate crimes law passed the House, but failed to make it through the Senate.

SEEWhat Didn't Pass in the 2019 Legislative Session

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: Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Executive Director, CAIR Georgia, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com. Murtaza Khwaja, Staff Attorney, 404-432-8847, mkhwaja@cair.com


CAIR-Georgia, Family Attorney Release First Autopsy Report of Muslim Woman Fatally Shot by Police, Demand Officers Submit to Interviews with Prosecutors

(ATLANTA, GA, 4/22/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) and The Awad Law Firm today shared updates regarding the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said, including a preliminary autopsy report, a written description of her final moments, and the family's reaction to learning that some of the involved officers have refused to submit to interviews with prosecutors.

Shukri Ali Said, a 36-year-old Somali-American Muslim woman who suffered from bouts of mental illness, was shot and killed by Johns Creek Police Department officers on April 28, 2018.

According to a medical report produced by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office, Shukri weighed only 127 pounds at the time of the autopsy, and had been shot five different times in the neck, head, and chest.

SEEPreliminary Autopsy Report from Fulton Medical Examiner

On April 18, family members who were with Shukri on the day of the shooting met for the second time with Fulton County prosecutors who are investigating the shooting to determine whether the police officers involved violated any laws or policies. 

During the interview, family members offered detailed information about the events leading up to the shooting, while prosecutors revealed that two of the four officers who were involved in the deadly encounter have retained criminal defense attorneys and refused to submit to interviews with the District Attorney's office. 

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Attorney Ibrahim Awad of The Awad Law Firm said: 

"We thank the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for pledging to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the police shooting of Shukri Ali Said. We also appreciate the District Attorney's efforts to keep the family updated on the progress of the investigation. 

"However, the fact that two of the four officers involved in Shukri Ali Said's death have refused to sit down for interviews with the prosecutor's office is both concerning and telling.  

"If these officers did nothing wrong, they should have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. We call upon these officers to immediately submit to interviews so that prosecutors can collect all of the facts and reach a just decision." 

Last year, CAIR-Georgia and The Awad Law Firm held a community town hall in Johns Creek at which they revealed details about what dash camera footage of Shukri's final moments, according to family members who watched the video with permission from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

SEETown Hall on Police Shooting of Shukri Ali Said

According to what the family witnessed on the dash camera footage, officers first approached Shukri Ali Said as she was walking alone and away from them, not threatening or endangering anyone. The officers shouted commands at Shukri, fired a bean bag, and shot a taser, none of which stopped her from walking away.  

Early in the video, Shukri shouted, "You shot me!" and pointed to her side, an apparent reference to being shot with the bean bag. At some point, she also shouted "God is greater" in Arabic. 

Officers boxed Shukri in with police cars and their own bodies as she continued to walk away from them. At some point, she raised one of her arms in the direction of nearby officers. At least one officer then opened fire with a gun, striking Shukri two or three times in the chest. The family could not see what, if anything, Shukri was holding when she raised her arm toward the officers. 

After being shot, Shukri grabbed her chest, fell to her knees, and planted her face and hands on the ground in the apparent position of prayer to God. She stayed in that position briefly before rising and stumbling off-camera.  

At least one officer followed her out-of-view of the camera. More gunshots are heard, and an officer suddenly jumped backwards, into view of the camera. The shooting ends. 

After the shooting, dash-cam video recorded audio of officers engaged in conversation among themselves. One of the officers was recorded saying that when he first saw Shukri, she was holding her passport and said she wanted to go home. He also said he did not see a knife at that point. One of the officers expressed concern that Shukri would run into a "jogger" if allowed to continue walking along the road.  

During the post-shooting discussion, the officers also speculated about her ethnic identity. One suggested she was from Pakistan. Another identified her as black, at which point one of the officers said in mock surprise, "I didn't know black people lived in Sugar Mills," a reference to the wealthy neighborhood in which Shukri lived. 

Based on the autopsy report, the family believes that Shukri had virtually no chance of survival. 

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-GA Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com; Attorney Ibrahim Awad, 706-9805339, ibrahim@theawadlawfirm.com


CAIR Georgia, Palestinian-American Families Hold 'Positive' Meetings with School, Consider Map Controversy Settled

(ATLANTA, GA - 4/22/19) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today thanked Autrey Mill Middle School for holding "positive and productive" meetings with Palestinian-American families impacted by controversy involving the school's annual Multicultural Night on March 8, 2019.

SEELeaders Share Lessons After Autrey Mill Map Incident

During Multicultural Night both this year and last year, Palestinian students displayed a cultural exhibit that featured a map they were using to depict historic Palestine as it existed from 1922 to 1948, when their grandparents were born. 

When a picture of the map went viral on social media, sparking complaints, the school released a statement of condemnation and pledged to identify those responsible for the exhibit. 

However, in a press conference held days later, CAIR-Georgia revealed that the school had approved the Palestine exhibit, as well as an Israel exhibit in a prior year that featured a map of a larger Israel with borders that encompassed, and omitted any mention of, Palestinian territory. 

SEE: CAIR Georgia Responds To Palestine Map Controversy

Parents of the middle school students who arranged the Palestine exhibit met with school leadership on April 18 to share their perspectives, explain their concerns, and discuss how to move forward in a positive way.

The April 18 meeting was facilitated by CAIR-Georgia, which previously met with the principal, the Fulton County Schools area superintendent, and the school district's legal counsel on March 26th.

According to The Atlanta Jewish Times, Fulton County Schools Chief Academic Officer Clifford Jones said in a statement that after CAIR-Georgia's "productive meeting with school officials, the school considers the matter resolved."

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

"We thank Fulton County Schools for working with us and the impacted families to reach a positive resolution to this situation. Although we disagreed with the way the school officials first handled this matter, we are very satisfied with how they resolved this dispute.

"The school district's leadership has made clear that they understand the importance of protecting free speech, respecting for diverse cultures, not taking sides in political disputes, and treating all students equally in the public school environment.

"We thank the school district for specifically confirming that the Palestinian-American students who celebrated their culture during Multicultural Night with the school's permission will not be disciplined, and that any further racist or Islamophobic bullying of those students will not be tolerated."

"We also support the school's decision to continue Multicultural Night in the future--perhaps with new guidelines based on input from diverse community voices, but with absolutely equal treatment for all students, their cultures, and their countries of origin.

"Finally, this incident should serve as a teachable moment for all of us, especially Americans with strong views about Israel-Palestine. 

"We must learn to disagree about this topic without being disagreeable. We must learn to respect each other's cultural and historical perspectives, even when they conflict with our own. When we do debate, we must do so without asking the government to intervene, take a side, and silence one another.

"Going forward, we hope that this controversy will ultimately lead to a more educated, respectful, and united community, both inside and outside of Autry Mill Middle School."

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-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com


CAIR: 127 National and State Organizations Urge Nation's Political Parties to Repeal the Muslim Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/22/19) - Today a coalition of 127 national and state African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, issued a joint letter to all national political parties requesting that they include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

The joint statement is in advance of the 2020 national party conventions held by the Democratic, Republican, Green, and Libertarian Parties. During these conventions each political party updates their party platform, which embodies the principles and strategic goals of the party for the next four years.

READ: Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

www.tinyurl.com/2020PlatformLetter   

In the joint letter, the coalition said:

"We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

“Our country aspires to be a place where people can worship freely, exchange and explore new ideas, start businesses, and remain safe and secure with their families – to be a beacon of hope to those “yearning to breathe free,” as inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. The Muslim Ban and cuts to refugee admissions contravene these ideals. They have torn mothers from their children, kept people from lifesaving medical treatments, deprived Americans of access to scholarship and voices we have the right to hear, and denied a safe harbor to refugees fleeing global conflicts – including those in which our nation is an active combatant.

“The 2020 election provides every political party with a renewed opportunity to publicly assess whether its message and platform are aligned with our nation’s guiding values. We call on you to affirm our fundamental principles of religious freedom and an open society by committing to repeal the Muslim Ban and reverse the record-low cap on refugee admissions in your 2020 party platforms. We are not seeking a nominal increase in refugee caps, or a substitute for the Muslim Ban in the form of comparable vetting programs that rely on religious or ethnic profiling. Rather, in committing to rescind these policies, we ask for a strong statement that the United States welcomes people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and creeds.

“Several resolutions and bills have already been introduced in Congress to overturn the Muslim Ban and address gaps in our nation’s legal framework that permitted its authorization. Though these proposals have substantial support, they are unlikely to become law in short order.

“That is why we are collectively calling on our nation’s political parties to elevate these critical issues in their 2020 party platforms. The next political convention cycle presents our nation with the best opportunity to move forward in repealing the Muslim Ban and cap on refugees. Please make repealing the Muslim Ban and increasing the refugee cap a central element of your party’s 2020 platform."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com.

* Letter co-signers include the following national and state groups:

National Organizations

Action Center on Race and the Economy

African Communities Together

Alianza Americas

American

Arab Forum

American Friends Service Committee

American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

CODEPINK

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Defending Rights & Dissent

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Embodied Solidarity

Emgage Action

Food Empowerment Project

Foreign Policy for America

Franciscan Action Network

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor - U.S.

Freedom for Immigrants

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Hip Hop Caucus

ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ)

Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

International Center for Rights and Justice

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Islamophobia Studies Center

J Street

Jetpac

Jewish Voice for Peace

Just Foreign Policy

Justice For All

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, Order of St. Francis

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice

MoveOn

MPower Action

Muslim Advocates

Muslim American Society-PACE

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

NAACP

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

National Council of Jewish Women

National Immigration Law Center

National Iranian American Council

National Network for Arab American Communities

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Oil Change U.S.A.

Only Through US

Our Three Winners Foundation (OTWF)

Peace Action

Poligon Education Fund

Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

Secular Franciscan Order - USA

Secure Justice

Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities

Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God

Southern Poverty Law Center

STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities

The Revolutionary Love Project

The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society

The Yemen Peace Project

T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Truman National Security Project

United We Dream Action

Veterans For Peace

Voices for Progress

Wheaton Franciscans, General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

Win Without War

Yemeni Alliance Committee 

Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA)

 

State Organizations

Adhikaar, New York

Amal Law Group, LLC, Illinois

Baltimore Palestine Solidarity, Maryland

CAIR-Austin, Texas

CAIR-California, California

CAIR-Cincinnati, Ohio

CAIR-Florida, Florida

CAIR-Georgia, Georgia

CAIR-Houston, Texas

CAIR-Massachusetts, Massachusetts

CAIR-New Jersey, New Jersey

CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter, Ohio

CAIR-Oregon, Oregon

CAIR-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

California Sanctuary Campaign, California

Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles

Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), California

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB), California

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, California

Equality California, California

Faith in Texas, Texas

Family Action Network Movement, Florida

Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Ohio

Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, New York

Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, New York

Law Office of Aliya Karmali, California

Minnesotans Against Islamophobia, Minnesota

Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Indiana

Muslim Foundation inv, New Jersey

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA), New Jersey

New York Muslim United for Civic Engagement, New York

NJMVP, New Jersey

Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, California

Old First Church, Middletown, New Jersey

Pangea Legal Services, California

Pars Equality Center, California

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, California

People Acting in Community Together (PACT), California

Puentes - Immigrant Legal and Community Resources, California

San Francisco Peninsula People Power, California

SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network), California

Sisters of Saint Francis JPIC Commissioners, Colorado

Sisters of St Francis Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission, Colorado

Sisters of St. Francis Justice Peace & Integrity for Creation Committee O'Donnell, OSF, Pennsylvania

Southeast Queens Muslim Collective Inc., New York

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, New York

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Tennessee

The Interfaith Center of New York, New York

The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, New Jersey

The Sacramento Family Unity Education Legal Network, California

Tri-State Franciscan Solidarity Table, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky

Unite Oregon, Oregon

United Muslims of America, California

WE RISE SF/ Labor Center for Immigrant Justice, California

Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia, New York


CAIR-MI to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of Muslim Employees of LG Electronics

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/22/19) – On Tuesday, April 23, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference to announce the filing of Employment Discrimination Complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of several Muslim employees of LG Electronics USA.

Some of the employees will be present at the news conference.

CAIR-MI has reported a significant increase in employment discrimination complaints in the first quarter of 2019

SEE: CAIR-MI Reports Dramatic Increase in Muslim Civil Rights Complaints in First Quarter of 2019

https://cairmichigan.org/cair-mi-reports-dramatic-increase-in-muslim-civil-rights-complaints-in-first-quarter-of-2019/

WHAT: News Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges against LG Electronics USA
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR-MI office, 30201 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 260, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
WHO: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure; and  Clients 
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure (586) 943-8823

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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure (586) 943-8823


CAIR Condemns Attacks on Christian Worshippers and Others in Sri Lanka as ‘Outrageous, Despicable’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/21/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a series of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that reportedly left more than 200 dead and more than 450 injured.

SEE: Sri Lanka bombings: 207 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

"Today’s savage attacks on Christian worshippers celebrating Easter Sunday and others in Sri Lanka are outrageous and despicable. May God heal those injured, comfort the loved ones of those killed, and bring those responsible for this crime to justice. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens of all faiths in condemning such acts of violence wherever they take place and whomever they target. Today, we join people around the world in saying, Pray for Sri Lanka.”

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 Strategic Communications Manager Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com