CAIR Joins Call to Ban Sale of Confederate Flags at Ohio Fair

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/17/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a call by local community activists to ban the sale of Confederate flags at the Lorain County Fair opening next week in Wellington, Ohio.

A call for a boycott of the fair has been issued by the county’s most decorated veteran. Fair officials say the vendor who has traditionally sold Confederate flags will take part in the fair again this year and it is "very possible" that the flags will be sold. A protest will be held at the fair on Aug. 20.

SEE: Once Again Confederate Flags Will Definitely Be on Sale at the Lorain County Fair

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2019/08/15/once-again-confederate-flags-will-definitely-be-on-sale-at-the-lorain-county-fair

Confederate flag still has no business at Lorain County Fair

https://www.morningjournal.com/opinion/confederate-flag-still-has-no-business-at-lorain-county-fair/article_938edc4a-c029-11e9-b946-1727232261e5.html

Veteran says to 'stay away' from Lorain County Fair

https://www.morningjournal.com/news/lorain-county/veteran-says-to-stay-away-from-lorain-county-fair/article_3c322a30-bed8-11e9-93bb-93b329ee50d6.html

Confederate flag causes controversy ahead of Lorain County Fair

https://fox8.com/2019/08/14/confederate-flag-causes-controversy-ahead-of-lorain-county-fair/  

"Those who wish to traffic in racist symbols that only serve to marginalize their fellow Americans should not be permitted to do so in a public facility at a community celebration. Instead they should seriously consider putting their time and talents toward positive pursuits that make their community stronger and more inclusive,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub.

“Symbols glorifying and honoring white supremacy, slavery and treason should be repudiated by all Americans, not put on display at mainstream venues,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Those who reject white supremacy and racism can best demonstrate that rejection by avoiding any enterprise that seeks to profit from hate.”

Hooper noted that the Ohio State Fair Board banned the sale of Confederate flags in 2015.

SEE: State fair bans Confederate flag sales

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/state-fair-bans-confederate-flag-sales/snH1pLzK9ifh6YxwZrZr5I/   

Last week, CAIR renewed its call for local governments throughout the nation to remove all Confederate symbols from public spaces. That renewed call to action came on the second anniversary of the deadly 2017 terrorist attack targeting anti-racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in the murder of Heather Heyer and amid growing white supremacist terrorism and racist, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant violence and rhetoric nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack

https://www.cair.com/cair_renews_call_to_remove_confederate_symbols_nationwide_on_2nd_anniversary_of_charlottesville_white_supremacist_terror_attack

TAKE ACTION - CONTACT STATE OFFICIALS

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67853/respond

Following the 2017 Charlottesville attack, CAIR offered a template resolution to be introduced by public bodies such as state legislatures, city councils and school districts calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

SEE: CAIR Says Removal of Confederate Memorials Nationwide a ‘Fitting Response’ to Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally

https://www.cair.com/cair_says_removal_of_confederate_memorials_nationwide_a_fitting_response_to_terror_attack_on_va_anti_racist_rally

CAIR Backs Call to Remove Confederate General’s Statue in D.C.

https://www.cair.com/cair_backs_call_to_remove_confederate_general_s_statue_in_d_c

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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 and his promotion of racist, Islamophobic, white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and xenophobic rhetoric and policies.

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-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, kdabdoub@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR Demands Trump Withdraw Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi Who Argues for ‘Ethnonationalism,’ Promotes Islamophobic Hoax

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/16/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Trump to withdraw the nomination of Steven Menashi to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit following reports that he argued in a law-review article that “ethnonationalism remains a common and accepted feature of liberal democracy that is consistent with current state practice and international law.”

Last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that in his 2010 law-review article titled “Ethnonationalism and Liberal Democracy,” Menashi put forward the racist idea that “Self-government requires a political partnership in which individuals are willing and able to regard one another as equal members of the policies community. . .democratic self-government depends on national fellow-feeling: the capacity of citizens to identify with each other. . .Ethnic ties provide the groundwork for social trust and political solidarity.”

Video: Trump Judicial Nominee Steven Menashi Argues for Racial Purity, Promotes Islamophobic Hoax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLir72vJjo&t=148s     

Menashi promoted the racist argument that, “Ethnically heterogeneous societies exhibit less political and civic engagement, less effective governing institutions, and few public goods.” 

Maddow reported that Manashi also repeated the Islamophobic online myth, favored by President Trump, about U.S. Gen. John Pershing executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with bullets dipped in “pigs’ blood.”

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s ‘Pig’s Blood’ Remarks Endanger U.S. Muslims

https://www.cair.com/cair_says_trump_s_pig_s_blood_remarks_endanger_u_s_muslims 

“While our nation confronts the growing threat of white supremacy and white nationalism, it is unconscionable that President Trump would advance a racist Islamophobe like Menashi to a lifetime judicial position,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw. “American democracy is founded on the principle that our rich national diversity is to be celebrated and that we as a people are united by our shared experiences and principles, not by our race or ethnicity.”

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

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Racist ‘Go Back’ Where ‘They Came’ From Tweets Targeting Congresswomen

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_trump_s_racist_go_back_where_they_came_from_tweets_targeting_congresswomen    

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Rally for Kashmir Outside Indian Embassy in DC


CAIR-LA and Jewish Voice for Peace, LA Support Ethics Complaint Filed After Reps. Gil Cisneros, Jimmy Gomez, Mike Levin and Other Legislators Join Islamophobic Lobby Group's Free Trip to Israel

(LOS ANGELES, CA 8/15/2019) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and the Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) today expressed support for a federal ethics complaint filed after California Reps. Gil Cisneros, Jimmy Gomez, Mike Levin, Harley Rouda and other members of Congress joined an all-expense-paid trip to Israel sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an anti-Palestinian lobbyist group that has funded Islamophobic causes.

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“Reps. Cisneros, Gomez, Levin and Rouda serve a geographic area encompassing approximately 500,000 American Muslims. It is highly disturbing our elected representatives would take a trip abroad sponsored by a lobby group that supports anti-Muslim bigotry here at home and unjust wars overseas.

“We call on these representatives to apologize to their constituents, cut ties with AIPAC and refrain from partaking in unethical trips like this again. We commend the many other members of Congress, especially the local representatives who refused to partake in this trip. So should every other member of Congress.”

In a statement, Estee Chandler, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of JVP, said:

“AIPAC has a long history of propagating Islamophobia, promoting far-right policies and working to spread the Israeli government’s racism, bigotry and oppression of the Palestinian people here in America. This is the last group that members of the United States House of Representatives should be taking sponsored trips abroad from. We stand in solidarity with CAIR-LA in calling for Congress, especially our representatives, to apologize and pledge to stop participating in these trips.”

Federal law prohibits lobbyists from providing "gifts of travel" to lawmakers, but a loophole has permitted AIPAC to create a non-profit offshoot, the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), which funds annual congressional trips to Israel with money provided by AIPAC supporters.

Earlier this week, the anti-war group CODEPINK filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics over the practice.

SEE: Activist Group Files Ethics Complaint Against AIPAC Over Congressional Trips To Israel

During the trips, AIPAC's nonprofit arm reportedly whitewashes the impact of the Israeli government's racist and segregationist military occupation of the Palestinian people and lands. The group also arranges for members of Congress to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an unrepentant anti-Arab racist.

Forty-one House Democrats led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ultimately attended the most recent trip, while least 30 House Democrats declined to do so for various stated reasons. A Republican delegation led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also participated in the trip. 

CAIR-LA is Southern California’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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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com


CAIR ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Stop Taking AIPAC Propaganda Trips to Israel, Occupied West Bank

Is your member of Congress one of the 72 lawmakers taking part this August in the anti-Palestinian lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) 2019 propaganda tour of Israel, including the occupied West Bank?  

Find out below by checking who are the 42 Democratic and 31 Republican lawmakers that are touring Israel with
AIPAC – and then act with CAIR's click-and-send action alert that tells Congress to:
 
Please stop empowering
AIPAC, an agenda-driven group that has for decades enabled the Israeli government’s segregationist policies, resulting in the denial of human rights for Christian and Muslim Palestinians. AIPAC actively undermines Palestinian rights and is not considered a reliable source on the status of Israel and Palestine. . . Americans should expect better from their members of Congress when it comes to human rights and not worry about them attending all-expense paid trips that whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses.”

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION:

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67903/respond

AIPAC is an anti-Palestinian lobby group that has funded Islamophobic causes. The trip is organized for new members of Congress by the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of AIPAC. It is unlikely during their AIPAC-sponsored trip members of Congress will learn much about Israel violating international law, as trip tour guides gloss over:

  • Israel’s newly-approved plans to construct 6,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank
  • Israeli forces demolishing 10 Palestinian apartment buildings near Jerusalem because they were too close to the #ApartheidWall
  • an independent United Nations report earlier this year finding “reasonable grounds” that Israel violated international humanitarian law with Israeli forces having “no justification” for using live rounds during last year’s protests along Gaza’s border fence that led to the shooting deaths of more than 180 Palestinians.

According to the Times of Israel, here is the full list of the 72 Democratic and Republican House members visiting Israel with AIPAC.

According to the Times of Israel, copied below is the full list of the 72 Democratic and Republican House members visiting Israel with AIPAC.


SEE: Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: August 12, 2019

Democratic Members of Congress:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD)
Caucus Chair
Hakeem Jeffries (NY)
Rep. Colin
Allred (TX)
Rep. Ed Case (HI)
Rep. Sean
Casten (IL)
Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA)
Rep.
Sharice Davids (KS)
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA)
Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY)
Rep. Ted
Deutch (FL)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX)
Rep. John
Garamendi (CA)
Rep. Jared Golden (ME)
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA)
Rep.
Vincente Gonzalez (TX)
Rep.
Jahana Hayes (CT)
Rep. Kendra Horn (OK)
Rep. Steven
Horsford (NV)
Rep.
Chrissy Houlahan (PA)
Rep. Andy Kim (NJ)
Reps. Ron Kind (WI)
Rep. Mike Levin (CA)
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ)
Rep. Ben McAdams (UT)
Rep. Lucy
McBath (GA)
Rep. Joseph
Morelle (NY)
Rep. Joe
Neguse (CO)
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX)
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH)
Rep. Jamie
Raskin (MD)
Rep. Max Rose (NY)
Rep. Harley
Rouda (CA)
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL)
Rep. Kim
Schrier (WA)
Rep. Donna
Shalala (FL)
Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ)
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI)
Rep.
Xochitl Torres-Small (NM)
Rep. Lori
Trahan (MA)
Rep. David
Trone (MD)
Rep. Susan Wild (PA)

Republican Members of Congress:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA)
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND)
Rep. Troy
Balderson (OH)
Rep. Jim Baird (IN)
Rep. Michael Cloud (TX)
Rep. Ben Cline (VA)
Rep. John Curtis (UT)
Rep. Ron Estes (KS)
Rep. Clay Higgins (LA)
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH)
Rep. Lance
Gooden (TX)
Rep. Mark Green (TN)
Rep. Debbie
Lesko (AZ)
Rep. Dan
Meuser (PA)
Rep. Carol Miller (WV)
Rep. Alex Mooney (WV)
Rep. Ralph Norman (SC)
Rep. Greg Pence (IN)
Rep. Guy
Reschenthaler (PA)
Rep. Denver
Riggleman (VA)
Rep. John Rose (TN)
Rep. Chip Roy (TX)
Rep. Ross
Spano (FL)
Rep. Pete
Stauber (MN)
Rep. Elise
Stefanik (NY)
Rep. Bryan
Steil (WI)
Rep. Van Taylor (TX)
Rep. William
Timmons (SC)
Rep. Michael Waltz (FL)
Rep. Steve Watkins (KS)
Rep. Ron Wright (TX)

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: For general inquiries, email info@cair.com or call 202-488-8787


CAIR Condemns Trump’s Support for Israel’s Denial of Entry to U.S. Congresswomen, Urges Americans to Contact Elected Officials and Express Concerns

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s support for the Israeli government’s denial of entry to two U.S. Muslim Congresswomen, preventing one from seeing her grandmother and both from acting as firsthand congressional observers of Israel’s anti-Palestinian segregationist policies and visiting one of the holiest sites in Islam.

CAIR is urging all Americans who oppose the Israeli government’s discrimination to contact U.S. House Democratic leadership – and House Democratic Representatives who traveled this past week to Israel on a trip sponsored by the anti-Palestinian lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – to express concern that the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid would deny entry to members of our own government and their party.

The Israeli government claims it will deny entry to Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) due to “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS.” [NOTE: BDS refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in support of Palestinian human rights.]

That announcement came after President Trump said Israel would be showing “great weakness” if it allowed the two members of Congress to enter Israel.

SEE: Israel bars Democrats Tlaib and Omar from visiting after Trump claims ‘they hate Israel’
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/15/israel-bars-democrats-tlaib-and-omar-from-visiting-after-trump-tweets-claims-they-hate-israel.html

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a statement today said:

“It’s outrageous but not surprising that the Israeli government would decide to block U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country to act as firsthand congressional observers of Israel’s anti-Palestinian segregationist policiessee loved ones and to visit al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

“Israel is exposed once again trying to silence voices who have spoken out against its segregationist political system, the occupation of the West Bank, the siege on Gaza, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the detention without charge or trial of Palestinian men, women and children, or the many other Israeli human rights abuses subsidized by American taxpayer dollars.

“What is most surprising is that an American president would call on a foreign government to discriminate against and bar elected members of Congress. 

“Elected officials of all political parties must make a choice between supporting a foreign segregationist government occupying another people or backing two American Congresswomen of color who are being targeted by a racist, Islamophobic and white supremacist president.”

CAIR is urging all Americans to contact House Democratic leadership and members of Congress who visited Israel recently, listed below, on a trip sponsored by AIPAC and ask them to justify traveling to a state that their colleagues cannot enter. Concerned Americans are encouraged to follow CAIR’s script when communicating with Congressmembers.

CALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOW:

“I’m calling on Representative _______, who recently traveled to Israel on a trip sponsored by anti-Palestinian lobby group AIPAC, to do the right thing by publicly calling on the Israeli government to NOT block Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country.

Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar should not be barred from entering Israel and traveling to Palestinian territories for the purposes of acting as firsthand congressional observers of Israel’s discriminatory and segregationist policiesseeing loved ones and visiting al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

House Democrats must make a choice between supporting a foreign segregationist government occupying another people or backing two American Congresswomen of color. Thank you.”

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) - (202) 225-4965

List of Democrats Who Visited Israel:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) – 202-225-4131
Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY) – 202-225-5936
Rep. Colin Allred (TX) – 202-225-2231
Rep. Ed Case (HI) – 202-225-2726
Rep. Sean Casten (IL) – 202-225-4561
Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA) – 202-225-4111
Rep. Sharice Davids (KS) – 202-225-2865
Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA) – 202-225-4731
Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY) – 202-225-5614
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL) – 202-225-3001
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX) – 202-225-1688
Rep. John Garamendi (CA) – 202-225-1880
Rep. Jared Golden (ME) – 202-225-2943
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA) – 202-225-6235
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX) – 202-225-2531
Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT) – 202-225-4476
Rep. Kendra Horn (OK) – 202-225-2132
Rep. Steven Horsford (NV) – 202-225-9894
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA) – 202-225-4315
Rep. Andy Kim (NJ) – 202-225-4765
Reps. Ron Kind (WI) – 202-225-5506
Rep. Mike Levin (CA) – 202-225-3906
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ) – 202-225-5361
Rep. Ben McAdams (UT) – 202-225-3011
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA) – 202-225-4501
Rep. Joseph Morelle (NY) – 202-225-3615
Rep. Joe Neguse (CO) – 202-225-2161
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX) – 202-225-2571
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH) – 202-225-5456
Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD) – 202-225-5341
Rep. Max Rose (NY) – 202-225-3371
Rep. Harley Rouda (CA) – 202-225-2415
Rep. Brad Schneider (IL) – 202-225-4835
Rep. Kim Schrier (WA) – 202-225-7761
Rep. Donna Shalala (FL) – 202-225-3931
Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ) – 202-225-9888
Rep. Haley Stevens (MI) – 202-225-8171
Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (NM) – 202-225-2365
Rep. Lori Trahan (MA) – 202-225-3411
Rep. David Trone (MD) – 202-225-2721
Rep. Susan Wild (PA) – 202-225-6411

Earlier today, CAIR issued an action alert urging Members of Congress to stop taking AIPAC-sponsored trips to Israel that whitewash that country’s human rights abuses.

SEE: CAIR ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Stop Taking AIPAC Propaganda Trips to Israel, Occupied West Bank
https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67903/respond

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 Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


Georgia Civil Rights Groups Support Federal Ethics Complaint Filed After Rep. Lucy McBath, Others Take AIPAC'S Free Trip To Israel

(ATLANTA, GA - 8/15/2019) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), Jewish Voice for Peace Atlanta, and Project South today expressed support for a federal ethics complaint filed with Congress after Rep. Lucy McBath and other legislators joined an all-expense-paid trip to Israel sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a lobbyist group that funds Islamophobic causes and lobbies Congress to support rightwing Israeli policies.

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

"We expect Representative McBath and other members of Congress to visit their districts and serve their constituents, not to take free trips abroad sponsored by a lobby group that supports anti-Muslim bigotry here at home and unjust wars overseas. 

"As a friend of the Georgia Muslim community and an advocate for justice, Rep. McBath should make amends with her constituents, cut ties with AIPAC, and pledge to never participate in unethical trips like this again. So should every other member of Congress."

Federal law prohibits lobbyists from providing "gifts of travel" to lawmakers, but a loophole has permitted AIPAC to create a non-profit offshoot, the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), which funds annual congressional trips to Israel with money provided by AIPAC supporters. 

Earlier this week, the anti-war group CodePink filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics over the practice.

SEE: Activist Group Files Ethics Complaint Against AIPAC Over Congressional Trips To Israel

During the trips, AIPAC's nonprofit arm reportedly whitewashes the impact of the Israeli government's racist and segregationist military occupation of the Palestinian people. The group also arranges for members of Congress to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an unrepentant anti-Arab racist.

“Now that Representative McBath has traveled to Israel and experienced the massive Israeli propaganda machine, it is only right that she meet with us, her constituents, to discuss the human rights violations that Israel commits against Palestinians using U.S. tax-payer money," said Connie Sosnoff, a 6th District resident and member of Jewish Voice for Peace - Atlanta.

"We ask Representative McBath to consider how these trips are part of a larger strategy that promotes racism, Islamophobia, and oppressive conditions from the West Bank to Southwest Atlanta," said Emery Wright, Co-Director of Project South. "We are certain that AIPAC has whitewashed these connections and realities of oppression. We call on Representative McBath to stand with the Palestinians struggle on the principle that a ‘threat to justice anywhere in a threat to justice everywhere.’"

On June 28th, JVP-Atlanta, CAIR-Georgia, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, Project South, Masjid Jafar of Johns Creek, and numerous 6th District residents sent a letter to Rep. McBath that asked her not to attend the trip. 

The letter cited the lobby group's attempts to bias members of Congress to support the Israeli government’s racism, bigotry, and oppression of the Palestinian people, as well as AIPAC's own history of supporting Islamophobia, advancing far-right policies, and targeting elected officials who speak up for a peaceful U.S. foreign policy.

SEE: Letter To Rep. McBath Asking Her Not To Join Free AIPAC Trip

41 House Democrats led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ultimately attended the trip, while least 30 House Democrats declined to do so for various stated reasons. A Republican delegation led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also participated in the trip. 

According to reports today, the Israeli government is considering banning Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress, from entering the country.

SEENetanyahu Considers Blocking Reps. Tlaib and Omar

 CONTACTS: 

  • CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell;  404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com 
  • JVP-Atlanta: Connie Sosnoff, 404-630-9484 consos35@gmail.com; 
  • Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project Southazadeh@projectsouth.org, 404-622-0602

CAIR-NY Litigation Director To Speak at APPAC Annual Youth Conference

CAIR-NY Encourages Youth Registration

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/15/19) - On Saturday, August 17, the litigation director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will speak at the APPAC 2019 Annual Youth Conference at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. 

The Youth Conference is hosted and organized by the American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee (APPAC). The event is free, but participants must register. Registration is still open. 

Register Here: APPAC Youth Conference 

WHAT: APPAC 2019 Annual Youth Conference

WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: D’Angelo Center, St. John’s University; Gate 6, 81-98 170th St. Jamaica, NY 11439

CAIR-NY’s Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed will speak in the 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. forum about fighting the hate. Other speakers at the conference include: NYS Senator John Brooks, Emgage Rep. Ahsia Badi, and NYC Deputy Public Advocate Kashif Hussain.  

CAIR-NY encourages all interested youth to register for the conference before registration closes. 

New Yorkers experiencing discrimination are encouraged to file an incident report online at www.cair-ny.org/incident-report or by calling 646-665-7599.  

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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#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 1997, CAIR Launches Campaign Against Nike Shoe with Logo Resembling Arabic Word for God: Allah

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released the latest “CAIR Snapshots” video highlighting a quarter century of “defending, educating and empowering the American Muslim community.” #CAIRSnapshots

Today’s snapshot features how in 1997, CAIR launches a four-month campaign that prompts NIKE to apologize to Muslims worldwide and recall shoes with a logo resembling the Arabic word for God: Allah.

Along with the apology and the recall, NIKE agrees to undergo sensitivity training, consult with Muslim representatives and construct playgrounds at several Islamic centers nationwide.

#CAIRSnapshots Video: In 1997, CAIR Launches Campaign Against Nike Shoe with Logo Resembling Arabic Word for God: Allah

https://youtu.be/xZ_Rswu_Xe0
FOR BACKGROUND, SEE: Nike Inc. Will Recall Shoes Carrying a Logo That Offended Muslims

https://www.apnews.com/0b2daa54895540e366c70e5e6dccdf50

The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C., on November 9.

SEE: CAIR’S 25th Annual Gala

https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

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-NY, Allies, Clients to Hold Press Conference Announcing NYPD Misconduct Complaints and Call for Accountability and Transparency

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/14/19) – On Thursday, August 15, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), along with civil rights activists and community partners, will hold a press conference outside of NYPD Headquarters at 1 Police Plaza to announce two bias policing and a police excessive use of force complaints with the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).  

CAIR-NY and allies will be calling for police accountability and transparency. 

WHAT: Press Conference Announcing NYPD Misconduct Complaints and Call for Accountability and Transparency

WHERE: NYPD Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza 
WHEN: Thursday, August 15, 10am 
WHO: CAIR-NY; Allies; and Complainants Abrar Chowdhury (and his family) and Rayhanah Alhanafi.

CONTACT:  CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, ahmedmohamed@cair.com; 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, anasher@cair.com; 917-669-4006

The complainants comprise of the following: 

Abrar Chowdhury: Abrar is a 16-year-old Muslim teenager of Bengali descent.  Abrar was attacked by a 35-40-year-old Hispanic male and other teenagers. Abrar suffered serious bodily harm requiring surgery and a 3-day hospital stay. Abrar had 4 titanium plates inserted in his face. The NYPD did not notify the family of the case closure and stopped communicating with the family after Abrar failed the photo lineup. The family contacted NYPD with case leads but has received no response. 

SEE: Photos of Abrar’s Injuries at https://www.cair-ny.org/abrar-photos-of-injury

Rayhanah Alhanafi: Rayhanah is an African American Muslim woman. Rayhanah was pulled over for a traffic violation.  NYPD Officers sought to arrest and search her. Rayhanah did not protest the arrest but informed the Officers that she was Muslim and requested a female officer to pat and search her in accordance with her religious beliefs.  Rayhanah was surrounded by 4 male officers.  Once Rayhanah took a step backwards, the male officers grabbed and threw her to the ground. One officer placed his knees on her upper back/neck and his hands around her throat.  During the assault, Rayhanah pleaded with officer to “stop,” “that hurts,” and “I can’t brethe.”  Officers only relented once bystanders started filming and yelling for them to stop.  Thereafter, she was denied medical treatment.  Rayhanah suffered a hairline fracture in her neck.  Rayhanah was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. 

Fatoumata Camara: A black Muslim woman that was victim of a hate crime of May 10, 2019. NYPD allegedly failed to investigate and prematurely closed the case. Camara investigated her own hate crime and NYPD was forced to re-open the investigation on June 7, 2019.  However, NYPD has made no arrests since. 

SEE: Muslim Woman Investigated Her Own Hate Crime After NYPD Dismissed Her Case

Video: CAIR-NY Represents Muslim Woman Beaten by Group of Teens Hurling Religious, Racial Insults
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QTlNwXMyFA

 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.

Individuals in New York are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

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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