CAIR-Sacramento, Attorneys, Hamid Hayat Welcome Government’s Dismissal of All Charges

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/14/20) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), Hamid Hayat and Hayat’s legal counsel today welcomed the exoneration of Hayat, a Lodi resident convicted in 2006 and wrongfully imprisoned for more than 13 years on terrorism-related charges. Hayat had faced a potential retrial by the government and today the […]

CAIR-NY & HNY Ferry Reach Settlement on Behalf of Three Muslim Families

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 02/14/2020) — The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and HNY Ferry, LLC (HNY Ferry) today announced that they have reached a settlement to resolve NYC Commission on Human Rights charges filed on behalf of three Muslim families.   In their charges, the Muslim families alleged discriminatory treatment while attempting to […]

CAIR Co-Hosts Maryland Muslim Lobby Day Attended by Some 200 Participants

(Baltimore, Md., 2/14/20) – Earlier this week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations co-hosted ‘2020 Maryland Muslim Lobby Day’ in Annapolis along with the United Maryland Muslim Council and the Prince George’s County Muslim Council. The event was attended by some 200 Muslims representing 11 counties across the state.  SEE: ‘We want our voices heard’: Muslims in Maryland […]

CAIR Rep Delivers Letters of Thanks to The Gambia for ICJ Legal Defense of Rohingya Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/13/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that a representative of its Minnesota chapter delivered letters of thanks and appreciation to the Republic of The Gambia for that nation’s successful legal defense of the rights of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, or World Court. SEE: ‘World court […]

CAIR Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in South Carolina Mosque Vandalism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/13/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest of a suspect who allegedly vandalized a South Carolina mosque. Hailey Riddle, 18, was charged with malicious injury to a place of worship. Her bond hearing is set for today. SEE: C of C […]

CAIR-LA Decries Racist Chants at High School Basketball Game

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 2/13/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today decried the racist chants fans yelled during a high school basketball game between St. Joseph and Righetti high schools in Santa Maria. According to the New York Post, supporters from visiting Righetti High, which lost 74-57, […]

CAIR-Oregon Calls for Police Accountability After Rogue Arrest of African-American Portland Man

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 2/13/20) — The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called for police accountability reforms in the wake of West Linn and Portland Police Bureau officers reportedly being caught unjustly targeting an African-American Portland man as a favor to the West Linn Chief’s fishing buddy. CAIR-Oregon also called for the […]

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Racist Vandalism Found on Coach’s Vehicle in Colfax

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 02/12/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned racist vandalism found on a visiting coach's vehicle that was parked at Colfax High School. Bear River High School coach Ralph Lewis reportedly returned to his car after a game against Colfax High School, which Bear River won, to find the "n-word" scrawled on the window. READ: Racist Word Written On Visiting Basketball Coach Ralph Lewis’ Car At Colfax High School (CBS 13) Colfax High Principal Paul Lundberg said in an email sent to parents Friday night, “The coach happens to be African-American and a long-time contributor in our community working with youth for many years.” In a statement, CAIR-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) Executive Director Basim Elkarra said: “We condemn this racist vandalism. It is disturbing that Bear River coach Ralph Lewis was subjected to this act of hatred after a high school basketball game and during Black History Month, a time devoted to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans. It underscores how far we have to go to combat bigotry, along with the importance of making ethnic studies a requirement for high school graduation and the need to uplift marginalized voices. As a community, we must call out and stand up to racism and bigotry in all forms." Elkarra urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR-SV/CC’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report online. CAIR-SV is an office of CAIR, 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. – END – CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or kkipling@cair.com

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 02/12/2020) – The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today condemned racist vandalism found on a visiting coach’s vehicle that was parked at Colfax High School. Bear River High School coach Ralph Lewis reportedly returned to his car after a game against Colfax High School, which Bear River won, to […]

CAIR-Colorado Condemns Harassment of Woman for Speaking Spanish

CAIR-Colorado Condemns Harassment of Woman for Speaking Spanish

(DENVER, CO, 2/12/20) – The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an incident in which a man verbally harassed a woman for speaking Spanish. The argument occurred at an Elks Lodge in Monte Vista, Colo., when the woman asked […]