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CAIR Joins Leadership Conference, 400+ Groups in Letter to Congress Urging Congressional Action on Police Violence

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/2/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights along with 400 other civil rights organizations in a letter calling on congressional leadership to swiftly rectify the legacy of white supremacy and anti-black racism that has led to police violence against Black people across our country.


The letter states in part: “Now is the time for Congress to pass meaningful police reform legislation. While we appreciate hearings and resolutions, we need comprehensive measures to happen. We need Congress to truly step up to the plate and protect Black communities from the systemic perils of over policing, police brutality, misconduct, and harassment, and end the impunity in which officers operate in taking the lives of Black people. It is your moral and ethical duty to ensure Black people and communities are free from the harm and threats from law enforcement and to curtail state sanctioned police violence and militarized police responses.

The federal reforms addressed in the letter include:

  • Require a federal standard that use of force be reserved for only when necessary as a last resort after exhausting reasonable options, and incentivize states to implement this standard; require the use of de-escalation techniques, and the duty to intervene; ban the use of force as a punitive measure or means of retaliation against individuals who only verbally confront officers, or against individuals who pose a danger only to themselves; and require all officers to accurately report all uses of force;
  • Prohibit all maneuvers that restrict the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain, including neck holds, chokeholds, and similar excessive force, deeming the use of such force a federal civil rights violation;
  • Prohibit racial profiling with robust data collection on police-community encounters and law enforcement activities. Data should capture all demographic categories and be disaggregated;
  • Eliminate federal programs that provide military equipment to law enforcement;
  • Prohibit the use of no-knock warrants, especially for drug searches;
  • Change the 18 U.S.C. Sec. 242 mens rea requirement from willfulness to recklessness, permitting prosecutors to successfully hold law enforcement accountable for the deprivation of civil rights and civil liberties;
  • Develop a national public database that would cover all police agencies in the United States and its territories; and,
  • End the qualified immunity doctrine that prevents police from being held legally accountable when they break the law.

The letter is signed by CAIR, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and following groups:


A Better Balance



African American Health Alliance

African American Policy Forum

Agudas Achim Congregation

Alabama Institute for Social Justice

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

All Our Kin

All Voting is Local, Georgia

Alliance of Baptists

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Alternate Roots

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Atheists

American Civil Liberties Union

American Federation of Teachers

American Humanist Association

American Library Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN)

American Muslim Health Professionals

American Muslims for Palestine

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

America’s Voice

Amistad Law Project

Amnesty International USA

Andrew Goodman Foundation

Arab American Institute (AAI)


Asian American Advocacy Fund

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council

Asian Real Estate Association of America

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Beauty after the Bars

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Black and Pink

Black Law Enforcement of America


Brain Injury Association of America

Bread for the World

Brennan Center for Justice

BUILD Initiative

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Cameroon American Council

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Caring Across Generations

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities


Center for American Progress

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Community Self-Help

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Disability Rights

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for Policing Equity

Center for Public Representation

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Responsible Lending

Center on Conscience & War

Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU School of Law

Central Iowa Center for Independent Living

Child and Family Policy Center

Child Care Council, Inc

Child Care Law Center

Child Care Resources, Inc.

Child Care Services Association

Children’s Defense Fund – NY

Children’s Forum

Children’s HealthWatch

Children’s Defense Fund

Chinese American Progressive Action

Church of Scientology National Affairs Office

Church World Service


Citizen Action of New York

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Coalition of Asian Americans

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition on Human Needs

College and Community Fellowship

Color of Change

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Common Cause


Community Alliance on Prisons

Community Change Action

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)

Concerned Citizen

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces

Connecticut Association for Human Services

Constitutional Accountability Center

CONTACT Rape Crisis Center

Council of Korean Americans

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence

CURR (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants)

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Declaration for American Democracy

Defending Rights & Dissent

Demand Justice

Demand Progress

Democracy Initiative

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)

Disciples Center for Public Witness

Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)

Early Care & Learning Council


Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center


Economic Opportunity Institute

Economic Policy Institute

Educare Learning Network


Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Endangered Species Coalition

Equal Justice Society

Equal Rights Advocates

Equality North Carolina

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Exp Realty,LLC – One eXp Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion

Fair Count Inc.

Faith in Public Life

Families USA

Family Crisis Center, Inc.

Family Equality

Family Values @ Work

Farmworker Justice

Feminist Majority Foundation

First Presbyterian Day School

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence


Franciscan Action Network

Franklin & Marshall College

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Futures Without Violence


Global Development Organizations Insights


Government Information Watch


Greenpeace USA

Harm Reduction Coalition

Health Care for America Now (HCAN)

Health Care Voter

Hindu American Foundation

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Federation

Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)

Housing Choice Partners

Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights for Kids

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Immigration Hub

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda



Innocence Project

Institute for Childhood Preparedness

International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA)

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Islamic Relief USA

Japanese American Citizens League

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Jewish Women International

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Just Detention International

Justice for Women COVID-19 Task Force

Justice in Aging

Justice Roundtable

Justice Strategies

JustLeadership USA

Juvenile Law Center

Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Lambda Legal

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

LeafSpring Schools of Charlotte

League of Conservation Voters

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

League of Women Voters of the United States

Legal Action Center

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Main Street Alliance

Maine Children’s Alliance

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Marion County Commission On Youth, Inc.

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Matthew Shepard Foundation

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Media Alliance

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board

Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence


Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Caucus Education Collective

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

National Action Network

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence


National Association for Family Child Care

National Association of Realtors

National Association of Social Workers

National Bar Association

National Black Justice Coalition

National CAPACD – National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

National Center for Children in Poverty

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Coalition for the Homeless

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

National Community Action Partnership

National Congress of American Indians

National Council of Churches

National Council on Independent Living

National Council of Jewish Women

National Crittenton

National Disability Rights Network

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Health Law Program

National Hispanic Media Coalition

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Parks Conservation Association

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence


National WIC Association

National Women’s Law Center

National Workrights Institute

Nay’s Little Rascals Pre-School

NC Child

NC Early Education Coalition

NC Institute for Child Development Professionals

Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

New Hour Women and Children

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

NextGen America

NIAC Action

NJCEDV/DAP (Deaf Advocacy Project)

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence

North Carolina Early Education Coalition

Not in Our Town

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

One Pennsylvania

Open Society Policy Center

Open The Government

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Our Revolution

PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Pacific Islander Community Association

Parent Voices CA

Parent-Child Center

Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew – Policy Action Council, Illinois (POWER-PAC IL)

Partnership for America’s Children

Pax Christi USA

Peace Action

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

Pennsylvania Head Start Association

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

People For the American Way

PFLAG National

Physician for Human Rights


Policing Project at New York University School of Law

Policy Research & Innovation

Poligon Education Fund

Population Connection Action Fund

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Prison Policy Initiative

Private US citizen

Progressive Multiplier Action Fund

Progressive Power Lab

Public Advocacy for Kids (PAK)

Public Citizen

Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism


Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United


ReThink Media

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Safer Foundation

SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

Sierra Club

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Justice Team

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

SPLC Action Fund

Spouse Abuse Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Inc.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Stand Up America

Stop Abusive Family Environments, Inc. (SAFE)

Strategies for Youth

Survivors Rising

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights


Tahirih Justice Center

Take on Wall Street

Tax March

Texas Council on family violence

Texas Inmate Families Association

Texas Progressive Action Network

The Arc of the United States

The Black Sex Worker Collective

The Center for Family Justice, Inc.

The Climate Reality Project

The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

The Daniel Initiative

The Gathering for Justice

The Heartsing Table

The Justice Collaborative

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

The Ohio Head Start Association

The Ounce of Prevention Fund

The Sentencing Project

The Sikh Coalition

The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

Think Small

TN State Conference NAACP

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta

Trustees for Alaska

Tyer Temple United Methodist Church

UFW Foundation

Ujima Inc: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community



United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

United Farm Workers (UFW)


United We Dream


USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Violence Free Colorado

Violence Free Minnesota

Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Voices for Progress

Voices of Hope

Voto Latino

Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs


West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services

Whitman-Walker Health and Whitman-Walker Institute

Win Without War

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network

Women’s Community Justice Association

Worth Rises

Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Young Invincibles

YWCA New Britain


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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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