Ohio chapters raise concerns over watch lists, discrimination at US borders, immigration, and bullying
(Columbus, Ohio, 3/28/2013) â€“ Staff from the three Ohio chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) met last week with 18 congressional offices in Washington, D.C., as part of CAIR's annual advocacy days. Representatives of the Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization came from across the country and met with nearly 170 congressional offices overall.
Delegates from the CAIR chapters in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati spoke with members of Congress and key congressional staffers about federal watch list issues and discrimination at U.S. borders, immigration reform, and supporting anti-bullying legislation for all citizens.
“Our annual trip to D.C. gives our organization the opportunity to raise awareness among our elected officials about the issues that matter to our community here in Ohio,” said Jennifer Nimer, CAIR-Ohio legal director.
“Having the opportunity to advocate on issues of importance with our elected officials is exciting and sobering at the same time — exciting to be in the halls of power and sobering to see how much work our community still needs to do,” said Karen Dabdoub, CAIR-Cincinnati executive director.
In recent years CAIR has dealt with a number of high-profile cases involving the extrajudicial exile of American citizens traveling abroad. CAIR-Ohio chapters addressed concerns over this practice during meetings with legislative offices and requested the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General to investigate the FBI's practice of placing Americans on the no-fly list while they are abroad.
CAIR representatives also asked Ohio's congressional leadership to support comprehensive immigration reform policies that respect civil and human rights, and promote greater public safety.
CAIR-Ohio representatives also encouraged support of legislation similar to the Safe Schools Act of 2011, which would further strengthen schools in the fight against bullying and intimidation.Â Â Â
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.
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CONTACT: Hannah Tyler, CAIR-Ohio Government Affairs and Communications Coordinator, 614.451.3232, firstname.lastname@example.org