The four offices of the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) recently published the “CAIR-CA 2014 Civil Rights Report” online. CAIR-San Diego is now making hard copies of that report available following a threat to a local mosque.
The report summarizes and analyzes all of the civil rights complaints received in 2013 by CAIR-CA's offices in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the Sacramento Valley, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nine hundred and thirty-three incidents were reported to CAIR-CA over the course of 2013 and included, among other issues, complaints involving: employment discrimination, federal law enforcement questioning, excessive and intrusive travel delays, hate crimes, and school bullying.
“This report will help all of us comprehend the state of Muslim civil rights in California,” said Hanif Mohebi, CAIR-San Diego's executive director. “We encourage all communities that are targeted to report discrimination, hate crimes or threats to appropriate law enforcement authorities and to CAIR. Islamophobia and other forms of hate should never be tolerated.”
The report's key highlights include:
- The single largest complaint type received by CAIR-CA in 2013 was employment discrimination at 15.1% or 141 total complaints.
- CAIR-CA received 72 reports about FBI visits for “voluntary” questioning.
- Seventeen reports of school-teacher issues were received by CAIR-CA offices, outnumbering the amount of school bullying complaints received.
- The multi-year lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch for religious discrimination was resolved, resulting in a settlement that required, among other things, the company to accommodate religious headwear.
- Immigration related concerns continue to rise for the American Muslim community, in part because of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
CAIR-CA encourages all Californians to gain a better understanding of their civil rights and to engage their community leaders and public servants in dialogue on how they can better serve them.
(Hard copies of the report can be obtained by contacting CAIR.)
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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