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CAIR to Mark ‘Muslim Ban’ Anniversary with Grand Opening of New Office in Maryland

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/18) – On Saturday, January 27, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization will mark the first anniversary of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in Maryland.

CAIR’s new office will enable the organization to better serve the growing civil rights needs of Maryland’s diverse communities.

WHAT: CAIR Office in Maryland Grand Opening Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

R.S.V.P. to mdoutreach@cair.com

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

On January 27, 2017, CAIR announced a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. to publicize the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the Muslim ban executive order signed on that day by President Trump.

SEE: CAIR to Announce Constitutional Challenge to Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14062-cair-to-announce-constitutional-challenge-to-trump-s-muslim-ban-executive-order.html

Video: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ”˜Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkL1-e6cMYQ

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia, challenged the constitutionality of the order because its apparent purpose and underlying motive was to ban people of the Islamic faith in several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

In a statement at the time, CAIR National Litigation Director Lena F. Masri, Esq. said: “There is no evidence that refugees — the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation — are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

Hundreds of Marylanders were personally impacted by the Muslim ban – leading to separated families, canceled travel plans, heightened uncertainty, and fears of scapegoating.

In the past year, the Trump administration’s discriminatory policies – coupled with a dramatic rise in intolerance, hate crimes, and bias attacks following the 2016 presidential election observed in Maryland and across the country – have led to a greater demand for CAIR’s services.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, ihooper@cair.com

 

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