CAIR-CA Offices to Hold Press Conferences on Release of Bullying Report

(SACRAMENTO, CA - 10/16/2019) – Today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) will join the three other CAIR-California (CAIR-CA) offices in holding simultaneous press conferences to release a new report documenting faith-based bullying of Muslim students in California schools.

The report, titled “Singled Out: Islamophobia in the Classroom and the Impact of Discrimination on Muslim Students," is based on a statewide survey of approximately 1,500 Muslim students ages 11 to 18. 

CAIR-CA asked the students questions about their relationships with peers and teachers, their school environment, and bullying they have witnessed or experienced.

Survey results show that Muslim students feel less safe, welcome and respected in their schools than other students, with 40% of respondents reporting experiencing some form of bullying, more than double the national average.

Anoosh Ali, 18, a first-year student at Sierra College and former CAIR-SV intern who will be speaking at the CAIR-SV press conference, said: 

"I was in second grade when I first decided to wear a headscarf (hijab). Three days after my decision, a classmate attacked my new appearance by implying that I was connected to Osama Bin Laden. I returned to school four days later without my headscarf, fearing judgment in a place that should have been welcoming. I suffered the consequences of one day, one boy, one finger, until just last year when I finally decided to wear the hijab again. It took me 10 years to get over the shattering effects that bullying had. 10 years. I am one of many, but one of very few who decided to share my story. We need to take action to eliminate these stories entirely." 

Zara Rodriguez, 18, a first-year student at Sacramento State and CAIR-SV intern, said:

"Being bullied for being Muslim has been an ongoing experience in my life. Though it can have a negative impact on my life, I decided to turn that around and use those experiences to educate people about Islam and to speak up about racism and discrimination."

WHAT: CAIR-SV Press Conference to Release Report on Bullying of Muslim Students in California

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16

WHERE: The CAIR-SV office, 1122 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

MORE INFO: The Sacramento press conference will include comments from CAIR-SV's new Civil Rights Attorney Dustin Johnson, CAIR-SV allies and a Muslim student who has experienced bullying. Watch a live video of the press conference on the CAIR-SV Facebook page.

CONTACT: CAIR-Sacramento Valley/Central California Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916.441.6269, kkipling@cair.com; CAIR-Central California Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain will also be available for comment at 847.924.9592 or s.hussain@cair.com.

NOTE: You can reach the other CAIR-CA offices here:

  • CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene Fields, 714.851.4851, efields@cair.com;
  • CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Dustin Craun, 858.774.9991, dcraun@cair.com;
  • CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator Zoha Raza, 408.986.9874, zraza@cair.com.

The CAIR-CA report also shares anecdotes collected from students during survey outreach. It follows similar reports in 2017, 2015 and 2013, and charts how the landscape of faith-based bullying of Muslim students in California has changed. The report provides recommendations for policymakers, school officials and families about how best to protect children from bullying in school.

CAIR-CA is California’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.

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CAIR-NY Files Discrimination Claims for Three Muslim Families Denied Boarding by NYC Ferry, Called 'Security Issue'

                                     Photo Credit: Vincent Barone 

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 10/16/2019) –
 The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today filed a discrimination complaint against the NYC Ferry on behalf of Muslim families denied boarding after being referred to as a “security issue.” 
 
The families bringing the discrimination charges consist of three families: 3 mothers (2 wear hijab, religious headcovering); 2 infants; 4 young boys; and 2 young girls.  The families allege that they were not allowed to board the ferry by NYC Ferry employees because they were labeled as a “security issue.” All other passengers were permitted to board.  The denial of service occurred in public view.  
 
The families spoke to security at the ferry dock who informed the families that there was no security issue.  The ferry left the families and caused a two-hour delay and eventual cancellation of their plans.  The young children have been traumatized and have asked their parents why they were not allowed to get on the ferry. After filing a complaint with the NYC Ferry, the families were told the situation was a “misunderstanding.”  Because of the incident, a beautiful family fun day turned into one of the worst days of their lives. 
 
The NYC Ferry is operated by HNY Ferry, LLC through a contract with the NYC Economic Development Corporation.  The City of New York is the owner of NYC Ferry and responsible for the ferry service. 
 
Read The Discrimination Complaint Filed Against NYC Ferry

CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed stated:

"All New Yorkers, regardless of creed, deserve equal and fair service free of discrimination, especially when using public transportation like the NYC Ferry.  These families were humiliated and traumatized in public view and treated as suspect because they happen to be Muslim. That is unacceptable. We hope the City will live up to its commitment of nondiscrimination and swiftly correct this injustice.” 
 
He noted that CAIR-NY regularly deals with discrimination in public accommodations and workplace.
 
Last week, CAIR-NY filed a federal discrimination complaint against International Design Services, Inc. (IDS) for “terrorizing” and retaliating against a Muslim employee.  
 
SEE Press Release and Discrimination Complaint Against IDS
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Files Discrimination Complaint Over MTA Employee’s Mistreatment of Muslim Traveler
https://www.cair.com/cair_ny_files_discrimination_complaint_over_mta_employee_s_mistreatment_of_muslim_traveler
 
Video: CAIR-NY Files Discrimination Complaint Over MTA Employee’s Mistreatment of Muslim Traveler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbQTNzvFdeE
 
New Yorkers may also contact CAIR-NY for assistance by filing an incident report online at www.cair-ny.org/incident-report or call 646.665.7599. 
 
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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Litigation Director Ahmed Mohamed, ahmedmohamed@cair.com, 646-481-2103; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, anasher@cair.com, 917-669-4006


CAIR Welcomes SCOTUS Rejection of Challenge to Maryland Coursework on Islam, Affirms Education as Tool to Promote Diversity

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/15/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject a challenge of a Maryland public high school’s classroom assignments on Islam, and affirmed education on major world religions as a critical tool to help promote diversity and inclusivity. 

SEE: Supreme Court rejects challenge to public school coursework on Islam

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-public-school-coursework-on-islam 

Pulse Poll respondents say Supreme Court should avoid Md. student’s appeal

https://thedailyrecord.com/2019/10/03/pulse-poll-respondents-say-supreme-court-should-avoid-md-students-appeal/

The case involved a former student at LaPlata High School in Charles County who argued that the unit on “the Muslim World” in her World History class violated her constitutional rights by requiring her to complete an assignment on the pillars of Islam.

The parents found issue with completing a fill-in-the-blanks exercise identifying “Allah” as the Muslim god and Muhammad as his “messenger.” 

The student refused to complete some of the class assignments, resulting in a lower grade. In response, she and her family filed a lawsuit against school administrators citing First Amendment rights. 

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sided with the principal and vice principal, ruling the teachings “did not impermissibly endorse any religion.”

“In an increasingly interconnected global society, it’s critical that students be responsibly educated about all of the world’s major religions, including Islam,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “CAIR applauds the Supreme Court’s common-sense decision to reject this unreasonable challenge and hope this development will help curb the spread of misinformation that help fuel Islamophobia and the irrational fear of Muslims.” 

Earlier this year, the civil rights organization welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that school administrators did not violate the student’s freedom of religion rights by providing the assignment. 

SEE: CAIR Applauds ‘Common-Sense’ Federal Appeals Court Ruling on Maryland School’s Islam Assignment

https://www.cair.com/cair_applauds_common_sense_federal_appeals_court_ruling_on_maryland_school_s_islam_assignment

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.

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

 


Video: CAIR Director Joins Other Faith, Human Rights Leaders in Capitol Hill Civil Disobedience for Refugees

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/19) – Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- along with the heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice and Church World Service (CWS) -- today took part in civil disobedience on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the decimation of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The leaders wore life vests symbolizing the life-saving program. 

WATCH the Full Video of the Event: https://youtu.be/uo39XEVbazE

Faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees, and refugee agencies held a major action on Capitol Hill as Secretary Pompeo meets with Congress to finalize the administration’s 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. The 18 leaders arrested during the civil disobedience represented the 18,000 refugee limit set by the Trump administration, which is the lowest in the history of the resettlement program.

LEADERS ARRESTED TODAY INCLUDED: 

  • Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA 
  • Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service 
  • Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations 
  • Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America's Voice 
  • Sarnata Reynolds, former counsel for the House Judiciary Committee

CAIR is 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.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR Calls for Resignation of Maine Sports Official Over Anti-Muslim Facebook Posts

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the resignation of Hal Pierce, chairman of the Combat Sports Authority of Maine, over a series of anti-Muslim Facebook posts made to his personal page.

The Islamophobic posts include the word “infidel” superimposed over an American flag and an image of bacon with the text “Pork Fact #76: People who eat bacon are less likely to blow themselves up.” Another post fearmongers about the “Islamic Domination of the West” conspiracy theory beginning with Muslims pretending to be refugees and ending with the slaughter of all those “who do not submit to Islam.” Yet another post claims a “Moslem” [sic] in Congress will “destroy us from within.”

SEE: Islamophobic Posts
https://tinyurl.com/IslamophobicPosts

The body that Pierce heads was established by the Maine Legislature in 2009 to regulate and promote mixed martial arts and boxing competitions, exhibitions and events.

“While Mr. Pierce has the right to his views, however bigoted, it is absolutely necessary that any athletic official remain unbiased regarding athletes of different cultures and faiths,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Mr. Pierce’s Islamophobic views render him incapable of carrying out his duties without bias or favor.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Semitic Flyers Left on Vehicles in Evesham Township

https://www.cair.com/cair_nj_condemns_anti_semitic_flyers_left_on_vehicles_in_evesham_township

CAIR is 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.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR Action Alert: Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia Residents Reminded to Register to Vote by October 15 Deadline

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all residents of Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Virginia to register to vote by the October 15th deadline to ensure they are eligible to participate in the November 5, 2019 General Election.

Tuesday, October 15th is the last day Colorado, Kansas, New Jersey, and Virginia residents can register to vote or update an existing registration. In Maine and Minnesota, October 15 is the last day to register by mail, but voters may register in person.

All seats in the Virginia Senate, Virginia House of Delegates and New Jersey General Assembly will be up for election as well as local government races, school board elections, and ballot measures in each of the five states.

Colorado: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Kansas: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Maine: CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER

Minnesota: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

New Jersey: CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER

Virginia: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

See below for upcoming voter registration deadlines:

Alabama – Monday, October 21

California  Monday, October 21

Colorado – Tuesday, October 15

Kansas – Tuesday, October 15

Louisiana – Wednesday, October 16

Maine – Tuesday, October 15 is the last day to register by mail. There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall.

Massachusetts – Wednesday, October 16

Minnesota – Tuesday, October 15 is the last day to register online or by mail. You may register to vote in person on Election Day.

New Jersey – Tuesday, October 15

New York – Tuesday, October 22

Virginia – Tuesday, October 15

Washington – Monday, October 28 is the last day to register online or by mail. You may register to vote in person any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day.

If you believe your voting rights have been violated, please contact the Council on American-Islamic Relations at (202) 488-8787 or civilrights@cair.com.

A 2018 midterm election poll conducted by CAIR in coordination with Jetpac found that:

  • 78% of Muslim voters primarily voted for the Democratic Party candidates and 17% for Republican Party candidates.
  • 46% of Muslim voters consider themselves liberal on social issues, while 35% consider themselves conservative.
  • 43% of Muslim voters consider themselves fiscally conservative, while 40% consider themselves liberal.
  • 26% of Muslim voters who primarily voted for Democratic candidates perceived themselves as being conservative on social issues. Moreover, 36% perceived themselves as being fiscally conservative.
  • 68% of Muslim voters thought Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. increased while 17% thought it decreased in the past year.

CAIR is 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.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


CAIR Welcomes Courts’ Decision to Block New Trump Rule Seeking to Limit Legal Immigration

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed three federal courts’ decision to block a new Trump administration rule that would severely limit immigration of low-income migrants.

Last week, federal judges in California, New York and Washington issued injunctions temporarily blocking the implementation of the public charge rule, which would give the government wide reaching ability to deny green cards for those who have participated in public aid programs like Medicaid.

SEE: Courts block Trump rule to deny green cards and visas to low-income immigrants
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/public-charge-rule-judge-blocks-attempt-to-deny-green-cards-and-visas-to-low-income-immigrants/

SEE: Judges Strike Several Blows to Trump Immigration Policies
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/us/immigration-public-charge-injunction.html

Current immigration law classifies immigrants who are dependent on the government for more than half their income as “public charges” and prevents them from obtaining green cards and visas. The new rule would expand the definition of public charge to include anyone who had ever participated in programs like Medicare, food stamps, and Section 8 housing or who are deemed “likely at any time” to do so.

The change, which would have gone into effect Tuesday, affects more than 380,000 people.

“Judges in three states independently came to the same decision last week, which is that this new rule from the Trump administration is a cruel attempt to curb immigration from low-income immigrants of color and goes against our founding principles as a nation that welcome all those seeking to pursue the American Dream,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We hope that the courts will continue to stand true to American values and block this administration from creating an immigration system that privileges the wealthy.”

McCaw added that Congress could also act to pass legislation blocking the implementation of the public charge rule and taking the burden off the courts.

Learn more about the rule and its effects here:

Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families
https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publications/2018/04/2018_publiccharge.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions: Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule
https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/pubcharge/proposed-changes-to-public-charge-rule-faq/

CAIR joined more than 1,100 other organizations in an open statement strongly opposing the rule change when it was proposed last year. The Washington-based civil rights organization also submitted a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Federal Register calling on the Trump administration to withdraw the rule.

SEE: CAIR, Members of the Public Urge USCIS to Withdraw Trump’s Proposal to Restrict New Green Cards for Those Using Public Aid
https://www.cair.com/cair_members_of_the_public_urge_uscis_to_withdraw_trump_s_proposal_to_restrict_new_green_cards_for_those_using_public_aid

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com

 


CAIR-NJ Condemns Anti-Semitic Flyers Left on Vehicles in Evesham Township

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/14/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist and anti-Semitic flyers found on several vehicles parked outside an Evesham Township restaurant.

The incident took place Thursday night, Oct. 10, in the parking lots of the AMC movie theater and Fleming’s Steakhouse on S. Route 73. Three separate fliers have been passed around, but police are searching for one suspect.

SEE: Anti-Semitic Fliers Left on Several Vehicles Parked Outside Evesham Township Restaurant, Movie Theater

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/10/11/anti-semitic-fliers-left-on-several-vehicles-parked-outside-evesham-township-restaurant-movie-theater/

"The hatred, ignorance and anti-Semitism that these flyers represent has no place in New Jersey and should not be tolerated by its residents and local officials,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “This painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes the current political climate at the national level should prompt us to remain vigilant in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes as they occur.”

He noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other marginalized groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist ‘N-Word’ Slur Found on Virginia Vehicle

https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_for_hate_crime_probe_of_racist_n_word_slur_found_on_virginia_vehicle

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, jsues@cair.com


Muslim Businesses/Civil Rights Groups: Extended Deadline Approaching for Sponsorship of CAIR's 25th Anniversary Gala in D.C.


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/2019) –The deadline is extended for Muslim, interfaith and civil rights businesses and organizations in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland area (and nationwide) to sponsor a table or place an ad in the program book for CAIR's 25th anniversary gala to be held Saturday, November 9, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, October 15 is the new deadline for placing an ad in the program book.

[Ticket cost is $65 for students, so take advantage of this opportunity.]

CAIR’s gala features special guest Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), political commentator Dean Obeidallah, activist and community leader Linda Sarsour, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell (D-PA), and motivational speaker Abderraoof AlkhawaldehWith the theme “Defending, Educating, and Empowering: Building the Next Generation of American Muslims,” the gala will celebrate CAIR’s 25 years of service to the community.

BECOME A SPONSOR OR PLACE AN AD

WHY BECOME A SPONSOR? For a quarter century, CAIR has worked tirelessly to defend civil liberties, empower American Muslims and present an accurate portrayal of Islam. With more than 1,500 community members, Muslim leaders, government officials, interfaith partners, diplomats, and activists coming from across the nation and around the world to celebrate our work, the CAIR gala serves as a perfect opportunity to show support for CAIR and the millions of American Muslims we serve.

AS A SPONSOR YOU WILL:

  • Increase awareness of your business or organization by reaching a wide audience through multiple marketing avenues, such as our e-newsletter, Google-optimized website and commemorative program book for the gala.
  • Widen your visibility to include national leadership, government officials, embassies, and other businesses and organizations.

Demonstrate your company or organization’s commitment to justice and mutual understanding.

OUR AUDIENCE IS YOUR AUDIENCE: CAIR supporters include: Mosques and their constituents, community organizers, Muslim leaders, local, national and international media, students, young professionals, philanthropists, government officials, embassies, nonprofit organizations, and policy advocates.

HOW TO BECOME A SPONSOR: Please complete the sponsorship form to reserve a space for your organization in our 25th annual banquet program and promotional materials. Ad material must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019. All ads must be print-ready and submitted with the completed sponsorship form by the above deadline. Accepted formats are pdf, jpeg, or tiff and should be submitted in their actual size to ensure quality resolution. Ads should be emailed to: Events Manager, Sr. Jinan Shbat, at events@cair.com

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, may be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing events@cair.com. A table of 10 costs $1500.

Disclaimer: All funds solicited in connection with this event are for CAIR, and not for Ilhan Omar or Ilhan Omar for Congress.

CAIR is 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.

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.

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CONTACT:CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


CAIR: Faith Leaders, Human Rights Groups, Former Assistant Secretary of State Stage First-Ever Civil Disobedience for Refugees in D.C.

As Pompeo seeks rubber stamp from Congress to end refugee resettlement, advocates will risk arrest wearing orange life vests symbolizing the lives that will be lost 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/19) – On Tuesday, October 15, 18 protesters -- including heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Church World Service (CWS), as well as a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration -- will risk arrest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the decimation of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The leaders will wear life vests symbolizing the life-saving program. 

Faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees, and refugee agencies will hold a major action on Capitol Hill as Secretary Pompeo meets with Congress to finalize the administration’s 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. 

WHAT: Protest and Civil Disobedience Responding to Decimation of Refugee Resettlement 

WHERE: Capitol Lawn Area 9, Constitution and First St NE

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15th at 1 PM

DETAILS: 18 protesters--including heads of Amnesty International USA, CAIR, America’s Voice and CWS -- wearing life vests symbolizing the lives that could be saved or lost through the resettlement program will risk arrest on the steps of the US Capitol. Supporters will hold 95 photographs of refugees, a nod to the historic average refugee cap of 95,000. 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/375878616621130/

LEADERS RISKING ARREST INCLUDE: 

  • Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
  • Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA 
  • Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service 
  • Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations 
  • Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America's Voice 
  • Sarnata Reynolds, former counsel for the House Judiciary Committee

OTHER SPEAKERS:

  • Sami Muya, a Refugee from Somalia separated from family members by anti-refugee policies

CAIR is 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.

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.

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CONTACT: CWS Senior Associate, Media & Storytelling Bilal Askaryar, 202-750-0960, baskaryar@cwsglobal.org | CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com