CAIR Action Alert: DMV Muslims Invited to Attend Nov. 20 Democratic Debate Watch Party, Poll at Virginia Mosque

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/19) -- On November 20, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Emgage USA, the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., will host a watch party for the Democratic presidential debate along with “critical thinking” sessions before and after the debate.

WHAT: Democratic Debate Watch Party in Falls Church, VA 
WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET
WHERE: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row St, Falls Church, Virginia 22044
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/763104274153982/

NOTE: CAIR, Emgage, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, are non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that do not endorse or oppose any political party or candidate.

The fifth Democratic presidential debate will feature 10 candidates.

Candidates that met debate qualifications for inclusion based on popular support include:

  • Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  • New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
  • Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard
  • California Senator Kamala Harris
  • Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Investor Tom Steyer
  • Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Dar Al-Hujrah Islamic Center (DAH) is a non-profit organization based out of Falls Church, Virginia that serves the Muslim community and society at large. DAH provides services of faith, social assistance, youth development, education, interfaith outreach and social/governmental advocacy. Our mission is to serve the Creator by: 1) Educating, developing and empowering our congregants; 2) Providing services of faith and care for our community; and, 3) Engaging society by building bridges and advocating for social justice.

Emgage seeks to educate, engage and empower Muslim American communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable, and motivated citizens.

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 Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aajeen@cair.com

 


CAIR, CAIR-Georgia Call on 5th Democratic Debate Moderators to Address Muslim Issues

(ATLANTA, GA, 11/19/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and its Georgia chapter (CAIR-Georgia) today sent a letter encouraging the moderators of the upcoming Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta to ask the candidates about how they would address the civil and human rights concerns of the local and national American Muslim community.

The fifth Democratic debate will be held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and moderated by MSNBC and The Washington Post staff Rachel MaddowAndrea MitchellKristen Welker and Ashley Parker.

In an open letter emailed to debate moderators, CAIR asked debate moderators to question the candidates about how they will address:

  • the discriminatory Muslim Ban
  • the national epidemic of police shootings of unarmed African-Americans
  • the unconstitutional so-called terrorism watchlist
  • racial and religious profiling by federal law enforcement
  • America's ballooning federal debt, and the impact of usury on average Americans
  • ending U.S. military aid to foreign countries that violate human rights
  • sanctioning China, India, and Burma for their oppressive treatment and human rights violations of Muslims.

 

Linked here and copied below is the letter sent to debate moderators:

November 19, 2019

RE: Request for 5th Democratic Debate Moderators to Raise Muslim American Issues

Dear Ms. Maddow, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Parker & Ms. Welker:

On behalf of Georgia’s Muslim community, we thank MSNBC and The Washington Post for agreeing to serve as moderators of this week’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta. Given Georgia’s rich history of civil rights activism, as well as its significant population of African Americans, Muslims, Latinos and other minority groups, we hope that you will ask questions that reflect the critical concerns of our communities.

To that end, we write to specifically request that you use the fifth Democratic presidential debate as an opportunity to ask the candidates about how they would address the civil and human rights concerns of the American Muslim voters.

Despite the fact that American Muslim voters played a major role in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, made history by winning numerous elections in our own right in 2016 and 2018, and currently occupy significant attention in our political discourse, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates have so far ignored major issues of importance to American Muslim voters.

Here is a list of topics that we hope you will address with some or all of the Democratic presidential candidates during the debate on Nov. 20th:

  1. The Muslim Ban

How will each candidate address President Trump’s so-called travel ban? If candidates repeal the Muslim Ban by executive order, how will they repair the damage it has already caused by unjustly separating family members, depriving students of educational opportunities, and blocking skilled workers from accepting jobs, in the United States?

  1. The “Terrorism Watchlist”

In September, a federal court judge ruled that the so-called “terrorism watchlist” is unconstitutional in its current form because of the lack of evidence to justify placing people on the list, the lack of notice to those listed, and the lack of a real opportunity for those listed to challenge their placement. The watchlist, which was created by George W. Bush's administration and has continued the administration of President Donald Trump, largely impacts American Muslims. Will candidates end the watchlist? If not, how will candidates address constitutional complaints against the watchlist?

  1. Racial and Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

President Trump continues to endorse the unconstitutional practice of stop-and-frisk, a practice that statistically amounts to racial discrimination and harassment against African Americans and Latinos and does not practically stop or decrease crime. Current DOJ guidelines prohibiting law enforcement racial and religious profiling also have loopholes that allow DHS to use religion, national origin, and other characteristics to profile at airports and the U.S. border, as well as in certain national security contexts.

This legal discrimination has resulted in the continued profiling of Muslims and Latinos by federal law enforcement. How will each candidate reform current federal law enforcement practices and guidelines to protect all communities from racial and religious profiling?

  1. Holding Police Officers Accountable for Police Brutality

In March 2015, African-American U.S. Air Force veteran Anthony Hill was fatally shot by a police officer in Chamblee, Georgia, near Atlanta, while naked, unarmed, and suffering from an episode related to PTSD and bipolar disorder. While a jury convicted the officer of multiple offenses in that case, most officers responsible for shooting unarmed minorities escape charges. Last year, Shukri Ali Said, a Somali-American Muslims woman who suffered from mental illness, was shot and killed by Johns Creek Police Department officers. The officers responsible have refused to cooperate with investigators from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office and are back on duty.

According to a study published by the National Academy of Science of the United States, “Over the life course, about 1 in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police,” and “African American men and women, American Indian/Alaska Native men and women, and Latino men face higher lifetime risk of being killed by police than do their white peers.”1

How will each candidate respond to the national epidemic of police shootings of unarmed African-Americans and other minorities, and how will the candidates ensure that the Justice Department holds officers accountable when local prosecutors fail to do so?

  1. Out-Of-Control Federal Debt

As of this year, the federal government's debt has topped 21 trillion dollars. Meanwhile, banks, investment firms, and insurance companies buy, sell, trade, insure, package, and repackage nearly indecipherable collections of loans, some of them dangerously unstable. Many individual Americans rely on interest-based debt, from credit cards to pay-day loans, to make ends meet. The average American has credit card debt of $16,061. The average student loan borrower has $37,000 in interest-based debt. 

Forced to sacrifice large chunks of income to satisfy interest payments on debt that keeps growing, many Americans look rich, but live poor. If disaster strikes, they risk financial ruin, as happened in 2008. For these and other reasons, various civilizations, societies, and religions considered interest-based debt to be patently immoral. Ancient religious figures such as Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, may peace be upon them, condemned charging any interest on debt as usurious and sinful. So did Guathma Buddha, various Catholic popes, and philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle. 

As president, what would candidates do to address our nation’s ballooning federal debt, and what would the candidates do to address the burdens that various forms of interest-based debt create for average Americans?

  1. Ending Foreign Aid Handouts to Human Rights Violators

The United States continues to send billions in military aid to foreign governments that violate human rights. In doing so, our government is flouting federal law, which conditions aid to certain countries on the status democracy. We are also giving a “green light” to further human rights violations. In recent years, U.S. weapons and munitions have been used by Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia with disastrous consequences for civilian populations. Will each candidate pledge to stop providing military aid to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other governments accused of violating human rights? 

  1. Sanctions on Countries Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing

Muslims in China, India and Burma routinely face state-sanctioned oppression, arrest, detention in concentration camps, mob violence, and in the case of Burma, genocide. Will each candidate sanction China, India, and Burma for their unprecedented campaigns of oppression against Muslim minority communities in their countries? 

Thank you for considering these issues. We hope that NBC will make time during the November 20 presidential debate in Atlanta to address some of these issues of importance to the American people, including American Muslims.

Sincerely,

Edward Ahmed Mitchell   

Executive Director    

Council on-American Islamic Relations 

Georgia Chapter    

 

Robert McCaw

Government Affairs Director

Council on American-Islamic Relations

National Office

1 Frank Edwards, Hedwig Lee, and Michael Esposito, “Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex,” Proceeding of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, August 20, 2019. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/34/16793 

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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 Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com

 


CAIR, 54 Other Civil Rights Groups Demand Removal of White Supremacist Trump Adviser Stephen Miller

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/19/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined 54 other civil rights organizations in sending a letter to President Donald Trump demanding that he fire Stephen Miller as his senior adviser for policy for propagating white supremacist, anti-immigrant sentiments.

The letter highlights Miller’s promotion of hate speech spewed by neo-Nazis and white supremacists and emphasizes that his white supremacist agenda -- including the Muslim Ban and family separation at the southern border -- has actively harmed immigrants, people of color and marginalized communities. The letter notes, “Allowing him to remain a White House advisor is a betrayal of our national ideals of justice, inclusion, and fairness.”

SEE: Letter to President
http://civilrightsdocs.info/pdf/policy/letters/2019/FINAL_Letter_to_White_House_Miller_Must_Go_11.18.19.pdf

Last week, CAIR separately called for Miller’s resignation after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) revealed a series of white supremacist, racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim emails sent by Miller to Breitbart News. Breitbart News is a white supremacist mouthpiece that traffics in misogynistic and racist stories targeting women, people of color and immigrants.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Resignation of Trump Adviser Stephen Miller After Revelation of White Supremacist Emails
https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_for_resignation_of_trump_advisor_stephen_miller_after_revelation_of_white_supremacist_emails

SEE: Stephen Miller’s Affinity for White Nationalism Revealed in Leaked Emails
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/12/stephen-millers-affinity-white-nationalism-revealed-leaked-emails

The SPLC’s report sheds light on how President Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller between 2015 and 2016 sent 900 emails to “Breitbart News” seeking articles that would cover among other things:

  • Literature that includes the white nationalist and neo-Nazi themes of “white genocide” or “great replacement” of whites with nonwhites
  • Include immigration stories that selectively covered of offenses committed by nonwhites
  • Protect the sales of confederate flags on Amazon and protecting Confederate monuments
  • Limit or end immigration, including Muslim migration
  • Allegedly, discuss with anti-Muslim hate leader Pamela Geller, the planning a gay pride parade though Muslim neighborhoods to somehow create division
  • Promote comments made by anti-Muslim reverend Franklin Graham advocating an end to Muslim immigration to the U.S.

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 Says U.S. Reversal of Policy on Israel’s Illegal Settlements on Palestinian Land is ‘Death Blow’ to Two-State Solution

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Trump administration would no longer view Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as "inconsistent with international law."

Pompeo said the United States will no longer abide by a 1978 State Department opinion, and the international consensus, that the Israeli settlements violate international law.

Pompeo: Israeli Settlements Not 'Inconsistent' With Int'l Law
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/pompeo-israeli-settlements-inconsistent-int-law-191118192156311.html

“It is obvious that Donald Trump’s panic over his looming impeachment is motivating him to try to solidify the most extreme parts of his political base,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “To reject international law and the rights of the Palestinian people who suffer under an illegal occupation contradicts our nation’s claimed support for justice and human rights.”

He added that if this is America’s position going forward, “the two-state solution is officially dead, and Donald Trump dealt the death blow.”

Awad noted that earlier today, CAIR condemned anti-Muslim hate rhetoric spewed at a recent event organized by the Hawaii-Israel Alignment group and published online under the title “Islam is coming for you.”

WATCH: Barry Nussbaum’s Anti-Muslim Hate Rhetoric at Hawaii-Israel Alignment Event

https://youtu.be/haRFy_5l5i8

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 Condemns Anti-Muslim Hate Rhetoric at Hawaii-Israel Alignment Event

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Muslim hate rhetoric spewed at a recent event organized by the Hawaii-Israel Alignment group and published online under the title “Islam is coming for you.”

In video excerpts published by CAIR, American Truth Project founder Barry Nussbaum makes a number of hate-filled Islamophobic statements, including:

  • “You need to know who your enemies are.”
  • “They’re coming for you, and given the chance they will kill you.”
  • “In this country, they’ll want to institute sharia.”
  • “Several of them today sit in the House of Congress.”
  • A Muslim woman is a “slave to her husband” and he can “beat her to death.”
  • Muslim women cannot own property, drive a car, go out in public, or vote.
  • The Quran, Islam’s holy text, is “The most horrific story you have ever read in your life.”
  • “It’s in America today.”
  • “I want you to understand the threat is here right now.”
  • The Russian KGB made up the word “Palestinian.”
  • “There is no Palestinian history.”
  • “There is 400 of them [American Muslims] running for office right now and they believe in sharia.”
  • “You will accept the Quran as your Bible, or you will be [makes chopping motion] with the sword. . .Those are the only two choices.”

WATCH: Barry Nussbaum’s Anti-Muslim Hate Rhetoric at Hawaii-Israel Alignment Event

https://youtu.be/haRFy_5l5i8

“We condemn this hate rhetoric and urge religious and political leaders in Hawaii to repudiate the anti-Muslim bigotry spewed at this event,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

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 Applauds Virginia City Council’s Decision to Remove Statue Offensive to Native Americans

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the passage of a resolution by the city council in Charlottesville, Va., to remove a statue offensive to Native Americans from the city.

The statue depicts explorers Lewis and Clark standing while Sacagawea cowers behind them. At a city council meeting last week, representatives of the Native American community advocated for the statue’s removal and proposed it be reconstructed with the three figures on equal footing.

SEE: City Council passes resolution for the removal of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea statue
https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2019/11/city-council-passes-resolution-for-the-removal-of-lewis-clark-and-sacagawea-statue

“The Charlottesville City Council made the right decision to remove this physical manifestation of the white supremacy and systemic discrimination that Native Americans have endured,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We are still a long way from atoning for the horrific injustices committed against indigenous people in America, but we hope that this action will inspire cities across the country to follow Charlottesville’s example and remove offensive statues and images like this one and further reflect on their relationship with local Native American and other minority communities.” 

McCaw noted that the statue itself sits on a road constructed on top of an old Monacan Indian trail and emphasized the importance of recognizing the historic and continuing contributions of Native Americans to the United States.

In the past, CAIR has called for the removal of Confederate statues and symbols nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call to Remove Confederate Symbols Nationwide on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack
https://www.cair.com/cair_renews_call_to_remove_confederate_symbols_nationwide_on_2nd_anniversary_of_charlottesville_white_supremacist_terror_attack

CAIR Backs Call to Remove Confederate General’s Statue in D.C.
https://www.cair.com/cair_backs_call_to_remove_confederate_general_s_statue_in_d_c

Earlier this year, CAIR condemned President Donald Trump’s ‘full-on racist’ tweet about a massacre of Native Americans by U.S. soldiers. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s ‘Full-On Racist’ Tweet About Massacre of Native Americans
https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_trump_s_full_on_racist_tweet_about_massacre_of_native_americans

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-Colorado Calls for Hate Crime Charges After Armed Man Making Anti-Muslim Remarks Arrested Outside Denver Mosque

(DENVER, CO, 11/15/19) –The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Colorado), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an incident outside a Denver mosque involving an armed man making anti-Muslim remarks. 

The suspect allegedly crossed a parking lot at the mosque, turned and pointed what was described as a long gun at four individuals associated with the mosque and uttered anti-Muslim remarks at them. (Update: The weapon was later identified as an air rifle.)

The man then reportedly turned around and walked away still shouting anti-Muslim comments. No one at the scene was harmed. Police said the man was taken into custody and the weapon he used has not yet been located.  

SEE: Police: Armed man making anti-Muslim remarks outside Denver mosque arrested

https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/man-armed-in-mosque-arrested-after-fleeing-scene-police-say/73-c8589e4c-f4dd-4cce-8fe6-197f3c288695

Arrest Made After Man Points Gun at Worshippers Outside Denver Mosque

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/11/14/denver-police-mosque-gun-suspect-arrest-downing/

“It is becoming all too common to see such incidents targeting mosques, and given the rise in anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and white supremacist rhetoric and hate incidents across the nation, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this attack,” said CAIR-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole.

Cole noted that just this week, there was a mosque vandalism in Minnesota.

The Washington-based Muslim 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.

This week, CAIR called for a hate crime probe of an attack at a Minneapolis mosque as well as a policy change after a Pepsi Center security guard asked a woman to remove her hijab. 

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Minneapolis Mosque

https://www.cair.com/cair_minnesota_calls_for_hate_crime_probe_of_attack_on_minneapolis_mosque

CAIR-Colorado to Call for Policy Change After Pepsi Center Demands Muslim Mom Remove Hijab
https://www.cair.com/cair_colorado_to_call_for_policy_change_after_pepsi_center_demands_muslim_mom_remove_hijab

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-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, kcole@cair.com, 703-501-0961;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-Connecticut Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Repeated Vandalism Targeting Muslim Family’s Car

(HARTFORD, CT, 11/15/19) – The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the repeated vandalism of a vehicle belonging to a Hamden, Conn., Muslim physician and his family.

CAIR-CT says security camera video recorded the incident. This is the second time in less than two months that family car has been vandalized in front of the home. The mother and daughter both wear Islamic head scarves, or hijab, and say they have been harassed in the past for their attire.

Video: Egging of Conn. Muslim Family's Vehicle

https://youtu.be/CCw0ygS_AM4

The family installed surveillance cameras after the first assault on their vehicle. CAIR-CT is urging anyone with information on the truck to come forward and contact authorities.

“We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-CT Executive Director Tark Aouadi. “No family should be made to feel targeted or unwelcome due to their faith or background.”

He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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-CT Executive Director Tark Aouadi, 860-341-2247, tark.aouadi@cair.com


CAIR-Minnesota: Community Groups to Present $30,000 to Vandalized East African Immigrant Businesses

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/15/19) – Later today, CAIR-Minnesota, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota and Seward Community Co-op will hold a news conference in Minneapolis to present community-collected funds to support vandalized East African immigrant businesses in Seward.

SEE: Minneapolis East African Shops Boost Security After Vandalism

https://www.sahanjournal.com/business-economy/minneapolis-east-african-shops-boost-security-after-vandalism/

WHAT: Community Groups Present Check to Vandalized East African Businesses on Seward Avenue

WHEN: Today, Friday November 15, 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: 2601 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55406

WHO: Community group representatives, affected business leaders will speak at the news conference.

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.

CONTACT

CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein

6124060070, Jhussein@cair.com 

Corinne Horowitz

State Director, Main Street Alliance of Minnesota

corinne@mainstreetalliance.org 

612-232-1655 

Allison A. Meyer | Advocacy and Governance Specialist

Direct: 612.436.4043 |  ameyer@seward.coop 

 


Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds College Board’s Expansion of AP Exam Schedule to Accommodate Muslim Holiday

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the College Board for expanding and adjusting the 2021 AP Exam schedule to accommodate Muslim students who observe the religious holiday of Eid. 

[NOTE: Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

SEE: College Board to expand testing options for AP exam on Muslim holiday (Washington Post) 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/college-board-to-expand-testing-options-for-ap-exam-on-muslim-holiday/2019/11/13/a249f97a-0621-11ea-b17d-8b867891d39d_story.html

“The College Board’s decision to work with us to find a suitable and equitable compromise will allow school boards that give students off on Eid to grant this reasonable religious accommodation to tens of thousands of Muslim students nationwide,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry.“This move demonstrates the integrity of the organization and reflects its commitment to diversity and inclusion.” 

“We fully support students who observe Eid al-Fitr and want to provide flexibility for them and their schools,” said Terry Redican, vice president of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. “Offering an additional day of testing helps ensure observant students have the opportunity to test on a day that won’t conflict with other AP exams they may need to take.”

Earlier this month, the civil rights organization sent a letter requesting AP program administrators to avoid scheduling AP exams on Eid Al-Fitr, which is otherwise expected to land on a testing day. 

SEE: CAIR Sends Letter Requesting College Board Avoid Scheduling AP Exams on Eid al-Fitr

https://www.cair.com/cair_sends_letter_requesting_college_board_avoid_scheduling_ap_exams_on_eid_al_fitr


The organization was able to work with CAIR to find a solution that worked from both a logistical and administrative standpoint. 

Some school districts with a significant Muslim population give students the day off for the Islamic holiday, along with Jewish and Christian holidays. This allows students to be able to observe the holiday without being marked absent or missing valuable classroom instruction.

Weeks ago, through conversations with school officials, it was brought to CAIR’s attention that some school boards may not approve closing schools for students on Eid al-Fitr if it coincides with an AP exam date, because it would create an equity issue. 

To resolve that concern and accommodate students’ needs, the College Board will now create an additional testing date in the third week of May for AP exam(s) scheduled on May 13, 2021 - thereby allowing school districts that give students off for the Eid holiday the flexibility of an alternative AP exam date. 

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