(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their congressional representatives to co-sponsor and support the Disarm Hate Act (H.R. 2841/S.1324). The act is sponsored by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).
Introduced in June -- one week before the Congressional baseball practice shooting and two months before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. -- the act would ban gun sales to people who have been convicted of a hate crime or a misdemeanor committed out of hatred of a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability from attaining a firearm.
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“CAIR urges Congress to support the Disarm Hate Act and better protect minority community members from gun violence by disarming those convicted of violent hate crimes,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw
Although convicted felons are currently prohibited from owning a gun under Federal law, only six states prohibit individuals with a misdemeanor hate crime from buying one.
“If you commit a hate crime, you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. Period. There is a clear link between these horrific hate crimes and gun violence. We know that those who commit hate crimes become increasingly violent as time goes on. No American family should have to suffer because of this loophole. Let’s disarm hate once and for all,” said Rep. Cicilline.
"If you’ve been convicted of a crime based on hate, you should have zero access to a gun. It’s not complicated," added Senator Casey.
The Disarm Hate Act addresses the loophole by amending the federal criminal code to include those convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime or an enhanced sentence crime because it was partially motivated by hate. For an act to fall under this classification, it needs to involve the use, attempted use, or the threat of using physical force or a weapon to inflict physical harm on a person based one of the protected classification identities.
According to research completed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, “hate crimes are up about 20 percent in the nation’s largest cities so far in 2017.” In one of these cities, Washington D.C., hate crimes rose 62 percent from the prior year. For anti-Muslim hate crimes in particular, the nation experienced a 67 percent increase from 2016.
CAIR supports reasonable gun safety reforms that could have the potential to stop mass-shootings like the ones that took place in Florida, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Charleston. Policies like expanding background checks to all gun sales – including private handgun sales, gun shows and online sales; help keep guns out of the hands of individuals convicted of hate crimes, domestic violence or stalking. CAIR also calls for federally-funded research into the causes and effects of gun violence in America.
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.
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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Letter to the Community:
SB 31 (Lara) The California Religious Freedom Act and SB 54 (De Leon) The California Values Act are headed to the Governor’s Desk for consideration. We are so close to providing vital protections for our communities and the last step is for the bills to be signed into law! We need to mobilize one more time and call on Governor Brown to sign both bills into law. Governor Brown needs to know these bills will play an important role in supporting our most vulnerable communities.
SB 31: California Religious Freedom Act
This bill co-sponsored by CAIR California, ensures that no state or local agency will participate in any federal program to create a registry based on a person’s religious beliefs, practices or affiliations, national origin, or ethnicity, for law enforcement or immigration purposes.
SB 54: California Values Act
This bill will ensure that our state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and will ensure that our schools, health facilities, and courts remain accessible to all Californians. State and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances.
CALL TO ACTION
We as members of CAIR-CA and MPower Change are calling on you to sign SB31 and SB54 into law. Both laws will protect Californians from targeting by law enforcement and public institutions based on their identity and status. California must lead the way against the Trump Administration's anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and White Nationalist agenda. We urge you to sign both bills into law
Letter to the Governor:
Dear Governor Brown,
I write in strong support of SB 31 (Lara) California Religious Freedom Act and SB 54 (De Leon) California Values Act.
SB 31 protects the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local agencies and personnel do not participate in, or use agency resources to create a registry, list, or database of individuals based on religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations; national origin; or ethnicity. History has demonstrated that registries based on religious affiliation and national origin are not effective law enforcement or anti-terrorism tools. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government instituted in 2002 the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). NSEERS began by requiring special registration from male visitors arriving from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Syria but eventually expanded to 25 countries, most with majority Muslim populations and most in Africa and the Middle East. Registrants were fingerprinted, photographed, and questioned by immigration officers. NSEERS resulted in 80,000 registrants, of which 13,000 landed in the pipeline for deportation. This program resulted in zero terrorism convictions.
SB 54 would disentangle local law enforcement from the business of deportations by prohibiting local resources from being used for immigration enforcement purposes. Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances. Additionally, the bill will also create safer spaces at schools, libraries, courthouses, shelters, DLSE facilities, and health care facilities, by limiting immigration enforcement at these locations. Each public entity shall establish and make public policies that limit assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law. President Trump has made clear that he intends to create the “deportation force” he spoke of on the campaign trail, and to coerce states and localities into serving on the frontlines. The California Values Act makes clear that California—the state with the largest immigrant population in the nation—will not waste our limited resources on deporting our community members. We will not compromise the civil rights and safety of our residents in order to facilitate a deportation machine that would tear our families apart.
Given that President Trump has moved forward with many of his campaign promises, with your help, California can take a proactive stance to protect the civil liberties of all Californians. Thank you for standing with us for social justice and for your leadership on this matter. We need you to be bold and courageous as the rest of the nation will follow California’s lead on these very important policies. Please sign both SB 31 & SB 54 into law so that we can provide strong protections for our most vulnerable populations.
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Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/19/17) -- Registration for CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., is now available online. In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.
With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's 23rd Annual Banquet will feature a number of nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:
Banquet attendees will also be entertained by comedian Jeremy McLellan and will meet the winners of CAIR’s annual awards.
TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/
Individual tickets cost $65.
Reserve a Table(s) of 10: