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Action Alert: CAIR Calls on Maryland Mosques to Participate in ‘Immigrant Solidarity Weekend’, Dedicate Friday Sermons to Prayers for Immigrant Communities

(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/11/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on Maryland mosque leaders and imams (Islamic religious leaders) to support statewide ‘Immigrant Solidarity Weekend’ January 12th - 14th by dedicating this week’s Friday sermons to urging prayers, support, and advocacy for Maryland’s diverse immigrant communities.  

SEE: ‘Immigrant Solidarity Weekend’ Facebook Event Page 

“Friday sermons are part of a dedicated effort by Muslim communities to help shine a much-needed spotlight on important issues impacting our most vulnerable communities, including immigrants and refugees” said CAIR Representative Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Thousands of families impacted by this administration’s unethical policies need our prayers, advocacy, and support.” 

Standing in solidarity with immigrants is a central part of many faiths. In the Islamic faith tradition, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) narrated: "None of you will have faith until he wishes for his brother [or sister] what he wishes for himself."

In his final sermon, he also iterated: “All humankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab. Also, a white person has no superiority over a black person, nor does someone who is black have any superiority over someone who is white -- except by piety and good action.”

In the Islamic Holy text, the Quran, God states directly:

  • “O you who believe: Be persistently firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or your parents and relatives.” The Holly Quran 4:135
  • “O humankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.” The Holy Quran, 49:13

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has implemented numerous anti-immigrant policies and executive orders in the past year, including:

• Executive order increasing interior enforcement of immigration targeting and directing an effort to build an additional border wall

• Muslim Ban 1.0

• iPad/Laptop Ban

• Muslim Ban 2.0

• Muslim Ban 3.0

• Reducing the number of refugees permitted to be resettled into the U.S. to the lowest it's been in decades

• Muslim Ban 4.0

• Ending deferred action (DACA) for an estimated 800,000 childhood arrivals 

• Ending temporary protected status for 45,000 Haitians 

• Ending temporary protected status for 200,000 Salvadorians, which will impact them and their over 190,000 U.S. born children

• Beginning efforts to revoke citizenship from naturalized citizens

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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CONTACT: CAIR Representative Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

 

Action Alert: CAIR is Hiring – Join our Team in Washington, D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/5/2018) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on qualified applicants to submit resumes for a number of new positions at the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Due to the increasing number of cases of discrimination, attacks and policies targeting American Muslims, and the community’s support of our work, we are increasing staffing at our offices in the nation’s capital by more than 50 percent,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge qualified individuals with a passion for civil rights to join CAIR at this crucial time in our nation’s history.”

Current employment opportunities at CAIR include:

[NOTE: For details on each employment opportunity, go to: http://cair.com/careers

  • Operations Manager
  • Research and Advocacy Director
  • Human Resources Director
  • Staff Attorney
  • Communications Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Junior Accountant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Chapter Support Specialist – Civil Rights
  • Chapter Outreach Manager

CAIR chapters nationwide also have job openings. Go to: http://cair.com/about-us/employment.html

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: CAIR Urges Senate to Vote ‘No’ on Torture-Supporting Judicial Nominee Howard Nielson

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/5/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote “NO” on the nomination of Howard C. Nielson to the position of United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah because of his past support for torture.

CAIR is also calling on American voters to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee, and their state’s Senate delegation, to oppose Nielson’s nomination.

Prior to his nomination, Nielson, serving as a Bush Administration Justice Department deputy assistant attorney general, authored an August 2005 memo used to justify torture, arguing that “persons captured and detained in Afghanistan do not qualify for ‘protected person’ status under the Geneva Convention.”

Nielson’s memo was written in part to support the conclusions of the Bush Administration’s “Torture Memos” – a series of legal memos erroneously providing legal defenses for the Bush Administration’s use of rendition, indefinite detention, torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody; including the use of waterboarding.

The Senate Judiciary Committee may hear and vote on Nielson’s nomination as early as Wednesday, January 10.

“The Senate has a moral obligation to reject judicial nominees who provided legal justifications for the United States’ past use of torture -- especially when they are being nominated by a president who has pledged to bring back waterboarding and much worse,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw.

Act Now – Click Here to Tell the Judiciary Committee, Your Senator to Vote “No” On Judges That Support the Use of Torture

In 2007, Nielson wrote a Washington Post editorial defending the Bush Administration’s Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), and former Acting Assistant Attorney General Stephen Bradbury, his previous supervisor, in response to national media revealing the existence of the torture memos and torture of detainees.

Bradbury was one of the primary authors of the OLC’s torture memos, and in Nielson’s editorial, he hinted at his own involvement assisting Bradbury in drafting some of these memos.

In 2006, the Bush administration banned waterboarding, and in 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics.

However, President Donald Trump supported the use of torture on the campaign trail stating if elected president, “I would bring back waterboarding” … “And I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

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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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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