CAIR-GA Calls on Senators Isakson, Perdue to Support Senate Resolution 250
(ATLANTA, GA - 9/17/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today thanked the more than 500 Georgians who joined an Atlanta march yesterday against the Burmese government's ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
PHOTOS FOR PUBLIC USE: 500 People Join Atlanta March Against Burmese Violence
During the march, which included almost 200 members of Georgia's Burmese community, activists called on Georgia senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson to join Senator John McCain in supporting a Senate resolution that would condemn the Burmese government's violence.
The Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia, Inc. (BRCG) and CAIR Georgia also released an electronic file documenting some of the violence the Burmese government has allegedly committed against its Rohingya Muslim population in recent weeks, including acts of torture, arson and murder.
VIDEO & PHOTOS FOR PUBLIC USE: Alleged Attacks On Rohingya Muslims (Warning - Very Graphic)
Over the past several weeks, Burmese soldiers and mobs have traveled through Rohingya villages in Myanmar, burning down homes and displacing 300,00 people. The BRCG has sifting through online photos of the violence to identify, verify, and compile evidence of the violence.
"The world failed to intervene in Rwanda. The world failed to intervene in Srbrenica. The world still has a chance to act in Myanmar," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "Georgia, which is home to thousands of Burmese-Americans who fled persecution, has a role to play in stopping Myanmar's campaign of ethnic cleansing."
In a Sep. 12th letters sent to Senators Isakson and Perdue, CAIR Georgia and the Burmese Rohingya Community of Georgia, Inc. encouraged them to support John McCain's Senate Resolution 250. So far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote.
The Obama Administration eased financial sanctions in Myanmar in 2012, after its authoritarian government freed some political prisoners and allowed elections. However, Burma has since escalated its ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, who the government does not recognize as citizens.
"Although the United States cannot and should not intervene in every global humanitarian crisis, our nation has a unique opportunity and obligation to stop the Burmese regime before this violence escalates from ethnic cleansing into an outright genocide," Mitchell said.
(NEW YORK, NY, 9/16/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the public to assist in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a 53-year-old man near the Dekalb Avenue L train station because he was Muslim.
On Wednesday, an unidentified suspect reportedly making anti-Muslim remarks slapped the cell phone from a man's hand and then proceeded to punch him in his neck. According to police, the attack was carried out in broad daylight, around 8:30 a.m., on the busy corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Stockholm Street.
(SACRAMENTO, CA 9/15/17) – The State Assembly passed the California Values Act (SB 54) and the California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31), marking a momentous victory for immigrant rights organizations.
SB 54, introduced by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that our state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and ensuring that state services are accessible to all Californians.
SB 31, introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara would prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database based on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.
“CAIR-CA welcomes the passage of immigrants rights legislation, SB 54 and SB 31”, said CAIR-CA Legislative & Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas. “Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump we have seen policies that threaten the livelihood of vulnerable communities. SB 54 and SB 31 will limit local law enforcement cooperation with prejudicial federal immigration policies and ensure that all Californians’ safety and civil rights are protected.”
(PORTLAND, OREGON, 9/15/17) -- The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today commended Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for his statement asking Burma to cease its persecution of the Rohingya Muslim people.
CAIR-Oregon has been working with the Rohingya community in Oregon since the beginning of the current crisis. The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is organizing a rally with Oregon United for Rohingya on September 24 between 2-5 p.m. at Pioneer Square (701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon).
“The genocide currently occurring in Burma requires all of us to stand up for the Rohingya community,” said Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon spokesperson. “We are grateful for Senator Merkley's leadership on this issue and call on all Oregonians to stand with us at this upcoming rally to show the Rohingya that we stand for a world of love over hate."