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CAIR-DFW Calls for Censure of City Council Member Who Shared Islamophobic ‘Ban Islam’ Post

screenshot www.facebook.com 2018.02.14 11 28 58(DALLAS, TX, 2/14/18) — The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) today called on the city council of Plano, Texas, to censure one of its members who shared a Facebook video questioning whether President Trump should “ban Islam in American schools.”

Plano City Council Member Tom Harrison recently shared the video on his personal social media calling for President Trump to ban Islam in American Schools. Plano is home to many Muslim residents.

SEE: https://www.facebook.com/collincountyshops/posts/2047003441983402

“We call for the censure of Council Member Harrison for promoting this hate-filled and un-American message,” said CAIR-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale. “Unfortunately, Islamophobic comments from public officials are all too common, and it is important that action be taken to address such bigoted rhetoric.”

She added that while every American has the right to free speech -- even bigoted speech – those who serve a diverse public should be held to a higher standard of conduct.

SEE: CAIR-MN Asks GOP to Fire Official Who Claimed Minnesota Muslims Plan to ‘Infiltrate’ Precinct Caucuses

CAIR Welcomes Firing of White Supremacist, Islamophobic Maine Official

CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Racist, Anti-Muslim Trump Appointee

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-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale, 469-998-2246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Florida joins Coalition of Florida Immigrant Rights Organizations Issuing a Statewide Florida Travel Advisory Announcement

(Miami, FL, 2/14/18) - The Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today announces the release of an emergency travel advisory warning immigrants and people of color traveling to Florida of the many risks they may run into. This effort is the result of a coalition of statewide groups fearing for the safety of immigrants and people of color.

Emergency Travel Advisory Issued for the State of Florida:

Immigrants across Florida feel more threatened than ever before, with attacks on the national level being amplified by local anti-immigrant policies and corporations that refuse to protect their customers. In response, CAIR-Florida, the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Mi Familia Vota, QLatinx, Latino Justice PRLDEF, Central Florida Jobs With Justice, Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Florida Student Power Network, Organize Florida, Dream Defenders, New Florida Majority, Iniciativa Accion Puertorriquena, Interfaith Council of Central FL, Faith in Florida, Alianza Americas, SEIU Florida, Miami Worker's Center, Women's March of West Palm Beach, United We Dream, and the Advancement Project have released an Emergency Travel Advisory for the State of Florida. Major actions will be happening statewide on Wednesday, February 14th, in conjunction with the release of the Emergency Travel Advisory.

SEE HERE: Emergency Travel Advisory (English)

Emergency Travel Advisory (Spanish)

In January, sheriffs from 17 Florida counties announced plans to work more closely than ever with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target immigrants for deportation. But even before this new deportation scheme, Florida already had a dramatic spike in the number of ICE arrests, the highest in the country, and videos of a Jamaican grandmother being profiled and detained on a Greyhound bus and a man from Trinidad being dragged away from a bus in handcuffs have been viewed by millions of people across the world. In light of these facts, all immigrants are urged to reconsider visiting Florida and especially recommended to avoid high risk areas, including ports, airports and Greyhound stations. While a boycott is not being recommended at this time, travelers to Florida are being asked to use discretion, understand their risks and seek legal advice. 

"CAIR-Florida continues to fight to protect immigrants across the state of Florida as the anti-immigrant policies increases and their safety and security is compromised with each passing day. Despite the heightened rise in the number of ICE arrests, sheriffs from 17 Florida counties announced plans to work even closer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target immigrants for deportation. We urge and encourage travelers to the state to use caution and seek prior legal advise", said Wilfredo Ruiz, CAIR-Florida's Communications Director.

List of Statewide Actions:

ORLANDO:

WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, 2528 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

TAMPA:

WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Hillsborough County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

WEST PALM BEACH:

WHEN: February 14, 12 PM

WHERE: Greyhound Station, 205 South Tamarind Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FORT LAUDERDALE:

WHEN: February 14, 5:30 PM

WHERE: Greyhound Station, 515 NE 3rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

MIAMI:

WHEN: February 14, 11 AM

WHERE: Miami Torch of Friendship, 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida's Central Florida Director, Rasha Mubarak, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 407.490.9407

CAIR-Florida's Interfaith & Youth Coordinator, Aida Mackic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515.745.5142

CAIR-Florida's Civil Rights Attorney, Omar Saleh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.809.6170

 

CAIR and Walkup, Melodia File Suit Challenging Southwest Airlines' Removal of Arabic-Speaking Passenger

screenshot twitter.com 2018.02.13 15 19 29(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2/13/2018) -- The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and the law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a traveler who was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in April 2016 after another passenger complained about his speaking Arabic on the phone.

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, then a student at UC Berkeley, was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport after an event at which he had the opportunity to hear UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. As he boarded the flight, he excitedly called his uncle to tell him about the event. Another passenger, overhearing him speaking in Arabic, reported him to Southwest Airlines staff. Makhzoomi was promptly removed from the aircraft, questioned by law enforcement and barred from returning to the flight.

SEE: Arabic-Speaking Student Kicked Off Southwest Flight

“Southwest Airlines removed Mr. Makhzoomi from a flight and turned him in to local and federal law enforcement for no reason other than his spoken language,” said Zahra Billoo, CAIR-SFBA executive director. “What Mr. Makhzoomi experienced is the essence of religious profiling, and every Muslim airline passenger’s worst nightmare.”

A copy of the complaint can be found at: https://ca.cair.com/sfba/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Makhzoomi-v.-Southwest-Airlines.pdf

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.

As one of the premier plaintiff trial firms in the United States, attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger have successfully represented injured people in both state and federal courts. For nearly six decades, we have helped establish new law and proactively used litigation to compel corporations and public entities to respect the civil rights of all consumers.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, Partner Khaldoun A. Baghdadi, 415.981.7210, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-OK to Host ‘Day of Prayer for Our Legislators,’ Interfaith Friday Prayer at State Capitol

screenshot www.facebook.com 2018.02.13 14 17 58(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 2/13/2018) – On Friday, February 16, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host a “Day of Prayer for Our Legislators,” marked with an interfaith group of speakers and an Islamic “jummah” Friday communal prayer and “khutbah,” or sermon, led by Imam Dr. Imad Enchassi.

WHAT: Day of Prayer for Our Legislators and Interfaith Jummah Prayer at the State Capitol

WHERE: Oklahoma State Capitol Building, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, Second Floor Rotunda WHEN: Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:30-3 p.m.

EVENT LISTING: https://www.facebook.com/events/767554610119315/

“The Day of Prayer for Our Legislators is intended to serve two purposes: to reconnect the Muslim community and our allies to the work of the legislature, and to respond to the marginalization of minority faiths and communities by some elected officials,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “We welcome our fellow Oklahomans of all faith backgrounds to join us on this day as we pray for peace and for a better state and country.”

Featured speakers for the event include Rev. Lori Walke of the Mayflower Congregational UCC; Rabbi Vered Harris of Temple B’nai Israel; and Rev. Shannon Fleck of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.

Jummah is the weekly congregational prayer for Muslims, offered on Friday afternoons. Although it is commonly held in a mosque, it can be held in any public location. The prayer consists of a “khutbah,” or sermon, recitation of the Holy Quran, and communal prayers. The event is free and open to the public.

CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of 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: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director, 405-430-9877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Natasha Saya, CAIR-OK Outreach and Events Fellow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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