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CAIR: Missouri Muslims to Hold 4th Annual Capitol Day

screenshot www.cair mo.org 2018.02.13 12 02 15(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/13/2018) – On February 14, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), along with the Kansas and Missouri chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will hold “Immigrants, Muslims and Refugee Capitol Day.” The Jefferson City event will bring together Missouri immigrants, Muslims, refugees, and their allies to make that state a more welcoming place for all people.

WHAT: Immigrant, Muslim and Refugee Capitol Day WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, Kick-Off Rally on the Front Steps of the Capitol Building at 10:30 a.m.; 1:45 prayer in 1st floor Rotunda WHERE: Missouri State Capitol Building, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101

CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEE: Immigrant, Muslim & Refugee Capitol Day: 2018

www.cair-mo.org/capitolday

Participants in Immigrants, Muslims and Refugee Capitol Day will hold meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to the state’s voters. Before leaving the Capitol, members of the Muslim community will hold a communal prayer at 1:45 p.m. in the 1st floor Rotunda room.

“The annual Capitol Day is an opportunity for the voice of Missouri Muslims to be heard by elected officials and to challenge unconstitutional measures introduced in the legislature,” said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed.

Syed said Capitol Day participants will advocate against is S.B. 849 and H.B. 2179, which would restrict the First Amendment right to engage in boycotts to protect Palestinian rights in Missouri. Civil rights advocates say these bills are unconstitutional, and if passed, will invite lawsuits similar to those in Kansas.

SEE: Kanas Judge Temporarily Suspends Anti-DBS Law http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/kansas-judge-temporarily-suspends-anti-bds-law-180130181725634.html

“We believe the right to participate in a boycott is protected by the Constitution,” said Syed.

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-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, 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.

 

CAIR-Austin Welcomes School District’s Revival of Talks to Remove Confederate School Names

(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 2/12/2018) -- The Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) today commended the Austin Independent School District (AISD) School Board for renewing discussions on renaming five Austin-area campuses that bear the names of Confederate figures.

The AISD School Board will reconsider the names of the Allan Facility, Reagan High School, the Johnston campus of Eastside Memorial High School, Lanier High School and Fulmore Middle School, which bear the names of individuals that either served as leaders in the Confederate army or were Austinites that fought for the Confederacy.

This discussion will also include potential criteria for school naming policies that incorporate prejudice, discrimination and bias as factors for disqualification. AISD will also provide opportunities for community engagement forums on the possible name changes.

SEEAustin district to renew debate over Confederate school names Monday

“We thank the AISD School Board for reopening this important discussion and hope it leads to the removal of any school names that honor those who led or fought for the Confederacy and the injustice it represented,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh. “We hope that these public institutions will be renamed in honor of those that fought for greater equality, inclusion and tolerance in our nation.”

In the past, CAIR has called Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to contact their state legislatures to request the introduction of CAIR's template resolution calling for the removal of all Confederate symbols.

SEE: CAIR Backs Call to Remove Confederate General’s Statue in D.C.

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-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; (512) 785-7105

 

CAIR-Georgia Welcomes Syrian Grandfather to Atlanta for Cancer Treatment After Receiving ‘Muslim Ban’ Waiver

27658105 10100487091806147 3442339174390342947 n 1(ATLANTA, GA, 2/12/2018) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today announced that Mohamed Al-Bitar, a Syrian grandfather suffering from eye cancer, has arrived in Atlanta for medical treatment after receiving a waiver to the Trump administration's “Muslim Ban.”

On Saturday, February 9, Al-Bitar and his wife arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where they were reunited with their Georgia-based family members, including a daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren.

"We thank everyone who said a prayer for this family, and we thank everyone who worked with us in the hope of saving Mr. Al-Bitar's life," said CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. "Despite the delay in Mr. Al-Bitar's cancer treatment, we are hopeful that he will recover, and thankful that he is with family."

Mitchell added: "Our nation never had anything to fear from a sick grandfather seeking cancer treatment. The Muslim Ban, in all its forms, must come to an end."

"Even as we celebrate this victory, we must remember that many American families remain divided because of the Muslim Ban, while many DREAMERs and other immigrants continue to face the threat of deportation," said Ruwa Romman, communications director for CAIR Georgia.

The family asks for privacy as Al-Bitar undergoes cancer treatment, and does not plan to conduct any media interviews at this time.

Background on the Case:

SEE: Georgia Family Calls On President Trump To Grant Ailing Syrian Grandfather a Travel Ban Exemption for Cancer Treatment

Al-Bitar -- who visited Georgia in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to spend time with his Georgia relatives -- was diagnosed with a cancerous eye tumor last year. The tumor requires a unique medical treatment that is unavailable in Syria or surrounding Middle Eastern nations. A hospital in Atlanta, however, was able and willing to offer the procedure, which Al-Bitar is paying for himself.

His first application for a visa to return to the United States for medical treatment was denied by the State Department, so he applied a second time with assistance from CAIR-Georgia and a local elected official.  Al-Bitar's second visa application was then delayed by "administrative processing," which included review of the Trump Administration's new DS-5535 form. The form requires selected immigrants to share additional information about their social media accounts, family members and past employment. 

His completed form was still under review when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated President Trump's third Muslim Ban, banning Syrian nationals from traveling to the United States.

In December, CAIR-Georgia sought a waiver to the Muslim Ban, directly calling on the Trump administration to make an exception for Al-Bitar, whose doctors urged him to receive treatment by December in order to achieve the best prospect of recovery.

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-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell; 404-285-9530; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of 'Execute All Muslims' Comment Targeting Muslim Mayoral Candidate

screenshot outlook.office.com 2018.02.12 12 09 25(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/12/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state to investigate a possible threat to a Muslim mayoral candidate in Rochester, Minn.

Candidate Regina Mustafa reported that an individual self-identified as “Militia Movement” left a comment last night stating “EXECUTE all muslims [sic] in America” on one of her Google Plus postings from June of 2017.

Mustafa told CAIR she has reported the apparent threat to the Rochester Police Department. She believes the threatening comment was prompted by news of her mayoral candidacy.

SEE: Mustafa Says She'll Run for Mayor of Rochester

“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this implicit threat of violence targeting a member of a minority community seeking to take part in our nation’s political process,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

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

The Washington-based civil rights organization has also challenged a number of the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, discriminatory and anti-immigrant policies.

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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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