(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/13/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on Oakland County prosecutors to “robustly” charge a man who discharged his firearm on an unarmed African-American teen.
On Thursday, the teenager went to a home in Rochester Hills asking for directions after becoming lost on his way to school. A man in the house reportedly brandished a firearm at the teen and then opened fire at him as he ran for his life.
SEE: Michigan homeowner fires gun at teen who knocked on the door to ask for directions (WDIV Channel 4)
The shooter is currently in law enforcement custody while prosecutors are deliberating potential charges.
“The shooter should be robustly charged according to our state’s criminal law for shooting at the unarmed teen who simply came to a home asking for directions,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We suspect that the alleged shooter may have been motivated to attempt to murder the unarmed teen due to racial bias.”
Walid noted that CAIR-MI was involved in calling for justice in similar case when an unarmed black teen, Renisha McBride, was fatally shot in 2013 by a white male after seeking help after a car accident.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/12/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for highlighting Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo’s history of Islamophobic statements and associations during today’s confirmation hearing.
“We thank all those senators who cared enough about our nation’s traditions of religious inclusion and constitutional protections to call Mr. Pompeo out on his past Islamophobic statements and associations,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
CAIR is also calling on all those who value America’s traditions of religious inclusion and respect for diversity to contact members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.
The Washington-based civil rights organization set up a click-and-send action alert to urge senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation.
In addition to issuing the action alert, CAIR released a congressional fact sheet, titled “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/12/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded an overwhelming vote by Maryland lawmakers in favor of legislation that strengthens hate crime laws in that state.
Maryland lawmakers vote to broaden hate crime law
Sponsored by Senator John Astle, Senate Bill 528 -- Criminal Law Hate Crimes Group Victim -- aims to prohibit a person "from committing certain acts against another person or group because of another person's or group's race, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin, or because another person or group is homeless."
The bill was deemed necessary after an incident in Anne Arundel County last year when two teenagers hung a noose at Crofton Middle School. They were arrested on several charges, including Maryland's hate crime statute.
(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/11/18) -- On May 7-8, Muslims from around the country will attend the fourth annual National Muslim Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year, advocacy days participants will focus their lobbying efforts on issues such as the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban,” “Digital Muslim Ban” and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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Hosted by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, the advocacy days are expected to draw hundreds of Muslim delegates from across the nation. This two-day event is designed to connect national, regional and state Muslim organizations and community members with their elected representatives in Congress.
USCMO’S advocacy days will focus on promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice issues that will be of benefit to all Americans, regardless of faith or background.
Some of these issues include: