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CAIR Says New FBI Hate Crimes Report Shows Need to Stand Up to Increasing Bigotry

screenshot www.facebook.com 2017 11 13 15 06 44 193(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today said new FBI hates crimes statistics -- which indicated that almost one-quarter of the victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2016 were Muslim – shows the need for all Americans to stand up to increasing bigotry nationwide.

According to the FBI report, Jews and Muslims were the two most common targets of religiously-motivated hate crimes. There were increases in reported hate crimes across the board compared to 2015. Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by nearly 20 percent, anti-white by 17 percent, anti-Latino by 15 percent, and anti-Jewish by 3 percent.

SEE: A New FBI Report Says Hate Crimes -- Especially Against Muslims -- Went Up In 2016

Hate Crimes Rose About 5 Percent In 2016, FBI Report Says

In its report, the FBI notes: “In 2016, the nation’s law enforcement agencies reported that there were 7,615 victims of hate crimes.” The data also show that, “Of the 1,584 victims of anti-religious hate crimes” 24.5 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.

SEE: 2016 Hate Crime Statistics

“We have all witnessed the anger and prejudice that characterized last year’s election season, and that is growing nationwide in the current political environment,” said CAIR National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor. “To reverse this disturbing trend toward increased hatred and societal division, we must stand up to bigotry and the targeting of minority groups.”

CAIR’s own preliminary data, derived from different sources than the FBI, reveals that so far, anti-Islam prejudice incidents are up 9 percent in the first three quarters of 2016 over the previous year. So far this year, the organization has recorded 195 anti-Islam hate crimes.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents in the Third Quarter of 2017

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members 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 recently 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 National Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-384-8857; 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-MN to Join Local Muslim Groups at Press Conference, Rally to Condemn Eritrean Government Killings

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/10/2017) - On Sunday, November 12, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join the Eritrean Muslim Community of Minnesota (EMCM) and other Minnesota Muslim organization at a press conference and rally at the capitol to Detest Eritrean Government Killings of peaceful protesters.  

Associated Press reported that 28 people have been killed and more than 100 people were injured recently in protests in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. These protests occurred after the government closed down private schools in the capital. Students of those schools then took to the streets in a peaceful protest.

Relatives of the victims of those killed will be speaking at the protest and rally.

WHAT: Press Conference Followed by Rally

WHEN: Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m.

WHERE:  St Paul Capitol Rotunda

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.

"We cannot turn away from this brutal attack on peaceful protesters in one of the world's most reclusive nations," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

"Our community is in shocked and horrified by the Eritrea government’s senseless killings," said Eritrean Muslim Community of Minnesota (EMCM). “Our Eritrean Minnesota community is directly affected by this tragedy. We are asking our government to put pressure on the Eritrean government to end the violence.”

SEE: 28 killed in rare protests in Eritrea, opposition group says

Eritrea's Asmara city hit by rare student protest

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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.

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CAIR Calls for Police Probe, Firing of Teacher After Tennessee Student’s Hijab Forcibly Removed in Class

screenshot stepfeed.com 2017 11 10 09 47 53 731(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/10/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for a criminal investigation and the firing of a teacher at a Tennessee charter school after a video was circulated online of a Muslim student having her Islamic head scarf, or hijab, forcibly removed in a classroom.

CAIR says the Snapchat video, reportedly recorded inside a classroom at the New Vision Academy Charter School in Nashville and allegedly shared by the teacher, shows the Muslim student hiding her face while someone removed the hijab and exposed her hair to the class. Classmates can be seen playing with the girl’s hair as she tries to keep it covered. The teacher has been suspended by the school.

SEE: Teacher Suspended After Video Posted of Hijab Being Taken Off Student's Head

Nashville Teacher Suspended After Student's Hijab Ripped Off

“The video depicts a criminal assault, evidently motivated by the religious identity of the student, which makes this a possible hate crime,” said CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “We call on local law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident, determine who removed the student’s hijab, and take appropriate action to hold that person accountable.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is also calling for diversity training for all school staff using CAIR’s “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," which is designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

A recent report by CAIR’s California office revealed that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

CAIR-CA Report: More Than Half of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination

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

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members 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 recently 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-MN to Hold Free Legal Clinic in Minneapolis

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/10/2017) - On Tuesday, November 14, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic. The clinic will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, family law, consumer debt, and employment.

WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE:  CAIR- MN Office at 2511 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Many people don't have access to attorneys and this clinic will give people a chance to see an attorney free of charge," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow, 612-206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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