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CAIR: Maryland Communities to Hold Rally in Support of Rohingya Muslims

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/15/17) -- On Sunday, September 17, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a coalition of at least 20 Maryland Muslim organizations and will hold a rally to educate, raise awareness and provide calls to action to end the ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

WHAT: Maryland Unity Rally for Rohingya Muslims WHEN: Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m. (after Dhuhr prayer) WHERE: Diyanet Center of America, 9704 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Md. 20706

WHO: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Diyanet Center of America, Islamic Society of the Washington Area, Islamic Community Center of Laurel, Muslim Matters, Muslim Family Center, Dar at Taqwa, Masjid Al Falaah, An Nur Foundation, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Baltimore County Muslim Council, Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Prince George's County Muslim Council, Burma Task Force USA, Muslim Community Center, Anne Arundel County Muslim Council, Howard County Muslim Council, and more. 

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CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6072

"We are increasingly concerned by the plight of the Rohingya people and urge all people of conscience to attend this rally and learn how they can help call for an end to the ethnic cleansing taking place in Myanmar," said CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

CAIR recently issued an action alert urging Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to take part in the following actions to increase American and international pressure on the Burmese government.

SEE: CAIR Action Alert: What You Can Do to #SaveRohingyaMuslims

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 Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-DFW: Dallas Community to Hold Rally in Support of Rohingya Muslims

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 9/15/17) -- On Sunday, September 17, a coalition of local organizations, including the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), will hold a rally to bring awareness and call for an end to the violence and ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

WHAT: Rally Against Rohingya Genocide

WHEN: Sunday, September 17 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Dealey Plaza, 400 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

WHO: CAIR-DFW, Islamic Circle of North America for Social Justice, Dallas Peace and Justice Center, Muslim American Society Dallas, Pace and Justice for Rohingya, In Solidarity, Muslim Ummah of North America - Dallas, Rohingya Muslim Relief, United Ummah for Refugees, and many more

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Government Affairs Coordinator Delhi Ekambo, 469-998-2247, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1900142383346895

"We at CAIR-DFW express our deep concern about the violence in Myanmar, including reports of possible genocide in the region," said Delhi Ekambo, government affairs coordinator at CAIR-DFW. "We join with fellow DFW organizations to call on our elected officials to intervene and demand that the Myanmar government put an end to the violence and allow immediate relief to reach the Rohingya Muslims."

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-DFW Government Affairs Coordinator Delhi Ekambo, 469-998-2247, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/14/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Jewish woman and her adult daughter by an assailant who mistakenly believed they were Muslims.

According to police, Dimitrious Zias said "get out of my country, you dirty Muslim!'' as he repeatedly punched the 57-year-old Jewish woman and her 37-year-old daughter. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with assault as a hate crime. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Rego Park R Stop on 67th Avenue.

SEE: Drunken Bigot Attacks Jewish Mom, Daughter He Mistook for Muslims at Queens Subway Station: 'Get Out of My Country'

“This tragic attack shows why Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers must unite against religious bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Any time a New Yorker is targeted because of their faith, it’s an attack on our city as a whole and the values that we treasure. We stand with and support the victims of this heinous attack, and we are grateful that an arrest was made so quickly.”

CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.  Last month, CAIR-NY condemned racist vandalism at a Long Island school.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

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 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-NY Executive Director, Afaf Nasher, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 917 669-4006; CAIR-NY Legal Director, Albert Fox Cahn, Esq., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571-766-6273

 

Action Alert: Tell Your Senators Not to Support Sen. Graham’s Unconstitutional Citizenship-Stripping NDAA Amendment

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/14/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on voters to contact members of the U.S. Senate to oppose Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposed amendment to a defense spending bill that would authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to strip the citizenship and legal permanent resident (LPR) status of individuals accused of providing material support to or engaging in acts of terrorism on behalf of a foreign terrorist organization or state.

READ: PDF Copy of Sen. Graham’s Citizenship-Stripping Amendment (SA 1047)

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

EMAIL: Tell U.S. Senate to Vote "NO" on Sen. Graham’s Unconstitutional Citizenship-Stripping NDAA Amendment (SA 1047)

AND/OR CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY

Call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your state’s senate offices.

Ask them to vote against Senator Graham’s citizenship-stripping amendment.

Sample call script:

I am a constituent from Senator _____’s state and am calling to urge him/her to vote “NO” on Senator Lindsey Graham’s citizenship-stripping amendment, SA 1047, to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Without a formal declaration that one is giving up his or her citizenship, it cannot be taken away. Thank You.”

BACKGROUNDER:

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Senate Amendment 1047 to Senate Amendment 1003 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810) was submitted yesterday and may possibly receive a vote on the Senate floor as early as today.

This unconstitutional amendment would violate the Fifth Amendment by authorizing DHS to take away the citizenship rights of Americans and LPRs -- based on accusations alone -- without due process, a court conviction, and most importantly, absent a formal declaration giving up one’s citizenship. Without a formal declaration that one is giving up his or her U.S. citizenship, it cannot be taken away.

“Citizenship is a right, not a privilege to be taken away without due process and based on unproven accusations,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw. “The courts can convict those who have violated the law -- but no bureaucrat may take away an American’s citizenship without their consent or adequate due process.”

Sen. Graham’s citizenship-stripping amendment is similar to another controversial bill offered by Senator Ted Cruz last year.

SEE: Cruz Bill Eases Revocations of U.S. Citizenship Without Due Process

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, 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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