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CAIR: Muslim Civil Rights Group Calls for Probe of Bias Motive for Shotgun Attack on Maine Halal Business Sign

IMG 20180409 WA0000(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/11/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities in Maine to investigate a possible bias motive for an apparent shotgun attack on the newly-installed sign for a Muslim business.

Owners of the Five Pillars Butchery House of Meat in Troy, Maine, say someone fired buckshot through the sign for their halal (Islamically-permissible) meat business on Sunday just over an hour after the sign was put up. (NOTE: It is assumed the shooter used a shotgun because there were multiple holes in the sign, but only one shot was heard.)

The incident has been reported to the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

“Because of rising Islamophobia nationwide, and because of the increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minorities, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this shooting,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper noted that CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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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-Oregon Condemns State House Republican Candidate’s Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic Comments

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 4/11/2018) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic comments made by a Eugene-area House Republican Candidate Joshua Powell, a candidate for Oregon House District 11.

Powell posted Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page, including a post that said he “Saw more Muslims in Eugene… ISIS right under our noses.” He claims he’s not racist but is interested in “preserv[ing] the Western cultural heritage.” When questioned in an interview by the Register Guard newspaper, Powell said that he’s concerned about Muslim and illegal immigration to Oregon. He said, “We’ve never had Muslims here in Oregon, ever, until now.”

On Facebook, Powell wrote: “New York Times called the Bundy ranch people trying to spin the narrative ... (expletive) Jews!,” “A new (expletive) low by the Jew York Times.”

SEE: Republican candidate for Oregon Legislature frequently disparages Jews and Muslims on social media

Trump-loving Oregon candidate attacks Parkland teens as ‘Jews’ and rants about ‘Muslim rats’

“Political and religious leaders in our state must take a stand against this candidate’s hatred and bigotry,” said Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon spokesperson. “The Muslim community in Eugene was targeted by hate crimes in recent years. Based on his public comments on social media, clearly Mr. Powell rejects the religious inclusion and diversity that make our nation great.” 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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

END CONTACT: Zakir Khan, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 626-502-8450; Sarah El Ebiary, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-610-3175

 

CAIR-Oregon Rep to Attend Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Trial

(PORTLAND, OR, 4/11/2018) -- The Oregon Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) will attend today’s trial of a man who allegedly threatened an African-American Muslim couple with “Serious physical injury” because of their “race, religion and national origin. The story earned national headlines last year.

CAIR-Oregon will have a representative available to speak to the media after the trial.

WHAT: Frederick Sorrell Hate Crime Case

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97204, Courtroom 330 – Judge Benjamin Souede

CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Board Chair, Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CAIR-Oregon Board Member Seemab Hussaini, 310-948-2040

Frederick Nolan Sorell, 49, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of intimidation resulting from the May 29 incident. Sorrell allegedly drove next to the Muslim couple for more than 20 blocks, attempted to hit their vehicle several times and reportedly shouted "take off the f***ing burka, this is America, go back to your f***ing country" before making a hand gesture several times -- pointed at the couple -- mimicking pulling the trigger of a handgun.

SEE: Police Arrest Man Who Told Portland Muslim Couple 'Go Back to Your Country'

CAIR-Oregon worked with public officials and law enforcement authorities to assist the couple and to call for an arrest in the case.

SEE: CAIR-Oregon Calls on Portland Mayor, Police to Act on 2nd Anti-Muslim Incident

The incident occurred following the stabbing deaths of two men who defended a Muslim teenager wearing hijab who was reportedly being harassed by a man shouting slurs on a Portland train.

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 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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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Video: CAIR to Offer Pre-Ramadan 'Know Your Rights: Religious Accommodations at Work and in School' Facebook Live Event

(WASHINGTON, DC, 4/10/18) – On Wednesday, April 18, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will offer a “Know Your Rights: Religious Accommodations at Work and in School” Facebook Live video workshop at 1 PM ET.

The live Facebook workshop will help individuals better understand their legal rights in the workplace and at school. It will address common questions for American Muslims as they attempt to balance their obligations as employees and students, while also observing the upcoming month-long fast of Ramadan, which will begin in mid-May.

CAIR attorneys will discuss legal rights and best practices for seeking religious accommodations such as prayer, breaking the Ramadan fast, head coverings, and holidays.

WHAT: Know Your Rights: Religious Accommodations at Work and in School Facebook Live Video

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 1 p.m. ET

LIVE AT: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/

Speakers will include CAIR-National Trial Attorney Ahmed Mohamed and CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo.

NOTE: CAIR’s “Know Your Rights” videos are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.

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