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CAIR-OK Welcomes Probe of Officer’s Anti-Muslim Posts, Calls for More Training and Screening

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 2/10/2018) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today welcomed an investigation that the Collinsville Police Department is conducting into anti-Muslim posts made on social media by one of their officers.

SEE: Oklahoma Police Officer Posts Anti-Muslim Images on Social Media

The offensive posts included a picture of a man holding a holstered gun and reading: “Infidel Brotherhood: Who wants to play cowboys and Muslims?”

“We are glad that the Collinsville Police Department is taking this situation seriously,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “Collinsville Police Department now has an opportunity to make positive changes and to set an example for law enforcement authorities across our state.” 

CAIR-OK provides trainings and other resources for any state law enforcement agency wishing to educate its officers.

“Unfortunately, there are many people out there who harbor bias and prejudice against Muslims,” said Soltani. “While everyone is entitled to their own views, someone in a position of power and responsibility -- such as a police officer -- should be held to a higher standard of conduct and must be prepared to protect all the citizens of his or her community.”

He said CAIR offers a booklet, called “A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community,” which outlines basic information about Islamic beliefs that are relevant to law enforcement.  It also covers issues such as the rights of Muslim law enforcement officers, religiously-sensitive techniques for body searches, proper etiquette for entering Muslim homes, and advice on outreach to the Islamic community.

SEE: A Law Enforcement Official’s Guide to the Muslim Community 

CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of 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: Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Veronica Laizure, CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director, 405-430-9877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: Contact Macy’s to Support Modest Clothing Line Being Attacked Online by Islamophobes

screenshot www.huffingtonpost.com 2018.02.09 14 40 18(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/9/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds who value religious diversity and respect for personal choice to show support for a Macy’s clothing line offering Muslim-friendly modest attire that is coming under attack by Islamophobes.

Earlier this month, Macy’s launched the Verona Collection featuring a “selection of versatile, ready-to-wear pieces including dresses, tops, cardigans, pants and hijabs in a variety of colors and fabrics.” The modest clothing will be available on macys.com beginning on February 15. Macy’s is the latest retailers to begin offering modest attire, joining Nike and American Eagle.

SEE: The Workshop at Macy’s Alumni Verona Collection Launches on Macys.com in February

Since Macy’s announced this new modest clothing line, it has come under attack online by Islamophobes who routinely attack any manifestation of Islam in American society.

SEE: Macy's Attacked Online After Announcing Muslim-Friendly Clothing Line

CAIR is urging community members to contact Macy’s to push back against the Islamophobic campaign against the clothing line.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:

CONTACT Macy’s to express your support for the company’s effort to be inclusive of all faiths and to offer women, regardless of their religion or background, choices of modest clothing.

CONTACT:

Macy’s Media Relations

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TWEET: @Macys

CALL: 212-494-3000 Option *2

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 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.

 

CAIR-Cincinnati Joins FBI in Offering Reward for Info on Pro-Trump, Anti-Muslim Vandalism

screenshot www.fox19.com 2018.02.09 14 18 57(CINCINNATI, OH, 2/9/18) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today joined the FBI in offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who vandalized a vehicle owned by an individual of Middle Eastern descent with anti-Muslim and pro-Trump hate graffiti.

CAIR-Cincinnati is offering $1,000 for information about the May 4, 2017, vandalism that included broken windows and slashed tires, along with spray-painted Nazi swastikas and "Go Home," "Musslim [sic] Terrorist" and "Trump America." The FBI announced today that it is offering a $3,000 reward in the case.

SEE: SUV Vandalized with Swastikas, 'Musslim [sic] Terrorist'

FBI: SUV Spray-Painted With 'Go Home,' 'Terrorist' and 'Trump America'

“We urge anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator to immediately contact law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub. “We thank the FBI for its action in this case and hope it sends a strong message that acts of anti-Muslim bigotry will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

CAIR said it 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-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-604-4444, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Sana Hassan, Staff Attorney, 513-281-8200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Says Trump Should Withdraw Nomination of Islamophobic U.N. Nominee, Releases Screen Shots of Tweets Calling Islam and Muslims Violent

image005(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Ken Isaacs for the position of director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) following reports that he repeatedly called Muslims violent on social media. The U.N. election for the position is expected to be held in June.

SEE: Trump Nominee for U.N. Migration Post Called Muslims Violent, Christians Top Priority (Washington Post)

CAIR also released screen shots of Isaacs’s now-private Islamophobic Twitter account posts.

On March 3, 2017, Isaacs posted a link to the Federalist Papers Project website’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant article “What Countries Look Like Before And After Islam [PHOTOS].”

On September 19, 2016, Isaacs posted: “fun fact. All #Ilsamic #terrorists literally follow #Islam.” The following day, Isaacs posted: “they’re kicking 21st century butt since they are present in 28 countries. Islam is 7th century violence and bullying.”

Following the horrendous July 2016 terrorist attack in Nice, France, Isaacs posted: “#Nice #Islam is not peaceful.”

On June 4, 2017, Isaacs responded to the Bishop of Southwark Cathedral saying of a terrorist attack in London, “This isn’t in the name of God, this isn’t what the Muslim faith asks people to do,” by posting: “Bishop, if you read the Quran you will know ‘this’ is exactly what the Muslim faith instructs the faithful to do.”

Despite the revelation of the bigoted tweets, the State Department is standing by Isaacs’s nomination.

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw said:

“Isaacs’s repeated public attacks on social media falsely asserting that ‘Islam is an inherently violent religion’ and his clear hostility toward Muslims, disqualifies him from being considered for the position of the next director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration. The IOM director is responsible for major refugee and relief programs throughout the world, including in Muslim-majority countries. Isaacs’s apology for his Islamophobic statements only came after his bigotry was exposed and cannot erase the years of anti-Muslim hatred he spread online.”

Isaacs is a vice president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham. Franklin Graham, who has called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion" and claimed Muslims are "enslaved by Islam," was once disinvited from a Pentagon event. He has claimed Islam is incompatible with “American values” and suggested that American mosques could be closed.

SEE: Samaritan’s Purse leader, a Trump Nominee for UN Post, Apologizes for Muslim Remarks

Rev. Graham: Islam Is Not Compatible with American Values

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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