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Action Alert: CAIR-Florida Asks Voters to Contact Senators to Vote 'No' on Unconstitutional 'Anti-BDS' Bill

(Miami, FL, 2/7/2018) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the nation's largest civil rights and advocacy organization, today calls on all Americans who value the constitutionally-guaranteed right to free speech to contact their elected representatives in the Florida Senate to urge them to oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act."

CAIR-Florida and other civil rights organizations state that proposed legislation would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of American business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine territories. Boycotts such as the Montgomery Bus boycott against segregation or the boycott of companies enabling South African Apartheid have been employed successfully in support of civil and human rights and as an integral part of our political process.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (SB 780) was introduced at a time when Palestinian human rights activists in the United States and elsewhere have embraced boycotts as a strong, peaceful and effective tool to pressure the Israeli government to respect the human rights of Palestinians and to influence the American public to join in doing the same.

"We call on our elected representatives to uphold the right of all Americans to express their political beliefs without fear of government retaliation or retribution," said CAIR-Florida Orlando Regional Director Rasha Mubarak.

SEE VIDEO: CAIR-Florida Orlando Regional Director Rasha Mubarak speaks before the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee opposing SB 780 on January 16, 2018

SB 780 is a threat to the free speech of all Americans and is clearly unconstitutional. The act would charge those American business owners and individuals who participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with criminal penalties. CAIR-Florida believes that American involvement in foreign boycotts started with throwing tea in Boston Harbor. It is un-American and illegal for the U.S. Government to deny U.S. businesses and persons the right to work to change the illegal and discriminatory actions of a foreign government.

Call and e-mail your Florida Senators before 9:00 AM Thursday, February 8th, and tell them to Vote NO on SB 780

  • Senator Annette Taddeo (D) 850) 487-5040, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Victor M.  Torres, Jr. (D) (850) 487-5015,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Senator Daphne Campbell (D) (850) 487-5038, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Bobby Powell (D) 850) 487-5030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez (D) 850) 487-5037, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator David Simmons (R) (850) 487-5009, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Aaron Bean (R) (850) 487-5004, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Doug Broxson (R) (850) 487-5001, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator George B.  Gainer (R) (850) 487-5002, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Rene Garcia (R) (850) 487-5036, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Senator Debbie Mayfield (R) (850) 487-5017, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida 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.

 

Registration Opens for CAIR's 4th Annual Maryland ‘Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium’ in Annapolis

screenshot www.eventbrite.com 2018.02.07 14 54 10(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/7/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today opened registration for its 4th annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (#MYLS2018) to be held Tuesday, April 3, at the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis. 

This year's symposium, open to youth ages 14 to 21, is themed "Developing the Language of Leadership Through the Art of Communication."

WHAT: Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2018 #MYLS2018

WHO: Muslim Youth Ages 14-21

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Maryland House of Delegates, Annapolis, Md.

COST: Early Bird Registration: $10, After March 3: $15

REGISTRATION LINK: https://MdMYLS2018.eventbrite.com

CONTACT: CAIR’s Maryland outreach representative Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

[NOTE: All past Maryland MYLS programs have exceeded capacity. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot.]

“Communication plays an important role in our daily lives. As the foundation of human interaction, it facilitates information-sharing and enables us to establish connections with one another. It is a powerful, invaluable skill for every effective leader to build confidence, cultivate growth, preserve professional relationships, and increase productivity,” said CAIR’s Maryland outreach representative Zainab Chaudry.

CAIR’s MYLS program is designed to train participants to develop strong leadership skills through raising self-awareness and mastering effective verbal and non-verbal interactions with others. Students will tour state buildings, meet with elected leaders and participate in skill-building exercises.

The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement among American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic society.

CAIR has been organizing youth leadership programs in states across the country for more than a decade. Participants of these programs have gone on to become respected community leaders, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders. 

The mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement by American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society and to provide resources to foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America. 

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. 

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CAIR Statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2018

In recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (Feb. 6), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, reaffirms its longstanding position that:

"American Muslims join people of conscience of all faiths in condemning female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages, 'honor killings,' and any other form of domestic violence or gender inequality as violations of Islamic beliefs. If anyone mistreats women, they should not look to Islam to justify their abhorrent, un-Islamic actions."

 

CAIR Calls on DHS to Revise or Drop Report Targeting Muslim Immigrants, Residents with Long-Term Profiling and Surveillance

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/6/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to revise or drop a draft report that initially urged authorities to target Sunni Muslim legal immigrants and permanent residents for long-term religious profiling and surveillance.

The draft report, produced at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, stated that there would be “great value for the United States Government in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest” and suggesting that immigrants to the United States be tracked on a “long-term basis.”

In the report, CBP identifies Sunni Muslim American residents as being potentially “vulnerable to terrorist narratives,” based on a set of risk indicators, such as being young, male, and having national origins in “the Middle East, South Asia or Africa.” A CBP spokesperson told Foreign Policy that the report is a “first draft” that is undergoing revisions.

SEE: Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants

In a statement reacting to the draft report, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“This draft report clearly singles out a specific group for unconstitutional profiling and surveillance based solely on religious and ethnic stereotyping. It ignores the main extremist threat to our nation -- that of violence committed by white supremacists -- and politicizes an important issue in a transparent attempt to make national law enforcement policy conform to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic agenda.”

According to the Religion News Service:

“[T]wo independent studies issued last month show that the number of Muslim Americans associated with violent extremism in 2017 continued to fall, and the number of Americans killed by white supremacists in the U.S. last year was far higher than those killed by Muslim extremists. More specifically, over the last decade 71 percent of all terrorism-related fatalities have been linked to domestic right-wing extremists, while 26 percent of the killings were committed by Islamic extremists.”

DHS: More Americans Killed by White Supremacists Than Muslim Extremists, Studies Show

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. It recently welcomed the resignation of an administration official who made remarks disparaging African-Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and other minority groups.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Resignation of Racist, Anti-Muslim Trump Appointee

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.

 

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