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CAIR's 4th Annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a Sold-Out Success

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(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/9/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked all those who helped make its 4th annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a success.

The sold-out event, themed "Developing the Language of Leadership Through the Art of Communication," was held recently at the state capital in Annapolis for youth ages 14 to 21. 

The program featured keynote speaker Chardelle Moore, an award-winning international motivational speaker and television anchor, reporter and producer who is also the host of BMORE Lifestyle - a lifestyle, entertainment talk show that airs weekdays in the Baltimore area.

Other speakers included CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, and several state senators and delegates.  Highlights of the symposium included an awards ceremony recognizing Muslim youth leaders, skill-building exercises, a motivation TED talk, and tours of the Governor's Mansion and state buildings, during which participants witnessed live Senate and House committee hearings. Hearing proceedings were paused momentarily as CAIR's group was publicly acknowledged and received a standing ovation. Youth participated in public speaking exercises and had the opportunity to interact directly with state lawmakers. 

CAIR thanked the event co-sponsors -- Islamic Society of Annapolis, IMAAM Center, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Center of Maryland, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Family Center, Dar Al Taqwa, and Pizza Boli's -- for supporting the symposium.

The Washington-based civil right organization has been organizing Muslim 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, candidates campaigning for public office, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders. All past Maryland MYLS events have sold-out. 

MYLS is designed 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 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.

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

 

CAIR-Oregon Calls on State Attorney General to Probe Shooting of Man in Homeless Shelter

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 4/9/18) – The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on that state’s attorney general to investigate the shooting of a man in a homeless shelter by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and to develop better police accountability and community support measures.

Video shows a man being killed by officers despite his being completely surrounded.

SEE: Man Shot in SE Homeless Shelter Was ‘Looking For Help,’ Witnesses Say

ALSO SEE: Graphic Video of Officers Shooting Houseless Man

“The video of this man being shot to death is incredibly disturbing,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan. “For months, we have waited to see the reforms that a new chief of police and a consent decree were supposed to bring. Instead, we are confronted with the grave truth that police-involved shootings remain a problem in Portland just as they do in the rest of this country. The Oregon Department of Justice must investigate, be transparent and hold the Portland Police Bureau accountable for its actions.”

In a statement, Khan said:

"In the wake of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s call for more officers, we would instead advocate for more oversight, transparency and community support before new officers are hired. Therefore, we demand the following items:

“First, mental health counselors should be made available to all communities impacted by police shootings, including for all of the individuals who were at this homeless shelter.

“Second, an independent, third-party organization should be appointed to investigate this shooting and to fully audit PPB’s behavior when it comes to use of force situations.

“Third, all training materials, videos, emails, and internal memos detailing PPB's policy on de-escalation and use of force should be released to the public.

“Fourth, all disciplinary histories of the officers involved in this shooting should be released to the public.

“Fifth, we invite the Oregon attorney general’s office to convene a commission of community stakeholders to help develop better accountability measures that make police forces actually accountable and transparent to the public. Belief in our police forces is waning because the community is consistently and persistently not being heard on a reform level.”

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CAIR-Houston Offers Reward for Info on Stabbing Targeting Muslim by Attacker Shouting ‘Raghead,’ ‘Sand N**ger’

screenshot www.cair.com 2018.04.06 14 56 07(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 4/6/18) -- The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an apparently bias-motivated attempted murder of a Muslim woman by an attacker reportedly shouting “raghead” and “sand n**ger,”

The 31-year-old victim, who is white and wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), says she was driving home early Thursday morning from her job as a nurse when her vehicle was almost sideswiped by a red SUV.

When the victim pulled over and got out of her vehicle to check for damage and to collect herself following that near accident, the attacker made a U-turn and pulled up behind the victim’s vehicle. (She thought he was returning to check on her welfare.) He then allegedly got out of his SUV and began shouting obscenities and racial and religious slurs such as, “Oh my God, it’s a raghead,” “It’s an f**king raghead,” “sand n**ger,” and “desert monkey.”

The victim tried to get back in her vehicle, but the passenger side door was locked. At that point the attacker began waving a knife in the victim’s face and then hit her with its handle on her shoulder and arms.

A person who was riding in the alleged attacker’s SUV got out of that vehicle and tried to restrain him, but not before the Muslim nurse was stabbed in the arm, severing an artery and resulting in loss of blood, some of which got on the attacker. The attacker’s companion convinced him to get back in his SUV and they left the scene, while the victim returned to her hospital and had the artery cauterized and the wound stitched.

The alleged attacker and his companion are described as white males, 20-35 years of age. The alleged attacker had tattoos on his arms and neck. Officials with the Harris County Sheriff's Office are investigating the case (#HC180053011).

“We hope that anyone who has information about this potentially-deadly and apparently bias-motivated attack will immediately contact law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.

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-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141, 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-MN Calls for Resignation of Former Best Buy CEO From Current Posts Over Anti-Muslim Ads

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/18) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Brad Anderson, former Best Buy CEO and current MPR and General Mills board member to resign from those posts due to his financial support for a hate group that produced anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim advertisements that targeted voters in swing states prior to the 2016 election.

It has been reported, that Brad Anderson, the former CEO of Best Buy and Olympus Ventures LLC, which is tied to a foundation created by Dick Schulze, the founder of Best Buy are implicated in spending up to $60,000 in video ads titled “Welcome to the Islamic States of America,” which featured the “Hollywood” sign replaced with the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and the Statue of Liberty wearing a burka. In the video, St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan is shown with an Islamic star and crescent and Sports Illustrated magazine becomes “Sharia Law Illustrated.”

EXCLUSIVE: Brad Anderson and Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook, Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters

“Today we have learned that our own Brad Anderson financed the worst anti-Muslim/anti-Immigrant bigoted political ad that aimed to sway voters” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We call on him to do the right thing and resign immediately from all corporate and institutional boards including but not limited to MPR and General Mills.”

Hussein added we are concerned over companies like Facebook and Google who are actively and purposefully profiting from bigotry and hate. These types of hate ads and videos threaten the lives of our community members and drive discord in our nation.

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. The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 612-206-3360.

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, 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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