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CAIR-DFW to Participate in #WhereRtheRefugees? Press Conference and Vigil Along with Advocacy and Interfaith Allies

(DALLAS, TX, 11/10/17) – On Monday, November 13, the DFW Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will join a coalition of civil rights, immigrant rights, and interfaith organizations at the #WhereRtheRefugees? press conference and vigil at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas, Texas.

The event is designed to reinforce the opposition to the Trump administration’s executive orders targeting Muslim immigrants and refugees.

CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale said: “President Trump’s latest executive order targeting refugees is both destructive and inhumane. It is un-American to turn away those most in need of sanctuary in our nation. The false claim that there is a need for stricter vetting is an attempt to conceal the true discriminatory, xenophobic, and Islamophobic intent of this executive order. This is simply an extension of President Trump’s previous attempts at banning Muslims.”

WHAT: #WhereRtheRefugees? Press Conference and Vigil

WHEN: Monday, November 13 at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Thanks-Giving Square, 1627 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, 469-998-2246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Earlier this month, CAIR announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six individuals challenging the lawfulness of President Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a Muslim ban. A federal court hearing on that and other related lawsuits took place today in Maryland.

That lawsuit was the latest CAIR legal filing challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. 

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

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-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, 469-998-2246, 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 Applauds Maryland School Board's Decision to Close Schools on Eid Holiday

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/9/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed news that the Baltimore County Public School's (BCPS ) Board of Education voted to keep county schools closed for Jewish holidays, and to give BCPS students the day off on Eid ul-Fitr 2019.

[NOTE: Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

SEE: Baltimore County Votes to Keep Schools Closed on Jewish Holidays

The school calendar was amended to shift one professional development day to June 5, on which the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr is expected to land. Classes are not held on professional development days.

The 9-3 vote followed Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's order that public schools in Maryland begin after Labor Day and end by June 15. The stipulation has forced some districts to compress their academic calendars. Other statewide school districts including Montgomery County are considering sacrificing religious holidays to meet the new guidelines.

SEE: Montgomery Co. School Board to Ask For School-Year Extension

"This is a small step forward for our sons and daughters whose need to take off religious holidays is equal to others," said Dr. Bashar Pharoan, a parent in Baltimore County who has long advocated for Eid equality. "Equality of holidays may lead to equality of opportunity."

"In an increasingly diverse county, this is good news for the county's substantial Muslim community that struggles to choose between children's education and celebrating religious holidays that land on a school day," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.

A recent report by CAIR’s California office revealed that Muslim students are bullied at twice the rate as the national average.

CAIR-CA Report: More Than Half of Muslim Students in California Experience Bullying, Discrimination

Last year, CAIR welcomed the Howard County Board of Education's unanimous vote to keep schools closed on state mandated holidays and the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah on the 2016-17 academic calendar, and in addition also designate one day off each for Eid, Lunar New Year's Eve, and Diwali.

SEE: CAIR Applauds Md. School Board's Decision to Give Day Off for Muslim, Other Religious Holidays

CAIR, which has long championed Eid equality in Maryland school districts that are home to many Muslims, urged the board to not re-open schools on Jewish holidays, but rather consider closing schools on other religious holidays including Eid.

SEE: Schools Confront Question of Adding or Removing Religious Holidays from Calendar

CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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

 

CAIR-NJ Congratulates Victims of Racist Smear Campaigns on Electoral Victories in Hoboken and Edison

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/8/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today congratulated Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel for their victories in the Edison school board election, and Ravi Bhalla, for his victory in the Hoboken mayoral race -- all of whom had been the victims of racist smear campaigns.

“The New Jersey voting public has spoken and has resoundingly said that they will not be influenced by divisive, racist smear tactics,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “Despite the fear-mongering and bigotry that characterizes the current political climate at the national level, the citizens of New Jersey have demonstrated that we are a welcoming community.”

On November 2, CAIR NJ decried the distribution of a racist mailer that had the heading “Make Edison Great Again,” and declared “The Chinese and Indians are Taking over our Town”.  The mailer was an effort to sway voters in the school board election in Edison, N.J., where one candidate, Falguni Patel, is of Indian descent and another Jerry Shi, is of Chinese descent. That mailer displayed pictures of the candidates with mock immigration stamps declaring “Deport” overlapping them.

On November 5, CAIR NJ decried the distribution of a racist flyer with the heading “Don’t let Terrorism Take Over Our Town,” with the picture of Sikh mayoral candidate, Ravi Bhalla.   Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.

SEE: Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' mailer targets Asian school board candidates

Fliers attack Sikh mayoral candidate, portraying him as a terrorist  

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-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Exit Poll: 85 Percent of Virginia Muslim Voters Supported Northam

VA Election76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/17) -- The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations (VCMO), today released the results of an exit poll indicating that Muslim voters in Virginia strongly supported now governor-elect Ralph Northam in Tuesday's election.

The poll, conducted by an independent interactive voice response survey provider on behalf of CAIR and VCMO, indicated that 76 percent of registered Virginia Muslim voters turned out to the polls in the off-year election.

CAIR said the more than 300 Muslim voters surveyed indicated the following preferences:

  • Ralph Northam (D) 85%
  • Ed Gillespie (R) 13%
  • Cliff Hyra (L) 2%

NOTE: 323 total respondents, with 276 voting for Northam, 42 for Gillespie, and 5 for Hyra.

“High Muslim voter turnout and higher than average support for now governor-elect Ralph Northam reflect voters -- including American Muslims and their neighbors -- embracing inclusive campaigns and shows once again that candidates who decide to fear-monger about minority communities will lose,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw.

“Virginians have spoken and they reject division and hatred. We are proud of Virginia Muslim turnout and involvement in this election,” Rafi Ahmed, VCMO Interim President.

CAIR also applauded the historic election wins by minority candidates across the nation in races ranging from school board and city council, to mayor and Lieutenant Governor in Virginia. Such victories included:

 

  • Ravi Bhalla, New Jersey’s first ever Sikh-American mayor elected in Hoboken;
  • Democrat Justin Fairfax was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia; the second African-American candidate to win the post;
  • Mazahir Salih, first American Muslim woman and immigrant on the Iowa City Council;
  • Fartun Ahmed, first American Muslim elected to Hopkins School Board in Minnesota;
  • Zak Idan, American Muslim elected to Tukwila City Council in the state of Washington;
  • Abdi Warsame, first Somali-American Muslim to serve in a municipal office was reelected to Ward 6 City Council Member in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and others.

 

The night prior to the election, CAIR sponsored a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) robocall urging members of more than 8,000 registered Muslim voter households to go to the polls in today’s Virginia state general election.

CAIR’s 2016 Muslim Voters Presidential Election Exit Poll found 74 percent of American Muslims voted for Hillary Clinton and 13 percent for now President Donald Trump.

CAIR’s 2014 exit poll of Virginia Muslim voters found 79 percent of respondents voted in favor of then Democrat candidate, now U.S. Senator Mark Warner. In that race, 17 percent of Virginia Muslims reported that they voted for Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, and 3 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

CAIR’s 2013 exit poll of Virginia Muslim voters found 68 percent of respondents voted in favor of then Democrat candidate, now Virginia state governor Terry McAuliffe. In that race, 12 percent of Virginia Muslims reported that they voted for Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli, and 4 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

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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