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CAIR Calls for FEC and IRS Probes of Anti-Muslim Ads Backed by Trump Supporter and Targeting Voters in Swing States

screenshot www.opensecrets.org 2018.04.05 14 43 34(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for Federal Election Commission (FEC) and IRS investigations of virulently anti-Muslim advertisements that used Facebook and Google to target voters in swing states prior just before the 2016 election.

Robert Mercer, a top supporter of President Trump, reportedly spent $2 million to help fund the group behind Islamophobic video ad, 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.”

Mercer was a top donor – giving some $2 million -- for Secure America Now, the shadowy group that produced the ads. The group told the IRS it only spent $124,192 on political activities, while reporting more than $1 million in political spending to the FEC in 2016.

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

“While these bigoted ads did not mention a specific candidate, it does not take a brain surgeon to realize that there was only one presidential candidate that based his campaign on anti-Muslim fear-mongering,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge the FEC and IRS to investigate whether these clandestine ads violated federal election or tax laws.”

He noted that former top White House strategist Stephen Bannon, who ran Mercer’s white supremacist and anti-Muslim Breitbart site, once wrote a film script that warned of America turning into the “Islamic States of America.”

SEE: Bannon film outline warned U.S. could turn into ‘Islamic States of America’

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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Naming of Islamophobe John Bolton as White House National Security Adviser

CAIR Opposes Nominations of ‘Islamophobe’ Pompeo for Secretary of State, ‘Torturer’ Haspel for CIA Director

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 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-MI Calls for New Probe of Muslim Marine Recruit’s Suspicious Death

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 4/5/18) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the Department of Defense to reinvestigate and provide full transparency relating to the suspicious death of a Michigan Muslim Marine recruit in boot camp.  

In March 2016, Raheel Siddiqui allegedly died due to suicide at the U.S. Marine boot camp in Paris Island, S.C.  After his death, information surfaced that Siddiqui’s boot camp instructor was involved in anti-Muslim hazing including calling Siddiqui and other Muslim recruits “terrorists.” 

The Siddiqui’s family counsel has recently uncovered that the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, to which the Marine Corp claims Siddiqui was sent, has no record of him being there. Marine Corp officials are not commenting as to why the hospital’s lack of records contradicts their official position.

Raheel Siddiqui’s death: Family has no record of him at hospital (Detroit Free Press)

“We call on the Department of Defense to launch a new and transparent investigation as to why military officials claimed that Siddiqui was sent to the hospital, despite the fact there is no record of him being admitted,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “This follows a disturbing pattern of misinformation in the case by military officials.”  

Walid also stated that he had concerns of a potential cover-up pertaining to Siddiqui’s death, after twice meeting with the family and viewing their son’s autopsy photos.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, 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-OK to Present ‘Oklahoma Muslim of the Year’ Award at 12th Annual Banquet

screenshot events.r20.constantcontact.com 2018.04.05 13 57 59Award recipient Suzan Khaimi directs a nonprofit group helping Muslims learn and understand the Quran

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 4/5/2018) – On Saturday, April 7, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold its 12thAnnual Awards Banquet (6 p.m.) at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. CAIR-OK expects some 400 guests at the banquet.

SEE: CAIR-OK 12th Annual Awards Banquet Event Page

The banquet will feature a keynote address by Imam Khalid Latif, executive director and chaplain for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed as the first Muslim chaplain at NYU and is the youngest chaplain in history to be appointed to serve the New York City Police Department.

CAIR-OK’s event will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award, an honor given to a person nominated by his or her peers. The evening will conclude with entertainment by Jeremy McLellan, a stand-up comedian from South Carolina who is famous for his humorous take on interfaith relations.

The recipient of the 2018 Oklahoma Muslim of the Year Award is Suzan Khaimi, the director of the IQRA Center of Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization helping Muslims to learn and understand the Quran.

“This awards banquet is a time for us to come together as a community and honor the work of our past, while at the same time looking forward to the future of our organization,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to have pride in its accomplishments and to share in celebrations together.”

“Given the current political climate, the community has responded with great enthusiasm and support. We are expecting a large crowd, and we have worked hard to create an exceptional program for the evening,” said CAIR-OK Community Outreach Fellow Natasha Saya.

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.

The banquet will be held at Reed Conference Center in Midwest City (5750 Will Rogers Rd), from 6-10:00pm, April 7.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Oklahoma Community Outreach Fellow Natasha Saya, 405-887-8354, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Oklahoma Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Oklahoma Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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