Download CAIR's app here: http://www.cair.com/app 

CAIR-OK: Interfaith Partners to Support March 5 Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 2/1/2018) – On March 5, interfaith partners will join Muslims from across the state at “Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol.” The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK), the sponsor of the annual event, says it expects increased attendance this year due to continued attacks against Islam from elected officials locally and nationally.

SEE: 2018 Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol Event Listing

This marks the 4th year in a row that CAIR-OK has hosted a Muslim Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. In previous years, attendees have been given the opportunity to learn more about state and federal government through educational panels featuring municipal- and state-level elected officials; afforded the chance to meet with their legislators one-on-one; and provided the tools and resources necessary to advocate for issues important to them as Oklahoma Muslims.

SEE: CAIR-OK Focuses on Building Bridges at the State Capitol

Past Muslim Advocacy Days have also been met with both protests fueled by Islamphobia, both outside the event and inside the Capitol building. Last year's event was marred by Rep. John Bennet's (R-Sallisaw) issuing of a questionnaire to Muslims asking offensive and instrusive questions such as, 'do you beat your wife?' This year, as with previous years, The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma has partnered with the Oklahoma Conference of Churches to provide support from the Interfaith community when Muslims arrive at the Capitol and throughout the day of advocacy.

SEE: Legislator requires Muslims who want to see him at Capitol to answer questions, including 'Do you beat your wife?'

SEE: Muslim Day at the Capitol draws many interfaith supporters along with protesters

"The goal of our annual advocacy day, is and always has been, to provide Oklahoma's Muslim community with an opportunity to be educated on the legislative process, engage with their elected leaders, and advocate for issues that are important to them," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. "With Islamophobia at an all-time high in our country, this also serves as an opportunity for Legislators to meet face-to-face with one of the most marginalized communities in 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.

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

 

CAIR to Respond to Minnesota Republicans’ ‘Smears and Conspiracy Theories’ Targeting Muslim Voters, Islam

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/1/18) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will respond to what it terms “smears and conspiracy theories” by Republican party officials in that state targeting Muslims and Islam.

SEE: Minnesota Republicans Smear Muslim Voters, Islam (Star Tribune) 

CAIR-MN will offer that response at an event this afternoon with interfaith partners to launch a challenge to growing Islamophobia.

WHEN: Thursday, February 1, Press Conference begins at 4:45 p.m. CT

WHERE: Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, 8201 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55420

WHO: CAIR-MN, ISAIAH and the ISAIAH Muslim Coalition

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.

Earlier this week, CAIR-MN called on the Republican Party in that state to dismiss an official who claims that he uncovered a plot to “mobilize Muslims to infiltrate our Republican caucuses on Feb. 6.”

SEE: CAIR-MN Asks GOP to Fire Official Who Claimed Minnesota Muslims Plan to ‘Infiltrate’ Precinct Caucuses

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-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.

 

CAIR, MCCRC Partner to Host Maryland 'Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers' in Response to Bias-Motivated Incidents Statewide

(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/1/18) -- On Saturday, February 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations will partner with the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition to offer “Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers” as a response to hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.

WHAT: Bystander Intervention Training of Trainers

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

REGISTER: https://bystanderinterventiontraining.eventbrite.com (Space is limited.)

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

“As bias-motivated incidents continue to occur on college campuses and in public spaces, people often wonder what they can do to intervene and help in case they are a witness," said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry. "This training of trainers is designed to expand our network of skilled leaders who cultivate safer communities by teaching people safe ways to disrupt harassment and intervene in potentially volatile situations."

She cited the latest FBI hate crimes statistics, which revealed that almost one-quarter of the victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2016 were Muslim, and noted the need for all Americans to unite against all forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR Says New FBI Hate Crimes Report Shows Need to Stand Up to Increasing Bigotry 

Similar bystander intervention trainings, and trainings of trainers, have been organized across the country in response to a wave of bias-related incidents. 

The bystander effect is a psychological phenomenon that often prevents people from intervening on behalf of victims of harassment, assault, or other criminal activity. Through training in non-violent intervention methods and role-playing in mock scenarios, participants will learn methods and techniques to help train others to overcome the pressure to stay silent.

CAIR has launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

To download 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 the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, 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: Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

 

CAIR-MN: Muslims, Christians and People of Faith Launch Path to Fight Islamophobia

Press conference, solidarity rally to encourage full participation in democracy

WHAT: More than 100 Muslim, Christian and faith leaders from across Minnesota are collaborating on a shared fight against Islamophobia in the state. They are launching this effort through a press conference, solidarity rally and phone bank to engage thousands of Minnesotans of faith to caucus their shared values and vision for the state.

WHEN: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Press Conference begins at 4:45 pm CT

WHERE: Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, 8201 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

WHO: This is a collective effort between the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) and ISAIAH and the ISAIAH Muslim Coalition.

WHY: These organizations and others have been building intentional partnerships between the Muslim faith communities, Christians, and others around our common values and our shared vision for Minnesota. This work of living into love, justice and compassion for our neighbors and a commitment to full participation in our democracy has provoked some politicians and people to launch a divisive and hateful attack on Muslim people’s right and responsibility to engage fully and powerfully in civic life.

OPPORTUNITY: Imans, clergy and faith leaders will share their stories and also be available for interview immediately following the press conference.

About ISAIAH

ISAIAH is a statewide, faith-based, nonpartisan organization for Christians, people of faith, and congregations to act and fight faithfully for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

About CAIR

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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