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COMMUNITY ALERT: CAIR Offers U.S. Religious Institutions Security Advice Following Church Massacre

screenshot www.cair.com 2017 11 06 15 46 16 954(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/6/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered security advice to religious institutions nationwide that are considering instituting additional safety measures in response to yesterday’s massacre at a Texas church.

CAIR is urging all houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.

“American Muslims share the same values and freedoms that we all cherish, knowing that we are all in this together,” said CAIR spokesperson Arsalan Bukhari. “All Americans deserve the right and freedom to worship in their own way, free of threats or violence.”

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html 

It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR’s safety guide states in part:

“A general framework in which to think about institutional security falls within the following broad categories:

• Be Aware

• Assess Your Vulnerability

• Prepare and Plan

• Prevent

• Respond/Mitigate

• Recover

“This framework can be applied to all sorts of security issues, from hate graffiti to burglary or to an active-shooter episode. Decision-makers must decide which recommendations are best applied to their facility. They must also decide the order in which they will implement the process.”

Other initial safety steps recommended in CAIR’s guide include developing positive relationships with local law enforcement agencies, meeting with elected officials to discuss community concerns, building coalitions with interfaith and minority groups, holding community meetings to inform others of safety guidelines, and establishing a community support network.

CAIR’s community safety booklet was first published several years ago in response to a spike in anti-mosque incidents nationwide.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-NY Applauds State Complaint Against Anti-Immigrant Landlord

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/6/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a New York State Division of Human Right’s complaint against a Queens landlord for allegedly harassing and discriminating against immigrant tenants.

The landlord had placed a letter on the building’s front door demanding that all tenants provide their Social Security card, photo identification, proof of employment, and Green Card or passport in order to avoid eviction. Many of the tenants are immigrants from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, making this an obvious and direct threat against them.

SEE: Governor Cuomo Announces Complaint Filed Against Queens Landlord for Targeting Immigrants

It’s illegal under New York law to force a tenant to show immigration status as a condition for lease renewal, and the state is now seeking an order to make the landlord cease and desist these discriminatory practices, as well as pay fines and penalties.

“We applaud the state division and Governor Cuomo for taking a stand against this despicable discrimination,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “At a time when far too many New Yorkers suffer in silence, we urge city and state officials to expand their efforts against discrimination."

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 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-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 571-766-6273

 

CAIR-NJ Decries Racist Campaign Flyer Targeting Sikh Mayoral Candidate as 'Terrorist'

screenshot pix11.com 2017 11 05 17 41 00 544(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/5/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today 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.  

The flyer which was distributed on car windshields in Hoboken, NJ is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming Mayoral election there.   The distribution of this flyer comes just 2 days after a racist postcard was mailed to voters in Edison, NJ targeting Asian School Board candidates with the slogan “Make Edison Great Again”.

"This is the second time we’ve seen this kind of divisive campaign rhetoric in this election cycle here in New Jersey.”, said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repugnant racist tactics represented in these campaign materials do a disservice to the welcoming community that New Jersey truly is.  This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes current political climate at the national level.”

[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]

SEE: Fliers attack Sikh mayoral candidate, portraying him as a terrorist

http://pix11.com/2017/11/04/fliers-attack-sikh-mayoral-candidate-portraying-him-as-a-terrorist/

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

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2017/11/racist_campaign_posctards_being_mailed_in_edison.html 

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-Alabama to Host Nov 5th Banquet Featuring DC Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour

(Birmingham, AL, 11/4/17) – On Sunday, November 5, Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AL) plans to host its 2nd annual banquet featuring Linda Sarsour, a national Muslim Human rights activist and a key organizer of the Women’s March on Washington.

 WHAT: CAIR Alabama Banquet "With Liberty and Social Justice for All"

WHERE: The Haven, 2515 6th Ave South, Birmingham AL 35233

WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 4-7 p.m.  Registration: 3:30-4:00pm 

CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cair-alabamas-2nd-annual-banquet-with-liberty-and-social-justice-for-all-tickets-38588085001  

The benefit with the theme "With Liberty and Social Justice for All," will be held at the Haven in Birmingham.  

Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; and Hassan Shibly, CAIR Florida Chief Executive Director.  CAIR-AL’s event will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community in building relationships of trust and understanding with the presentation of “Building Bridges, Interfaith Leadership Award,” in recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted community service.  

The recipients of the 2017 Building Bridges Interfaith Leadership Awards are Dr. Zaied Mahmood, co-founder of East Montgomery Islamic Society and Aladin Beshir, member of the Huntsville Islamic Center.   

"This event is an opportunity for Alabama Muslims, allies, and community members to come together to express solidarity with each other and in fact with all others in society and stand behind causes that advance inter-faith harmony, mutual understanding, liberty and justice. It is also to honor those who have been at the forefront of this effort at a time when we need it most" said CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.  

The event is expected to draw activists, faith and community leaders, and people from all segments of the society.  

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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