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CAIR: Muslim, Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Call for More Islamophobic Policies in Wake of NYC Tragedy

San Francisco, 11/3/17 - In the wake of the attack on the people of New York City this week, President Trump released a variety of xenophobic proposals aimed at hurting immigrant and Muslim communities. Threatening to “end chain migration,” terminating the long-standing diversity lottery program, abandoning due process and civil liberties, the President is attempting to exploit Tuesday’s attacks to advance an aggressively anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda long championed by his administration.

In response, Christina Sinha from Asian Americans Advancing JusticeAlbert Fox Cahn from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Christina Sinha, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

“We condemn the recent attack in New York City and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and families impacted by this horrible act of hate. However, we cannot allow President Trump to use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to further scapegoat Muslims and intensify his xenophobic, anti-Muslim policy agenda.”

Albert Fox Cahn, CAIR Representative:

“CAIR condemns the horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights. We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.”

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center:

“Strong leaders recognize that moments of tragedy call for unity, not sowing harmful divisions. After this week’s tragic events in New York, President Trump once again failed to show the leadership we need in these moments and instead wants to exploit this devastating attack to promote his laundry list of anti-Muslim policies to turn our nation into a country where the American dream is sold to the highest bidder. These proposals would betray our fundamental values of fairness and due process and threaten to turn our immigration laws into a race and class-based system. Our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should remember those lessons and reject Trump’s call to divide and discriminate.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

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.

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is organized by a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups who are leading efforts around the country to fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim Ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities and immigrants across the country.

CAIR-Missouri: Muslims to Hold Open House for Free Health Clinic in West County, St. Louis

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 11/3/2017) – On Sunday, November 5, Volunteers in Medicine in St. Louis (VIM) and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) will host an open house for the new West County free health clinic.

WHAT: Open House for the West County Free Health Clinic

WHEN: Sunday, November 5th at 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

WHERE: 119 Baxter Shops, Manchester, MO 63011

CONTACT: Founder of VIM Dr. Sajjad Baig, (314)610-1489, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“In the Quran, God says, ‘whoever saves one life it is as if he had saved all of humanity,’” said Dr. Sajjad Baid Co-Founder of VIM. “Anyone who comes to our clinic are good people in need of help. Surviving on limited resources, they often exhibit great courage simply trying to get through each day. Now every person in the Greater St. Louis area has easy access to health care.”

VIM is a local non-profit and the health clinic whose mission is to create a “culture of caring.” The mission is based on an ethical standard in medicine that was once practiced and VIM believes it should be the heart of medicine again. VIM strives to serve the medical needs of the residents who are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and who meet federal 200 percent poverty guidelines. 

VIM Clinic Timing:

  • Sundays: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. & 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
  • Tuesdays: 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
  • Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Patients are seen by appointments only. The West County Clinic is run entirely by volunteers and accepts donations to purchase supplies and encourages volunteers.

“I’m proud to be a part of a community that focuses on faithfully helping others,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-MO. “Providing free health services regardless of one’s religion or ethnicity and helping humanity is what Islam is about.”

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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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882314-330-2946, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Kansas Inaugural Civil Rights Banquet Featuring Gold Star Father is Sold Out

(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/03/17) -- On Saturday November 4, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will hold its First Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme "Living Our Faith -- Defending Freedom" at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. The banquet has sold out and no tickets will be sold at the door. Some 400 Kansans of different faiths and backgrounds signed up to attend the event.

Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; Dr. Altaf Hussain, VP of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and keynote speaker Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain and Purple Heart recipient Humayun Khan, one of a number of American Muslim “Gold Star” parents nationwide.

At the event, CAIR-Kansas will also present the MVP (Most Valuable Partner) award to Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues, in recognition of the organizations work for justice throughout the state and its outstanding support of the Muslim community, helping breakdown stereotypes and building friends and allies across traditional divides.

"Kansas Muslims face a host of challenges in today's environment, including hate speech, hate crimes and sometimes government-sanctioned discrimination," said Moussa Elbayoumy, board chair of CAIR-Kansas. "This is the time for all Kansans of all faiths to stand together in support of civil rights organizations dedicated to protecting targeted communities."

WHAT: CAIR-Kansas, Inaugural Civil Rights Banquet

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6:00p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210

"This unique event will be a rallying cry to all who believe in religious freedom for Muslims and Americans of all faiths,” Elbayoumy. "CAIR-Kansas is hosting this event not only as a fundraiser, but as a launching pad to its new campaign to activate its Kansas volunteers in the fight against bigotry and hatred."

CAIR is America's largest 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-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, 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-Cleveland Holds ‘Know Your Rights’ Forum for Uzbek Muslim Community at Northeast Ohio Mosque

(CLEVELAND, OH, 11/2/2017) -- The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) hosted an emergency Know Your Rights forum for the Uzbek community at the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent. The forum was in response to the surge in law enforcement questioning of the local Uzbek community in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York City allegedly perpetrated by an Uzbek national.

The alleged perpetrator had lived in the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, area for several years before moving to Florida.

CAIR-Cleveland said the overarching message of the forum was that American Muslims strongly support law enforcement and the protection of our national security and, like all Americans, we also value civil rights.

At the forum, which was conducted in English and Uzbeki language, a CAIR representative and two attorneys provided basic Know Your Rights information regarding interacting with law enforcement. The purpose of the forum was to ensure that community members are informed of their rights, including the right to remain silent as well as the right to have an attorney present during any law enforcement interviews. The forum also covered issues related to immigration status, warrants and search and seizure issues.

SEE: Your Rights with Law Enforcement at https://www.cair.com/know-your-rights.html

CAIR’s Know Your Rights & Responsibilities Pocket Guide

https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/Know-Your-Rights-Guide.pdf

“Because the Uzbek community is being blanketed by FBI and DHS requests for voluntary interviews in the wake of the New York terror attack, it is important that constitutional rights are upheld during any and all law enforcement interactions, including any potential interviews,” said Julia Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director, who helped moderate the forum.

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: Julia A. Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director, 216.440.2247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director, 202.744.7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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