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CAIR-Oregon Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘ISIS’ Vandalism Targeting Portland Mosque

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 9/12/17) -- The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a hate crime.

Vandals spray-painted “ISIS” on the Abu-Bakar Islamic Center in Portland, Ore., over the weekend.

SEE: Vandals Spray-Paint 'ISIS' Over Northeast Portland Mosque

“Given the proximity to the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, and the unprecedented rise in hate incidents targeting minority communities nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate this vandalism as a bias-motivated crime,” said CAIR-Oregon spokesperson Zakir Khan.

Khan noted that CAIR-Oregon recently condemned racist graffiti that was spray-painted on a Troutdale school.

SEE: CAIR-Oregon Condemns Racist Graffiti Spray-Painted on School

CAIR-Oregon has been meeting with government officials and community organizations throughout the summer to advocate for hate crime reforms on local, state and federal levels.

SEE: The Organizer of a Muslim Legal Defense Group Seeks a Swifter Response to Hate in Oregon

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

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 said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

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 recently 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 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-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, 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, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, NIAC Action Condemn Government’s Attempt to Make ‘Backdoor Muslim Ban’ Permanent

Groups Announce the Launch of Portals to Facilitate Public Comment on the Troubling Proposal

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (“Advancing Justice”), and NIAC Action strongly condemn the federal government’s proposal to make its “Backdoor Muslim Ban” permanent, and announce the launch of web portals to facilitate public comment.

In May of this year, the Department of State (“DOS”) asked for and received permission to implement a temporary measure allowing it to collect vast amounts of information from certain individuals applying for U.S. visas.  Some of the most troubling aspects of the collection include a new, mandatory requirement that applicants provide all social media platforms and handles used in the last five years, as well as a new requirement that applicants provide the details of their domestic and international travel history (including the sources of funding for the travel) for the past fifteen years.

The government now seeks to make that temporary proposal permanent, but before they can do so, they are required to solicit and accept comments from the public about the proposal.  Advancing Justice, CAIR, and NIAC Action have developed web portals to assist the public in navigating the comment process, and strongly encourage impacted communities to make their voices heard. 

TAKE ACTION: SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TODAY – REJECT EXTREME VETTING

“The Trump administration’s push to make permanent discriminatory ‘extreme visa vetting’ is nothing more than a ‘Backdoor Muslim Ban.’  As a nation, we have resisted the president’s unconstitutional Muslim Ban executive orders by rallying at airports and suing the president – we must now make our voices heard once again in this public call for comments,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert McCaw.  “Today, the primary targets of these proposed extreme visa vetting standards are people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries – tomorrow, these same vetting standards could be used against any minority community wrongly vilified as a threat to national security.”

“Even in the best of times, this kind of unfettered discretion and ability to examine religious, social, and personal beliefs expressed through social media would lead to a dramatic increase in racial profiling,” said Christina Sinha, Staff Attorney and National Security & Civil Rights Program Manager at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.  “But in times such as these, when the government has unapologetically shown blatant animus towards Muslim and immigrant communities, this proposal can only add up to one thing: a Backdoor Muslim Ban.”

“We were confronted with the brutal consequences of stoking fear and racial animus in Charlottesville, Virginia,” said Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for NIAC Action.  “Keeping America safe and upholding our values as a country requires decent people to stand up and forcefully reject any discriminatory policy which treats people differently based on their race, nationality or faith.  No matter the different ways that President Trump attempts to fulfill his campaign promise of banning Muslims from the United States, we will continue to expose his intent and do whatever we can to prevent a Muslim ban from becoming the permanent policy of the United States of America.”

CAIR, Advancing Justice, and NIAC Action are committed to combating this proposal and every attempt by the Trump Administration to target our communities. 

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 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 Calls on Iowa GOP to Drop Sponsorship of Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Who Allegedly Assaulted Minn. Sheriff

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/11/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today called on the Republican Party in that state to drop its sponsorship of an upcoming event featuring anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo, who recently had a restraining order issued against him following allegations that he assaulted a Minnesota sheriff.

On Thursday evening, the Pottawattamie County Republican Party is co-sponsoring an event with Guandolo at the Oakland Community Center in Oakland, Iowa.

SEE: Understanding Islamic Terrorism Event Coming to Oakland

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev. In a statement, Stanek’s office said: “The Hennepin County District Court has issued a Harassment Restraining Order against Guandolo.” A criminal investigation is reportedly being conducted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada.

Exclusive - Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Guandolo Assaults Minn. Sheriff at NSA Conference, Per Court Documents

John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)

Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff

“The Republican Party’s sponsorship of a notorious Islamophobe who is accused of assaulting a public official sends a negative message to Iowa Muslims and to our state’s law enforcement community,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

She said CAIR recently welcomed a decision by the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Ariz., that a May “training” by Guandolo will be the “last time” for such an event.

CAIR Good News Alert: Arizona Police Department Says ‘Last Time’ for Training by Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
  • it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

CAIR recently said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”

John Guandolo: Indict Journalists - Muslim Hotel Managers, Cabbies, 7-11 Workers Seek U.S. Takeover

Audio: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims Mosques, MSA Chapters Seek 'Overthrow' of U.S. Government

Video: John Guandolo Claims Muslims are 'Obligated' to Lie, Talking to Imams is 'Unprofessional'

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim

Guandolo: Delaware Imam Touching His Nose is Part of Civilizational Jihad

Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:

CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.” 

Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat

Last year, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

SEE: Texas College Cancels Controversial Law Enforcement Training Event Led by 'Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist'

Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College

CAIR-Dallas Asks College to Cancel Law Enforcement ‘Training’ by Islamophobe John Guandolo

In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.

SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.

SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training

A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.

SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo 

A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.

CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training

Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.

Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.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-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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-Missouri: March Against Rohingya Genocide

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 9/8/2017) – On Sunday, September 10, the Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis (ICMSTL), the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (IFGSTL), and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will a rally and march to bring awareness and call for an end to the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma.

WHAT: March Against Rohingya Genocide

WHEN: Sunday, September 10, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Delmar Loop, 6696 Enright Ave, University City, MO 63130

FACEBOOK: https://goo.gl/2DKC1z

CONTACT: 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.

Join us for a united march organized by the Muslim community to stop the genocide of the Rohingya religious minority in Burma. We will meet in the large...

“We will not stay silent in the face of genocide and ethnic cleanings like the world did during Rwanda and Bosnia,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “We are calling on the United States to intervene to protect the Rohingya religious minority from ethnic cleansing and genocide that is taking place every day in Burma”.

The demonstration will include speeches from various community leaders, followed by a march down Delmar Loop, concluding with a prayer service. Activists are calling on the U.S. government to:

1) Impose full sanctions on the Burmese government.

2) Seek UN approval for an intervention by peacekeepers, who would establish safe zones for Rohingya refugees trapped along the Myanmar/Bangladesh border.

3) Designate extremist monk Ashin Wirathu as a foreign terrorist and sanction him accordingly.

4) Publicly demand that de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi acknowledge, condemn and work to stop the violence or face sanctions herself.

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, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, 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.

 

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