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CAIR-Minnesota Calls on University to Probe of Police-Involved Altercation with Somali Students

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/23/18) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on University of Minnesota officials to investigate an incident Friday night during which the Somali Student Association claims police officers used excessive force.

Somali students claim police officers assaulted attendees and even pulled a woman by her Islamic head scarf, or hijab. Police say they responded to a report of a fight during the association’s annual cultural celebration -- featuring fashion, music and dancing.

SEE: Conflicting Stories in Clash Between Police, Attendees at U’s Somali Night

“Today we urge the university to launch an independent and transparent investigation of this incident,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We are concerned about the allegations of the use of excessive force by police officers.”

Hussein said the students contacted CAIR-MN about the incident and that they do not feel safe on campus.

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-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.

 

New CAIR Report: Trump's Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

screenshot www.facebook.com 2018.04.23 11 48 55Report prompts increased calls for U.S. Supreme Court to rescind Muslim Ban after upcoming hearing 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a one-of-its-kind report offering data on the impact and legal pushback against anti-Muslim bias across the United States in the past year.

Video: CAIR News Conference to Release 2018 Civil Rights Report

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted 

Video: CAIR's 2018 Civil Rights Report Offers Data on Impact of Growing Anti-Muslim Bias

CAIR’s 2018 civil rights report finds that federal government agencies have instigated more than a third of all anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017. Of these, 464 incidents were related to the Trump administration’s unconstitutional “Muslim Ban” executive orders. The new report, titled “Targeted,” also shows a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 over the previous year. 

“Not only have anti-Muslim bias incidents continued to increase, but a greater percentage of these instances have been violent in nature, targeting American children, youth and families who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

"CAIR's 2018 Civil Rights Report provides concrete evidence that the unconstitutional Muslim Ban resulted in more Islamophobic hate and violence," said CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator Zainab Arain, author of the report. "The anti-Muslim hate incidents documented in CAIR's report are an indictment of the Trump administration and its unconstitutional and divisive policies."  

The most frequent types of incidents documented by CAIR in 2017 involved:  

  • Harassment, a non-violent or non-threatening incident of bias, at 14 percent of cases.
  • Incidents in which the complainant was inappropriately targeted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), accounting for 13 percent of cases.
  • Hate crimes, including physical violence targeting individuals and damage targeting property, making up 12 percent.
  • Cases in which the FBI harassed or otherwise inappropriately targeted the complainant, constituting 10 percent.
  • Employment discrimination — including denial of work, being passed over for promotion, or harassment by a supervisor or other senior staff — accounting for 9 percent.

The most prevalent triggering factor of an anti-Muslim bias incident in 2017 was the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 32 percent of the total. The second most frequent trigger was the perpetrator’s perception of an individual as a Muslim – irrespective of the presence or not of an identifying marker such as attire. This trigger constituted 14 percent of the total cases. A head scarf on a woman was the trigger in 13 percent of incidents. The Muslim Ban executive orders made up the fourth most frequent trigger, at 10 percent. 

The report dataset is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, CAIR's civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.  

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 and his appointment of Islamophobic advisers and cabinet members.

CAIR: John Bolton Chaired Anti-Muslim Think Tank (NBC)

Video: CAIR, Muslim, Arab-American, Asian-American, Anti-Torture Groups to Urge Rejection of Pompeo’s Confirmation as Secretary of State

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 Research and Advocacy Department Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, 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. 

 

New CAIR Report: Trump's Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

screenshot www.facebook.com 2018.04.23 11 48 55Report prompts increased calls for U.S. Supreme Court to rescind Muslim Ban after upcoming hearing 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a one-of-its-kind report offering data on the impact and legal pushback against anti-Muslim bias across the United States in the past year.

Video: CAIR News Conference to Release 2018 Civil Rights Report

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted 

Video: CAIR's 2018 Civil Rights Report Offers Data on Impact of Growing Anti-Muslim Bias

CAIR’s 2018 civil rights report finds that federal government agencies have instigated more than a third of all anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017. Of these, 464 incidents were related to the Trump administration’s unconstitutional “Muslim Ban” executive orders. The new report, titled “Targeted,” also shows a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 over the previous year. 

“Not only have anti-Muslim bias incidents continued to increase, but a greater percentage of these instances have been violent in nature, targeting American children, youth and families who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

"CAIR's 2018 Civil Rights Report provides concrete evidence that the unconstitutional Muslim Ban resulted in more Islamophobic hate and violence," said CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator Zainab Arain, author of the report. "The anti-Muslim hate incidents documented in CAIR's report are an indictment of the Trump administration and its unconstitutional and divisive policies."  

The most frequent types of incidents documented by CAIR in 2017 involved:  

  • Harassment, a non-violent or non-threatening incident of bias, at 14 percent of cases.
  • Incidents in which the complainant was inappropriately targeted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), accounting for 13 percent of cases.
  • Hate crimes, including physical violence targeting individuals and damage targeting property, making up 12 percent.
  • Cases in which the FBI harassed or otherwise inappropriately targeted the complainant, constituting 10 percent.
  • Employment discrimination — including denial of work, being passed over for promotion, or harassment by a supervisor or other senior staff — accounting for 9 percent.

The most prevalent triggering factor of an anti-Muslim bias incident in 2017 was the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 32 percent of the total. The second most frequent trigger was the perpetrator’s perception of an individual as a Muslim – irrespective of the presence or not of an identifying marker such as attire. This trigger constituted 14 percent of the total cases. A head scarf on a woman was the trigger in 13 percent of incidents. The Muslim Ban executive orders made up the fourth most frequent trigger, at 10 percent. 

The report dataset is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, CAIR's civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.  

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 and his appointment of Islamophobic advisers and cabinet members.

CAIR: John Bolton Chaired Anti-Muslim Think Tank (NBC)

Video: CAIR, Muslim, Arab-American, Asian-American, Anti-Torture Groups to Urge Rejection of Pompeo’s Confirmation as Secretary of State

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 Research and Advocacy Department Coordinator Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, 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 Asks Illinois Library to Probe Inclusion of 'Satirical' Art Exhibit Panel Encouraging Hate Crimes Against Muslim Women

screenshot 2018.04.22 07 02 11(CHICAGO, IL., 4/22/2018) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Aurora Public Library in Aurora, Ill., to investigate how a "satirical" panel came to be included in an art display even though it appeared to encourage hate crimes against Muslim women, and to reflect on lessons learned for the future.

The panel included a poem, titled "Every kid should be like my kid and snatch a hijab," with lines like, "Hijab to me means jihad so keep that sh*t out of the country I love."

CAIR-Chicago yesterday sent a letter to the library requesting removal of the exhibit. In a statement, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab argued that while the intent may have been satire, the hate poem is presented to the public without any context - intent or otherwise - and is thus indistinguishable from bare-naked incendiary hate speech that promotes violence against women and children.

This, coupled with the fact that in the current environment Muslim women face actual incidents of assault and Muslim kids face regular incidents of bullying, simply for being Muslim. Add to all this that this poem then greets them in a library of all places, a supposed safe space, and you can see why the public was as appalled as it was.

A statement subsequently posted on social media by the library said in part: "While the intent was satirical according to the poet, we are aware that this is not the message the panel is sending to our community. . .we will remove the panel before we open for business tomorrow."

SEE Library's Statement

“The library did the right thing by deciding to remove this 'poem,' that on face-value encourages violent hate crimes, but the public still wishes to know how such a blatantly out-of-touch decision was made in the first place. We request an investigation into how and why it came to be included in the art exhibit, and call for steps moving forward to regain the trust of families who were made to feel unwelcome and unsafe" said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab.

Rehab urged the library to avoid such gaffes in the future by consulting with and including the voices of any group of people in our midst who are being conversed about whether Muslims, Native Americans, Blacks or anyone else. “If you wish to talk about someone or even for someone, first talk to them. We are all here and part of every community and willing to sit at any table.”

Tomorrow morning, CAIR will release a one-of-its-kind report showing evidence that the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban resulted in increased anti-Muslim discrimination and violence nationwide in the past year.

SEE: CAIR to Release Report Showing ‘Concrete Evidence’ That Trump’s Muslim Ban Resulted in Islamophobic Discrimination, Violence

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-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, 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.

 

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