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CAIR Condemns Rep. Perry’s Smear Targeting U.S. Muslim Peace Builder

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/18/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-Penn.) smear targeting American Muslim peace builder Manal Omar.

Perry, who has praised white supremacist-linked, anti-Islam activist Brigitte Gabriel, used an early September budget hearing to attack Omar for saying she believed then-candidate Trump was “inciting violence” and that he “has blood on his hands.” Perry used Omar’s one-time remark from 2016 to call for an end to all funding to the government-backed U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP), which was then Omar’s employer. Omar exited USIP two days after Perry’s attack.

SEE: A Foreign Policy Expert Says Calling Out Trump’s “Hate Speech” Hurt Her Career In Washington

“Then-candidate Trump was inciting violence on the campaign trail. He was expressing anti-Islam animus. Omar’s one-time expression of concern about Trump’s hate rhetoric is exactly what any peace builder should say,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Perry’s ties to the U.S. Islamophobia network indicate that his attack may have had more to do with targeting a visible American Muslim than any concern about Omar’s valid statement.”

In December 2016, Rep. Perry posted a photograph of himself to his Facebook page with the head of the white supremacist-linked anti-Islam hate group ACT for America. In his Facebook post, Perry said that he had a “terrific” discussion with Gabriel and she “deserves” to be heard.

ACT for America leader Brigitte Gabriel says “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” and that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” At a nationwide series of rallies in June, ACT hosted white supremacist groups like Vangaurd America and Identity Evropa.

SEE: Perry Facebook post of photo with Act for America’s Brigitte Gabriel

The Hate that ACT for America Wrought

In July, Perry was a featured guest on the radio program of Frank Gaffney, whose Center for Security Policy is an icon of anti-Islam hate.

SEE: Islamophobe Profile of Center for Security Policy

In its civil rights report documenting a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2016 over 2015, CAIR documented then-candidate Trump’s anti-Islam animus.

CAIR also noted: “A publication produced by a United States Holocaust Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide Fellow notes that dangerous speech includes, ‘both speech that qualifies as incitement and speech that makes incitement possible by conditioning its audience to accept, condone, and commit violence against people who belong to a targeted group.’”

SEE: CAIR 2014-2016 Civil Rights Report

Trump’s History of Encouraging Violence

When White House spokeswoman Sara Huckabee Sanders asserted that President Trump has never encouraged violence, Politifact rated the assertion as “false.”

SEE: Has Donald Trump Never 'Promoted or Encouraged Violence,' as Sarah Huckabee Sanders Said?

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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.

Exclusive: New Report Offers Proof of US Hate Crime Rise in the Trump Era

CAIR asks 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 

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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 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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 202-384-8857; 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 Again Condemns Racist Graffiti in University of Maryland Building, Offers Campus Diversity Workshop

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/18/17) -- The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Nazi swastikas and yet more racist graffiti discovered in the Plant Sciences Building of the University of Maryland's College Park campus. 

SEE: Swastika found in University of Maryland’s plant sciences building

This is the latest in a string of incidents spanning at least one year involving racist imagery and slurs on the campus. In May of this year, a black Bowie State University student Richard Collins was murdered by a University of Maryland student with ties to white supremacist groups. He has since been indicted on murder charges in Collins' death.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

"Despite measures by campus administration to promote tolerance, this latest display of racist symbols and messages is yet another indicator of a campus environment that is increasingly hostile toward many minority students," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. "CAIR is in touch with University of Maryland's recently-appointed Campus Diversity Taskforce, and we look forward to working together to create a more inclusive and safe learning environment for all students." 

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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 

CAIR asks 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

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. 

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click herehttp://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. - END –

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

 

CAIR, Muslim Community Organizations File U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief Opposing ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 9/18/17) -- A coalition of organizations serving the Muslim community today announced the filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Trump v. IRAP, which argues that the Trump administration’s “Muslim Ban” is discriminatory, has stoked fears in the Muslim community and contributes to a climate of distrust toward American Muslims.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations – California (CAIR-CA) is joined in the brief by the Muslim Justice League and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

The brief, which was prepared by the law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips, argues the Muslim Ban executive order at issue in the Trump v. IRAP Supreme Court case violates the Establishment Clause by targeting immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries and creates a policy that discriminates on the basis of religion, which violates the United States Constitution.

The amicus brief specifically notes:

  • This ban violates First Amendment rights under the United States Establishment Clause by targeting countries and people based on their religious beliefs.
  • This unconstitutional ban has irreparably harmed the American Muslim community by ripping families apart, bolstering harmful and offensive stereotypes, and sewing a deep and unjustified distrust of the Muslim community in America.
  • This ban does nothing to make the United States safer and there is no immediate security need that justifies this ban -- rather, the only common thread between those affected is their faith.

CAIR-CA is also part of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a grassroots awareness and mobilization effort focused on the resistance against the Muslim ban. The organization’s offices will be organizing vigils and rallies in multiple locations to align with the scheduled October 10 oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

“We are simply advocating for the dignity and fair treatment of the Muslim community throughout the United States,” said Brittney Rezaei, an attorney at CAIR-CA’s San Francisco Bay Area office. “This discriminatory and unconstitutional travel ban has caused irreparable and unnecessary harm to Muslim communities across the country – we cannot let it stand,” she added.

In August, CAIR filed an amicus brief on behalf of four American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s Muslim ban guidelines on what constitutes a close family relationship as a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling and in support of the State of Hawaii’s successful challenge to those guidelines.

SEE: CAIR Files Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Four American Muslims Impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical 'know your rights' information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims 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 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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, 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-Kansas Calls for ‘Independent’ Probe of Emprise Bank, Wichita Police After Arrest of Iraqi-American Family for Depositing Check

(WICHITA, KS, 9/18/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called for an “independent” investigation of both Emprise Bank and the Wichita Police Department following the traumatic arrest earlier this month of the Iraqi-American Muslim family for a “fraudulent check,” which was later determined to be valid.

SEE:  Muslim Family Won't Accept Police, Bank Apologies

Man Says Family is ‘Living In Fear’ After He Was Handcuffed at Bank

“The conflicting statements from both Emprise Bank and law enforcement authorities are adding to the confusion rather than clarifying the situation,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.

He added: “Instead of hiding behind vague ‘policies and procedures’ that they claim were followed and vowing to do the same in a similar situation, they should come clean and explain what were the specific reasons for their actions. They should also re-examine those policies and procedures and make any necessary changes in the training of staff to avoid repeating this traumatic event with another family.”

Elbayoumy said CAIR-Kansas has been to trying to support the family during this difficult time, while waiting for explanations from those involved before exploring legal options.

He noted that many community activists and civic organizations are angry and demanding action to correct the mistakes by both the bank and police that took place in that incident.

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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.

CAIR asks 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  

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

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 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.

 

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