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CAIR Files Suit Challenging Islam-Specific Policy Restricting Maryland Inmates' Religious Rights

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Maryland inmates challenging an Islam-specific practice of restricting the religious exercise rights of Muslims throughout the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections system. 

Muslim inmates in Prince George’s County have been prohibited from gathering for congregational prayers (jummah) or otherwise participating in Islamic religious services. Inmates of other faiths, however, have been allowed to congregate regularly, in prayer and for religious study. 

“Legislation and our Constitution give inmates of all faiths strong protections to practice their religion,” said CAIR’s Litigation Director Lena Masri. “Prince George’s County has not only violated the rights of Muslim inmates, but has also treated Muslims differently than inmates of other faiths.” 

“It is illegal and unconscionable for a prison to discriminate against inmates because of their faith,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry.

The lawsuit seeks damages and a change in the policies and practices of Prince George’s County.

A copy of the complaint can be found here:

http://www.cair.com/images/pdf/Case-8-18-cv-00160-PJM.pdf

Because of the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment, 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 Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-LA Sponsors Women’s Marches in Orange County and Los Angeles, Produces Video of Women Leaders in Greater Los Angeles Area

(ANAHEIM, CA, 1/17/18) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Orange County and Los Angeles Women's Marches occurring this coming Saturday. 

SEE: Orange County Women's March 2018

SEE: Women's March Los Angeles 2018

CAIR-LA's Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Asmaa Ahmed, will speak at the Los Angeles Women's March.

"I am marching because my fight as a Muslim and a Pakistani-American woman against the Trump administration's marginalization of Muslims and minorities is unyielding," said Ahmed. "I will continue to march, to organize and to turn out the vote, until every community whose rights have come under attack and whose status has been marginalized has a voice and feels protected."

CAIR-LA and Ahmed were also a part of the Orange County Women's March planning committee.  As a part of CAIR-CA's ongoing voter registration campaign and in anticipation of the Women’s March, CAIR-LA produced a video of women from across the Greater Los Angeles Area that highlights the importance of marching and voting in 2018.

The video was produced as a part of a 2017 partnership between CAIR California (CAIR-CA) and NextGen America, a national philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting immigrant rights, affordable health care, prosperity, and equality.

CAIR-CA hosted over 50 voter registration events, registered more than 700 individuals and collected over 3000 voter pledge cards in the second half of 2017 as a result of its partnership with Next Gen California’s voter registration and civic engagement campaign. 

SEE: CAIR-LA's Women's March Campaign

SEE: CAIR-LA’s Women’s March Facebook Video

"We are grateful for NextGen's support with our voter registration drive and civic engagement efforts in the second half of 2017," said CAIR-LA's Director of Operations Cecilia Peralta. "CAIR is working across California and the country to mobilize the Muslim community to become civically engaged and to keep our lawmakers accountable in 2018." 

This Saturday will be the first anniversary of the Women's March on Washington. Sister marches across the world will be marching to encourage people to vote and make their voices heard. 

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-LA Communications Coordinator Marium Navid, 714-851-4851, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Files Suit in Texas Challenging Placement of U.S. Muslims on Terror Watch Lists Without Due Process

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 1/17/18) – The Dallas Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), along with CAIR’s national civil rights department, today filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Muslims challenging their placement -- without due process -- in the government's Terrorist Screening Database - a watch list of "known or suspected terrorists.”

CAIR’s lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, challenges the government’s widespread practice of designating Muslims on the watch lists without providing individuals notice of the basis for their placement and without offering a meaningful opportunity to contest this designation.

READ CAIR’S LAWSUIT

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five Muslims who are American citizens and have all experienced a range of severe consequences due to their placement on the watch list, including the inability to fly on airplanes, intrusive screenings at airports, and the denial of applications for credit cards and bank loans.

“The federal government’s placement of Muslims on a terror watch list without due process is a widespread practice that unfortunately affects many individuals in the DFW Metroplex,” said CAIR-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale. “Our hope is that the court rules this practice unconstitutional so that these law-abiding citizens can be free from the government’s religious, racial and ethnic profiling.”

"This database is nothing more than a list of innocent Muslim citizens who have not been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime," said Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. "The extrajudicial use of this draconian and ineffective watch list is incompatible with the rule of law and our American values."

Last year, CAIR defeated a motion to dismiss a similar lawsuit in a federal court in Virginia, allowing for the broadest ever challenge to the federal watch list to move forward.

SEE: Federal Judge Allows CAIR Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Terror Watch List to Move Forward

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-DFW Legal Director Nikiya Natale, 469-980-0310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 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 to Mark ‘Muslim Ban’ Anniversary with Grand Opening of New Office in Maryland

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/18) – On Saturday, January 27, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization will mark the first anniversary of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in Maryland.

CAIR’s new office will enable the organization to better serve the growing civil rights needs of Maryland’s diverse communities.

WHAT: CAIR Office in Maryland Grand Opening Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR Office in Maryland, 6120 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 2D, Baltimore, MD 21228

R.S.V.P. to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

On January 27, 2017, CAIR announced a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C. to publicize the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the Muslim ban executive order signed on that day by President Trump.

SEE: CAIR to Announce Constitutional Challenge to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14062-cair-to-announce-constitutional-challenge-to-trump-s-muslim-ban-executive-order.html

Video: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkL1-e6cMYQ

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia, challenged the constitutionality of the order because its apparent purpose and underlying motive was to ban people of the Islamic faith in several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

In a statement at the time, CAIR National Litigation Director Lena F. Masri, Esq. said: “There is no evidence that refugees -- the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation -- are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

Hundreds of Marylanders were personally impacted by the Muslim ban - leading to separated families, canceled travel plans, heightened uncertainty, and fears of scapegoating.

In the past year, the Trump administration’s discriminatory policies - coupled with a dramatic rise in intolerance, hate crimes, and bias attacks following the 2016 presidential election observed in Maryland and across the country - have led to a greater demand for CAIR’s services.

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

 

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