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

screenshot thehill.com 2018.04.19 15 24 15(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/19/18) – On Friday, April 20, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join other Muslim, Arab-American, Asian-American, and anti-torture organizations at a National Press Club news conference to urge that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reject the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state because of his history of Islamophobia and support of unconstitutional policies.

The committee has set a Monday vote on Pompeo’s confirmation.

SEE: Senate Committee Sets Monday Vote Even as Pompeo Appears to Lack Support

WHAT: CAIR News Conference Urging Senate Rejection of Mike Pompeo’s Confirmation as Secretary of State

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

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.

News conference participants will include:

  • CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw
  • CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad
  • Engie Mohsen, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund
  • Megan Essaheb, Director of Immigration Advocacy, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Osama Abuirshaid, Executive Director, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
  • Abed Ayoub, Director of Legal & Policy Affairs, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
  • Abdullah Baig, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Council for Social Justice

Earlier today, CAIR applauded U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) decision to oppose Pompeo’s confirmation.

GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR Applauds Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Decision to Oppose Pompeo Confirmation

CAIR is also calling on all those who value America’s traditions of religious inclusion and respect for diversity to contact members of the U.S. Senate to oppose Pompeo’s confirmation. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization set up a click-and-send action alert to urge senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose and block Pompeo’s confirmation.

  • CLICK HERE TO SEND CAIR’S ACTION ALERT TO THE U.S. SENATE

In addition to issuing the action alert, CAIR released a congressional fact sheet, titled “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Islamophobe Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

  • CLICK HERE TO READ CAIR’S CONGRESSIONAL FACT SHEET OPPOSING POMPEO’S NOMINATION

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.

 

GOOD NEWS ALERT: CAIR Applauds Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Decision to Oppose Pompeo Confirmation

screenshot www.cardin.senate.gov 2018.04.19 12 23 42(BALTIMORE, MD, 4/19/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) decision to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, due in part to his past Islamophobic statements. 

SEE: Sen. Ben Cardin Opposes Pompeo Nomination, Cites Anti-LGBT, Anti-Islam Statements

SEE ALSO: CAIR Fact Sheet on Mike Pompeo

“We thank Senator Cardin for his principled position on a critical confirmation that impacts all Americans,” said CAIR Outreach Director for Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “It is an important affirmation to his constituents that elected leaders can champion the values of inclusivity and tolerance, and will refuse to ignore bigotry against our communities.” 

Senator Cardin joins a growing list of senators publicly opposing Pompeo’s bid, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE).

Recently, CAIR thanked these senators for calling out Pompeo’s anti-Muslim bigotry at a senate confirmation hearing. 

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CAIR-Kansas Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Militia Terror Plot Against Muslims

(KANSAS CITY, KS, 4/18/18) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed a guilty verdict for three right-wing militiamen who plotted to massacre Muslim refugees living in an apartment complex in that state.

Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen face life in prison for charges related to use of weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights. Wright was also found guilty of lying to the FBI. Sentencing for all three men is scheduled for June 27.

SEE: Right-Wing Extremists Guilty in Terror Plot Against Muslim Refugees

“We welcome the guilty verdicts in this disturbing case and hope that anyone considering turning bigoted views into violent actions will see what their fate will be when apprehended and prosecuted by law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.

He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

On Monday, April 23, CAIR will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to release a one-of-its-kind report showing “concrete 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

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CAIR Offers Condolences on Death of Muslim Civil Rights Activist Eric E. Vickers

screenshot news.stlpublicradio.org 2018.04.18 13 58 43(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/18/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to the family and loved ones of Muslim civil rights activist and attorney Eric E. Vickers who died recently at the age of 65.

Vickers accepted Islam while in law school and became prominent defending civil rights and promoting social justice. He served as head of the American Muslim Council (AMC) and on the board of the American Muslim Alliance.

Obituary: Eric E. Vickers, attorney and activist known for I-70 blockade, dies at 65

Eric Vickers died fighting the good fight

“We offer sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Eric Vickers. Eric was a brother, a friend and a leader in the struggle for justice. May Allah reward him and bless his soul,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

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 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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