Council on American–Islamic Relations

CAIR, CAIR-NY Condemn Buffalo Mass Shooting by White Supremacist, Urge Accountability for Those Who Promote Bigotry

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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 12:55am

The manifesto said he was motivated by the "great replacement" conspiracy theory often repeated on right-wing outlets that white people are being replaced by other races.

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  • The manifesto said he was motivated by the "great replacement" conspiracy theory often repeated on right-wing outlets that white people are being replaced by other races.
  • CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nashersaid:
    "We condemn this horrific white supremacist attack on Buffalo's Black community.
  • Those who promote racism, white supremacy, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of bigotry must be held accountable for the violence they inspire.
  • Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com ; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director, 646-481-2103, ahmedmohamed@cair.com ; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge's Ruling That Texas Anti-BDS Law Violates Client's Free Speech Rights

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 2:18am

Nevertheless, speecheven speech that upsets other segments of the populationis protected by the First Amendment unless it escalates into violence and misconduct."

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  • Nevertheless, speecheven speech that upsets other segments of the populationis protected by the First Amendment unless it escalates into violence and misconduct."
  • "State lawmakers should note this decision," said CAIR National Litigation and Civil Rights Director Lena Masri.
  • Abbas noted that CAIR won a landmark legal victory in 2019 in a lawsuit over a previous version of the current law.
  • Today, CAIR called a proposed bill in Georgia to implement a similar anti-BDS law "a doomed effort" after a court ruled the original version of the law was unconstitutional.

BREAKING: CAIR Condemns Hostage-Taking at Texas Synagogue, Working with Local Community Leaders to Learn More and Provide Assistance

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Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 11:10pm

SEE: Colleyville synagogue held hostage during livestreamed service; police negotiating with man

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  • SEE: Colleyville synagogue held hostage during livestreamed service; police negotiating with man
    In a statement,CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchellsaid:
    "We strongly condemn the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.
  • This latest antisemitic attack at a house of worship is an unacceptable act of evil.
  • We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community, and we pray that law enforcement authorities are able to swiftly and safely free the hostages.
  • We are in contact with local community leaders to learn more and provide any assistance that we can."

CAIR Issues New Islamophobia Report Exposing More Than $105 Million Funneled to 26 Anti-Muslim Groups by Mainstream Charitable Institutions

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 8:23pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a new Islamophobia report titled"Islamophobia in the Mainstream," listing 35 charitable institutions and foundations that funneled almost $106 million to 26 anti-Muslim groups between 2017-2019.

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  • WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released a new Islamophobia report titled"Islamophobia in the Mainstream," listing 35 charitable institutions and foundations that funneled almost $106 million to 26 anti-Muslim groups between 2017-2019.
  • CAIR also relaunched Islamophobia.org to monitor and combat Islamophobia.
  • The funders include household names such asFidelity and Schwaband faith-based charities such as theJewish Communal Fundand theNational Christian Charitable Foundation.
  • Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP: Council on American-Islamic Relations Drops Suit Against Former Board Member Who Spoke Out On Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

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Monday, January 10, 2022 - 10:36pm

On January 7, 2022, CAIR notified the Court and Ms. Saroya that it was dropping all of its claims against her, dismissing them with prejudice.

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  • On January 7, 2022, CAIR notified the Court and Ms. Saroya that it was dropping all of its claims against her, dismissing them with prejudice.
  • Ms. Saroya, who had founded the Minnesota chapter of CAIR before being asked by CAIR to serve on its national board in 2015, resigned from the organization in May 2018.
  • Ms. Saroya's legal defense team consisted of national law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr attorneys Jeff Robbins , Alain Baudry , Steven Kerbaugh , Joseph Lipchitz and Kelsey Marron .
  • The case is CAIR Foundation, Inc., d/b/a Council on American-Islamic Relations, & CAIR v. Lori Saroya in the United States District Court District of Minnesota.

TODAY: CAIR Co-Sponsors #SaveSheikhJarrah Protest in Front of State Department in D.C.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 5:07pm

b"WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --LATER TODAY, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join partner civil rights organizations at a protest led by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C., to call on the Biden administration to condemn and oppose the Israeli government's campaign to expel Palestinian families from Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.\nProtest participants will also demand an end to violent attacks on Palestinian worshippers and protesters at, and even in, the Al-Aqsa mosque.\nWHAT: 'Stop Jerusalem Expulsions' #SaveSheikhJarrah Protest Outside State Department in D.C.\nCONTACT:CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com ; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com\nYesterday, CAIR called on all Americans to contact their U.S.

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  • b"WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --LATER TODAY, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join partner civil rights organizations at a protest led by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C., to call on the Biden administration to condemn and oppose the Israeli government's campaign to expel Palestinian families from Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.\nProtest participants will also demand an end to violent attacks on Palestinian worshippers and protesters at, and even in, the Al-Aqsa mosque.\nWHAT: 'Stop Jerusalem Expulsions' #SaveSheikhJarrah Protest Outside State Department in D.C.\nCONTACT:CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com ; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com\nYesterday, CAIR called on all Americans to contact their U.S.
  • Senators and the Biden Administration to push those demands.\n"

CAIR to Media Outlets: Stop Calling Israeli Attacks on Palestinians Protesting Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid 'Clashes' - #SaveSheikhJarrah

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Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 6:22pm

b'WASHINGTON, May 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation\'s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on media outlets and journalists in the United States and worldwide to stop referring to Israeli attacks on Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing and racial and religious apartheid "clashes.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, May 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation\'s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on media outlets and journalists in the United States and worldwide to stop referring to Israeli attacks on Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing and racial and religious apartheid "clashes.
  • "\nIn a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, whose family was ethnically-cleansed from Palestine, said:\n"The Palestinian people Muslim and Christian -- are continuing their decades-long struggle to resist both ongoing ethnic cleansing and the apartheid system that has been so-named by respected international groups like Human Rights Watch .
  • To term this resistance and the brutal Israeli response as \'clashes\' falsely indicates a moral equivalency between the oppressor and the oppressed, between the occupier and the occupied.\nHuman Rights Watch: Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution\n'

CAIR to Issue Report Detailing 6000+ American Muslim Civil Rights Complaints

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Friday, April 23, 2021 - 1:16am

b'WASHINGTON, April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --On Monday, April 26, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation\'s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a virtual news conference to release its latest report on the civil rights of American Muslims, titled "Resilience in the Face of Hate.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, April 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --On Monday, April 26, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation\'s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a virtual news conference to release its latest report on the civil rights of American Muslims, titled "Resilience in the Face of Hate.
  • We aspire to have a nation in which all Americans have the equal right to freely practice their faith regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity," said CAIR Research and Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz, the report\'s author.
  • "This report shows that we all have work to do to actualize the ideals on which our nation was founded.
  • "\nCAIR\'s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.\nLa misin de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensin del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.\nCONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com\n'

CAIR-Minnesota Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 1:57am

b'MINNEAPOLIS, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer DerekChauvinon all counts for the killing of George Floyd.\nIn response to the verdict,CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Husseinsaid:\n"We are encouraged by the jury\'s decision to convict DerekChauvin.

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  • b'MINNEAPOLIS, April 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer DerekChauvinon all counts for the killing of George Floyd.\nIn response to the verdict,CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Husseinsaid:\n"We are encouraged by the jury\'s decision to convict DerekChauvin.
  • It is by no means the end of our efforts to build a more just and equitable Minnesota and nation, but it is an important milestone on our journey and a step to healing deep, generational traumas.\n"While today\'s verdict is encouraging, it does not diminish the urgency with which we must continue our efforts to combat the epidemic of police violence in our communities.\n"George Floyd received justice today in that courtroom, now we must continue advocating for justice for all, everywhere: in the legislature, where we\'re fighting to pass bills to increase police oversight and end qualified immunity, in our own communities, where we come together to heal and build trust and mutual understanding, and in the streets, where every day we are organizing, marching, and strengthening our movement.
  • "\nCAIR 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.\nCONTACT:CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein,612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com ; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com ; CAIR-MN Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim 507-990-3473, mIbrahim@cair.com\n'

CAIR-Georgia, CAIR National Express Solidarity with Asian-American Community, Call for Hate Crime Probe of Mass Shooting in Atlanta

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 4:24pm

In a statement, CAIR also called for a full hate crime investigation into the shooting, which occurred amid a rise in bias crimes targeting Asian-Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • In a statement, CAIR also called for a full hate crime investigation into the shooting, which occurred amid a rise in bias crimes targeting Asian-Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Over the past year, CAIR has repeatedly spoken out against anti-Asian hate crime attacks that have taken place across the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awadsaid:
    The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
  • CONTACT:Executive Director Abdullah Jaber, 678-631-9697, ajaber@cair.com ; Communications and Outreach Director Azka Mahmood, 678-653-5822, azkatmahmood@cair.com .CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com