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 Okla. Muslims Seek Understanding in the Face of Criticism (Tulsa World) He and other Muslims, including Dundar with the Dialogue Institute and representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, are issuing public invitations to Bennett for a chance to talk with him about Islam.


Oklahomans Not Keen on Islam, But Defend the Religious Right Poll respondents in the Oklahoma City metro area were somewhat more positive in their assessment of Islam than those in Tulsa and the rest of the state. The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is based in Oklahoma City and has been active in defending Muslims in community activities. Muslim Population Has Seen Dramatic Growth in Tulsa


San Jose Police's New Drone Prompts Privacy Concerns (Al Jazeera America) The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy and civil rights group, says Muslim communities in San Jose fear surveillance. "American Muslims are living in fear every day and they worry about their every move being watched by law enforcement," says Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR's San Francisco chapter, adding that the Bay Area is home to more than 250,000 Muslims. "Often times they (Muslims) don't even know that they are being surveilled and when they find out, they don't know how to challenge the system," Billoo said.


Jersey City Bus Driver Claims Cops Harass Her Because She's Muslim Mohamed El Filali, executive director of CAIR New Jersey, confirmed that Elkaramary "initiated a conversation" with CAIR, but that things were still at an early stage. The Hidden Costs of Alabama's Anti-Islam Law Measure This state-by-state assault on judicial discretion in international legal disputes also creates a host of uncertainties and problems for Americans with family and business ties overseas�whether or not they are Muslim. High Court Rejects Case of Tulsa Police Officer Who Refused Islamic Event

CAIR-Cleveland to Join Rights Activists at Community Forum on Police Shootings Muslim group representatives to attend funeral for 12-year-old police shooting victim

(CLEVELAND, OH, 12/1/14)

� On Saturday, December 6, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will join with local and national civil and human rights groups to co-host a forum on police shootings in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, who was playing with a soft-pellet gun outside a local recreation center in that city.

SEE: Tamir Rice Weighs Heavily on Second Anniversary of Deadly Cleveland Police Chase

Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shooting 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Within Seconds

The Funeral Service for Tamir Rice is Wednesday

WHAT: Forum on Police Shootings & Community Response

WHEN: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11:00 AM � 3:00 PM

WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, MLK, Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247,


On Wednesday, December 3, representatives of CAIR-Cleveland will attend the funeral of Tamir Rice to be held 11 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 7510 Woodland Avenue, in Cleveland.] "The purpose of these community-based initiatives is to bring together diverse civil and human rights leaders and organizations to form a more united front to work on social justice issues, including the excessive use of force by police," said CAIR-Cleveland Events Coordinator Aiesha Siddiq. 

The forum, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition, of which CAIR-Cleveland is a founding member, was formed with the help of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee to increase collaboration among local groups working on issues such as racial profiling, police misconduct, immigration reform, excessive government surveillance, and home foreclosures. It will focus on the community's response to allegations of the excessive use of force by Cleveland police, including the recent killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the "137 Shots Cleveland Atrocity" in which two unarmed civilians were killed two years ago by the Cleveland police in a hail of 137 bullets.

At the forum, the coalition will discuss plans related to the expected release of a U.S. Department of Justice finding stemming from a pattern and practice investigation of the Cleveland Police Department. The group will also discuss prospective legislation entitled the Local Civil Rights Restoration Act, which would provide local solutions to excessive government power and lack of accountability and citizen oversight.

CAIR recently called for a "national action" to address issues of racism in the aftermath of a Missouri grand jury's decision to not indict the officer who shot Michael Brown. CAIR also questioned the "problematic" grand jury process that resulted in a failure to indict the officer. SEE: CAIR Calls for National Action on Racism After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision 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. -


CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247,;

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202.744.7726,

Council on American-Islamic Relations 453 New Jersey Ave, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003 Council on American-Islamic Relations.





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