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Muslim American Civil Rights Group, CAIR, Fights Islamophobia After Shootings,15 Videos

By CAIR



Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 7, 2015





     

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Verse of the Day: No Compulsion in Religion

"Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error; whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks." The Holy Quran, 2:256
CAIR-LA: How Muslims are Being Scapegoated in the US and Europe in the Wake of the Paris attacks

GUEST: Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, also an Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party.
Muslim Taxi Driver Shot on Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh Calls Attack a Hate Crime
Video: CAIR Asks DOJ to Probe Shooting of Penn. Muslim Taxi Driver as a Hate Crime
Passenger Rants About Islamic State Before Shooting Muslim Taxi Driver in Back


Video: Donald Trump Claims There is a 'Level of Hatred' in the Muslim Community
Video: CAIR Says Donald Trump, Other GOP Candidates Promote Islamophobia (PBS)
American Muslim Teen Detained for 13 Hours at Heathrow Airport (BBC News)
New Jersey Sheriff's Officer on Administrative Leave Over Anti-Muslim Facebook Post
MN: After Attack in Coon Rapids, Muslims Wonder: Am I next?
CAIR-WA: Community Groups Call for Immediate Adoption of Police Accountability Measures

Among the community groups urging faster action were the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, El Centro de la Raza, United Black Clergy, the King County Native American Leadership Council and CAIR-Washington, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
CAIR-MI: Detroit Community Activist Ron Scott Dies

Close friend Dawud Walid, executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Michigan (CAIR-MI), agreed. The two were present outside Aiyana Stanley-Jones' home the morning after the 7-year-old was fatally shot in May 2010 by Detroit police during a raid.

"I remember that there were people in the community that were incensed, that wanted to retaliate against the Detroit police, and it was Ron who helped bring some sense of stability to that situation and encouraged the young men there to be patient and for us to protest and let things play out through the legal process," Walid said.
CAIR-FL: Father of Boy Called "Raghead Taliban" Continues Rallying Against School Board

Right after the incident, he says, officials waved off his complaint. He says he called the police, FBI, and White House to demand some sort of justice for his son, and it was only after weeks of complaining and the involvement of the Council on American Islamic Relations that in March, the teacher was given a five-day unpaid suspension and ordered to take diversity training.

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CAIR: Extremism Has No Place in Their Faith, Muslims Say The Council for American-Islamic Relations said Tuesday that acts of discrimination against Muslims and vandalism against mosques after the Paris attacks are at their highest rate since immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

CAIR-OK Commentary: Compassion, Not Fear

CAIR: 'It wasn't this bad after 9/11' Say Illinois Muslims

CAIR: Islamic Center Reports Email Death Threat; Group Blames Rising Islamophobia 'Rally of Love' Held at Texas Mosque Targeted by Armed Hate Group FBI Searching for Armed Anti-Muslim Activist After Facebook Threat to Muslim Community in New York

Anti-Islam Protester Jon Ritzheimer Posts Threatening Video

Texas: Passerby Attacks Muslim Student He Suspected of Taking Orders from ISIS NJ Cop Under Investigation for Facebook Rant: 'F*ck the Muslims. . .Trump for President' Phoenix Mosque is Hacked, Group Takes Over Website According to members of the mosque, there have been many acts of prejudice against them since the terror attacks on France. Canadian Mosque Vandalized for Second Time

CAIR-CT: Syrian refugee Question Draws Both Sides of Issue to Connecticut Capitol Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations said America needs to open its doors to refugees, and he reminded the opposition that the Syrian people have been known to never close their door to refugees in the region, regardless of race or religion.

CAIR: What does the Bible say about welcoming Syrian refugees? Julia Shearson, executive director of CAIR's Cleveland, Ohio, chapter, says to "cut off the Syrian people in their time of need goes against American values. As Americans, we must be a beacon of compassion and hope in a troubled world."

BREAKING NEWS:

CAIR Asks DOJ to Probe Shooting of Penn. Muslim Taxi Driver as Post-Paris Hate Crime

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/29/15) � The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Muslim taxi driver in Pittsburgh, Penn., as a hate crime similar to a growing number of attacks targeting the nation's Muslim community following the recent terror attacks in Paris.

CAIR said the 38-year-old driver, who is of Moroccan heritage, picked up a man early Thursday, and that during the trip, the passenger reportedly began asking the driver about his background, including asking whether he was a "Pakistani guy." The passenger also allegedly asked the driver about the terror group ISIS and reportedly mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

When the taxi arrived at the man's home, he went into the house reportedly because he told the driver he forgot his wallet inside. In a few minutes, the man allegedly emerged from the house carrying a rifle.

When the Muslim driver saw the weapon, he sped away, only to hear gunshots, one of which shattered the back window of his taxi and struck him in the upper back.

The Muslim driver, who remains hospitalized in stable condition, was able to flag down a passing car and have someone call the police. The bullet remains lodged in his back.

CAIR has been in contact with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to ask that the alleged bias motive for the shooting be investigated. The FBI has also been made aware of the case.

SEE: Muslim Taxi Driver Shot on Thanksgiving in Hazelwood Calls Attack a Hate Crime

"Because of the reported bias statements made by the alleged shooter, and because of the recent spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes nationwide in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, we urge the U.S. Department of Justice to add its resources to the case and to help bring the perpetrator to justice," said CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Alia Schindler. "Federal officials need to send a clear message that attacks on American Muslims, or on any minority group, will not be tolerated and that the perpetrators will face the full force of the law."

On Friday, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to step up protection for a Kentucky mosque that received an emailed death threat.

Video: CAIR Calls for Protection of Kentucky Mosque Targeted by Terror Threat

That same day, CAIR cited an FBI alert to New York police about an Arizona anti-Islam extremist who is reportedly traveling to that state to "confront" Muslims.

SEE: FBI Warns NY Police About Anti-Islam Arizona Man Who May Be Headed to State to Confront Muslim Group (NY Daily News)

Earlier last week, CAIR released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.

CAIR notes that it has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions in the past week-and-a-half than during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.

CAIR attributes this spike in anti-Muslim incidents to the Paris attacks and to the mainstreaming of Islamophobia by political candidates and lawmakers in the run-up to the 2016 general election.

Of particular concern is the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric and falsehoods being espoused by leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Another contributing factor to this marked rise in Islamophobic hostility is state governors and lawmakers playing on public fears and spreading misinformation about the federal government's ability to screen Syrian refugees being resettled into the United States.

SEE: CAIR Reports Unprecedented Backlash Against American Muslims After Paris Attacks

CAIR offers community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to past threats to and attacks on American mosques. The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html   The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is also asking Muslim 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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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. - END - CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Alia Schindler, 412-606-3601, bschindler@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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Video: Muslim Americans Speak Out: What It's Like to Live in the US After Paris Attacks TODAY's Erica Hill sat down with a group of Muslim Americans � all who were either born in the United States or raised here since early childhood � eager to speak out. Muslim NYPD Officers Slam Donald Trump

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR Calls for Protection of Kentucky Mosque Targeted by Terror Threat

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/15) � The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to step up protection for a Kentucky mosque that received an emailed death threat this morning.

The Islamic Center of Lexington in Lexington, Ky., received the email, which stated: "I'm going to kill everyone I [sic] there you Muslim f**ks. Salabis is coming for you."

"This clear terroristic death threat targeting a house of worship must be treated seriously by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the perpetrator should be apprehended and brought to justice," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Our nation's leaders must send a clear message challenging the rising Islamophobia that leads to such threats."

Hooper added that earlier today, CAIR cited an FBI alert to New York police about an Arizona anti-Islam extremist who is reportedly traveling to that state to "confront" Muslims.

SEE: FBI Warns NY Police About Anti-Islam Arizona Man Who May Be Headed to State to Confront Muslim Group (NY Daily News)

Earlier this week, CAIR released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.

CAIR notes that it has received more reports about acts of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslim) and Islamic institutions in the past week-and-a-half than during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.

CAIR attributes this spike in anti-Muslim incidents to the Paris attacks and to the mainstreaming of Islamophobia by political candidates and lawmakers in the run-up to the 2016 general election.

Of particular concern is the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric and falsehoods being espoused by leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Another contributing factor to this marked rise in Islamophobic hostility is state governors and lawmakers playing on public fears and spreading misinformation about the federal government's ability to screen Syrian refugees being resettled into the United States.

SEE: CAIR Reports Unprecedented Backlash Against American Muslims After Paris Attacks

CAIR offers community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety," which was published in response to past threats to and attacks on American mosques. The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html   The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is also asking Muslim 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/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html  

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. - END - CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, nnaeem@cair.com

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