Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • No Tickets Sold at Door for CAIR's Banquet, Leadership Conference
    With the theme "Upholding Our Constitution, Defending Our Faith," CAIR's annual banquet on September 29 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., will feature Rev. Al SharptonRep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Comedian Azhar Usman will provide entertainment. Preceding the banquet, CAIR will host its day-long Leadership Skills Training Conferencestarting at 9 a.m., which includes workshops such as "Answering Tough Questions About Sharia, "Strategies for Challenging Anti-Islam Legislation and Campaigns," "Community Emergency Preparedness," and "Maximizing the Muslim Vote in the 2012 Elections." In past years, CAIR's leadership conference and banquet were both sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so reserve your place right away. Registration for the banquet and the leadership skills training conference is available by CLICKING HERE.
CAIR-WA Welcomes FBI Decision to Join Probe of Anti-Muslim Vandalism
(SEATTLE, WA, 9/20/2012) -- The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today welcomed the FBI's decision to join the investigation into hate graffiti, including the slurs "sand n**gers," "doon [sic] coons," scrawled earlier this month on a rental vehicle used by a group of Seattle-area Muslims on a vacation trip to Chelan, Wash.

SEE: Muslim Students' Car Vandalized with Racial Slurs
PHOTO: Hate Vandalism of Muslims' Car - 'Sand Ni**gers' PHOTO: Hate Vandalism of Muslims' Car - 'Doon Coons' 

[NOTE: "Sand n**ger" is a slur used to target those perceived to be Muslim or Arab-American. "Doon coon" is an apparent reference to the stereotypical belief that all Muslims originate in deserts, therefore the misspelled reference to "dunes."]

Last week, CAIR-WA called on the FBI to add its resources to the investigation. CAIR-WA had earlier requested that law enforcement authorities investigate the vandalism as a hate crime.

The Muslims believe the hate incident may have been triggered by a group prayer offered in a public area and the Islamic head covering (kufi) worn by one of the vacationers.

The results of the FBI investigation will be released when it is completed. Agents are still interviewing the victims of the crime.

"We welcome the FBI's intervention in this case and hope that the investigation can be completed quickly," said CAIR-WA Civil Rights Coordinator Jennifer Gist. "The community needs to know that these offenses will be taken seriously and the perpetrator will be brought to justice."

The vandalism is one of many recent crimes committed against American Muslims in the Northwest, and around the country.

Earlier this week, CAIR's national office issued a preliminary report on a spike in anti-mosque incidents that occurred in late August following a massacre of Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, Wis.

The report noted that in the 13-day period between August 6 and August 18, there were eight incidents in which Muslim places of worship were targeted. As a comparison, in the first seven months of 2012 there were 10 such incidents.

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-WA Civil Rights Coordinator Jennifer Gist, 206-367-4081,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171,

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