Monday, September 10, 2012

United against Poverty

  • CAIR-MI Asks Feds to Probe Hate Crime Against Jewish Student
    CAIR-MI today called for a federal probe into a recent hate crime allegedly targeting a Jewish student of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing.
    • CAIR-St. Louis: Muslims Concerned by Nationwide Hate Crimes
      "This is a very troubling trend, that we have so many hate crimes going on in such a short period of time," said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. "This is very troubling for the Muslim community, and also for the larger community, because what is the future? What is going to happen with all these crimes going on right now?"
  • CAIR-CT: United Against Poverty
    United Against Poverty Conference, September 29, 2012, Stamford, CT
  • Kris Kobach: GOP will Inspire Laws Targeting Imaginary Sharia Threat
    Kobach cited a new Kansas law combating the fictional and manufactured threat of Sharia as a reason the Republican Party Platform Committee endorsed his anti-Sharia proposal, telling Grandy that the "unequivocal intent" of the committee's decision was to encourage other states to "take a firm stand against Sharia law."
    • Speaking Urdu or Bengali a Cause for Police Suspicion in NYC (NY Times)
      "'I'm seeing Urdu,' Assistant Chief Galati said of the data generated by his eight-person demographics unit," Mr. Powell wrote, "which has eavesdropped on thousands of conversations between Muslims in restaurants and stores in New York City and New Jersey and on Long Island."
  • Visit CAIR's Booth at ISNA: This is a reminder that the ISNA convention is this Labor Day weekend at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Today is the last day to register online for the convention.
CAIR-AZ Asks State GOP to Repudiate Candidate's Hate Speech
(PHOENIX, AZ, 8/28/12) ­- The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on Republican Party leaders in that state to repudiate remarks by a GOP congressional candidate who said she does not want "Middle Easterners" in America "either legally or illegally."
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, self-proclaimed "Tea Party" candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona's District 3, is shown in a video interview stating: "If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican. . .and they mix. . .those people, their only goal in life is to cause harm to the United States, so why do we want them here, either legally or illegally."
"We urge responsible leaders of the Republican Party in Arizona and nationwide to repudiate Ms. Mercer's bigoted comments," said CAIR-AZ Board Member Imraan Siddiqi. "Her un-American and intolerant remarks are an insult to the millions of Americans of Middle Eastern heritage who have contributed so much to this great nation."
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-AZ Board Member Imraan Siddiqi, 480-415-4652, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

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