Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • BREAKING: Shooter May Have Thought Fla. Sikh Was from Middle East
    Khalsa said his organization believes the attack on Saturday night just after 11 p.m. was a hate crime because the shooters probably thought Singh ­ an American citizen of Indian descent ­- is from the Middle East. (Read more)
  • CAIR Launches New Website with Added Content
    CAIR today launched an updated website with new features and content. Please visit our site and share it with your friends and family. Some features of the new website. ... (Read more)
  • CAIR Co-Hosts Convening of Civil Rights Activists in Cleveland
    (CLEVELAND, OH - 2/25/13) - The Cleveland Chapter on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, along with other groups, recently convened an organizing forum for more than 50 community activists from across the greater Cleveland area. (Read more)
    CAIR-WA Welcomes New County Policy Allowing Hijab in Jails, Courts
    Muslim civil rights group launches new initiative to meet with sheriffs and police chiefs to discuss model policy, introduce Muslim leaders
    (SEATTLE, WA, 2/25/13) - The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today welcomed a new policy in King County that permits Muslim religious headscarves, or hijab, in all jails and courthouses.
    Based on CAIR-WA's recommendations, King County has adopted a new policy that also requires pat downs to be performed by an officer of the same gender.
    In November 2011, CAIR-WA contacted King County about an incident in which a Muslim woman was forced to remove her headscarf during a one-night stay in jail and was forced to appear in court without it the following morning. Before being booked, the woman was also given a pat down by a male officer while a female officer was present. She described the experience as humiliating and degrading, a similar feeling to being forced to remove all articles of clothing except undergarments in the presence of men.
    On January 11, 2013, the new policy was signed into effect by King County Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Claudia Balducci. King County is the first in Washington to adopt new policies that explicitly allow for religious headwear. As it is the largest county in Washington, the new policy will set an example for other counties in the state.
    "We are pleased by the decision of King County to allow constitutionally-protected religious freedom in detention centers, jails, and courthouses" said CAIR-WA Civil Rights Coordinator Jennifer Gist. "We look forward to using this model policy to assist other counties and police departments in similarly amending policies on religious headscarves and pat downs."
    Gist said CAIR-WA is launching a new initiative to meet with various sheriffs and police chiefs statewide to discuss the model policy and to introduce key leaders from the Muslim community in their area.
    CAIR offers an educational toolkit, called "A Correctional Institution's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help correctional officers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.
    The Muslim civil rights group also publishes a booklet that outlines general information about Islamic beliefs that are relevant to law enforcement agencies.

    SEE: A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the Muslim Community

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