Tuesday, March 12, 2013

  • Police Spying on American Muslims Is a Pointless National Shame (Rolling Stone)
    While Muslims in the Northeast are the people most directly affected by this surveillance, it is a national problem – both in the sense that all of our rights are infringed if anyone's are, but also in a more concrete way.
  • CAIR-MD: Coalition Fights Against NDAA, for Due Process
    Mudusar Raza, president of the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), warned that while the NDAA doesn't extend a requirement to detain an American in military custody under its provisions, "the authority or option to do so remains, " and that "To deny any person the right to due process in the name of national security makes our nation less free, but not more secure."
  • 9th Circuit Gets Tough on Border Gadget Searches

    CAIR-SFBA: San Francisco Officials to Denounce Islamophobic Bus Ads
    What: City leaders, in conjunction with the Asian Law Caucus, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the Ramallah Club, churches, mosques and other key community leaders from the Arab and Muslim communities, will hold a press conference to denounce Islamophobic and racist advertisements by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).
    Last August, San Franciscans were outraged over AFDI advertisements on MUNI that referred to Arabs and Muslims as "savages." The new ads scheduled to run on MUNI buses today wrongly suggest that all Muslims are defined by extremism and violence. Board President David Chiu will introduce a resolution condemning the anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim advertisements at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
    (MEDIA NOTE: For more on this issue, see "Backgrounder" links below below.)
    Who: District Attorney George Gascón and Board President David Chiu, who will be joined by several other elected officials from the city and county of San Francisco
    When: Today, Monday, March 11th at 1 PM
    Where: Steps of San Francisco City Hall (Civic Center Side), One Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco

    CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, 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.
    CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626.252.0885, E-Mail: zbilloo@cair.com; Asian Law Caucus Staff Attorney Nasrina Bargzie, 925.330.1163, E-Mail: nasrinab@asianlawcaucus.org; DA Gascón's Office Representative Stephanie Ong Stillman, 415.553.1167 or 415.740.5134, E-Mail: stephanie.ong.stillman@sfgov.org

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