Monday, November 11, 2013

  • CAIR Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support USA FREEDOM Act, End SurveillanceYesterday, Americans were given the first sign of hope that Congress will put a stop to the NSA's massive domestic phone and internet surveillance programs and restore privacy rights with the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act.
  • Okla. State Rep. Decries Anti-Muslim Speakers
    "We are all autonomous in our roles as state Representatives, so I cannot control what other members believe or say," said Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. "Butas an African-American, as a minority, it is disappointing to see my colleagues invite speakers to a legislative-sponsored event who have a history of using hate speech and racist comments toward a minority group. By inviting these men to a legislative-sponsored event, we are essentially condoning their words and their agendas, and there is no place for that at the people's Capitol building."
  • CAIR-MN: Anti-Islam Speaker Faces Protesters at Church Event (Bemidji Pioneer)
    Protesters gathered outside the Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Bagley to decry the message of Usama Dakdok ... The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) disagrees. CAIR is an American Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. CAIR-MN claims Dakdok's message, if delivered in an educational facility, would violate the district's harassment and violence policy and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • CAIR-NY: Muslim Boy Called 'Terrorist,' Booted From Bus for Praying (Huff Post)
    "It's very disappointing to see how young children have become the targets of discrimination because of their religion," CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique said. "CAIR-NY applauds the filing of the lawsuit and we hope the MTA can take disciplinary action against the employee. We urge the MTA to provide diversity trainings to its employees to reflect cultural and religious competency in their attitudes, policies and services to ensure that no New Yorker becomes a victim of hate speech by MTA officials."
  • NYPD Must Ditch Discriminatory Muslim Surveillance for Its Own Good (Al Jazeera America)
    • NY Top Cop Kelly Booed from Brown Stage
      Before the lecture, some students and social justice activists marched, carrying signs that stated "Stop & frisk doesn't stop crime" and "Stop police brutality," to protest the Kelly's police department's stop-and-frisk policy and its surveillance of Muslims.
  • MO: Judge Denies Bail to Man Who Confessed to the Joplin Mosque Fire
  • CAIR: Standing Up for What's Right Makes a Difference (Des Moines Reg)
    On the same day that people who stood up for Jews were being applauded, a Jewish American filmmaker, Jacob Bender, was on a radio show standing up for Muslims. Bender is the new executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of a Muslim civil rights organization, the Council on American Islamic Relations. He's the first non-Muslim to lead a chapter.

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