Monday, February 10, 2014

  • CAIR-NY Welcomes Mayor's Deal to End NYPD 'Stop-and-Frisk'CAIR-NY today welcomed an agreement proposed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for the city to reach a settlement in its legal battle over the controversial NYPD "stop-and-frisk" policy. The mayor and the Center for Constitutional Rights announced a deal to drop the city's appeal of a court ruling. 
  • CAIR Joins Petition on Net Neutrality More than 85 organizations have joined the Free Press campaign, including Reddit, the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn, the Sierra Club, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • CAIR-California Welcomes Court Decision Allowing Undocumented Attorneys
    Earlier this month, the state supreme court made the ruling after a measure signed by Governor Jerry Brown, which allows undocumented immigrants to practice law in California, went into effect on January 1. The ruling marks the first time that a state has allowed someone lacking legal residency to practice law.
    (NOTE: CAIR-CA representatives will be at Sergio Garcia's swearing-in ceremony February 1 in the State Capitol. Contact: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916.441.6269, 

  • CAIR Welcomes Christian College's Decision to Drop 'Crusaders' Nickname 
    Ibrahim Hooper, communications director at CAIR, told he welcomed the "Crusaders" change, but said he found team names or mascots that incorporate race or ethnicity more problematic, particularly those pertaining to Native Americans. "I welcome the spirit behind the change," Hooper said. "It's obvious they thought about this. I applaud their effort."
  • CAIR-NJ: Former Mosque Director Named NJ Head Of Civil-Rights Advocacy Group Mohamed El Filali, one of North Jersey's most well-known and outspoken Muslim leaders, has been named executive director of the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 
  • CAIR-Chicago: American Islamic Center's Lawsuit Against Des Plaines Proceeding
  • CAIR-SFBA: Bay Area Muslims Invite All to Pray for Rain
  • Islamophobia -- Exploring the Boundaries of American Tolerance
    In her interactive dialogue "Islamophobia -- Exploring the boundaries of American tolerance," Emily Sutcliffe, assistant director of the Toll Public Interest Center at University of Pennsylvania Law School, shared her experiences as an Islam convert and posed the question of whether or not tolerance of other people should be the goal of society.
  • Confessions of an Ex-TSA Agent
    Charges of racial profiling by the TSA made headlines every few months, and working from behind the scenes we knew what was prompting those claims. Until 2010 (not long after the TSA standard operating procedure manual was accidentially leaked to the public), all TSA officers worked with a secret list printed on small slips of paper that many of us taped to the back of our TSA badges for easy reference: the Selectee Passport List. It consisted of 12 nations that automatically triggered enhanced passenger screening. The training department drilled us on the selectee countries so regularly that I had memorized them, like a little poem:
    Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan
    Iraq, Iran, Yemen
    and Cuba,
    Lebanon-Libya, Somalia-Sudan
    People's Republic of North Korea.

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