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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/16) – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a statement calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect the rights of all Americans and pledging to work with the new president to strengthen the nation.
In a statement reacting to yesterday’s election, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“As citizens of this great nation, we accept the result of the democratic process that has bound us together as one nation.
“Regardless of who won or lost yesterday’s election, American Muslims are here to stay. We are not going anywhere, and will not be intimidated or marginalized. God willing, the American Muslim community will continue to mobilize to challenge bigotry, to uphold justice and to protect the freedoms and rights of all Americans. American Muslims will also increase outreach to their fellow citizens of other faiths and backgrounds to build bridges of mutual understanding and cooperation.
“We will hold the new president to the highest standard in defending the rights of all those residing in our nation, as guaranteed by the Constitution.
“America is strongest and best when all its communities, institutions and leaders are working together to build a better future for its people and for the world. We look forward to continuing to work with all of our federal, state and local leaders to achieve such a future.
“CAIR will continue to be a fearless and principled defender of the Muslim community, regardless of who leads our nation.
“To those in the American Muslim community who are fearful of the future, know that America is your home and you have the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans. Rest assured that CAIR is here for you, your family and your children.
“God is the best of planners.”
Prior to Tuesday’s election, CAIR joined a coalition of interfaith and civic groups across the country in asking Americans of all faith, racial and political backgrounds to commit to working with each other after the election to build a more united country.
SEE: CAIR Joins National Interfaith, Civic Leaders in Calling on All Americans to Pledge to Work Together #OnNovember9
Video: CAIR Joins Campaign for National Unity #OnNovember9
In October, CAIR released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the presidential election and on issues of concern to the Muslim community. The survey found that 85 percent of polled Muslim voters believed that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has increased in the past year. Thirty percent of respondents say they have experienced discrimination or profiling in the past year.
SEE: American Muslim Voters and the 2016 Election
Muslim Voters Name Civil Rights as Key Election Issue as Electorate Turns Away From GOP
CAIR mobilized Muslim voters through a national get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaign, through distribution of copies of its “2016 National Voter Guide” and with the launch of MuslimsGOTV.com, an election resource website.
SEE: CAIR Launches Muslims GOTV Election Website, Releases General Election Scorecard and Presidential Guide
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections and does not support one candidate or party over another.
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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
Clearly the GOP is split between the party regulars who understandably would like to see a more inclusive Republican Party and the Trump wing who seem to have no qualms about alienating large minority segments of American society.
Nancy Fayed is staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, New Jersey.
AS THE BALLOONS drop on the sea of delegates at the Republican National Convention, I am left with one question: What just happened? What the RNC calls a convention felt more like a family feud than the polished media event party regulars would have hoped for. But then again, real democracy can be messy.
The divisions within the GOP were on display for everyone to see.
Clearly the GOP is split between the party regulars who understandably would like to see a more inclusive Republican party (many of whom were noticeably absent at the convention) and the Trump wing who seem to have no qualms about alienating large minority segments of American society and exploiting base, bigoted instincts for near-sighted political gain. Read More
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CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich's Call to 'Test' and Deport American Muslims
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious "testing" and possible deportation of "every person here who is of a Muslim background."
For Immediate Release – July 10, 2016
On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 100 organizations throughout New Jersey, we would like to express our sorrow at the most recent tragic deaths of two African-American victims of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the targeted killings of five police officers in Dallas.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of all of these victims and ask God to give them strength, patience, comfort and hope through this difficult time. We strongly affirm that all lives, regardless of background, are sacred and must be valued.
We reiterate the importance of recognizing the racial inequities of our law enforcement and judicial system as it relates to African-American and other minority communities. We urge our political leaders to begin the important work of addressing these injustices so that every person is treated equally under the law. We ask this so that we can make progress toward a "more perfect union” that our founders sought. And we remind everyone of our nation’s motto: E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One.
CAIR-NJ to Co-Sponsor Muslim Voter Registration at Eid Celebration in Teaneck
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 7/5/16) – On Wednesday, July 6, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will conduct a Muslim voter registration drive in partnership with the Eid Committee of New Jersey at the Eid ul-Fitr prayers and celebration marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan to be held at the Teaneck Armory (1799 Teaneck Road) in Teaneck, N.J.
The Eid ul-Fitr prayer will be begin at 8:30 a.m.