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CAIR Calls on Trump to Repudiate Islamophobia, Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes During Address to Congress

chapter logos kansas(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/28/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Trump to repudiate the growing Islamophobia that has resulted in an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes nationwide when he delivers his first address to a joint meeting of Congress tonight.

CAIR also called on the president to heed the advice of his new national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who reportedly advised him to stop using the controversial phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” McMaster reportedly told his staff that he - like many national security experts and American Muslim leaders - considers the term “unhelpful.”

SEE: New NSC Chief Pushed Trump to Moderate His Language on Terrorism

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We urge President Trump to take the opportunity offered by his address tonight to a joint meeting of Congress to finally repudiate the growing Islamophobia that has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the reports of anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes nationwide. Unfortunately, it is President Trump’s own policies, appointments and statements that have contributed to the mainstreaming of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric. It is time for him to clearly state that he is the president of all Americans, including American Muslims, and that he rejects Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all other forms of bigotry.”

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CAIR Action Alert: Support Senator Booker’s Bill to Block Muslim Registry

chapter logos kansas(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/6/17) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans who value religious freedom and oppose all forms of discrimination to contact their state’s senators and ask that they support the Protect American Families Act, which would prohibit creation of immigration related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality.

SEE: Senate Dems Introduce Bill to Block Trump Muslim Registry

TAKE ACTION: CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TODAY

CAIR is urging voters to thank the senators who are co-sponsoring the legislation.

Introduced by Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), the Protect American Families Act is cosponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

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CAIR-Kansas Welcomes Guilty Pleas for Hate Attack on Somali Men

chapter logos kansas(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/30/16) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today welcomed guilty pleas resulting from a June 19, 2015, hate attack on three Somali-Americans in Dodge City.

CAIR-Kansas also thanked federal authorities for their successful prosecution of the case.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release:

“Armando Sotelo, 24, pleaded guilty today to a hate crime offense for his role in a June 19, 2015, assault of a black Somali man in Dodge City, Kansas. Omar Cantero Martinez, 32, also pleaded guilty today to providing perjured testimony during a hate crimes prosecution arising from the same assault. . .

“During Sotelo’s plea hearing, he admitted that he assaulted the victim, identified as M.H.D., because of M.H.D.’s race and national origin. Sotelo admitted that he, with the assistance of two other men, approached M.H.D., who is black and from Somalia, while M.H.D. was sitting with two other Somali men on a bench outside the African Market.  The defendant approached the bench from one side, while the two other men approached the bench from the other.  Sotelo and the other men all yelled racial and anti-Somali slurs at M.H.D. and at the two other Somalis on the bench. “

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