(KANSAS CITY, KS, 3/8/17) – On Monday, March 13, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) and Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) will hold “Muslim Advocacy Day” at the Kansas state Capitol in Topeka.
The event includes a rally in the 2nd floor rotunda of the capitol building and formal acknowledgement in each chamber during the session by a state senator and a state representative. Meetings with lawmakers and their staff will take place following the rally.
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Rally begins at 9:30 a.m.)
WHERE: 2nd Floor Rotunda of the State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
(KANSAS CITY, KS, 3/3/17) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on administrators at a Missouri high school to protect Muslim students after reports of ignored complaints of bullying and harassment targeting Muslim students.
Slurs such as “terrorist” were allegedly hurled at three female Muslim students of Middle Eastern heritage attending Osage High School in Independence, Mo.
CAIR-Kansas also offered to provide anti-bullying and cultural diversity training to all teachers and staff in the district to prevent similar incidents from occurring. (NOTE: While the incident took place in Missouri, it falls within the geographical jurisdiction of CAIR-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.”
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.”