(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/03/17) -- On Saturday November 4, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will hold its First Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme "Living Our Faith -- Defending Freedom" at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. The banquet has sold out and no tickets will be sold at the door. Some 400 Kansans of different faiths and backgrounds signed up to attend the event.
Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; Dr. Altaf Hussain, VP of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and keynote speaker Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain and Purple Heart recipient Humayun Khan, one of a number of American Muslim “Gold Star” parents nationwide.
At the event, CAIR-Kansas will also present the MVP (Most Valuable Partner) award to Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues, in recognition of the organizations work for justice throughout the state and its outstanding support of the Muslim community, helping breakdown stereotypes and building friends and allies across traditional divides.
(WICHITA, KS, 11/2/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire that destroyed a Muslim-owned restaurant in Wichita, Kansas.
After the fire destroyed the Petra Mediterranean Restaurant, the owners found the words “Go Back” spray-painted in large letters on the storage unit behind the restaurant.
“Because of the overall rise in the number of anti-Muslim incidents both nationwide and in Kansas and Wichita specifically, and the alleged hate graffiti found at the scene, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for this blaze,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.
(Kansas City, KS, 10/29/17) -- The Kansas chapter of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today condemned hate vandalism targeting an African-American church in Kansas City Missouri.
Someone broke into the Concord Fortress of Hope Church in Kansas City, Mo., early Sunday morning, starting a fire and vandalizing the front doors and windows defaced with racist graffiti, the letters “KKK” and what appeared to be a Nazi swastika.
“We condemn this apparent hate attack on a house of worship and express our solidarity with the Christian and African-American communities at this difficult time,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy.