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CAIR-Kansas Calls on Governor Kelly to Issue Executive Order Allowing City’s to Remove Racist Language From Property Documents

 

CAIR-Kansas Calls on Governor Laura Kelly to Issue an Executive Order Allowing City’s to Remove Racist Language From Property Documents 

 

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(KANSAS CITY, KS, 12/29/2021) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today called on Governor Laura Kelly to issue an executive order allowing the Roeland Park, Kan., and other cities throughout the state to remove racist, discriminatory language from property documents.  

Roeland Park leaders are looking for ways to remove racist and discriminatory language from property-related documents on homes throughout the city. Prohibitions on selling, renting, and leasing property to members of minority communities were found in plats, deeds, covenants, and restriction agreements written by homeowner organizations. Some city officials expressed opposition to the efforts, citing high costs for removing the language.  

City Attorney Steven Mauer said the easiest and most cost-effective way to remove the racist and discriminatory language would be through legislation allowing the Recorder of Deeds to do so without having to go through other processes.  

SEE: Roeland Park considers removing racist language from property records  

https://fox4kc.com/news/roeland-park-reviews-options-to-remove-racist-language-from-property-records/

In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chairman Moussa Elbayoumy said: 

“It is unacceptable that racist, discriminatory language continues to be present in property documents. Governor Kelly should immediately issue an executive order allowing for the swift removal of such content from property documents in Roeland Park and statewide. Doing so would be a step toward ensuring equal housing opportunities for all citizens.” 

He noted that CAIR supported proposed legislation in Wyoming that would remove racially discriminatory covenants from housing deeds. 

SEE: CAIR Supports Wyoming Bill to Remove Racist Housing Covenants 

Last year, CAIR welcomed Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s signing of a new law giving localities the power to repeal racist language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Virginia Governor’s Signing of Laws Allowing Removal of Confederate Monuments, Repealing Racist Language 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323,CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-Kansas Condemns Racist Poster at Kansas City Area School, Urges Full Review of School District Environment, Policies and Staff Training

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(KANSAS CITY, 9/27/2021) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today condemned a racist poster at a Kansas City area high school and urged the school district to conduct a full review of its environment, policies and staff training to prevent such incidents from occurring. 

Over the weekend, photos emerged on social media of two students holding a sign apparently asking for a date to the Olathe South High School homecoming. The sign reads “If I was Black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking you for HOCO?” A spokesperson for Olathe Public Schools issued a statement saying the district is investigating the incident and working to contact all parties involved. 

SEE: Olathe School District investigating after photo surfaces of racist homecoming proposal 

https://www.ksnt.com/news/kansas/olathe-school-district-investigating-after-photo-surfaces-of-racist-homecoming-proposal/

“This is not the first time an incident like this has occurred at Olathe Public Schools, and it is time for the district to take more serious measures to challenge racism in schools,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “We condemn this incident and urge Olathe Public Schools to conduct a full review of its environment, policies, and staff training to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.”

Elbayoumy said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

SEE: CAIR-Colorado Condemns Racist Flyers Targeting Longmont Businesses

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-colorado-condemns-racist-flyers-targeting-longmont-businesses/

CAIR Calls for Updated North Dakota Hate Crime Law After Racist Assault on 11-Year-Old African-American Female

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-calls-for-updated-north-dakota-hate-crime-law-after-racist-assault-on-11-year-old-african-american-female/

CAIR Calls on 22 House Democrats Who Voted Against De-Militarizing Police to ‘Stop Siding with Police Unions Over Minority Constituents’ 

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-calls-on-22-house-democrats-who-voted-against-de-militarizing-police-to-stop-siding-with-police-unions-over-minority-constituents/

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.           

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

CAIR-KANSAS UPDATE: Chipotle Announces Firing of Employee Who Allegedly Harassed, Assaulted Muslim Employee

(KANSAS CITY, 8/28/2021) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today said that Chipotle has fired an assistant manager at its Lenexa, Kan., location who reportedly subjected a female Muslim employee to harassment and assault by repeatedly demanding to “see her hair” and allegedly forcibly pulling her hijab (religious head-cover).  

In a statement emailed to CAIR, Chipotle Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Laurie Schalow wrote:

“We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind and last week we terminated the employee in question following a thorough investigation. Chipotle’s engaged and hard-working employees are what makes us great, and we encourage our employees to contact us immediately, including through an anonymous 800 number, with any concerns so we can investigate and respond quickly to make things right.”

“We welcome the announcement of terminating the offending assistant manager by Chipotle, however we expect more cultural sensitivity training and tighter oversight of performance and implementation of policies to ensure that no other employee is subjected to this level of harassment and abuse,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair.

On Friday, CAIR-Kansas announced the filing of an U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the Muslim Female employee.

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Announces EEOC Complaint Over Harassment, Assault on Muslim Chipotle Employee

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-kansas-announces-eeoc-complaint-over-harassment-assault-on-muslim-chipotle-employee/ 

Earlier this month, CAIR-Kansas called for the assistant manager to be fired. 

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee  

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-kansas-calls-on-chipotle-to-fire-manager-who-harassed-assaulted-female-muslim-employee/  

Video: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee 

https://youtu.be/Wk9nw8awgaA 

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Since July 2021, the Muslim employee allegedly experienced repeated harassment by an Assistant Manager asking to “see her hair” to which she responded that she wears the hijab for religious reasons and would not remove it. The assistant manager would allegedly repeat that same request while the employee continued working.   

On Aug. 9, the employee was reportedly again approached by the assistant manager asking again to see her hair, to which she responded “no” and returned to her work. The assistant manager then allegedly proceeded to forcibly pull the employee’s hijab off. Both the employee’s cousin, who works the same shift and faced the same harassment from the assistant manager, and the shift supervisor witnessed the incident.  

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization offers a booklet, called “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help employers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the workplace. 

CAIR: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.          

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.         

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.