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CAIR Joins 100+ Rights Groups in Denouncing ADL’s Pattern of Suppressing Justice Movements, Calls on Allies to Stop Working with ADL

CAIR Joins 100+ Rights Groups in Denouncing ADL’s Pattern of Suppressing Justice Movements, Calls on Allies to Stop Working with ADL

dropadl sq 1(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/12/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a broad coalition of more than 100 civil rights and human rights advocacy organizations in denouncing the Anti-Defamation League’s “history and ongoing pattern of attacking social justice movements,” particularly those led by “immigrants, Muslims, Arabs, and other marginalized groups, while aligning itself with police, right-wing leaders, and perpetrators of state violence.” 

The coalition also called on community organizations, advocacy groups and social justice workers to reconsider their working relationships with the ADL, stating: 

“We cannot lift up or partner with the ADL on progressive causes, because the ADL’s credibility as a social justice organization is precisely what allows it to undermine the rights of marginalized communities, shielding it from criticism and accountability while boosting its legitimacy and resources. We cannot collaborate with the ADL without betraying our movements.” 

The coalition released an extensive report documenting the ADL’s troubling history of 1) surveillance of progressive organizations and movements, 2) support of militarized police training exchange programs, 3) suppression of human rights and Palestinian voices, 4) support of racist and white supremacist influencers, 5) promotion of Islamophobia, 6) suppression of campus activism, 7) trampling on progressive social justice movements.   

CAIR joined the coalition in calling on allies and all those concerned with social justice to reconsider their support of the ADL and cease working with the organization in light of its ongoing anti-justice practices. It also invited allied organizations to join the coalition in its efforts to raise awareness about this issue by signing on here

CAIR also noted the ADL’s pattern of repeatedly partnering with Islamophobic forces and disregarding Muslim sensitivities even as it condemns Islamophobia. During the controversy over the establishment of Park 51, commonly known as the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy, the ADL baselessly and recklessly called into question the funding sources of the community center and demanded answers to the possible connections the community’s “leaders might have with groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values.” 

The ADL also called on the Islamic Center be built elsewhere. In doing so, the ADL legitimized anti-Muslim bigotry, marking itself on the wrong side of one of the most blatantly anti-Muslim moments in American history. 

The ADL has also publicly attacked various American Muslim politicians organizations for speaking out in support of Palestinian human rights, conflating legitimate condemnation of the Israeli occupation with anti-Semitism.

More recently, in its committed and ongoing support of right-wing Israel policies, the ADL executive director publicly joined openly anti-Semitic and Islamophobic pastors such as Robert Jeffress and John Hagee at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, a unilateral act condemned by President Trump the international community.  

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We stand with over 100 other civil and human rights organizations in saying enough is enough. A true civil rights organization should not condemn bigotry while standing with bigots. Nor should a civil rights organization advocate for anti-free speech laws, arrange for police officers to learn tactics that threaten minority communities, or smear Americans who dare to speak up for human rights abroad. And American Muslims should not partner with the ADL or any organization that engages in such conduct until they drastically change their ways.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin: 23 Years in Prison for a Crime He Did Not Commit

Free Imam Jamil Al-Amin: 23 Years in Prison for a Crime He Did Not Commit

 

 

Imam Jamil Al-Amin formerly known as H. Rap Brown is a civil rights leader and humanitarian. He was convicted for a murder that he did not commit in 2002. Since then he has been languishing in jail for nearly 20 years, much of that time in solitary confinement. Despite another man confessing to the crime, Imam Jamil continues to be locked away.

Read: Retrial for Imam Jamil Al-Amin Possible

Recently, Imam Jamil was afforded another opportunity to prove his innocence and salvage his name with a re-trial. A new trial where the man who confessed to the crime can testify. CAIR-Texas DFW is calling on people of all faiths and conscience to sign onto this petition to demand a re-trial for Imam Jamil. The goal is to put pressure on District Attorney Paul Howard and the Fulton County Conviction Integrity Unit to give Imam Jamil a re-trial.

Click Here to Sign the Petition with Change.org

How to Apply for Unemployment in Texas: Overcoming Coronovirus Legal Series

How to Apply for Unemployment in Texas: Overcoming Coronovirus Legal Series

 
Watch this short 5-minute video on how to apply for unemployment benefits if you lose your job in Texas.
 
Texas Workforce Commission: https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/applying-unemployment-benefits
 
1. Apply right away:
2. Google "apply for unemployment 'your state name)" or call 800-939-6631 for Texas.
- Create a login and password and give them requested information.
3. Information that you need to provide:
  • Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number
  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)
  • Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking
  • Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)
4. In Texas you can get a maximum of $465 per week for 26 weeks. The fund s can either be given to you through direct deposit or a debit card.
Video | Saving India's Democracy: How Hindutva Ideology Abroad is Promoting Islamophobia in the U.S.

Video | Saving India's Democracy: How Hindutva Ideology Abroad is Promoting Islamophobia in the U.S.

 

When you think of India you probably don't think of right wing ultra-nationalist, oppression of religious minorities, or military lockdowns. Today, India's democracy is under threat with the rise of Hindutiva. Hindutiva is not only threatening democracy in India but is spreading Islamophobia across the world, including here in the U.S.

#SaveIndiaDemocracy, stop #islamophobia

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement

Muslim Activists Say It’s Time to Join Black Lives Matter Calls to Reform Law Enforcement

Since January, the Council on American Islamic Relations’ Dallas-Fort Worth chapter (CAIR-DFW) has received more than two dozen calls from community members who say that the FBI attempted to question or interview them during an unannounced home visit. Those reports are likely an undercount, according to Syed. Most people who contact CAIR do so after they’ve agreed to let a law enforcement agent into their house, or talked to them voluntarily without an attorney present. In one recent case, Syed says, a client was approached at the parking lot of his workplace by an FBI agent, which employs several Muslims, and told that if he informed law enforcement of any suspicious activity, they could help speed up his wife’s green card application.

Read Full Article: https://www.texasobserver.org/muslim-activists-black-lives-matter-plano/

Report Shows Nearly Half Of Muslim Students In DFW Say They've Experienced Bullying

Report Shows Nearly Half Of Muslim Students In DFW Say They've Experienced Bullying

Report Shows Nearly Half Of Muslim Students In DFW Say They've Experienced Bullying

A report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Dallas Fort-Worth (CAIR) showed 48% of Muslim students surveyed — ranging in age from 11-18 — said they've experienced bullying either online or in person.

Faizan Syed, CAIR-DFW’s executive director, said the report is the first step in tackling the issue.

“American Muslim students, like all students, should be given the opportunity to thrive in their learning environment,” he said in a statement. "Bullying undermines that environment and the feeling of inclusion.”

Read Full Article: https://www.keranews.org/post/report-shows-nearly-half-muslim-students-dfw-say-theyve-experienced-bullying?fbclid=IwAR0XfatamZyjWONyoGJXVLJgDtcZHKuCVWzlGoWPvWbjHfxD2hATm2HoZ1E