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Dear CAIR Supporters,

As-salaamu Alaikum – Peace be to you.

On Giving Tuesday, help CAIR continue to provide free legal services to the American Muslim community.

Please donate to CAIR-Philadelphia’s 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign today.

This is a challenging and critical moment for our nation and our community. Islamophobia is on the rise and anti-Muslim activists are being selected for key and powerful roles in the new administration.

Islamophobic rhetoric has contributed to a spike of hate crimes targeting Muslims and other minorities. CAIR has recorded more than 100 post-election incidents around the country specifically targeting Muslims.

We need your help in order to increase our capacity to provide free legal services for those in need, protect your rights, and be your voice in the face of present challenges.

Please give generously to the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in America. It will mean a lot to all those we serve if you could donate today.

Donate to Support CAIR-Philadelphia’s Work

From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful for your generosity in helping us to protect the civil rights of American Muslims and all Americans, to challenge growing Islamophobia and to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. CAIR is here for you.

Sincerely,

Osama Al-Qasem
CAIR-Philadelphia President

CAIR Pennsylvania is a 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID Number 54-2174614) and zakat-eligible nonprofit organization.

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Pennsylvania Mosque Target Of Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

KYW Radio 1060
by Cherri Gregg

KYW Newsradio

Mosques in California, Georgia and one in Pennsylvania have been the target of anti-Muslim hate letters. The notes appear to be written by Donald Trump supporters.

The Pennsylvania letter is addressed to the Islamic Center of Greater Harrisburg and refers to Muslims as “Children of Satan” and reads in part that “there’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump — he’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again.”

“It’s a sad commentary on the times in which we live,” says Jacob Bender, Executive Director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

He says the Harrisburg center received the handwritten letter over the weekend from Raza Khan- a common Muslim name from a false Harrisburg address. Four Mosques in other states received a similar letter. While President Elect Donald Trump has disavowed similar acts of hate in response to journalists inquiries, CAIR is taking the position that he and other government officials be more direct.

“This type of racism and bigotry against non-White people and non-Christians has always been under the surface of America,” says Bender. “Times demand that government officials denounce this hatred before it leads to uncontrollable violence.”

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The Trump Administration and What it Means to You

Dear Friends,

In response to the alarming rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric in the past year, and especially after the election, CAIR-Philadelphia and Islamic Society of Delaware are hosting a community town hall meeting on Friday, December 2nd, at 6:00 pm, at ISD (28 Salem Church Road, Newark DE 19713).

Speakers include Ryan Houldin (CAIR Staff Attorney) and Ryan Tack-Hooper (ACLU-DE Staff Attorney).

And CAIR-Philadelphia and Emerge USA will host a community town hall meeting on Friday, December 16th, at 6:30 pm, at Villanova Masjid (Foundation for Islamic Education) – 1860 Montgomery Ave, Villanova PA.

Speakers include CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney Ryan Houldin, Ijaz Chaudhry, Esq., and Dr. Asif Ilyas.

The town halls will provide community members the opportunity to have an open discussion and voice concerns facing the Muslim community. Additionally, there will be an exploration of potential responses to the current situation, including a list of next steps needed to ensure meaningful solutions.

For further information, contact CAIR-Philadelphia at 267.515.6712.

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Clarification on the “Robocalls”

In the last 3 days, CAIR-Philadelphia has received numerous email and calls from people reporting that they had received an unsolicited “robocall” (pre-recorded message) asking if they “identified as Muslim” and if yes, to press #1 on their phones.

Many of the people reporting these calls were quite upset and fearful at receiving them. Given the current anti-Muslim climate in the country, CAIR decided the best course of action to protect the Muslim community was an “Action Alert” warning people to hang up on these calls and not to press any keys.

After further investigation overnight, our office discovered that these robocalls originated from another Muslim community organization called EMERGE USA.

Although there was no threat intended in the calls many of you received in the last few days, we still urge, especially in these times, caution and vigilance when responding to questions about one’s faith, and we commend those who took the time to call our office to report the calls.

STATEMENT OF EMERGE USA ON THE ROBOCALLS:

EmergeUSA is conducting a series of post-election polls in various markets across the country. The poll was scripted over a month ago prior to the election. It is a regular process for EmergeUSA to run polling before and after elections.

One of the questions the poll asks is if the participant identifies themselves as Muslim as that is the targeted demographic for this particular survey.

It was not anticipated that the poll would roll out at the same time as a so-called “Muslim Registry” was being proposed by President-Elect Trump. We apologize for any confusion or concern this may have caused.

As soon as concerns were raised, the poll was suspended and the script was adjusted to make it clear that a Muslim organization was conducting the poll. It is a normal process of our nonprofit activities in order to better serve the American Muslim community and America at large with valuable data.

Emerge USA is a 501c(4) that seeks to engage, educate and empower Muslim, South Asian and Arab American (MASA) communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens.

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Jacob Bender interview on Wake Up with WURD radio program (audio)

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Jacob Bender was interviewed by Solomon Jones on 900AM-WURD (Wake Up with WURD) about CAIR’s response to community concerns following the election and the troubling growth of anti-Muslim (as well as anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Hispanic, etc.) sentiment around the country.

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