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“Muslim Capitol Day” in Harrisburg

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA

Join with dozens of Muslim leaders and community members from all over Pennsylvania in travelling to the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. This will be a historic opportunity to present the concerns of the Muslim community to your elected representatives and state officials, as well as to make a public declaration that Muslims intend to lawfully exercise their constitutional rights and participate in all aspects of the American political system.

Arrangements for transportation to Harrisburg will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Please save the date, and if you can already make a commitment to participate in Muslim Capitol Day, RSVP to Leena Jaffer, CAIR-Philadelphia Operations Manager, at 267.515.6710, or ljaffer@cair.com with your name, email address, and phone number, along with the organization/community represented (if applicable).

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World Muslim Leaders Issue Declaration on the Climate Crisis

Yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey, an unprecedented Islamic Climate Change Declaration was released, presenting the moral case, based on Islamic teachings, for Muslims and all people to take urgent climate action.

The Declaration calls for a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels, a switch to 100% renewable energy, and increased support for vulnerable communities already suffering from climate impacts.

Read the Declaration

Read the press release announcing the Declaration

The Declaration was drafted by a large, diverse team of international Islamic scholars from around the world and has already been endorsed by more than 60 Muslim leaders and organizations including the Grand Muftis of Uganda and Lebanon. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace has issued a message of solidarity in response to the Declaration.

Organizations that worked on the Declaration include GreenFaith, Islamic Relief Worldwide, the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and Climate Action Network (CAN) International.

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The Director’s Desk: “Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki” *

by Jacob Bender
CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director

This past week marked the 70th Anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, and on Nagasaki on August 9.

Over 70,000 human beings were instantly killed in each city; thousands more would die horrible deaths in the coming weeks, months, and years from radiation poisoning and cancers. Over 200,000 would eventually die as a direct result of the bomb.

Although historians and scholars continue to disagree about whether dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was absolutely necessary to bring an end to the war with the Empire of Japan, there is no doubt about the far-reaching destruction caused by history’s only use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

I write about this, not only because it is the 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings, but also because I believe the world continues to exist under the shadow of The Bomb. One Muslim nation, Pakistan, already has The Bomb, and the situation along the border with India remains extremely tense. Read more…

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Remembering the Voting Rights Act of 1965

By Ryan Houldin, Esq.
CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney

As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing into law the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important to keep in mind that the struggle of African American to exercise their constitutional right to vote was, and is, not just an African American issue, but an American issue, and one that CAIR believes should be of great importance to the American Muslim community. As President John F. Kennedy said, “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Often regarded as the most successful civil rights law in the nation’s history, the Voting Rights Act was enacted to combat the systemic discrimination that prevented African Americans from voting in the former states of the Confederacy. Despite the fact that the 15th Amendment, signed by President Lincoln in 1865, explicitly guaranteed the right to vote regardless of race, southern states historically used subversive techniques, in addition to intimidation and violence, to deny African Americans the vote. These techniques kept African American voter eligibility close to 0% between 1892 until the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

As a result of the Voting Rights Act, 250,000 new African American registered to vote by the end of 1965. Prior to the Act, there were less than 1,000 elected African American officials. That number is now over 10,000 and counting. A large part of the Voting Rights Act’s success came from Section 5, which required states that have historically disenfranchised African American voters to obtain preclearance from the federal government prior to enacting any changes in voting laws. Read more…

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CAIR-Philadelphia Wishes You a Blessed and Happy Eid

The Staff and Executive Committee of CAIR-Philadelphia wishes you a Happy Eid-ul-Fitr. In these turbulent times, may Allah bless and protect you and your family, and may the God of Mercy and Compassion bring peace and justice to the whole world.

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