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Faith Climate Action Week & Event Series

Human-caused global warming has already begun causing worldwide suffering: extreme weather, drought, flooding, refugee crises, and the terror of warfare. Our Islam calls us to be a force of mercy for all of humanity and to protect God’s beautiful miracle of nature, preserving her purity and gaining benefit from her nourishment. Over the long term,… Read more…

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Director’s Desk – The Meaning of Passover 2017

By Jacob Bender CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jews around the world, and my family and I, are now celebrating the eight day-long holiday of Passover (peysakh in Hebrew), commonly known as “The Festival of Freedom.” Passover celebrates four themes or moments of redemption: the liberation of the earth from the harshness of winter; the liberation of… Read more…

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MEMPHIS + 49: Honoring Dr. King

Today, April 4th, 2017, marks 49 years since the assassination of one of America’s greatest faith leaders and civil rights advocates, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One year before his death, Dr. King delivered a historic speech at The Riverside Church of New York that forever binds the peace movement with the movement for… Read more…

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CAIR-Philadelphia Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Community

Last week, Pennsylvania’s Jewish community received numerous bomb threats after white supremacists desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia. Numerous mosques around America have received similar threats in recent weeks. CAIR-Philadelphia, alongside Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Americans from around Philadelphia, stood in compassion and solidarity with our Jewish friends in faith and humanity against these… Read more…

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Director’s Desk: This Is What Resistance Looks Like

by Jacob Bender Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia “Civil resistance, in politics, is a coordinated strategy that relies on the use of nonviolent tactics by civil groups to challenge an unjust power, force, policy or regime.” Wikipedia Greenpeace activists hang protest sign on crane near the White House. 01/25/2017 (Philadelphia, 02/07/2017) – In the days since Donald Trump… Read more…

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What We Have Been Doing + Travel Advisory

by Ryan Houldin Staff Attorney, CAIR-Philadelphia The past few days have been a nightmare for those of us who believe in the fundamental values of this country: inclusivity, tolerance, and religious freedom. CAIR-Philadelphia, together with CAIR chapters around the country, has been working day and night to defend the American Muslim community against the actions… Read more…

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Director’s Desk: Now More Than Ever

by Jacob Bender CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director (Wednesday evening, Nov. 9) These are moments I will remember forever: the eerie hush in this morning’s subway car, the only sound that of grown men and women sobbing. Whispered phrases float through the train: “This is worse than 9/11.” Silence.

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Fifty Years Ago. Reflections on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize and the 50th Anniversary of the Film “The Battle of Algiers”

by Jacob Bender Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia I awoke yesterday morning to hear the news on the radio that Bob Dylan had been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. To many in the post-war baby boomer generation, I am sure this news was met with near-rapturous joy, as it was by me. Dylan’s words and… Read more…

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Director’s Desk: The Obligation to Vote

by Jacob Bender, Executive Director The Battle for the Ballot The right of all American citizens to vote for president and other elected officials has taken us as a nation over 200 years after the founding of the United States to achieve. The story of American democracy is the story of the expansion of the… Read more…

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Director’s Desk: What Are Muslim Lives Worth?

By Jacob Bender, Executive Director Nearly one week ago, three gunmen wearing suicide vests killed 44 people and wounded at least 239 in an attack on Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. According to the latest information released by the Turkish Government, the three attackers were Russian, Uzbek, and Kyrgyz nationals, each with ties to ISIS. Though… Read more…

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