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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… Read more…

“Know Your Rights” Workshop in Pottsville

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney, presented a “Know Your Rights” (KYR) workshop at the Islamic Society of Schuylkill County; over 50 persons attended the workshop. Ryan addressed several common forms of discrimination that Muslims are likely to experience in this culture of Islamophobia, covering workplace discrimination, interactions with law enforcement,… Read more…

Changes in Our Legal Department

There has been a significant change in CAIR-Philadelphia’s Legal Department. Ryan Tack-Hooper, CAIR-Philadelphia’s Staff Attorney since January 2014, has taken a position at the American Civil Liberties Union office in Wilmington, Delaware. CAIR-Philadelphia thanks Ryan for his great contributions to CAIR, and wishes him all the best in his new position. Our new Staff Attorney… Read more…

Legal Updates

This month, Ryan Tack-Hooper, our staff attorney, is initiating a suit against a landlord who discriminated against a Muslim family. The landlord illegally refused to renew a lease to the Muslim family in an attempt to resolve a conflict created by the biased attitudes of an anti-Muslim tenant. The ethical and legal response, of course,… Read more…

Legal Updates

In addition to his regular duties this summer, Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper taught a course on legal writing and reasoning to international students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The class focused on getting students to write and speak clearly and plainly. As George Orwell (author of the classic anti-totalitarian novels “Animal Farm” and… Read more…

Legal Department News

CAIR-Philadelphia is working with CAIR-Chicago and CAIR-Michigan to help a Syrian family with young children who are seeking asylum in the United States. Like many who have fled that conflict, the family fears that if they are forced to return, they will face persecution and torture. While the United States has historically welcomed refugees, in… Read more…

Legal Department Updates

Language Access: CAIR-Philadelphia has begun working on a project to ensure that the Philadelphia police use appropriate interpretation and translation resources for encounters with people who do not speak English fluently.  Every person has the right to meaningful access to government services regardless of language proficiency, and the too-frequent failure of the police to use… Read more…

Legal Department Update

Under threat of a CAIR-Philadelphia lawsuit, CAIR has successfully persuaded an area prison to offer halal meals to its Muslim inmates. Ryan Tack-Hooper, our Staff Attorney, has made two visits to the prison to meet with Muslim prisoners about this issue. Our Legal Department is continuing to monitor the implementation of the halal meal program… Read more…

Legal Department Updates

CAIR-Philadelphia and its Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper now represent two Muslim women who were forced to remove their hijabs for photographs at different state agencies. We are working with both women to gain legal relief, not only for these individuals, but also to ensure that there are written policies across state agencies ensuring appropriate religious… Read more…

Legal Department: CAIR Lobbies Congress

Last week on Monday and Tuesday, following the CAIR National Council Meeting, CAIR staff and activists headed to Capitol Hill to meet with our elected representatives about two pieces of legislation of vital concern to the Muslim American community. Executive Director Jacob Bender, Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper, and CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Annie Durrani met with… Read more…