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Cancelled speaker at Friends Central the latest in a spate of on-campus free speech controversies

by Dana DiFilippo Newsworks There are few festering political debates as polarizing as the Israel-Palestinian conflict. That’s probably why speakers from Breitbart editor Milo Yiannapoulos to activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to scholar Norman Finkelstein repeatedly draw protests when they are invited to speak somewhere. In fact, FIRE found that nearly a quarter of all speaker… Read more…

CAIR Interviewed on “Another Thing with Larry Mendte” (video)

Jacob Bender, our Executive Director, and Ryan Houldin, our Staff Attorney, were interviewed on CH 2/PMCM-TV in a segment about hate crimes. (Video)

Kenney advocates for unity at Muslim prayer service

by Maya Earls Philadelphia Tribune Mayor Jim Kenney joined a midday prayer service, Jummah, at the Muslim American Society Mosque in North Philadelphia on Friday morning. Speaking before the prayer, Kenney and other local officials praised the mosque for its volunteer work and promised to defend the congregants against Islamophobia. … Executive Director of the… Read more…

A show of support for Philly Muslims

by Dana DiFilippo NewsWorks The mayor — a longtime defender of the Muslim community — pointed at more than 100 Muslims who gathered for afternoon prayers and told them: “You are America. Hopefully, a generation from now this will be a bad memory… I am telling you: We will get through this.” City Councilwoman Maria… Read more…

Jacob Bender on WURD – CAIR’s Response to Executive Orders (audio)

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Muslim Advocacy Group Says Trump’s Immigration Stance Will Make U.S. ‘More Of A Target’ (video)

“Targeting refugees, building walls, banning visas for immigrants from certain countries, will do nothing to keep us safer,” said Ryan Houldin [CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney]. “It will only make us more of a target because we are going to be playing into the narrative of extremists and terrorists who want to create a divide between different faiths and cultures.”

Thousands protest Trump as Philly braces for impact of new policies

by Sam Newhouse Philadelphia METRO As the protesters chanted, Philadelphia City Council was busy at their first session of 2017. They unanimously passed a resolution introduced by council members Helen Gym and Curtis Jones Jr. to uphold the city’s “support for and protection of Muslim communities.” “The widespread ignorance about Muslims in this country at… Read more…

With Trump around the corner, Philly City Council claps back

by Anna Orso … “I ask that you all continue to stand in solidarity with the Muslim-American community in Philadelphia,” [CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Committee Member, Salima] Suswell, a Muslim American community leader in Philadelphia, said, “against social injustice, hate speech, hate crimes and vicious rhetoric that influences and ignites turmoil in this society.” Suswell was… Read more…

Silver Lining or Wishful Thinking?

By David A. Love The Philadelphia Citizen Meanwhile, Jacob Bender — executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations — says his organization has received numerous offers of support from outside the Muslim-American community since the election. The group has been monitoring Islamophobic hate crimes and conducting town hall meetings,… Read more…

Muslim-Jewish unity fights stereotypes and hate (audio)