Help Secure the Muslim-American Community This Ramadan
Support CAIR-PA With Only a Dollar a Day
banner image
CAIR-Philadelphia
Rabab Alma Counseling Services

dot

NEWS UPDATES

RSS Feed for News Updates

CAIR-Philadelphia Condemns Murders in Manchester and Portland

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 05/29/2017) — On this Memorial Day, The Philadelphia Chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) condemns in the strongest terms recent acts of horrific violence committed in Manchester and Portland.

Jacob Bender, Executive Director of CAIR-Philadelphia, said, “Whether done in the name of a warped and distorted understanding of Islam, as in England, or as a manifestation of the vile ideology of white supremacy, as in Oregon, there can never be any justification for these evil acts of extremist violence. The Qur’an is explicit in its condemnation of murder: ‘Whoever kills a person [unjustly] … it is as though he has killed all mankind.’” (Qur’an, 5:32)

CAIR-Philadelphia extends its condolences and prayers to the families of Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Micah Fletcher in Portland, and to the families of all the those killed and wounded in Manchester. Osama Al-Qasem, President of CAIR-Philadelphia, said, “On this Memorial Day, coming as it does during the sacred month of Ramadan when Muslims are called upon to abstain from even anger, the entire Muslim community is united in their gratitude to the heroes in Portland and deeply mourns their deaths. The outpouring of support for these brave men is representative of the values of justice, peace and mercy that are central to both Islam and American democracy.”

CAIR-Philadelphia calls upon U.S. law enforcement officials to thoroughly investigate the white supremacy movement across the country.

See also: Muslims Fundraise for Families of the 3 Portland Heroes

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

– END –

CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director, 917-660-3805, jbender@cair.com.

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest
dot   dot   dot



“This is Ramadan” Video

Featuring CAIR-Philadelphia Advisory Board Member Aaysha Noor.

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest
dot   dot   dot



Trump’s Remarks To Islamic Leaders Draw Mixed Reaction From Philly-Area Muslims


by Cherri Gregg
CBS Philly

“We remain skeptical. Skeptical is different from not believing,” said Jacob Bender, executive director of Philadelphia CAIR, the Counsel for American Islamic Relations. They have spoken out against the Trump administration, but would reevaluate if the president’s words lead to action.

“We want to see a turnaround of American policy,” Bender said.

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest
dot   dot   dot



Walk for Green Jobs and Justice

Walk for Green JobsCAIR-Philadelphia has endorsed the Power Local Green Jobs campaign led by our friends at Earth Quaker Action Team and Power Interfaith.

Walking through five countries throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, this direct action encourages PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest utility company, to make a major shift to locally-generated solar power that benefits low income communities and communities of color. This addresses three critical issues locally and for humanity at large: underemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and climate change.

Details of the daily local walk can be found on the EQAT website. The “Final Mile” of the Walk for Green Jobs and Justice will feature an address by Bill McKibben, America’s leading environmental activist. Invite your friends to the event on Facebook. Read more…

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest
dot   dot   dot



In Defense of Free Speech

by Ryan Houldin,
CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney

Last week Robert Spencer spoke at Gettysburg College, at the request of the Young Americans for Freedom, an activist group with conservative views. Robert Spencer espouses extreme anti-Islamic views. According to Southern Poverty Law Center, his work was cited numerous times by the Norwegian terrorist that murdered over seventy people, and he has been deemed an extremist by the U.K. and thus barred from entering the country.

Prior to his scheduled appearance, more progressive Gettysburg students and faculty objected to his presence, and called for the President of the college to cancel the event. Several students reached out to CAIR-Philadelphia asking us to join in the call to prevent Robert Spencer from speaking at their campus. CAIR-Philadelphia declined to join in the call, and I’d like to explain why. Read more…

Share:Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on TumblrShare on RedditShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on StumbleUponPin on Pinterest
dot   dot   dot