Help for Chartiers Valley Assault Victim in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Muslim Community and the Pittsburgh chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) started raising funds to cover victim’s current and future medical expenses and to pay for the services of an attorney as the family is filing charges against the perpetrator. This crowd funding page has been setup as part of these efforts. Your donations will be greatly appreciated and will only be used for the victim’s welfare. If there are any funds remaining after taking care of her medical needs, those funds will be placed into an educational savings account to help her with college expenses.

To help the victim, please visit this page:

BREAKING: Muslim Student attacked in Pittsburgh High School

CAIR-Pittsburgh Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Muslim Student 

(PITTSBURGH, PA,12/17/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack on a Muslim student high school who wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab. 

CAIR-Pittsburgh is offering legal support to the student’s family after she was shown on a video posted online being attacked in the bathroom of Chartiers Valley High School. The Muslim student was treated later for a concussion and severe bruising. Criminal charges are pending.

Police: Criminal charges pending in altercation at Chartiers Valley High School
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/12/17/Chartiers-Valley-High-School-bathroom-fight-social-media-video-investigation-Collier-police/stories/201812170080
Video of Attack
https://www.facebook.com/alexis.work.79/videos/157771828520749/
Charges Pending But No Hate Crime In Chartiers Valley Bathroom Fight
https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14416003-74/charges-pending-but-no-hate-crime-in-chartiers-valley-bathroom-fight

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.html 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania, 412-606-3601, zlasania@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

Pittsburgh Community protest Trump’s visit post Tree of Life tragedy

CAIR Pittsburgh board and staff were present on Tuesday, October 30th to partake in a protest hosted by Bend The Arc. All present were protesting against Trump’s visit and were demanding him and the Republican Party to fully denounce white nationalism, stop targeting and endangering all minorities, cease assault on immigrants and refugees, and to commit to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.

 

CAIR Asks Muslim Communities to Step Up Security Measures in Wake of Hate Incidents Nationwide

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Muslim communities nationwide to step up security measures in the wake of recent hate incidents nationwide.
CAIR issued its call following the killings of two African-Americans at a grocery store in Kentucky, the nationwide mail bomb campaign targeting political opponents of Donald Trump and the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“Because of the recent hate incidents targeting minority communities nationwide close to the midterm election, we urge local Muslim leaders and mosque officials to implement increased security measures,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR is urging community leaders to:
* Request extra police patrols in the area of Islamic institutions.
* Consider hiring security officers authorized to carry firearms. NOTE: Many police departments allow the hiring of off-duty officers.
* Ask local law enforcement authorities to conduct an assessment of the security needs of mosques, Islamic schools and other institutions.
The Washington-based civil rights organization is also urging mosques and other houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.

SEE: CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT:
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319, nmodan@cair.com

BREAKING: CAIR Pittsburgh Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

CAIR Pittsburgh Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community After Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack
Muslim civil rights group offers houses of worship booklet outlining stepped-up security measures.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/27/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city.

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In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania said:

“We condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief.”

CAIR-Pittsburgh Chapter President Safdar Khwaja added:

“This barbaric attack on our neighbors, with whom we share our city and have visited and dialogued multiple times, is deeply disturbing and horrifying. Such an act of terror affects all of us. We offer our full support and assistance in the aftermath of this tragedy, and our doors are open at all times to our neighbors. This attack is on American values and principles of humanity, and we all need to come together to restore civilized values to our society. We urge law enforcement authorities to bring to justice all those responsible or complicit in this act of terror.”

CAIR-Philadelphia Chapter Executive Director Jacob Bender added:  

“This hate crime did not happen in a vacuum, but in a climate of bigotry and calls to violence endorsed by the president of the United States. We take this opportunity to remind the president that words matter and have consequences in the real world. The demonization inherent in today’s politics must be brought to an immediate end.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging all houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.

The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania, 412-606-3601, zlasania@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Philadelphia Executive Director, 917 660 3805,  jbender@cair.com

CAIR Pittsburgh Chapter,
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)
801 N. Negley Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412 606 3601

cair.pittsburgh@gmail.com; info@pittsburgh.cair.com

http://pa.cair.com/pitt

 
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, proteger las libertades civiles, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
 
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10th Annual Banquet – Photo Gallery

Photos taken by: Omar Akhtar

CAIR Pittsburgh held their annual banquet on September 29, 2018 at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, with Keynote speaker, Linda Sarsour, Civic Empowerment by Kareem Kandil, Fundraising by Salah Almoukamal, and Entertainment by Mo Amer. The event brought in over 250 people, making the event a success, from an audience diverse in age and background who enjoyed a buffet style dinner after Maghreb prayer. Overall the banquet was a success.