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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.



10th Annual Banquet, September 29th at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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Candidates Forum on Criminal Justice, September 21st at The Kingsley Center



March for Peace, Aug 25th at Schenely Plaza

On Aug 25th Pittsburgher residents marched to rally for anti-war. Thomas Merton Center and CAIR Pittsburgh and several other organizations endorsed the rally and participated in the march. The march began at Schenley Plaza and ended at CMU’s campus. The raging grannies presented a song protesting U.S. wars. The marchers carried banners with anti-war slogans, protesting U.S. war on nations round the world, and the U.S. spending on war, using people’s money. CAIR Pittsburgh’s President, Safdar Khwaja, spoke at the rally among eight others at four different points in the march. The march was an overall success.

 



Newsletter – May 2018

Newsletter May 2018

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CAIR Pittsburgh Iftar Dinner for all Faiths – Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Salem’s Banquet Hall

CAIR Pittsburgh hosted their annual Iftar dinner during Ramadan for people of all faiths. The theme was Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom with speeches by, Nadia Khawaja, Shahum Ajmal, and Jamal Craig and a Quran recitation by Khadija. The audience of about 120 people responded well and enjoyed a buffet style dinner after Maghreb prayer.