CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques, Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U.S., Worldwide

(WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA, 3/15/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, and its Pittsburgh Chapter(CAIR-Pittsburgh), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today mourned the deaths of more than 40 worshipers gunned down in terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during prayers on Friday, condemned the apparent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that motivated the attacks and urged mosques in the United States and worldwide to step up security measures. 

A man who claimed responsibility for the attacks left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out “by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist” and media reports indicate that the manifesto posted before the attack includes anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The white supremacist author of the manifesto called himself a supporter of President Donald Trump, who he sees “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Authorities have detained four people and defused explosive devices following what appeared to be a carefully-planned terror attack.

SEE: Christchurch shootings at two mosques leave 49 dead, Australian arrested in relation to terror attack

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-15/christchurch-shooting-at-mosques-leads-to-multiple-fatalities/10904306

40 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Shootings; 4 Held

https://www.apnews.com/ce9e1d267af149dab40e3e5391254530

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“To God we belong, and to Him is our return. We mourn the heartbreaking killings of men, women and children gathered for prayer in their houses of worship and urge leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists. In the wake of this tragedy, we urge mosques, Islamic schools and other community institutions in the United States and around the world to take stepped-up security precautions, particularly during times of communal prayer.”

Video of the attacks has been posted online. CAIR is asking that the video not be shared.

“Instead of spreading the hate-filled message of terrorists, we should share messages of love and solidarity with the loved ones of those killed or injured in the attacks,” said Awad.

Awad urged President Trump to speak out against the attacks and the white supremacist motive of the terrorists.

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 and has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

SEE: CAIR Says Trump’s Islamophobic ‘Prayer Rug’ Tweet Designed to Distract from Latest Legal Problems

https://www.cair.com/cair_says_trump_s_islamophobic_prayer_rug_tweet_designed_to_distract_from_latest_legal_problems

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures 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. 

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CONTACT: CAIR Pittsburgh President Safdar Khwaja 412-512-3034, skhwaja@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of School Official Over Anti-Muslim Post

CAIR-Pittsburgh Welcomes Resignation of School Official Over Anti-Muslim Post

(PITTSBURGH, PA,2/8/19) – The Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh) today welcomed the resignation of a school board member who shared an anti-Muslim Facebook post.

SEE: Plum School Board Member to Resign Over Anti-Muslim Facebook Share

https://triblive.com/local/allegheny/14592492-74/plum-school-board-member-to-resign-over-anti-muslim-facebook-share

Plum school board member who published anti-Muslim Facebook post to resign

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2019/02/08/Plum-school-board-Brian-Wisniewski-resignation-anti-Muslim/stories/201902080126

Yesterday, CAIR-Pittsburgh joined the NAACP Allegheny East Branch in calling for the resignation of Plum Borough School District Member Brian Wisniewski who shared an anti-Muslim post to his personal account that read: “Does it worry anybody that we have three devout Muslims in Congress who have unlimited access to our TOP SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS?” Wisniewski claims he shared the post by mistake.

A special board meeting is reportedly scheduled for Saturday to approve the resignation.

SEE: CAIR-Pittsburgh Joins NAACP in Calling for Resignation of School Official Over Anti-Muslim Post

https://www.cair.com/cair_pittsburgh_joins_naacp_in_calling_for_resignation_of_school_official_over_anti_muslim_post

“We welcome this reported resignation and hope it sends the message that bigotry of any type will not be accepted in our state’s schools,” said CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania.

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned Islamophobic and racist social media posts posted on the public Twitter account of a Maryland police officer

SEE: CAIR Condemns Bigoted Posts by Baltimore County Police Officer, Calls for Apology, Diversity Training

https://www.cair.com/cair_condemns_bigoted_posts_by_baltimore_county_police_officer_calls_for_apology_diversity_training

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

Register today to attend Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit – Jan 26, 2019

CAIR Pittsburgh is screening a documentary – In Their Footsteps, at the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit on Jan 26, 2019 at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary . The documentary is about delegation of American Muslims making their journey to Alabama to attend the inauguration of the Lynching Memorial in April 2018.

Register today for the summit as the tickets are being sold out fast. Few tickets available.

www.pittsburghracialjusticesummit.org

https://www.facebook.com/SummitPGH/

Women’s March – Jan 19, 2019

Join the Women’s March on Sat, Jan 19, 2019

 

DATE: SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2019
TIME: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
LOCATION: March will gather at Grant Street, at 11:30 a.m. and end at Market Square. Speakers and more at 12:30 p.m. in Market Square.

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the award-winning Women’s March on Washington Pittsburgh will flood the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh to show the city, nation, and world that Pittsburgh is a city full of champions that are committed to “Building Bridges Stronger than Hate.” This time we’re coming back to stand together, “Building Bridges Stronger than Hate.”

Please send us a message if you have a question or want to help. We are pleased to hear from organizations, sponsors are welcome as but we also will need your hands. Click here to tell us how you want to help

https://goo.gl/forms/WkEsYeZfom01hUkv2

Accessibility:
Speakers will be ASL interpreted. At Market Square, there will be reserved seating for those who need it, a standing area near the ASL interpreter reserved for the deaf and hard of hearing, and an ADA-compliant port-a-john. volunteers will provide assistance to the blind and vision impaired upon request.

Information about accessibility at the City-County Building sign-making activities will be forthcoming. We invite everyone who uses wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walkers, etc as well as families with children to lead the March.

Transportation and Parking:
The Women’s March Pittsburgh strongly encourages attendees to use public transpiration on the day of the March. To find the best bus route http://www.portauthority.org/paac/SchedulesMaps/TripPlanner.aspx

If you do decide to drive we recommend carpooling with friend and neighbors. http://www.parkpgh.org/ lists all city owned garages in the downtown area, along with real time information about available spaces in each one.

 

 

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: