CAIR-Philadelphia Condemns Hate Messages Left on Norristown Mosque, Calls for Community Solidarity at Friday Prayers

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) today condemned the targeting of Norristown Islamic Society with hate messages placed next to the mosque. The hate messages left by the suspect or suspects were discovered early Friday morning. Mosque administrators immediately reported the incident to Norristown Police Department, whose headquarters is within one-minute walking distance to the mosque’s building on Green Street in Norristown. The police department responded promptly and filed a report.

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CAIR-Philadelphia Supports Police Commissioner’s Decision to Discipline Officers Over Racist, Anti-Muslim Messages

CAIR-Philadelphia expressed its support for Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross’ decision to discipline 72 officers identified as having posted racist and anti-Muslim messages on social media.

As previously reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Plain View Project published a database compiling racist Facebook posts from law enforcement officials across eight local jurisdictions. The database included posts and/or comments from 330 active Philadelphia police officers, including 15 at or above the rank of lieutenant. These revelations led to further investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

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CAIR-Philadelphia, Partners Present a Town Hall Meeting on Islamophobia in Response to Controversy at US Army War College

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and its interfaith partners, will hold a Town Hall meeting on Islamophobia near the US Army War College in Carlisle to draw attention to the College’s invitation — then “postponement” — of a public lecture on the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” theory between the West and the Islamic world by a well-known anti-Muslim activist. The Town Hall Meeting will include local politicians and religious leaders and provide an opportunity for the audience to talk about the controversy surrounding the events at the US Army War College, as well as the experience of Islamophobia in their own lives. The event is free and open to the public.

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Town Hall Meeting on Islamophobia at ISGVF on June 13 with Three Reps, Timothy Welbeck

CAIR-Philadelphia is happy to partner and co-sponsor this important event with Rep. Joe Webster, Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, Emgage Pennsylvania, and the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge – ISGVF.

In addition to the three representatives, other speakers will include Prof. Marwan Kreidie, Deputy Attorney General Hon. Robert Reed, and our own Timothy Welbeck, CAIR- Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney.

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An Eid-al-Fitr Letter from Jacob Bender, CAIR-Philly Executive Director

As the first non-Muslim, and American Jew, to head one of CAIR’s 33 chapters across the country, my hiring was, of course, an experiment. Yet, as I came to know many of you, and as you came to know me, I was quickly welcomed with open arms by the diverse Muslim communities all across the Greater Delaware Valley region. I now turn to you in a moment of need, in a time of turmoil, to ask for your help in supporting the wonderful organization that I am privileged to lead, and which means so much to the Muslim communities of my new city. Day in and day, month in and out, CAIR provides invaluable services to thousands of Muslims and others all across the region…

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