“The Year in Civil Rights” by Timothy Welbeck, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney

Every year, CAIR-Philadelphia updates you about how our chapter organizes against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, and all forms of bigotry. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic imposed unique challenges for all of us, requiring greater flexibility in how we navigated what appeared to be the strange new normal. Even in the midst of this devastating pandemic, my colleagues and I found new ways to protect the constitutional rights of Muslims in the Greater Philadelphia area.​

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Another Hashtag But Still No Justice

In one of his most famous speeches, aptly entitled Who Taught You to Hate Yourself, Malcolm X spoke to an unfortunate truth, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman…the most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” Malcolm’s comments keenly observed that the nation’s avowed principles like “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and/or “equal protection” did not apply equally in a nation with a deeply entrenched social caste system centered on race and gender. The founding ideals of our democratic republic “were false when they were written,” Malcolm knew this, and those in attendance did as well. We know it too.

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Civil Rights Update by Timothy Welbeck, Esq.

Outlawing Discrimination

To date, about 40% of the people seeking legal assistance from our office complain of some form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Accordingly, several of my current clients have experienced various forms of workplace discrimination, including three different people in various stages of legal action against their current or former employer based on their allegations of religious discrimination and/or harassment.

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Webinar on Hip-Hop and Black Culture

Hip-Hop is ubiquitous; there are places without running water and electricity that hip-hop has touched. The culture and its expressions have begun the dominant influence on popular youth culture over the span of the past four and a half decades. That is a significant statement considering the culture emerged from a back to school party hosted by two teenagers in the cramped recreation room of their housing project forty-seven years ago.

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Civil Rights Update by Timothy Welbeck, Esq.

Information about Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination is one of the persistent ways bigotry and xenophobia impacts everyday people. Roughly 40% of the people seeking legal assistant from our office call to complain of some form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. To that end, I am presently representing three different people in various stages of legal action against their current or former employer based on their allegations of religious discrimination and/or harassment. US law defines employment discrimination as a form of discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity by employers. When it occurs, employment discrimination is a clear violation of US law.

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