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The Verdict

CAIR-Philadelphia Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

CAIR-Philadelphia welcomes the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. In a statement, CAIR-Philadelphia Civil Rights Attorney Timothy Welbeck said, "A guilty verdict, while satisfying in that it brings a measure of justice to Derek Chauvin's heinous actions, it still is an incomplete measure. It will never bring back George Floyd, and it is just the first step in addressing unchecked police violence against people of color."
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CAIR-Philadelphia Welcomes Remarks from Congresswoman Susan Wild Celebrating the End of Muslim and African Bans

Shortly before we started observing Black History Month, we celebrated the Biden administration's repeal of the Muslim and African bans. As we noted, CAIR, alongside its partners and leaders from impacted communities worked diligently against the Trump administration's efforts to take America's immigration system back to an ugly past. We are recognizing everyone today and including a video message from Congresswoman Susan Wild who lent us her voice in support and worked to repeal the bans.
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CAIR Welcomes President Biden’s Day-One Termination of Muslim and African Bans, Other Executive Orders

In a statement CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender said: “We commend President Biden for immediately moving to repeal the Muslim and African Bans, which is an important first step toward undoing the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies of the previous administration. It is an important fulfilment of a campaign pledge to the Muslim community and its allies. We expect the Biden administration to go further by supporting passage of the No Ban Act and addressing systemic injustices within the federal government that led to religious and racial profiling of Muslims and immigrants under multiple administrations.
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CAIR-Philadelphia Welcomes Arbitration Decision Against Former Philadelphia Police Officer Fired for Anti-Muslim, Bigoted Facebook Posts

CAIR-Philadelphia welcomes the arbitration decision against former Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) officer Daniel Farrelly. Farrelly was one of 16 officers fired by or received other penalties from the PPD since the 2019 revelations by Plain View Project. Farrelly challenged the City of Philadelphia's decision to fire him in response to his anti-Muslim and bigoted posts.
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CAIR-Philadelphia Statement on Shooting in West Philadelphia

On Monday afternoon, October 26, Walter Wallace, Jr. was killed by 14 bullets fired by two police officers in West Philadelphia. Mr. Wallace was a Black man suffering from mental illness and was holding a knife. Mr. Wallace was shot in front of his mother, who was attempting to calm her son and defuse the situation. Almost immediately, protests against the killing broke out in the neighborhood where Mr. Wallace lived, as well as other locations around Philadelphia.
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CAIR Releases Presidential Voter Guide, Congressional Scorecard, ‘What is Your Plan to Vote?’ PSA

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today published its 2020 Presidential Voter Guide and Congressional Scorecard, which offers resources to assist Muslims and their allies nationwide as they prepare to vote in the November 3 election. CAIR also released an election PSA video titled: What is Your Plan to Vote? The PSA encourages American Muslims to finalize their voter plans, whether it is registering to vote where applicable, vote by mail, vote early and in-person with safety precautions.
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