Responding to the unprecedented dual challenge of both the coronavirus and the necessity of keeping the American Muslim community informed and socially involved during this time of social distancing, CAIR-Philadelphia has begun to present a series of online educational and community empowerment programs to the community.
April 2, 2020 – Medical Advice & Best Practices during COVID-19
April 7, 2020 – Emergency Webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business-Owners and Non-Profits with Payrolls
April 9, 2020 – The Coronavirus and the Constitution: A Test of Civil Rights
April 18, 2020 – Answering Your Unemployment and Health Insurance Related Questions
April 19, 2020 – Muslim Aid Initiative COVID 19 Webinar with Medical Professionals
May 3, 2020 – Virtual Interfaith Ramadan Reflections – Ramadan and Faith During COVID-19: What’s Wrong with Returning to “Normal?”
May 9, 2020 – MAI Presents: Being Spiritual During a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Faith
May 26, 2020 – Immigration Law and COVID-19 with Attorneys John Vandenberg and Timothy Welbeck
CAIR-Philadelphia apologizes for any inappropriate remarks made by participants in the webinars above. We are taking steps to avoid future “zoombombing” attacks.
National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19
We would like to remind all of our readers that CAIR is a part of National Muslim Task Force on COVID-19. We encourage you to read the statement of this coalition made up of 34 American Muslim institutions and utilize the advice and resources included therein.
- Statement from the Islamic Society of North America (video)
- Petition to Extend Worker Protection (Google Doc)
- COVID-19/Coronavirus resources in other languages
- PA Department of Health Symptoms and Testing Site Information
- Information from the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health
- Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania
Travel Guidance Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19, and has issued a “Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.” For those not in the U.S., the Department of States advises that they “consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.” – Read more…
Latest Immigration Ban Information
On Wednesday, April 22, the Trump administration issued a Proclamation expanding immigration restrictions in a broad attempt to further its xenophobic agenda while distracting Americans from its own failure to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This Proclamation builds on a number of anti-immigrant policies put forward by the administration in the last several years by closing off almost all legal pathways to immigration. Learn more…
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Learn more…