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Muslim woman protested when she was barred from municipal court for wearing a hijab

Muslim woman protested when she was barred from municipal court for wearing a hijab

fwstlogoAfter a woman wearing a hijab complained that she wasn’t allowed in the municipal court to pay her speeding ticket, the city changed its policy to allow head coverings for religious reasons.
Kendra Montemayor went to the Haltom City Municipal Court Tuesday afternoon where a bailiff told her that head coverings weren’t allowed.
The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) is holding a press conference outside of the Haltom City Municipal court at 1 p.m. Thursday to highlight the need for courts to change their policies about head coverings.
After Biden’s Win, US Muslims Brace for More “Sophisticated” Activism

After Biden’s Win, US Muslims Brace for More “Sophisticated” Activism

A continued push to register voters as well as active and sophisticated engagement on repealing travel bans and advocating for immigrants with elected officials are two of the ways Texas Muslim leaders said activists can continue to advance their political agenda following the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Texas, along with Nahela Morales, a regular contributor to AboutIslam, co-founder and marketing director for convert organization Embrace, both spoke during a recent panel session hosted by CAIR.

The event also featured Houston-area activists, including those working with immigrant and environmental organizations, as well as a representative from the Texas Democratic Party and the Houston City Council.

Read Full Article: https://aboutislam.net/muslim-issues/n-america/after-bidens-win-us-muslims-brace-for-more-sophisticated-activism/

 MEDIA ADVISORY      CAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

MEDIA ADVISORY CAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR DFW LOGO colorCAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

(DALLAS, TX, 12/9/2020) – Tomorrow, Dec. 10, the Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference outside of the Haltom City Municipal Court to call on the court allow religious head coverings inside the courtroom after a Muslim woman who was told that she could not enter the courtroom because she was wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab. 

CAIR-DFW, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said a viral video posted by a Muslim woman indicates she was told that she could not enter the courtroom because of her hijab.

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WHAT: Courtroom Religious Head Covering Accommodation Press Conference  

WHERE: Haltom City Municipal Court, 5024 Broadway Ave, Haltom City, TX 76117  

WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 1 P.M.    

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

“Courts serve peoples of all faiths and backgrounds and should allow for the wearing of religious head coverings and attire,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “A judge’s ban on religious head coverings negatively impacts the legal rights of Muslim women who wear the hijab, Sikh men who wear turbans, Catholic nuns who wear habits, and Jewish men who wear yarmulkes.”  

He said CAIR-DFW will work with Judge Irby and the municipal court to highlight the importance of allowing religious head coverings and to seek an apology for the Muslim woman who was not allowed to enter the court.  

CAIR-TX DFW is calling on all municipal courts to change “no hat” policies to allow for the wearing of religious items in Dallas Fort-Worth and across Texas.  

The Washington-based civil rights organization has challenged bans on religious attiore in courtrooms nationwide. 

SEE: CAIR Asks Louisiana Judge to Ensure that Courtroom Hijab Ban Not Be Repeated

Michigan Muslim to File Suit Over Judge’s Hijab Ban

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Carrollton Physician Accused of Making Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Facebook Posts

Carrollton Physician Accused of Making Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Facebook Posts

Anti Semetic Post 1A North Texas pathologist is under fire for an alleged series of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Facebook posts.

Dr. Michael Robles, a physician of almost 20 years who primarily works in Carrollton, allegedly made these comments on the Facebook page of Jihad Watch, a blog run by anti-Muslim writer Robert Spencer. A press release by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations details many of these posts and includes a computer file with screenshots of comments (allegedly made by Robles) such as:

“The hard-hearted and stiff-necked Jews do not believe in the Holy Trinity. They believe in a different god. Their rejection begins from the beginning they will suffer, see Amos. They are antichrist. They follow the evil one.”

SEE FULL ARTICLE: https://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/carrollton-physician-under-fire-for-alleged-anti-semitic-and-islamophobic-facebook-posts-11959109

WE'RE HIRING A PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

WE'RE HIRING A PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

OVERVIEW:

Title: Administrative Assistant
Schedule Type: Part-Time
Areas of Focus: Scheduling, communications, bookkeeping, general office management
Location: Dallas, TX
The Position/Role: CAIR-Texas DFW is looking for a passionate and detail oriented individual to fill the newly created Administrative Assistant position. Join one of the most dynamic teams serving the American Muslim community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Handle day to day communications and scheduling for the Executive Director and other managerial employees
  • Answers and routes calls, takes messages, sorts and delivers mail, responds to or routes e-mail inquiries, and greets office visitors
  • Proofreads reports and written documentation
  • Process payments and donations, maintain CRM database, and general data entry
  • Maintain paper and electronic filing system
  • Handle basic bookkeeping responsibilities
  • Order office supplies as well as track and maintain inventory
  • Setup office equipment such as phones, copier, and projectors
  • Produce reports for internal team meetings
  • Make travel and lodging arrangements for team members
  • Other duties as assigned

All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Highly motivated, self-initiating and energetic
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office Suite, Constant Contact, and Word Press
  • Minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects with limited time
  • Excellent oral and written communication to interface with media professionals, community leaders, volunteers, donors, and staff in a professional and effective manner
  • Experience with and proficiency in public speaking before diverse audiences
  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout Dallas Fort-Worth for events and outreach in an on-demand capacity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR’s mission

This position reports to the Executive Director and Operations Director.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with the the North Texas American Muslim community
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Farsi or Urdu

COMPENSATION:

  • Compensation commensurate with skills and experience

TO APPLY:

Please send (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, and (3) the names and contact information of two references, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Administrative Assistant”.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

CAIR-TX DFW is an equal opportunity employer.