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North Texas leaders denounce hateful letter threatening to shoot immigrant IT workers

North Texas leaders denounce hateful letter threatening to shoot immigrant IT workers

118710892 10101122812317251 1632487740499707536 n“We’re trying to verify and follow up with those people to get them connected with law enforcement,” Syed said Tuesday. “Historically, our immigrant community has been a specific target for this.”

Irving police placed a post on social media Monday saying they were investigating a letter received by an Irving resident that threatens to “shoot mercilessly” immigrants of Chinese and Indian descent who work in the information technology fields.

The letter is headed with a message that says — “Return back to you country,” followed by a profane salutation.

“American citizens in IT industry and other professional fields have lost their jobs to many Indians and Chinese,” the letter says. “We asked you to leave the country without further delay. We will have no choice but to shoot mercilessly at work place, in community, on pool or on playground.”

During a press conference held on Facebook Live on Tuesday, Syed encouraged anyone who had received similar correspondence to get in touch with the Irving police or call his organization for assistance.

“This attempt to intimidate and threaten members of ethnic communities has an ugly history in our nation and we must stand united against it,” Syed said.

Do Not Speak to the FBI without an Attorney: CAIR-TX

Do Not Speak to the FBI without an Attorney: CAIR-TX

 

In this video, Executive Director Faizan Syed discusses the importance of having legal representation when speaking to law enforcement, including the FBI. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, American Muslims have been put under surveillance by the FBI and the Counter Terrorism Task Force. FBI agents routinely visit everyday Muslims at home, work, school, the Masjid, and other settings and request to meet and talk with them. This is unique to the Muslim community and is not common among other faith traditions in the U.S. As the FBI spends valuable resources to spy on tens of thousands of American Muslims, they are spending less resources to counter violent right-wing domestic terrorist. If you are approached or contacted by law enforcement respectfully assert your right to have an attorney present. Call CAIR-Texas DFW and our office will connect you with an attorney free of charge.

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CAIR Joins 100+ Rights Groups in Denouncing ADL’s Pattern of Suppressing Justice Movements, Calls on Allies to Stop Working with ADL

CAIR Joins 100+ Rights Groups in Denouncing ADL’s Pattern of Suppressing Justice Movements, Calls on Allies to Stop Working with ADL

dropadl sq 1(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/12/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined a broad coalition of more than 100 civil rights and human rights advocacy organizations in denouncing the Anti-Defamation League’s “history and ongoing pattern of attacking social justice movements,” particularly those led by “immigrants, Muslims, Arabs, and other marginalized groups, while aligning itself with police, right-wing leaders, and perpetrators of state violence.” 

The coalition also called on community organizations, advocacy groups and social justice workers to reconsider their working relationships with the ADL, stating: 

“We cannot lift up or partner with the ADL on progressive causes, because the ADL’s credibility as a social justice organization is precisely what allows it to undermine the rights of marginalized communities, shielding it from criticism and accountability while boosting its legitimacy and resources. We cannot collaborate with the ADL without betraying our movements.” 

The coalition released an extensive report documenting the ADL’s troubling history of 1) surveillance of progressive organizations and movements, 2) support of militarized police training exchange programs, 3) suppression of human rights and Palestinian voices, 4) support of racist and white supremacist influencers, 5) promotion of Islamophobia, 6) suppression of campus activism, 7) trampling on progressive social justice movements.   

CAIR joined the coalition in calling on allies and all those concerned with social justice to reconsider their support of the ADL and cease working with the organization in light of its ongoing anti-justice practices. It also invited allied organizations to join the coalition in its efforts to raise awareness about this issue by signing on here

CAIR also noted the ADL’s pattern of repeatedly partnering with Islamophobic forces and disregarding Muslim sensitivities even as it condemns Islamophobia. During the controversy over the establishment of Park 51, commonly known as the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy, the ADL baselessly and recklessly called into question the funding sources of the community center and demanded answers to the possible connections the community’s “leaders might have with groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values.” 

The ADL also called on the Islamic Center be built elsewhere. In doing so, the ADL legitimized anti-Muslim bigotry, marking itself on the wrong side of one of the most blatantly anti-Muslim moments in American history. 

The ADL has also publicly attacked various American Muslim politicians organizations for speaking out in support of Palestinian human rights, conflating legitimate condemnation of the Israeli occupation with anti-Semitism.

More recently, in its committed and ongoing support of right-wing Israel policies, the ADL executive director publicly joined openly anti-Semitic and Islamophobic pastors such as Robert Jeffress and John Hagee at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, a unilateral act condemned by President Trump the international community.  

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We stand with over 100 other civil and human rights organizations in saying enough is enough. A true civil rights organization should not condemn bigotry while standing with bigots. Nor should a civil rights organization advocate for anti-free speech laws, arrange for police officers to learn tactics that threaten minority communities, or smear Americans who dare to speak up for human rights abroad. And American Muslims should not partner with the ADL or any organization that engages in such conduct until they drastically change their ways.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

CAIR Issues Statement of Solidarity with Linda Sarsour, Condemns False Smear Campaign

CAIR Issues Statement of Solidarity with Linda Sarsour, Condemns False Smear Campaign

Linda Sarsour(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/19/2020) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed its support and solidarity with MPower Change Executive Director Linda Sarsour after she was smeared yesterday by various elected officials and political leaders in the wake of her appearance at a Democratic National Convention event.  

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

“Our sister Linda Sarsour is an outspoken advocate of justice for all, including the Jewish community. Smearing her and other American Muslims as anti-Semitic for supporting Palestinian human rights is predictable, despicable and unacceptable. Our political leaders must stop doing it.” 

NOTE: As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections. CAIR does not support one candidate or political party over another. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Video | Saving India's Democracy: How Hindutva Ideology Abroad is Promoting Islamophobia in the U.S.

Video | Saving India's Democracy: How Hindutva Ideology Abroad is Promoting Islamophobia in the U.S.

 

When you think of India you probably don't think of right wing ultra-nationalist, oppression of religious minorities, or military lockdowns. Today, India's democracy is under threat with the rise of Hindutiva. Hindutiva is not only threatening democracy in India but is spreading Islamophobia across the world, including here in the U.S.

#SaveIndiaDemocracy, stop #islamophobia