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.
CAIR-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.
“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.
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.
A 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.”
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.
- 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.
- Experience working with the the North Texas American Muslim community
- Experience working with non-profit organizations
- Conversational proficiency in Arabic, Farsi or Urdu
- Compensation commensurate with skills and experience
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
CAIR-TX DFW is an equal opportunity employer.