CAIR-NY, DOT Art Launch ‘Amplify’ Public Art, Social Justice Campaign.

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/15/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today Partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art) to launch AMPLIFY, a public art campaign to promote local social justice organizations.  DOT Art partnered with artists to highlight the work of ten social justice organizations and the communities they serve.

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CAIR-NY worked with the artist Morehshin Allahyari to create an original poster focused on the shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose 584% nationwide between 2014 and 2016.  In New York, anti-Muslim harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes rose 560% in just 2016, faster than the national average.

“We hope AMPLIFY will help us educate New Yorkers who might otherwise know about the stunning surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We are grateful that DOT Art is helping to use our public spaces to not only support the arts, but to engage New Yorkers in the ongoing fight for civil rights.  At a time when many hate crime victims suffer in silence, AMPLIFY can help bring a bit of visibility to their plight.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-NY Condemns Two Mosque Attacks in Brooklyn, Asks Public for Info

For Immediate Release:

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/14/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned two attacks on south Brooklyn mosques.

According to police, the hammer-wielding assailant targeted mosques in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park over the weekend.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. Saturday evening, the alleged attacker broke windows and a security camera at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center in Sunset Park, on 6th Avenue near 63rd Street.  Some 30 minutes later, the same attacker reportedly targeted the Fatih Camii Mosque, on Eighth Avenue near 60th Street in Bay Ridge.

SEE: Man With Hammer Smashes Property at 2 Mosques in Brooklyn: Police

https://patch.com/new-york/sunset-park/man-smashes-windows-sunset-park-mosque-hammer-police

“While we are grateful that no one was hurt, it is repulsive that this alleged attacker so systematically targeted Brooklyn mosques,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward immediately and report their information to the police.”

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-NY Applauds State Complaint Against Anti-Immigrant Landlord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/6/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a New York State Division of Human Rights’ complaint against a Queens landlord for allegedly harassing and discriminating against immigrant tenants.

The landlord had placed a letter on the building’s front door demanding that all tenants provide their Social Security card, photo identification, proof of employment, and Green Card or passport in order to avoid eviction. Many of the tenants are immigrants from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, making this an obvious and direct threat against them.

SEE: Governor Cuomo Announces Complaint Filed Against Queens Landlord for Targeting Immigrants
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-complaint-filed-against-queens-landlord-targeting-immigrants

It’s illegal under New York law to force a tenant to show immigration status as a condition for lease renewal, and the state is now seeking an order to make the landlord cease and desist these discriminatory practices, as well as pay fines and penalties.

“We applaud the state division and Governor Cuomo for taking a stand against this despicable discrimination,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “At a time when far too many New Yorkers suffer in silence, we urge city and state officials to expand their efforts against discrimination."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-NY Secures Generous Settlement for Victim of Employment Discrimination

CAIR-NY recently secured a generous settlement from a major company for a Muslim employee facing religious harassment at work. Since the beginning of her employment, our client’s coworkers and supervisors openly criticized her choice to wear a hijab, questioned her excessively about her religion, and asked her to defend Islam as nonviolent. She contacted CAIR-NY for assistance in reaching a settlement with the company. Our legal team was able to secure a settlement 40% higher than the one originally requested by the client. This settlement reaffirmed our client’s right to protection from workplace discrimination on the basis of her religion, and ensured that she would no longer be forced to endure such clearly unfair treatment.

MUSLIM & CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CONDEMN TRUMP’S CALL FOR MORE ISLAMOPHOBIC POLICIES IN WAKE OF NYC TRAGEDY

San Francisco - In the wake of the attack on the people of New York City this week, President Trump released a variety of xenophobic proposals aimed at hurting immigrant and Muslim communities. Threatening to “end chain migration,” terminating the long-standing diversity lottery program, abandoning due process and civil liberties, the President is attempting to exploit Tuesday’s attacks to advance an aggressively anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda long championed by his administration.

In response, Christina Sinha from Asian Americans Advancing JusticeAlbert Fox Cahn from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Christina Sinha, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

“We condemn the recent attack in New York City and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and families impacted by this horrible act of hate. However, we cannot allow President Trump to use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to further scapegoat Muslims and intensify his xenophobic, anti-Muslim policy agenda.”

Albert Fox Cahn, CAIR Representative:

“CAIR condemns the horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights. We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.”

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center:

“Strong leaders recognize that moments of tragedy call for unity, not sowing harmful divisions. After this week’s tragic events in New York, President Trump once again failed to show the leadership we need in these moments and instead wants to exploit this devastating attack to promote his laundry list of anti-Muslim policies to turn our nation into a country where the American dream is sold to the highest bidder. These proposals would betray our fundamental values of fairness and due process and threaten to turn our immigration laws into a race and class-based system. Our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should remember those lessons and reject Trump’s call to divide and discriminate.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is organized by a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups who are leading efforts around the country to fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim Ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities and immigrants across the country.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-NY Condemns President Trump’s Threat to Jail Terrorist Suspect In Gitmo

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY Condemns President Trump’s Threat to Jail Terrorist Suspect In Gitmo

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/31/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s unconstitutional threat to jail Sayfullo Saipov in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Saipov, a green card holder originally from Uzbekistan, was arrested in connection with yesterday’s deadly attack on Lower Manhattan.

SEE: Trump calls terror suspect ‘an animal’ and says ‘send him to Gitmo,’ wants to close diversity visa program
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/01/trump-says-he-may-send-new-york-attack-suspect-to-guantanamo-bay-and-is-terminating-diversity-visa-lottery-program/

Mr. Trump also said that the federal criminal and immigration systems were “a joke” and “a laughingstock,” going on to suggest that Saipov’s family “could be a threat.” The latest proposal comes as the Department of Defense continues to hold a U.S. Citizen who surrendered to allied forces in Syria in mid-September.  Since then, his name, age and other personal details, have been withheld, even from U.S. lawyers seeking to represent him.

SEE: Case of suspected American ISIS fighter captured in Syria vexes U.S.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/case-of-suspected-american-isis-fighter-captured-in-syria-vexes-us/2017/10/29/349c18ce-bca7-11e7-8444-a0d4f04b89eb_story.html

“Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.  Mr. Trump claims we are politically correct, but he is just factually wrong.  The U.S. criminal justice system has successfully prosecuted numerous terrorists, while the Guantanamo Bay tribunal system has yet to convict a single suspect.  Trump’s proposal shows that he doesn’t trump the NYPD, FBI and his own U.S. Attorney to handle this case.  We will do everything we can to block this policy and any other attempts to exploit tragedy to attack our values and constitution.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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Media Advisory: CAIR-NY, NYC Community Leaders to Hold an Interfaith Vigil for Peace in Response to Manhattan Attack

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/1/17) – Later today, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will join diverse community and faith leaders at a vigil for peace in response to the attack that killed eight and injured at least eleven bikers and pedestrians in lower Manhattan yesterday.  This event will take place at Foley Square tonight at 6 p.m. 
 
SEE: NYC Strong Interfaith Vigil for Peace
https://www.facebook.com/events/1628653523862081/
 
WHATNYC Strong Interfaith Vigil for Peace
WHO: Hosting organizations include Interfaith Center of New York, CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Network, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and many more interfaith leaders from across New York City.
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Foley Square, New York, NY 10013

Faith and community leaders were devastated by this latest act of mass violence in downtown Manhattan. Representatives of diverse religious traditions and community leaders will offer reflections and prayers for the victims, their families, and our nation tonight. The vigil will unite a large coalition of interfaith partners and community organizers and will exemplify the solidarity of New Yorkers in rejecting senseless violence and hatred.  
 
The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities. 
 
The Muslim Community Network identifies and cultivates the leadership skills of all Americans to fully participate in the social landscape.
 
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CAIR-NY Condemns Deadly Vehicle Attack In Manhattan

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/31/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to victims the deadly vehicular attack on the West Side Highway bike path in Manhattan.  The attack, which is being investigated by police as a potential terrorist incident, killed at least eight victims, leaving an unknown number wounded.

 
SEE: 8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror Attack
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/nyregion/police-shooting-lower-manhattan.html   

"CAIR-NY condemns today’s horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Since the goal of such heinous crimes is to divide our nation, it is incumbent on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to frustrate that evil objective by standing united in the face of terror."
 
“Like all New Yorkers, we mourn those who died today, and our thoughts are with the families and friends they leave behind,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “In the wake of this tragedy, we know that New Yorkers will not only show our city’s enduring resilience, but we will prove that our love and compassion are stronger than anyone who attacks and divides us.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CAIR-NY Condemns DA's Failure to Bring Hate Crime Charges for Manhattan Assault on African-American Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/19/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Manhattan District Attorney’s failure to prosecute a September 4 attack on an African-American woman in Manhattan as a hate crime.
 
According to the victim, Kimberly Halliday, her assailant repeatedly punched her body and head while saying “you’re the devil. . .you’re no good. Black b**ch.” 
 
Despite these statements, the Manhattan District Attorney failed to seek an indictment for the attack as a hate crime. Bennett Smith, 22, has been charged with assault in the third degree, aggravated harassment and attempted assault, all of which are misdemeanors. If prosecuted as a hate crime, Smith could face multiple felony counts, which carry more serious punishments.
 
SEE: West Village assault victim seeks to hit her attacker with hate crime for calling her a ‘black b---h’
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/victim-seeks-hate-crime-attacker-called-black-b-h-article-1.3567742
 
“This horrific attack shows how unequally New York City pursues and prosecutes hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We stand with all New Yorkers who want our city live up to that most basic promise: equal justice under law.”
 
“When we fail to take hate crimes seriously, we not only revictimize the targets of these attacks, but their communities as well,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Time and again, hate crimes against marginalized communities are charged less severely than hate crimes against other victims. This double standard must stop.”

CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. 
 
Earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned the anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic letters sent to seven businesses and the Israeli Consulate in New York City.
 
SEE: Letters With Swastikas and 'MAGA' Sent to 7 Shops, Israeli Consulate: NYPD
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20171004/borough-park/swastika-letters-maga-borough-park-israeli-consulate-nypd-hate-crime   

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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Muslim Ban 3.0 Blocked: What You Need to Know

Summary

Most of the new Muslim Ban 3.0 was temporarily blocked by courts in Hawaii and Maryland; the orders blocking the ban apply to the entire U.S.  This means most of the Muslim Ban will not start until the courts have a chance to make further determinations about whether or not it is illegal.

Please keep in mind that this information can change at any time based on what is happening in the courts, so please check back frequently for updates.  This is the third version of the Muslim Ban since January 2017; every version has been overcome through community, policy, and legal advocacy.

What Exactly Did the Hawaii and Maryland Courts Do?

The courts blocked key sections of Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect across the U.S., including several that had not yet gone into effect.  Specifically, it blocked the restrictions against people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.  These orders did not block the restrictions on people from North Korea or Venezuela, which went into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:00pm EST.

Who Is Impacted IF the Rest of the Muslim Ban Resumes?

Again, most of Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently blocked, but IF it goes into full effect, it will impact the following people:

 

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Timing

The new Muslim Ban was blocked before it could fully go into effect.  Portions of the Muslim Ban began on September 24, 2017, with the remainder scheduled to go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:00am EST.  These rulings only briefly block the Muslim Ban, and if it is unblocked by the courts, it could go into effect right away.

Muslim Ban 3.0 Does NOT Apply To:

  • U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents (also known as green card holders)

  • Dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-listed country

  • People granted asylum by the U.S.

  • People admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • People who obtained a visa on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • People with a document other than a visa (such as advanced parole or a refugee travel document) that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • Anyone in the U.S. on the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

Waivers: Asking For An Exception to the Ban IF it Moves Forward

In certain cases, the government may make an exception to the Ban in the form of a process called a waiver.  A waiver may be granted if you can show that 1) denying you entry would cause you undue hardship 2) entry to the U.S. would not pose a threat to national security or public safety and 3) entry would be in the national interest of the U.S.  We do not yet know anything about how to request a waiver or how the U.S. Department of State has interpreted the waiver language in the new Muslim Ban. Please check back for updates.

You can contact our organizations if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0 and would like free legal advice or assistance;

  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.

CAIR New York: 646-665-7599 or www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve.  Please do not hesitate to reach out.

CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’
Muslim civil rights group calls on Trump administration to withdraw proposed rules
 
(New York, N.Y. 10/17/17) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR-NY”), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is welcoming a decision today by a federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing “Muslim Ban 3.0,” the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban.
 
Judge Derrick K. Watson’s decision means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries targeted by the ban, which was to go into effect tomorrow.
 
SEE: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-judge-blocks-trumps-third-travel-ban/2017/10/17/e73293fc-ae90-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
 
The Hawaii court found that the Muslim ban “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals” from the Muslim majority countries would be “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”
 
Recognizing that “national security” is pretext for the Muslim ban, the court determined that it contains “internal incoherencies that markedly undermine its stated ‘national security’ rationale.” The court concluded that the ban contradicted its stated “national security” rationale and that many of its provisions were not supported by any verifiable evidence.
 
"We are grateful that our courts once again proved that no person, not even the President, is above the law," said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. "President Trump must give up his efforts to impose an unconstitutional Muslim ban, a blatant attempt to enact bigotry and prejudice into the law.” 
He noted however that the judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.
 
On October 18, CAIR-NY will join a coalition of national and local American Muslim and civil rights organizations at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march outside the White House in Washington, D.C.
 
The event is designed to protest discriminatory policies that unlawfully target and hurt American Muslim and immigrant communities across the country and are part of the administration’s xenophobic, white supremacist agenda.
 
WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Rally and March

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 11:30 a.m. [MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media should sign in by 10 a.m. at the press risers in Lafayette Square.]

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
11:30 a.m. - March begins at Lafayette Square with speeches by a member of Congress, American Muslim leaders and impacted individuals
1:30 p.m. - March to the Trump International Hotel via Pennsylvania Avenue
3:30 p.m. - Program will end with march up to the doorstep of the enforcers of the Muslim ban, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

SEE: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/
 
The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups, is mobilizing and organizing events around the country to help lead the fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities across the country.
 
Earlier this month, CAIR-NY announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six individuals challenging the lawfulness of President Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a Muslim ban. A federal court hearing on that and other related lawsuits took place today in Maryland.
 
VIDEO: CAIR Joins Other Civil Rights Organizations at News Conference Outside Federal Court in Maryland
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/videos/10155231767967695/
 
That lawsuit was the latest CAIR legal filing challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. 
 
In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.
 
READ Amicus Brief
https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/170918_-_Trump_v_Hawaii_-_Amicus_Brief_FINAL.PDF
 
These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.
 
Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/17-16426-Hawaii-v-Trump---Brief-of-Amici-Adam-Soltani-et-al.pdf
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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New York City Commission on Human Rights Survey Project and Report on Bias-Motivated Harassment, Discrimination, and Violence

Link to Survey
 

From The New York City Commission on Human Rights:

In 2016 there was a 46% rise in reporting of complaints to CCHR on basis of race, religion, national origins and citizenship status. This,combined with anecdotal reporting of a rise in hate and bias incidents against Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Sikh, and Jewish (MASAJS) communities, led the Commission to convened a series of listening sessions with advocacy organizations, service providers, and community leaders to learn about the experiences and needs of various communities in New York City. As a direct result of these discussions and in response to the lack of comprehensive data about the scope and frequency of bias-motivated harassment, discrimination, and violence across at-risk communities, the Commission launched a survey project initiative to collect data on bias incidents, harassment, and discrimination experienced by the MASAJS communities in the City.

The Commission partnered with Strength in Numbers Consulting Group (SiNCG), an M/WBE research and evaluation firm experienced in conducting rigorous community-based survey projects in partnership with marginalized communities, to consult with partner organizations on the development of a survey. In partnership with SiNCG and 20 advocacy organizations, direct service providers, and CBOs serving the MASAJS communities in the City, the Commission convened 15 focus groups with 118 community members about their recent experiences with and perceptions of bias harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes. The findings of these focus groups served as the basis for the development of a 5-10 minute survey, available electronically or on paper, to gather data from MASAJS community members on their experiences of bias harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes since July 2016.

The survey will launch on October 12th, remaining in the field until mid-November, and will be available in Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu, and Yiddish. The Commission is working with over two dozen community partners including CAIR NY on a comprehensive outreach and promotional strategy for the survey in an effort to yield a diverse and robust sample of the MASAJS communities in City. The Commission will publish a final report on survey findings to empower the Commission and other City agencies to better address and combat bias-motivated harassment, discrimination, and violence. The report and survey findings will also serve as an advocacy and fundraising tool for CBOs, advocacy organizations, and direct service providers.

 

CAIR-NY, MCN, YAMA to Hold Prayer and Vigil Against Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-NY, MCN, YAMA to Hold Prayer and Vigil Against Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/15/17) – Later today, the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), Muslim Community Network (MCN), the Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA), and other community partners will host a #NoMuslimBanEver prayer and vigil in Foley Square to protest President Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0. 
 
This event will begin with words from members of the affected nations, followed by Maghreb (sunset) prayer, a vigil, and a supplication. 
 
SEE: https://www.facebook.com/events/300380043775966/
 
WHO: Hosting organizations: CAIR-NY, MCN, and YAMA, along with partners Rise and Resist, African Communities Together, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, International Refugee Assistance Project, NNAAC Take On Hate, The New York Immigrant Coalition, Arab American Association of New York
WHEN: Today, Sunday, October 15, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Foley Square, New York, NY 10013
WHAT: Prayer and Vigil Against Muslim Ban 3.0
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq., 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com, Dr. Debbie Almontaser, 917-559-8480
 
The prayer and vigil is part of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, in which a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups are organizing events around the country to help lead the fight against President Trump’s unlawful, unconstitutional, discriminatory, and indefinite Muslim Ban 3.0. The campaign is also challenging other discriminatory immigration policies that have had a negative impact on Muslim communities across the country.
 
SEE: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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The New DHS Rule on Social Media Tracking for All Immigrants, Including U.S. Citizens

            Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) proposed a new rule to track the internet activity for all visa applicants, visa holders, legal permanent residents, and naturalized U.S. Citizens. The new rule would track and store social media account information and other highly sensitive data as part of individuals’ immigration files.

            The new policy will allow DHS to collect and track individual’s social media accounts handles – including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – along with aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results. DHS search result will include not just public search engines, such as Google or Bing, but also commercial databases.

Where Will DHS Get This Information?

            Under the proposed rule, DHS would include “information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers, and information obtained and disclosed pursuant to information sharing agreements.”  It’s unclear if this includes Twitter direct messages or private Facebook messages.  Also, it’s unclear who DHS would share this information with, though it is possible that it could include other federal agencies, state/local law enforcement, or even foreign governments or private companies.

DHS’s information sharing probably includes commercial data providers such as credit reporting agencies – like Transunion, Equifax and Experian – and “people search” vendors like Intelius and Axicom. As countless identity theft victims have learned, these largely-unaccountable vendors can be highly inaccurate and unreliable. Few Americans learn about the inaccuracies in their records, and ever fewer are able to correct these mistakes. It’s unlikely that DHS will give individuals the opportunity to challenge or correct inaccurate information collected from the commercial data providers, even if those errors stand in the way of an immigration benefit or even admission to the U.S.

Who Will the New Rule Apply to?

The proposed rule would not only extend to visa applicants, visa holders, and LPRs, but it would even apply to naturalized U.S. citizens. Only those U.S. citizens born in a U.S. territory or to one or more U.S. parent would be exempt.  By surveilling U.S. citizens for nothing more than the fact that they were born outside this country, DHS is violating the fundamental guarantee that all citizens will be granted equal protection of the law.  At the same time, social media monitoring of immigrant Americans’ will indirectly impact the privacy of all of us.  Such surveillance will inevitably reveal the targets’ private interactions with friends, colleagues, and loved-ones, regardless of their immigration status.

Why Does This Matter?

DHS’s proposed rule will chill the free speech and religious liberty rights of millions of immigrants. While it is quite clear that the rule would collect information on millions of law-abiding immigrants, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents, it’s unclear how DHS will use and protect that information.  Countless individuals use social media to exercise their constitutional right to engage in political discussions. This rule threatens to muzzle that discourse, as countless Americans silence themselves rather risk retaliation from DHS.

What Can I Do?

We are calling on each and every CAIR supporter to tell DHS that you oppose this misguided and unconstitutional rule.  Please submit a comment by October 18, 2017, using one the following methods:

Suggested Text:

I write to oppose the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS’s”) Notice of Modified Privacy Act System of Record, published as docket number DHS-2017-0038 (the “Rule”).  The Rule is flagrantly unconstitutional, violating the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  The Rule would violate both the free speech and free association rights afforded to all Americans, including visa-holders and lawful permanent residents.  A system that records immigrant Americans’ social media accounts is repugnant, violating the right of immigrant Americans to communicate and associate with others. 

DHS’s attempt to treat naturalized U.S. citizens as less-American than native-born citizens is appalling, it violates our constitution’s bedrock guarantee that we will never have two tiers of citizenship.  The Rule is based on bigotry and is justified without any evidence of a national security benefit.  This misguided and discriminatory effort overreaches its stated purpose and chills free speech and the free exercise of religion.  As such, DHS must refuse to implement the Rule or any other measures that would have such an unlawful impact on immigrant Americans. 

CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Arab Vandalism of Bronx Deli

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Arab Vandalism of Bronx Deli
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/11/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the anti-Arab vandalism of a Yemeni-owned deli in the Bronx.
 
Police report that the deli was vandalized with the words “Arabs Keep Out” on Sunday morning. The words were scrawled across the store's front door on Ampere Avenue, in the Country Club neighborhood. The NYPD is currently investigating this incident as a hate crime.
 
SEE: Deli Owner Not Flinching Over ‘Arabs Keep Out’ Vandalism           
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/deli-owner-not-flinching-arabs-vandalism-article-1.3554577    
 
“We’re concerned that once again, a minority community -- the Arab-American community -- is targeted with hatred and bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “While we are glad to see the NYPD taking this threat seriously, we expect them to take the same active approach with all other hate crimes."
 
“This terrible incident is part of a much larger trend, a city-wide increase in hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “This year is on track to have the highest number of anti-Muslim hate crimes recorded in New York State.”
 
CAIR-NY has dealt with a number of recent hate incidents targeting New York Muslims and members of other minority communities.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Calls on Public to Assist in Identifying Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Suspect
http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14621-cair-ny-calls-on-public-to-assist-in-identifying-anti-muslim-hate-crime-suspect.html 

CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims
http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14612-cair-ny-condemns-hate-attack-on-jewish-mother-and-daughter-mistaken-for-muslims.html  
 
Earlier this year, CAIR-NY had called for increase protection of New York mosques, after a letter threatening a ‘massacre’ was sent to a local mosque.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Mosques After ‘Massacre’ Threat Targeting Masjid Manhattan
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/6/22/cair-ny-seeks-stepped-up-protection-for-mosques-after-massacre-threat-targeting-masjid-manhattan    
 
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CAIR-NY Condemns Racist, Anti-Semitic Letters Sent to Jewish Businesses, Israeli Consulate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/6/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic letters sent to seven businesses and the Israeli Consulate in New York City.
 
According to police, the letters include President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” a red, white, and black swastika, and four lines of text that target black, gay, and Jewish people. They were discovered by various business owners between September 29 and October 2. NYPD hate crime investigators are looking into who sent the racist letters.
 
SEE: Letters With Swastikas and 'MAGA' Sent to 7 Shops, Israeli Consulate: NYPD
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20171004/borough-park/swastika-letters-maga-borough-park-israeli-consulate-nypd-hate-crime
 
“This horrendous act shows why Muslims New Yorkers must stand with our neighbors against bigotry in every form,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We must defend the values of tolerance, diversity, and freedom of religion that have always made America and New York great. We stand with our Jewish, Black, and LGBTQ neighbors and hope that the perpetrators will be discovered and appropriately punished.”

CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.  Last month, CAIR-NY condemned the attack on a Jewish mother and daughter mistaken for Muslims in Forest Hills.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/9/14/press-

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

CAIR-NY: 232 Groups, 6 Elected Officials Demand Trump Administration Rescind ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

For Immediate Release
 
( NEW YORK, NY, 9/27/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a joint letter signed by 238 national and state immigration and civil human rights organizations, law offices, educational institutions, elected officials, and faith based groups* to President Trump and Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke demanding that the administration rescind its latest iteration of the unconstitutional and discriminatory “Muslim ban” executive order.
 
The joint statement is in response to President Trump’s Sunday signing of the executive order “Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.”

SEE: Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/24/enhancing-vetting-capabilities-and-processes-detecting-attempted-entry
 
In the joint letter, the coalition said:
 
“We, the undersigned community leaders, elected officials, and community-based, civil society, and civil rights organizations, hereby demand that you promptly rescind your Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats ("EO-3"), your administration’s latest attempt to fulfill your campaign promise of an unconstitutional “Muslim Ban.”  This order, though more sophisticated than its predecessors, is just as transparently illegal.
 
“Despite the addition of two non-Muslim majority countries, the intent of the EO-3 is the same as its predecessor, to target the entry of Muslims to the United States. Additionally, we note that Chad, a majority-Muslim country, will also see its citizens restricted from entering the United States.  Moreover, the continued inclusion of countries like Somalia, which Acting Secretary Duke admitted “satisfies the information-sharing requirements” of EO-2, shows that this new order is based in bigotry, not necessity.
 
“As President Trump’s repeated public statements – both as a candidate and President – make clear, EO-3 is driven by nothing more than animus for Islam and those who practice it. This order is an unlawful abridgement of the First Amendment, denying Muslims the right to practice their faith.  Countless visa-holders and applicants are now being asked to choose between their very religion and the ability to enter our country.  Your administration’s pattern of anti-Muslim discrimination is unconstitutionally stigmatizing the very practice of Islam, further eroding our cherished commitment to the free exercise of religion.  Moreover, EO-3’s disparate impact on and discriminatory intent towards Muslims violates these individuals’ rights to equal protection of the laws, pursuant to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
 
“In addition, EO-3 clearly violates the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, 8 U.S.C. § 1152.  In 1965, Congress responded to America’s disgraceful history of discriminatory immigration laws with a ban on actions that favor an immigrant’s ‘“race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”  More than a half century ago, Congress had the foresight to ban the very discrimination you seek to enact through EO-3, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that the rule of law is respected and that this ban is repealed.
 
“If you refuse to rescind this unlawful order, we commit to do all in our power to protect those communities being targeted by EO-3 and to support litigation to defeat this unconstitutional ban.  History will long remember, and we will not quickly forget, this singular assault on America’s commitment to freedom of religion.”
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 

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* Letter co-signers include the following national and state civil, immigration and human rights organizations, law offices, educational institutions, elected officials, and faith based groups:
 
National Organizations
 
Alliance for Justice
American Muslims for Palestine
American Muslim Voice Foundation
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
CenterLink
Church World Service
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Defending Rights & Dissent
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
East Shore Unitarian Church
Emgage Action
Faith in Public Life
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Franciscan Action Network
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Gamaliel
GirlForward
Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
ICNA Council for Social Justice
Islam in Spanish
Japanese American Citizens League
Katon.Law
Kids at Risk Action
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Mi Familia Vota
Muslim Alliance in North America
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
Muslim Youth Network
National Association of Social Workers
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Immigration Law Center
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
Public Good Law Center
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
The Advocates for Human Rights
Tule Lake Committee
Veterans for Peace
Win Without War
World Savvy
Yemen Peace Project
 
State Organizations (states listed for identification purposes only)
 
A Good Word Da'wah Center (Texas)
ACIJ (Alabama)
Adhikaar (New York)
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (Alabama)
Aliento (Arizona)
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (California)
Alliance San Diego (California)
Al-Mahmood Foundation (Minnesota)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago (Illinois)
Asian Law Alliance (California)
Asian American Studies Program, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota)
Ask a Muslim (Ohio)
Associated Students of the University of Washington, Middle Eastern Student Commission (Washington)
Associated Students of the University of Washington, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists (Washington)
Arab Americans of Central Ohio (AACO) (Ohio)
Autism Society of Alabama (Alabama)
Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)
Birmingham Islamic Society (Alabama)
By The Rivers: A Mulit-Faith Life Cycle and Learning Center (Minnesota)
CAIR
CAIR-Alabama (Alabama)
CAIR-Arizona (Arizona)
CAIR-Cincinnati (Ohio)
CAIR-Cleveland and Northern Ohio (Ohio)
CAIR-Columbus (Ohio)
CAIR-Colorado (Colorado)
CAIR-LA (California)
CAIR-Iowa (Iowa)
CAIR-Kentucky (Kentucky)
CAIR-New York (New York)
CAIR-Oregon (Oregon)
CAIR-Texas, Houston (Texas)
CAIR-Texas, San Antonio (Texas)
Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (Illinois)
Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ (Michigan)
Cleveland Peace Action (Ohio)
Committee on Refugees, United Nations Association USA-Dallas Chapter (Texas)
Community Alliance of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
Congregation Beth Elohim (New York)
Democratic Socialists of America – Birmingham (Alabama)
Densho (Washington)
Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Dolores Street Community Services (California)
Dream Act Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
El Centro de la Raza (Washington)
Exposed Brick Theatre (Minnesota)
Faith Action Network (Washington)
Faith Forward Dallas (Texas)
Faith in Action Alabama (Alabama)
Faith in the Valley (California)
Fellowship Congregational UCC Church (Oklahoma)
Florin Japanese American Citizens League-Sacramento Valley (California)
Gamaliel of Illinois (Illinois)
Georgia State Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (Georgia)
Global Shapers Minneapolis (Minnesota)
Gonzaga University (Washington)
Greater Birmingham Ministries (Alabama)
Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network (Ohio)
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition (New York)
Heartfelt Tidbits, Inc. (Ohio)
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (Alabama)
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Illinois)
Impact Hub Boston (Massachusetts)
Impact Hub Houston (Texas)
Indivisible Eastside Washington State (Washington)
In Solidarity (Texas)
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (Ohio)
Interfaith Action for Human Rights (D.C., MD, VA Region)
Interfaith Council of Alameda County (California)
InterIm CDA (Washington)
ISAIAH (Minnesota)
Islamic Center of Olympia (Washington)
Islamic Civic Association of Staten Island (New York)
Islamic Council of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (Ohio)
Islamic Speakers Bureau Alabama (Alabama)
Japanese American Citizens League Twin Cities Chapter (Minnesota)
Jewish Community Action (Minnesota)
Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston (Massachusetts)
Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern New Jersey (New Jersey)
Jewish Voice for Peace, University of Washington (Washington)
JFKU College of Law Clinical Program (California)
Kadima (Jewish) Reconstructionist Community, Seattle (Washington)
Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation (Minnesota)
Kentucky SHARE (Kentucky)
Kids4Peace Seattle (Washington)
Kol HaNeshamah (Washington)
La Raza Student Comission of the University of Washington (Washington)
Lab/Shul NYC (New York)
Law Offices of Frederick L. Goss (California)
Law Office of Aliya Karmali (California)
Law Office of Paula Aiello (California)
Lawyers for America (Texas)
Lexington NAACP (Kentucky)
LULAC OHIO EDUCATION FOUNDATION (Ohio)
MACE Islamic Center (Ohio)
MAIZ (California)
MAPS (Muslim Association of Puget Sound) (Washington)
MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network) (Washington)
Media Alliance (California)
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (Michigan)
Michigan United Washtenaw County (Michigan)
Middle Collegiate Church (New York)
Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee (Washington)
Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) (Minnesota)
Minnesota Women's Consortium (Minnesota)
Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (Maryland)
Mukilteo Indivisible (Washington)
Muslim American Society of New York (New York)
Muslim Association of Cleveland East (Ohio)
Muslim Community Association (California)
Muslim Community Network (New York)
Muslim Student Association at the University of Kentucky (Kentucky)
National Association of Social Workers - New York City Chapter (New York)
National Organization for Women- Houston Area (Texas)
National Organization for Women, Inc. – NOW Texas (Texas)
Neighbors in Faith (Washington)
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (New Jersey)
New Jersey Citizen Action (New Jersey)
New Jersey Muslim Bar Association (New Jersey)
New York City Council Progressive Caucus (New York)
New York Day of Remembrance Committee (New York)
Northwest Washington Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Washington)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Washington)
Oakland Justice Coalition (California)
Oakland Law Collaborative (California)
Oakland Privacy (California)
Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Ohio)
Omar Ibn El-Khattab Mosque, Inc. (Ohio)
OneAmerica (Washington)
OutFront Minnesota (Minnesota)
Pacific Coast Baptist Association (California)
Protect Minnesota (Minnesota)
Project for Pride in Living (Minnesota)
Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) Washington)
QUEENS SOLIDARITY COALITION (New York)
Queer Student Commission of the University of Washington (Washington)
Refugee Services of Texas (Texas)
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (Minnesota)
Royal Lane Baptist Church (Texas)
Sacred Heart Community Service (California)
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus (New York)
San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (California)
Seattle Indivisible (Washington)
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) (California)
Showing Up for Racial Justice - Montgomery County, MD (Maryland)
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)-Washtenaw (Michigan)
SnoCo Indivisible (Washington)
Somali Family Safety Task Force (Washington)
Somali Health Board (Washington)
Somali Student Association of the University of Washington (Washington)
SOMOS Mayfair (California)
Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland (Ohio)
SOUTH ASIAN FUND FOR EDUCATION, SCHOLARSHIP AND TRAINING (SAFEST) (New York)
St. Paul's Community Church UCC (Ohio)
Stavros Immigration APC (California)
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (Washington)
Tacoma Community House (Washington)
Tahoma Unitarian-Universalist Congregation Social Justice Committee (Washington)
The Interfaith Center of New York (New York)
The RIGS Initiative, University of Minnesota (Minnesota)
Therapists for Peace & Justice (California)
Turning Point for Women and Families (New York)
UAW Local 4121 (Washington)
UNITE HERE Local 30 (California)
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21 (Washington)
United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) (California)
University of Minnesota, Department of American Indian Studies (Minnesota)
University of Minnesota, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies (Minnesota)
University of Saint Thomas (Minnesota)
University Unitarian Church (Washington)
Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Chandler (Arizona)
Wallingford Indivisible (Washington)
Washington Defender Association's Immigration Project (Washington)
Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (Washington)
WESPAC Foundation (New York)
Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia (New York)
What's Next (Washington)
Workers Defense Project (Texas)
Yemeni Alliance Committee (California)
Yemeni Student Association (California)
Zainab Organization (Washington)
 
Elected Officials
 
Kent City Councilmember Dennis Higgins (Washington)
New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal (New York)
Office of Manhattan Borough President (New York)
Washington State House Representative Derek Stanford
Washington State House Representative Mia Gregerson
Washington State House Representative June Robinson

Community Advisory: What You Should Know about Muslim Ban 3.0

September 24, 2017

Dear Community Members,

Muslim Ban 4.0 (“MB-4”) was signed this afternoon. We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out, but some general information based on what we know now is included below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Summary:

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Timing:

Part of MB-4 went into effect this afternoon, September 24th. The remainder will go into effect on October 18th, 2017. Much of the old order (Muslim Ban 2.0), signed on March 6, 2017, also partially expires today. The portions of Muslim Ban 2.0 impacting refugees specifically will continue until October 24, 2017. Despite this change, the temporary court order placing the old order on hold is still active, until the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on October 10, 2017.
 

Who Will Be Impacted?

Travel Restriction for Nationals of Eight Countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen
General limitations

  • MB-4 only applies to individuals who are i) outside of the U.S. on the day MB-4 goes into effect, and ii) who do not have a valid visa on the day MB-4 goes into effect, and iii) who have not obtained a waiver under Section 3(c).
     
  • MB-4 does not apply to:
    • Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
    • Individuals admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of MB-4;
    • Those with a document other than a visa that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of MB-4;
    • Dual-nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
    • Individuals granted asylum;
    • Refugees already admitted to the U.S.; or
    • Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention against Torture
       
  •  Until October 18, 2017, Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen are exempt from MB-4 if they have a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, meaning:
    • A close family member living in the U.S.,
    • An offer of employment in the U.S., and/or
    • An admission to study in the U.S.

Previously-impacted countries - restrictions effective immediately:

  • Iran
    • Effective immediately, immigrant and nonimmigrant entry are suspended for Iranian nationals except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity OR for those with F, J, or M visas.
    • Those with F, J, or M visas will most likely be subject to “enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Libya
    • Effective immediately, immigrants and nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended except those with a bona fide relationship to the U.S.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Somalia
    • Effective immediately, immigrant visas are suspended for Somali nationals, except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
    • Non-immigrant visas are permitted, subjected to heightened screening.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Syria
    • Effective immediately, immigrant and nonimmigrant entry is suspended for Syrian nationals, except for those with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
      The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Sudan
    • Sudan was removed from the list of restricted countries in MB-4.
      • Sudanese visa holders who were impacted by earlier Muslim Bans should now be able to reapply for visa.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.
  • Yemen
    • Effective immediately, all immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended, unless the visa holder has a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity.
    • The bona fide relationship exemption ends October 18, 2017.

Newly Impacted Countries

  • Chad
    • Effective October 18, 2017, all immigrant visas and with nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended from entering the U.S.
  • North Korea
    • Effective October 18, 2017, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders are suspended from entering the U.S. 
  • Venezuela
    • Effective October 18, 2017, the entry of officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members, as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended. Additionally, nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders are subject to additional measures. 
    • Per Section 3(b)(v) of MB-4, certain Venezuelans traveling on diplomatic visas are not affected by this order.

Refugee Program

  • No changes were made in today’s order that impact refugees.
  • There continues to be a 120-day halt of the entire refugee program, which started on March 16, 2017.
  • Refugees with a bona fide relationship to a U.S. person or entity are exempt from the ban.
  • Currently, a formal assurance from a refugee resettlement agency is insufficient on its own to establish a bona fide relationship.  This matter is under appeal.
  • The number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. for fiscal year 2017 is reduced to 50,000.

How to Get Legal Help?
 

You can contact us if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by this executive order and would like legal advice or assistance;
  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.
  • Phone: 646.665.7599
  • http://www.cair-ny.org/

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

CAIR-NY

CAIR-NY Says Trump‘s New Muslim Ban Order is Part of ‘Ugly White Supremacist Agenda’

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY
 Says Trump‘s New Muslim Ban Order is Part of ‘Ugly White Supremacist Agenda’
 
(New York, NY, 9/24/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that the latest version of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order signed this afternoon is just one part of the administration’s “ugly white supremacist agenda.”
 
CAIR-NY says that while the new Muslim ban includes more specific restrictions tailored to individual countries, the unconstitutional origin of the policy remains.Trump kept restrictions on five of the six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – and added new restrictions on visitors from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.
 

“With this latest iteration of the discriminatory and unconstitutional Muslim ban, coupled with the race-baiting of professional athletes exercising their First Amendment rights and a reluctance to condemn neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, President Trump once again demonstrates that his views and policies are part of an ugly white supremacist agenda," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “This ugly agenda is nothing new. This is a man who was sued for refusing to rent to African-Americans, who called for the death penalty for five African-American and Hispanic young people falsely accused of rape, who was once quoted as objecting to having African-Americans ‘counting my money,’ who retweeted racist and anti-Semitic material, who called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,’ who called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists,’ and who said a judge’s Mexican heritage made him unfit to preside over a case."

 
“This is also a man who rose to national infamy by leading the ‘birther’ movement, which falsely claimed President Obama was not born in this country," said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Perhaps the truest indicator of the president’s white supremacist agenda is the fact that he is embraced by racists, Islamophobes, neo-Nazis, and bigots of all stripes who see his views as reflecting their own. Ten months after his election, instead of promoting the values that lifted up this nation, Donald Trump is still pandering to an extremist base that considers itself superior to other Americans.  These hard truths must now be faced by all Americans, who -- as individuals -- need to decide if they are on the side of traditional American aspirations of religious and racial inclusion, or if they envision a ‘Trump’ America in which members of only one group dominate and reap the benefits of citizenship.”

Earlier this week, CAIR announced the filing of an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims opposing the Trump administration’s original Muslim ban and urging the court to declare it unconstitutional.
 
READ CAIR’s Amicus Brief:
https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/170918_-_Trump_v_Hawaii_-_Amicus_Brief_FINAL.PDF
 
In its brief, CAIR argued that the seven American Muslim citizens “have seen increased discrimination, hate speech, and threats of violence as a result of the anti-Muslim animus that underpins” the Muslim ban. [NOTE: Those listed in the amicus brief (“amici”) are represented by CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.]
  
That brief was the latest CAIR legal filing on the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim ban.  CAIR previously filed two amicus briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 
SEE: CAIR Files Amicus Brief with 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14290-cair-files-amicus-brief-with-9th-circuit-court-of-appeals-on-trump-s-muslim-ban.html

CAIR Files Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit on Behalf of Four American Muslims Impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14515-breaking-cair-files-amicus-brief-in-the-ninth-circuit-on-behalf-of-four-american-muslims-impacted-by-muslim-ban-3-0.html
 
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/14/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Jewish woman and her adult daughter by an assailant who mistakenly believed they were Muslims.
 
According to police, Dimitrious Zias said "get out of my country, you dirty Muslim!'' as he repeatedly punched the 57-year-old Jewish woman and her 37-year-old daughter. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with assault as a hate crime. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Rego Park R Stop on 67th Avenue.
 
SEE: Drunken Bigot Attacks Jewish Mom, Daughter He Mistook for Muslims at Queens Subway Station: 'Get Out of My Country' 
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bigot-attacks-jewish-mom-daughter-mistook-muslims-nyc-article-1.3495756
 
“This tragic attack shows why Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers must unite against religious bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Any time a New Yorker is targeted because of their faith, it’s an attack on our city as a whole and the values that we treasure. We stand with and support the victims of this heinous attack, and we are grateful that an arrest was made so quickly.”
 
CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.  Last month, CAIR-NY condemned racist vandalism at a Long Island school.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/8/30/cair-ny-condemns-racist-vandalism-found-at-long-island-school
 
Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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