CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Rhode Island Mosque, Seeks Protection for Islamic Institutions Nationwide

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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Rhode Island Mosque, Seeks Protection for Islamic Institutions Nationwide
 
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparent hate attack targeting a Rhode Island Mosque and requested stepped-up police patrols in the area of Islamic institutions nationwide.
Officials with the Muslim Community Center of Kingston’s Masjid Al-Hoda in Kingston, R.I., reported to CAIR’s Massachusetts chapter that they found anti-Muslim graffiti and a smashed window in the mosque sometime after yesterday’s terror attack in France.
Earlier today, CAIR condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious “testing” and possible deportation of “every person here who is of a Muslim background.”
SEE: Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich’s Call to ‘Test’ and Deport American Muslims
CAIR: After Nice, Newt Gingrich Wants to ‘Test’ Every Muslim in America and Deport Those Who Believe in Sharia (Washington Post)
“We will not let ourselves be divided by turning on each other or by throwing away the principles of justice and religious inclusion on which our nation was founded,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “We call for stepped-up protection of America’s Islamic institutions and for the repudiation of calls to hate and division by irresponsible public figures.”
Robbins noted that CAIR recently called for unity against ISIS following a series of deadly attacks apparently carried out or inspired by that terror group in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Unity Against ISIS
American Muslim organizations have consistently and repeatedly condemned terrorism in all its forms.
SEE: CAIR’s Condemnation of Terrorism
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Introducing our Newest Team Member!

CAIR-Massachusetts is excited to announce the newest addition to the team, Sr. Haley Rodgers, our new Director of Development and Community Relations!

 

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Haley Rodgers is dedicated to serving marginalized populations around the world. After spending six years abroad working in Kenya, Jordan, and Iraq, Haley is returning to her home city of Boston to work as Development Director for CAIR-MA. Haley holds a Master’s degree in Development Practice from Sciences-Po in Paris, France and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University. She is also a competitive athlete and enjoys learning new languages.

At CAIR-MA, Haley will be responsible for securing external funding through private and public grants, shepherding the chapter’s growth and expansion, paving the way for future hires, and donor communications.  If you have any questions for Haley, don’t hesitate to contact her at HRodgers@cair.com!

CAIR-MA Fundraising Iftar

Asalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu, CAIR-MA is pleased to invite the local community to its fundraising iftar, insha’ Allah to be held on June 17th at the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland.  For full details and to purchase tickets, please visit our EventBrite page.  Jazak Allah Khair!

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CAIR-MA Expresses Solidarity with Church Targeted by Vandalism

(BOSTON, MA, 3/28/16) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today expressed solidarity with the Christian community in that state after vandals spray-painted a statue of the Virgin Mary outside of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood, Mass. SEE: Norwood Parish Urges Mercy After Mary…

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CAIR Expresses Solidarity with People of Belgium Following Attacks

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the people of Belgium following attacks in that nation’s capital that left more than 30 people dead and many more injured. In a statement, CAIR said: “We…

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CAIR-MA Coordinates Response to Anti-Refugee Event

On Monday, February 22nd, CAIR-Massachusetts coordinated the response to a planned anti-Syrian-refugee press conference at the Rhode Island State House.  The event, slated to feature former and current elected officials, as well as the leader of a Boston-based anti-Muslim hate group, was met by fierce opposition from nearly 200 students,…

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