Update on CAIR Lawsuit on Muslim Ban 3.0 – Request for Preliminary Injunction Granted

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October
18

GOOD NEWS ALERT: WE WON!
We filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Maryland on behalf six individuals affected by Muslim Ban 3.0, including two Columbus plaintiffs of Syrian origin, to stop the implementation of President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. Last night’s ruling from the District Court in Maryland means that our Plaintiffs and citizens of these six Muslim majority nations can be reunited with their families.

Last night’s Maryland decision joins Hawaii in blocking the new Muslim Ban from going into effect against citizens of six Muslim majority nations. This is the third version of President Trump’s Muslim Ban since January 2017 and was supposed to go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Read More

October
18

 Columbus #NoMuslimBanEver Event Planned for Wednesday, October 18

The Columbus Chapter of CAIR, the nation’s largest 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

Read the full Hawaii Opinion HERE

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Do you know who’s on the ballot?

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October
12

With elections coming up on November 7, our CAIR-Columbus team got in touch with the candidates to get responses to questions of importance to the Muslim community. Here are their responses and other information about the election. Click here for a full PDF version.

Please remember to vote!

CAIR-Columbus Participates in Second Annual “Courthouse to Community” Event

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October
12

On Wednesday, October 11th, CAIR-Columbus participated in the Second Annual “Courthouse to the Community” Event, organized by Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano and hosted by the Columbus Urban League. The event sought to connect individuals in the community with local legal service organizations. Read More

The BIG GIVE is on! Help us earn extra funds over the next 26-hours!

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October
10

For the next 26 hours, all donations received through our Columbus Foundation giving store listing will qualify us to receive extra funds from the Columbus Foundation.  Everyone who gives will have their donations amplified by the Foundation and they will also cover all credit card fees so that 100% of donations go to participating non-profits.
Islamophobia, hate crimes, and discrimination are on the rise. CAIR-Columbus is on the front lines pushing back! We are the first and last line of defense for our local American Muslim community. We are the institution committed to engaging the media to enhance understanding of Islam; engaging the political system to challenge anti-Muslim laws and policies; and engaging the legal system to protect and seek justice for victims of discrimination.

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Breaking: CAIR Files Legal Challenge to Muslim Ban 3.0

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October
9

CAIR-COLUMBUS CO-COUNSELING LATEST LITIGATION AGAINST THE TRAVEL BAN

CAIR and CAIR-Columbus, along with the Brennan Center for Justice in New York and the law firm of Profeta & Eisenstein, 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.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and two of the plaintiffs are from Columbus, including the lead plaintiff in the case.  Read More

CAIR-Columbus speaks at Boulevard Presbyterian Church

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October
6

On Sunday, October 1, CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator, Usjid Hameed, and Operations Coordinator, Monuza Ashraf, spoke at Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Grandview to a study group focused on learning more about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

During the event, Hameed and Ashraf discussed the overlaps between Christianity and Islam, the diversity among Muslims both within Central Ohio and around the globe, as well as how individuals can safely intervene when witness to someone verbally attacking another person who appears to be Muslim.   Read More

CAIR-Columbus Speaks at “Resist, Mobilize, Win” Event

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October
2

On Sunday, October 1, CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator, Usjid Hameed, was one of five panelists to speak at For Ohio’s Future’s “Resist. Mobilize. Win.” event. Hameed and panelists from other local organizations discussed race, activism, and the new challenges faced by their communities since the Trump Administration took office.

Hameed spoke about the immigration barriers enacted by the new administration which disproportionately impact Muslims, and touched on the steep rise in anti-Muslim bias incidents since the 2016 election season began. In addition, he spoke about the importance of voting and staying informed to combat these discriminatory policies. Read More

CAIR-Ohio Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Voter Suppression Case

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September
25

Civil Rights Organizations Submit Amicus Brief to Stop Ohio’s Aggressive Voter Purge Practice

Today, CAIR-Ohio joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Latino Justice, PRLDEF, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, along with 18 other organizations, in an amicus brief1 (also known as a friend of the court document) in support of respondent A. Philip Randolph Institute for the U.S. Supreme Court case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, et al. The case could prove to be pivotal in the civil rights fight against voter suppression tactics.

The brief contends that Ohio’s aggressive practice of purging voter rolls – a list of individuals who have not voted in a two-year period – is harmful to communities of color, especially those with limited English proficiency in the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latinx communities. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Condemns President Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban

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September
25

The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today condemned President Trump’s latest travel ban, and encouraged any Ohio Muslims with family members impacted by the ban to contact CAIR-Columbus for assistance.

“The President’s latest travel ban has little to do with national security and everything to do with anti-immigrant bigotry. President Trump, Stephen Miller, and others within the Administration pine for an America that is racially, religiously and culturally monolithic,” said attorney Jennifer Nimer, Executive Director of CAIR-Columbus.

Nimer added, “That’s why President Trump keeps trying to curtail legal immigration, increase deportations, and ban as many Muslims as he can get away with banning, including–once again–foreign relatives of many American Muslims. The travel ban was irrational the first two times President Trump tried to implement it, and it remains so today.” Read More

Community Advisory: What you need to know about Muslim Ban 3.0

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September
25

A new Executive Order restricting travel, or Muslim Ban 3.0, 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.

Timing

Part of the new EO went into effect this afternoon, September 24th (for nationals without a family relationship). The remainder will go into effect on October 18th, 2017 (for nationals with a family relationship).

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. Read More

Support our Safe Schools Initiative – Sponsor an Educator’s Guide Packet

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September
21

A recent survey conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (IPSU) found that 42% of Muslim students in grades K-12 have reported bullying because of their faith.  Even more alarming was the finding that one in four bullying incidents of Muslim students involved a teacher or school official. 

In light of these disturbing statistics, CAIR-Columbus has initiated an anti-bullying campaign which includes teacher and administrator education as a main component.  Our new Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices is a comprehensive guide that will assist teachers, principals, administrators and other educators in formulating and implementing policies and programs that will help to create a culturally sensitive and supportive academic environment for our Muslim students. Read More

Urge Congress to Support Disarm Hate Act

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September
21

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge their congressional representatives to co-sponsor and support the Disarm Hate Act (H.R. 2841/S.1324). The act is sponsored by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA).

Introduced in June — one week before the Congressional baseball practice shooting and two months before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. — the act would ban gun sales to people who have been convicted of a hate crime or a misdemeanor committed out of hatred of a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability from attaining a firearm. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Releases Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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September
12

The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today announced  the release of an Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices.  The guide is part of the Muslim civil rights organization’s anti-bullying campaign and is designed to combat bullying and to help create a more welcoming atmosphere for Muslim students in Ohio’s school districts.

A recent survey conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (IPSU) found that 42 percent of Muslim students in grades K-12 have reported bullying because of their faith.  Even more alarming was the finding that one-in-four bullying incidents of Muslim students involved a teacher or school official. Read More

Update on Shooting of Columbus Muslim Woman

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September
11

We have contacted the FBI and we are working with Columbus Police to catch the assailant. We are hopeful that this person will soon be brought to justice.

The victim has been discharged from the hospital and is now recovering from her injuries at home.

Here is how you can help: Please circulate this crime stoppers video from NBC4i.com asking for tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLmsqQSMXE&feature=youtu.be

Please keep the victim in your prayers.

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