CAIR-Columbus Hosts Mosque Safety and Women’s Self-Defense Trainings

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December
15

From Thursday, November 30 through Saturday, December 2, the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) organized two crisis response trainings and three women’s self-defense trainings. The trainings, which were attended by 200 people over the three-day period, were conducted by Nezar Hamze, the Deputy Director of CAIR-Florida.

Hamze covered a wide array of topics including how to use self-defense weapons, such as pepper spray, and during the women’s self-defense trainings, taught participants hand-to-hand self-defense tactics. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Volunteers Distribute Gift Cards to Families in Need

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December
14

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/17) – Today, CAIR-Columbus’ Feeding Families Project volunteers distributed holiday gift cards to the residents and staff at the YWCA Family Shelter. The Feeding Families Project volunteers have been providing meals at the shelter on the second Friday of each month since the shelter opened in 2005.

For the past few years, CAIR-Columbus volunteers have also sought donations for gift cards around the holidays in an effort to bring some extra cheer to the families at the shelter.

“This year, especially with all the negativity in the media, we really wanted to make an effort to show the positive side of the Muslim community, the importance of charity in our religion, and to emphasize that we care about everyone in need regardless of religion or background,” said CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Jennifer Nimer. “We truly hope this small act of kindness will not only help these families through the holidays, but also let them know that their Muslim neighbors and friends care about them. We also included the staff because we see how hard they work and how much they truly care about the residents at the shelter.” Read More

CAIR-Columbus Helps Iraqi-Americans Become Citizens After Years of Delay

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December
14

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 11/21/2017) — The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today it has successfully resolved another citizenship delay lawsuit.

The suit, filed in Federal court for the Southern District of Ohio, was on behalf of two Iraqi green card holders who had been waiting for decisions on their naturalization applications for over two and a half years.  The applicants, a husband and wife, had no criminal history and no reason was given by USCIS for the extreme delay in adjudication.  Until the lawsuit was filed, USCIS failed to even schedule interviews for the couple, despite their repeated inquiries into the nature of the delay. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Settles Wrongful Termination Case for Muslim Worker

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December
14

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/2017) — The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today that it has reached a settlement with a local company for wrongfully terminating a Muslim man.

The Muslim man was wrongfully terminated in May 2015 for asking for a prayer accommodation. He worked for the company for close to a decade. He was an excellent employee with no work performance issues. Every evening he would take a short break to perform his evening prayers. However, after a change in management, he was told that he could not take the short break to perform his prayers anymore. The taking of this break has not caused any problems for the company. When he insisted on his right to get a religious accommodation, he was terminated by the company. Read More

CAIR Action Alert: Contact Your Elected Representatives About Jerusalem

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December
6

CAIR Action Alert: Contact Your Elected Representatives About Jerusalem

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, as part of a wide coalition of Jewish, Christian and other American interfaith groups is calling on all Americans to urge their elected representatives in Congress to denounce President Trump’s plan to recognize, on behalf of the United States, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

President Trump’s actions will alter previous decades of U.S. policy on the holy city by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that could harm America’s role the Mideast peace process. CAIR believes that the U.S. must strive to maintain a status of impartiality as it seeks to find a peaceful resolution between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and their peoples.

 

ACT NOW – CONTACT YOUR CONGRESS MEMBER TODAY

Find your U.S. House Representative here: https://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep

Contact U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown at (202) 224-2315

Contact U.S. Senator Rob Portman at (202) 224-3353

 

Message to Members of Congress:

I stand with the coalition of American Jewish, Christian and other interfaith organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, in calling on your office to denounce President Trump’s plan to recognize, on behalf of the United States, Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I request that you do everything within your office’s power to denounce this reckless designation and pledge to prevent U.S. tax dollars from going towards moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.  The CAIR-Ohio affiliate has three chapters in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.  Their 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.

 

 

Breaking: Supreme Court Allows Full Implementation of Muslim Ban 3.0

Posted by: Jennifer Nimer Tags: There is no tags | Categories: News

December
5

The Supreme Court issued a decision on the Muslim Ban (‘Muslim Ban 3.0’) this afternoon. This is not a decision on the merits, so litigation is still ongoing, but for now the ban will be implemented in full. Our chart above details the restrictions by country.
Today’s developments have raised numerous concerns and questions, which we attempt to answer below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court. The interpretations below can change quickly and we will update you should that happen.
What happened?
On October 20, 2017 a District Court in Hawaii had placed a preliminary injunction (stay) on most of President Trump’s travel ban 3.0. The Supreme Court today lifted that stay.
Timing?
As of this afternoon, there is no longer anything preventing the Trump Administration from implementing the Muslim Ban immediately. We expect the ban to be immediately reinstated.
Who Will Be Impacted?
Certain nationals of eight countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Please see below for a list of how certain nationals from each country will be impacted.

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CAIR-Columbus Resolves Lawsuits Against U.S. Consulates in Jerusalem & Ankara

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November
21

CAIR-Columbus today announced the successful resolution of two lawsuits against U.S. consulates abroad for unreasonably delaying immigrant visas.

The first lawsuit, filed last January in the Northern District of Ohio, was against the consulate in Jerusalem and challenged a nearly nine-year delay of an immigrant visa for a Palestinian man married to a United States citizen.

During the pendency of the application, the couple had four children together and the Palestinian applicant missed an opportunity to accept a full scholarship to earn his doctorate degree in Psychology at an American university. Read More

CAIR-Columbus Presents “Islam 101” at Columbus State Community College

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November
16

On Monday and Tuesday, November 13 -14, CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed and Interim Youth Director for NICC Amina Barhumi spoke about Islam at Columbus State Community College to students preparing to become American Sign Language interpreters.

During the presentation, Hameed discussed the diversity of beliefs in Islam, dispelled myths about Muslims, examined the many similarities between Islam and other Abrahamic faiths, and fielded questions from the class.  Read More

CAIR-Columbus Resolves Lawsuit Against USCIS

Posted by: Jennifer Nimer Tags: There is no tags | Categories: Cases, News

November
11

Omar Jaafar is now a United States citizen after waiting over three years for his citizenship application to be adjudicated.

Jaafar, a native citizen of Iraq, initially applied for citizenship in 2014.  United States law provides that an applicant must receive a decision on a citizenship application within 120 days of the interview, however, until CAIR-Columbus attorneys filed a lawsuit for Mr. Jaafar, USCIS failed to even schedule his interview. Once the lawsuit challenging the unreasonable delay was filed, Mr. Jaafar was interviewed and approved within two months, and was officially sworn in a as citizen last week.

His attorneys suspect his case was delayed due to a little-known policy called CARRP.    CARRP stands for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program.  It’s a covert program that the U.S. government began in 2008, in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in particular U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), began giving strict extra scrutiny to immigrants and non-citizens from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities when they apply for U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency (a green card), and asylum. Read More

November
2

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 11/2/17) — On Tuesday, October 31, CAIR-Ohio hosted its “Muslim Day at the Capitol” event at the Ohio Statehouse.

The event focused on empowering Ohio’s American Muslim community and advocating for legislation that would positively impact all Ohioans.

Participants attended 28 meetings with different members’ offices to discuss Senate Bill 172, The Hunger Free Students’ Bill of Rights Act, which aims to end the practice known as “lunch shaming” and for House Bill 360, the Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act, which aims to take a firm but rehabilitation-focused approach to bullying. Read More

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

Posted by: Jennifer Nimer Tags: There is no tags | Categories: News

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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