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CAIR-Kansas Calls For Resignation Of Independence Missouri City Council Member Over Racist ‘Middle Easterns’ Remark

cair kansas(Kansas City, 7/17/19) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for the resignation of Independence, Mo., City Council Member Curt Dougherty over a racist remark he made during a council meeting on Monday night.

During a public hearing about medical marijuana facilities, Councilman Dougherty stated that the city has capped businesses before, like “discount smoke shops owned by mostly Middle Easterns [sic] who will sell anything out the back door.”

 

 

WATCH: Independence, Mo. Official Smears 'Middle Easterns [sic] Who Will Sell Anything Out the Back Door'
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“This kind of negative stereotyping and racism is completely unbecoming of an elected official and we call for Mr.  Dougherty’s immediate resignation,” said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. “Mr. Dougherty’s bigoted statement shows that he is unable to represent a diverse constituency.”

Last week, CAIR called for and received the resignation of a local Pennsylvania GOP official who posted violently Islamophobic Facebook posts.

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The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Kansas, Lawrence Interfaith Organizations to Hold Vigil in Solidarity with Jewish Community

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(LAWRENCE, KANSAS, 11/1/18) – Later today, the kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence Peace Mennonite church, and other interfaith organizations at a vigil to express solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city. 

WHAT: Interfaith Community Vigil in support of Jewish community

WHEN: Thursday, November 01, 6 - 8 p.m.

WHERE: Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC) 925 Vermont St., Lawrence, Kansas 66044             

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CAIR-Kansas Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community, Joins Community Vigil

chapter logos kansas(KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, 10/29/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Kansas (CAIR-Kansas), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and nationwide following a deadly attack on a synagogue in that city and will join a community vigil at the Kahilath Israel Synagogue 10501 Conser, Overland Park, KS 66212 in support of the local Jewish community.

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In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said:

“We as a community stand together in condemning this abhorrent and cowardly attack on the Jewish community and its house of worship. Our sincere sympathy and condolences go to the Jewish community and specifically to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and offer our solidarity and support to the Jewish community during this difficult time of grief.” 

CAIR Kansas Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community Joins Community Vigil

In a statement, CAIR-Pittsburgh Program Director Zohra Lasania said:

“We condemn this heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship, offer heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured and express our solidarity with the Jewish community during this time of shock and grief.”

WHAT: Community Vigil in support of Jewish community
WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kahilath Israel Synagogue, 10501 Cosner St., Overland Park, KS 66212-2643

The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging all houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety" booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.

The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.