MEDIA ADVISORY
 
CAIR MISSOURI(ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/11/2017) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) today said its executive director will speak at an event at Truman State University just before an appearance by the notorious Islamophobe Robert Spencer.
 
CAIR said the Truman State College Republicans have invited Spencer to speak at an event on Thursday paid for with $3,000 from the university's student-led Funds Allotment Council, which is funded by student fees.
Spencer is scheduled to speak in a campus auditorium at 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. that same evening, CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed will offer a presentation, titled "Reclaiming Islam and Overcoming Hate," organized by the Muslim Student Association.
SEE: Truman State Grapples with Controversial Anti-Muslim Speaker
A third-party petition has been launched to oppose Spencer’s appearance at Truman State.
“While Spencer has the right to spew anti-Muslim propaganda, his extremist and conspiratorial views should not go unchallenged,” said Syed.
Spencer is a key leader in the anti-Islam hate movement in the United States. He is the director of the blog “Jihad Watch” and of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which are viewed as anti-Muslim groups.
In 2013, Spencer was banned from entering the United Kingdom because his views “foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.” His recommended reading list has included racist books such as Jean Raspail’s 1973 “Camp of the Saints,” which depicts France being overrun by non-white immigrants from India. The respected Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Spencer an “anti-Muslim extremist.”
A Journalist's Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists
SPLC: About Robert Spencer
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch)
CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration’s “deafening silence” on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of trend that began during the recent presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.
SEE: CAIR Decries Trump Administration’s ‘Deafening Silence’ on Series of Anti-Muslim Incidents Nationwide
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 35 incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
CAIR: This Map Shows How Many Mosques Have Been Targeted Just This Year (CNN)
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/20/us/mosques-targeted-2017-trnd/index.html 
In a soon-to-be-published report, CAIR will detail a more than 50 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 over 2015. That figure is accompanied by a more than 40 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same period.
CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html      
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.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, 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.

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/5/2017) – On Friday, April 7, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host “Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition,” the first St. Louis art exhibition featuring local Muslim artists and performers.
 
WHAT: Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: 3rd Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108
CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Events Intern Yusra Ali, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 314-629-1224
 
“Our goal is to let American Muslims tell their own stories and build their own identity through art,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Typically, Islam and Muslims are only discussed through the lens of politics or conflict. We want to flip the script and show Islam and Muslims through the diversity of art and performance.”
 
The exhibition will feature several local Muslim artists who will display their art and discuss how art impacts their faith and identity as American Muslims. Various Muslim performers and artists will offer poems, spoken word, Nasheed (religious songs), and comedy performances. International food will be served at the event. Guests will be able to purchase art from the local artists. The exhibition is open to the public and family friendly.
 
“Throughout history, art has been used as a tool to express faith,” said Yusra Ali, CAIR-Missouri’s event coordinator for the art exhibition. “Our exhibition is unique because it allows local Muslims to express themselves and their identity rather than letting the society define it.”
 
Some of the artists include:
 
Abbas Labbas Islamic Clothing
Sharif Ead Photographer and performer at Fighhouse Productions,
Amaly Youssef, photographer and founder of “I am Muslim And…”
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.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, 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.

Make America Whole Again CAIR Missouri AdvertisingMEDIA ADVISORY
 
CAIR-Missouri: Muslims Invite Trump Supporters to Mosque Open House 
 
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 3/15/2017) – On Sunday, March 26, the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host a “Make America Whole Again” mosque open house for Trump supporters and Republicans in general. The open house is designed to build bridges of understanding as America becomes increasingly polarized and Islam continues to be misunderstood and maligned.
 
People of all faiths and political beliefs are welcome.
 
WHAT: Make America Whole Again: Mosque Open House for Trump Supporters
WHEN: Sunday, March 26th, 3:30 – 6:30 P.M.
WHERE: Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center
8945 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood MO, 63042
CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626 E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center Communication Coordinator Dr. Ferrahs Abdelbaset, 314-229-0894, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The open house will feature guided tours of the Islamic center, including the prayer hall and the school. There will be presentations on “Islam 101,” along with small group discussions. An international dinner will be served. Activity tables at which guests can get henna temporary art tattoos, have their names written in Arabic gifts, Islamic information table, try on and get a photo wearing traditional clothing from around the world, and much more. The event is free, is family friendly and open to the public. Organizers request people register online as space is limited.
 
SEE: Make America Whole Again Online Registration
 
“It is time for us to take sincere steps to reach out to those who may have serious suspicions about Islam and American Muslims in order to make America whole again,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “We could easily hold a mosque open house and host hundreds of people who already support the Muslim community. That’s not what we want. We want to actively reach out to those who may never have met a Muslim and have a lot of misconceptions about our faith.”
 
The St. Louis Muslim community has been active in building bridges with Trump supporters. Last year a group of Muslims attended a Trump rally and passed out doughnuts to all those in line.
 
SEE: Faizan Syed Gave Doughnuts to Trump Supporters, Proving America is Already Great
 
“The best way to get to know someone is to invite them to your place of worship, break bread and have frank conversation,” said Dr. Ferrahs Abdelbaset, communication director of the Dar-Al-Jalal Islamic Center. “We hope that many people who have questions on Islam will take advantage of this open house and visit our community.”
 
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.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR MISSOURIMEDIA ADVISORY
CAIR-MO to React to Trump's 'Muslim Ban 2.0' Order, Launch 'Register Me First' Website

(SAINT LOUIS, MO, 3/7/2017) - The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), a chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference to respond to the signing of President Trump's new "Muslim Ban 2.0" executive order.

SEE: New Executive Order Bans Travelers From Six Muslim-Majority Countries Applying For Visas
Full Text of Muslim Ban 2.0 Order

WHAT: CAIR-MO to Hold News Conference to Respond to Trump's 'Muslim Ban 2.0' Order, Launch 'Register Me First' Website
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR-MO Office, 13408 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO, 63131
CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"The Trump administration seems committed to undermining the U.S. Constitution by pursuing another Muslim Ban Executive Order," said Faizan Syed Executive Director of CAIR-MO. “This order is not about making Americans safer – which has been debunked by the Department of Homeland Security – it’s about pandering to the Islamophobes that make up Trump’s base and have invaded the administration”.

SEE: DHS Report Undermines President Trump's Travel Ban

White House adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News that the new Muslim ban will "have the same basic policy outcome."

SEE: Stephen Miller Admits the New Executive Order on Immigration Ban Is Same as the Old

“The MacArthur Justice Center is outraged by the hateful and prejudicial actions taken by our President that continue to seek to ban Muslims from entering our country.  We stand with our friends and colleagues at CAIR – as well as all immigrant and other families impacted by these senseless directives – that needlessly divide and violate human rights.  We also stand ready to litigate.”  -- Mae C.  Quinn, Director, MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis

At its news conference, CAIR-MO will discuss "Register Me First" (#RegisterMeFirst) website, produced in partnership with a Los Angeles-based design and technology studio Use All Five, to challenge President Trump's Islamophobic policies, including the Muslim ban and a proposed "Muslim registry."

Registermefirst.com will provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to oppose the Muslim ban, any future Muslim registry or other unconstitutional actions by the Trump administration to join the broader movement challenging those unjust policies.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling putting Trump's original Muslim ban on hold.

Video: CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper on MSNBC to Discuss Muslim Ban 2.0 Order to Be Signed Monday
CAIR Applauds Appeals Court's Ruling Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Executive Order

CAIR-MO urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-MO’s Civil Rights Department at 636-207-8882 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-mo.org/civil-rights/file-a-complaint.html

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.

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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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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