Good News: #CAIR-AZ Wins Asylum Case for Palestinian Refugee Once Held in ICE Detention for Almost 500 Days

(MESA, ARIZONA, 7/14/2017) — The Arizona Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today applauded a judge’s decision to grant asylum to a Palestinian refugee who was once held in detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Florence, Ariz., for almost 500 days.  Mounis Hammouda, who along with Hisham Ghalia made a 7,000-mile journey spanning multiple countries were … Read More

CAIR-AZ’s David Chami Appears on NPR (KJZZ) to Discuss #MuslimBan

On Wednesday, CAIR-AZ board member David Chami stopped in-studio with KJZZ – discussing the latest developments from the #MuslimBan: Click Here to listen: “The Supreme Court won’t formally take up the matter of the Trump administration’s six-nation travel ban until October, but last month, the court did allow some of the ban to take hold. At this point, immigration officials … Read More

CAIR Says SCOTUS ‘Muslim Ban’ Decision Ignores Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Emboldens Islamophobes in Trump Administration

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a limited version of the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” executive orders to take effect ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and emboldens Islamophobes in the Trump administration. The court said the ban on visitors from … Read More

CAIR-AZ – First Somali-American lawmaker Ilhan Omar: Muslims ‘no longer alone.’

Arizona Republic covers CAIR-AZ’s “A Ramadan Night for Civil Rights” – and our keynote speaker, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN.) Read Full Article at: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2017/06/18/ilhan-omar-first-somali-american-politician-speaks-in-phoenix/393644001/ The Minneapolis bus was crowded, but Ilhan Omar felt alone.  It was just after Sept. 11, and the “visibly Muslim” Somali refugee had noticed neighbors, colleagues and teachers growing increasingly suspicious of people who looked like she … Read More

CAIR-AZ: AZ Republic: Black leaders call Arizona’s Confederate Monuments ‘symbols of racial hatred,’ urge removal

Black leaders on Monday urged Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six U.S. Civil War memorials honoring Confederate soldiers

From the Arizona Republic: Imraan Siddiqi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Arizona chapter, told The Republic many in the the Muslim community also “stand in solidarity with those who are impacted by having these monuments present.” cxenseparse_end cxenseparse_start He said about one-third of the U.S. Muslim population is African-American. “The specter of a dark time in American history hangs … Read More

CAIR-AZ Hosts Tempe Masjid Halaqah: Dealing with the Boston Aftermath

by Samantha Noyes – Civil Rights Coordinator On Friday after Maghrib prayer, members of the CAIR-AZ team (Imraan Siddiqi, Yasir Shareef, Neekta Hamidi, and Samantha Noyes) took to the front of ICC’s masjid to host the Friday night halaqa. After the devastating attacks in Boston on April 15th, 2013 many Muslims have not only been dealing with the grief that came along with an attack on our country, but also the backlash due to … Read More

CAIR-AZ Seeks Relief for Recently-Settled Refugee Family After Apparent Retaliatory Eviction

(PHOENIX, AZ, 10/5/16) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) is seeking relief for members of a recently-resettled refugee family who are alleging that they have been unjustly ordered to be evicted from their home in Phoenix.The family, which arrived last year, had previously raised concerns to apartment management regarding dangerous and unsanitary living conditions. They … Read More

CAIR-AZ Launches #HateHurts Initiative

Islamophobia and the fallout affecting multiple communities is arguably at an all-time high.  In the past few months alone, numerous mosques have been vandalized and/or targeted in addition to multiple violent attacks against Muslims, Sikhs, and those perceived to be Muslim.  CAIR-AZ has launched a new initiative entitled: Hate Hurts – to document this disturbing trend, bringing light to the … Read More