Civil Rights

CAIR-California Releases Annual Civil Rights Report

Report show a 49 percent increase in reports of discriminatory treatment during travel The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR California) today announced the release of its annual civil rights report. CAIR California’s “Civil Rights Report 2017” summarizes and analyzes all civil rights and immigration complaints in 2016 reported to CAIR California’s offices in the Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA), the Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV), San Dieg…

From the Civil Rights Desk

The Civil Rights Department at CAIR-SFBA knew Donald Trump would have a tumultuous first week, but I don’t think anyone anticipated it would be to this level. After nearly a year and half of campaigning on a complete and total shut down of Muslims entering the U.S. As president, at the end of January he signed an executive order aimed at fulfilling at least part of that goal, officially putting anti-Muslim bigotry into policy. Thus, the months of January and February began at the backdrop of t…

Traveling for the Holidays?

Know Your Rights at the Border & at Airports When planning your holiday travel, or any other travel, be sure to check all DHS – TSA regulations and rules on the TSA website as well as the CBP regulations on the CBP website. Please keep the following in mind if you plan to bring back any gift items or souvenirs: Check in any Zam Zam water bottles that you want to bring back. Airlines will NOT allow you to carry liquids in large quantities on the plane, so be sure to…

Protecting Civil Liberties In a Trump Presidency

Assalamu Alaikum. As 2016 comes to a close, our team is reflecting on the challenges you helped us tackle in this divisive election year and planning for the future.  This most recent election cycl…

From the Civil Rights Desk

Did anyone else feel like they were hit by a speeding train this past November? For many American Muslims in the Bay Area, that’s exactly what it felt like. The harassment and intimidation against American Muslims after the 2016 general elections was nothing short of a national outbreak of hate. Donald Trump’s victory was being celebrated, and our office received about numerous complaints of Bay Area Muslims experiencing harassment at school, home, on the streets, in public transportatio…

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