In the News Archive

2013

Image for News Release - Now Available Online: CAIR-SFBA Releases School Bullying Report
Now Available Online: CAIR-SFBA Releases School Bullying Report  |  Dec 19, 2013

Almost half of Muslim students report being targeted by bias-based bullying more...

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Asian Pacific leaders commended in Milpitas  |  Sep 26, 2013 by MecuryNews.com

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, hosted the Third Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday in Milpitas City Hall's Council Chambers. more...

Image for News Release - Abercrombie settles discrimination lawsuits over head scarves
Abercrombie settles discrimination lawsuits over head scarves  |  Sep 23, 2013 by abclocal.go.com/kgo

On Monday we heard form one of the two California women who settled their lawsuits with clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch. They claim they were fired for wearing head scarves on the job. more...

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A & F Wrong to Fire Hijab-Wearing Employee  |  Sep 10, 2013 by Suzy Shuraym, blog.beliefnet.com

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center have announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker who refused to remove her religiously-mandated hijab (headscarf) as a condition for keeping her job. more...

Image for News Release - Abercrombie and Fitch ‘wrongly fired’ Muslim over headscarf
Abercrombie and Fitch ‘wrongly fired’ Muslim over headscarf  |  Sep 09, 2013 by BBC.co.uk

US clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker for wearing a headscarf, a judge has ruled. more...

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Would You Hand Over Your Phone Records for Greater Security?  |  Jun 07, 2013 by Stacie Chan, HalfMoonBay.Patch.com

The Obama Administration has admitted to tracking Americans’ phone records for the past seven years to bolster national security, it says. more...

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Stabbing of Muslim woman in Antioch shopping center stirs up fears for community  |  Jun 06, 2013 by David DeBolt and Paul Burgarino , InsideBayArea.com

The stabbing of a 50-year-old Muslim woman wearing a head scarf has reignited simmering fears within eastern Contra Costa's Islamic community, where a mosque was destroyed by arson six years ago. more...

Image for News Release - Boxer’s Israeli visa bill stirs backlash
Boxer’s Israeli visa bill stirs backlash  |  May 13, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer's bill would exempt Israeli visitors from visa restrictions. more...

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Community Groups Disturbed by Islamophobic MUNI Ads  |  Apr 12, 2013 by IndiaWest.com

The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California has joined community organizations and city officials in condemning what appear to be Islamophobic ads appearing on San Francisco MUNI buses. more...

Image for News Release - Documents: Alleged San Jose Bomber Suffers From Mental Illness
Documents: Alleged San Jose Bomber Suffers From Mental Illness  |  Feb 08, 2013 by Lisa Fernandez, NBCBayArea.com

Court documents obtained by NBC Bay Area on Friday reveal the troubled past of the San Jose man charged with targeting an Oakland bank because he was waging a jihad on America: the one-time window washer suffered from bipolar disease and substance abuse, along with being paranoid that people were out to get him. more...

Image for News Release - ‘My Jihad’ Islamic education campaign kicks off on Muni buses
‘My Jihad’ Islamic education campaign kicks off on Muni buses  |  Jan 04, 2013 by Bay City News Service, MercuryNews.com

An educational campaign led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations has put up dozens of advertisements on San Francisco Municipal Railway buses this week to reclaim connotations of the word "jihad," according to campaign organizers. more...

Image for News Release - #MyJihad Launches in San Francisco
#MyJihad Launches in San Francisco  |  Jan 03, 2013 by Davi Barker, Examiner.com

There is a public education campaign making some waves titled "#MyJihad." Their homepage proclaims their mission as “Taking back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.” It includes a pretty robust social media buzz on Twitter and Facebook, a series of speaking events around the country, and a national print ad campaign. more...

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Muslim Civil Rights Group Reports Slight Increase in Bay Area Complaints  |  Jan 02, 2013 by Carolyn Schuk, SantaClaraWeekly.com

Last week the Santa Clara-based Council on American-Islamic Relations of the San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) published its annual report on the state of Muslim civil rights in the Bay Area. more...

2012

Image for News Release - Controversial YouTube Clip Remains Viewable
Controversial YouTube Clip Remains Viewable  |  Sep 12, 2012 by Jason Middleton, NBC Bay Area

Google restricts video that shows Islam prophet in a negative light in Libya, Egypt. more...

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Calif. lawmakers denounce anti-Semitism in colleges  |  Aug 28, 2012 by Hannah Dreier, Associated Press

An Assembly resolution urging California colleges and universities to squelch nascent anti-Semitism also encouraged educators to crack down on demonstrations against Israel, angering advocates for Muslim students. more...

Image for News Release - Our Political Leaders Deserve Some Blame for Sikh Shooting
Our Political Leaders Deserve Some Blame for Sikh Shooting  |  Aug 19, 2012 by Nadia Hussain, www.hyphenmagazine.com

“Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America. They represent the worst of humankind. And they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.” more...

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CAIR-CA Welcomes Steps to Challenge Anti-Muslim Ads  |  Aug 17, 2012

Muni has taken the unprecedented step of condemning one of the paid advertisements on several of its buses. more...

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Teens arrested for lobbing lemons at Hayward mosque during prayer time  |  Aug 08, 2012 by Natalie Neysa Alund, www.MercuryNews.com

Four teenagers who police say threw lemons at a local mosque and struck at least one person inside have been arrested on suspicion of vandalism that interferes with civil rights. more...

Image for News Release - Bogus allegations of “anti-Semitism” create real climate of fear for Arab, Muslim students in US
Bogus allegations of “anti-Semitism” create real climate of fear for Arab, Muslim students in US  |  Aug 08, 2012 by Nora Barrows-Friedman, http://electronicintifada.net

An attempt to portray Palestine solidarity campaigning on campus as “anti-Semitism” has failed — once again — at the University of California, Berkeley. more...

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Organizations respond to university’s handling of Israel-Palestine issue  |  Jul 16, 2012 by Meg McCabe, DailyCal.org

The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild have called on UC leaders to establish a more balanced approach concerning student activism around Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a letter published Tuesday. more...

Image for News Release - The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin’s Murder
The Civil Rights Lessons of Vincent Chin’s Murder  |  Jun 20, 2012 by Julianne Hing, ColorLines.com

Vincent Chin would have been 57 today. But the Michigan man never made it out of his 20s. Instead, 30 years ago this week Chin was brutally murdered when he was bludgeoned with a baseball bat wielded by two white, jobless auto workers who thought Chin, a Chinese-American man, was Japanese. “It’s because of you little [expletive] that we’re out of work,” witnesses said Ronald Ebens yelled at Chin before he and his stepson Michael Nitz trailed Chin and attacked him. more...

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Denying cultural recognition does nothing to help Middle East issue  |  Jun 13, 2012 by OaklandTribune.com

It is no secret that Arab Americans and Muslim Americans face prejudice when asserting their basic civil rights. What happened recently at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting makes this clear. more...

Image for News Release - CAIR-CA Rep. Says Troops Need to Come Home from Afghanistan
CAIR-CA Rep. Says Troops Need to Come Home from Afghanistan  |  Mar 12, 2012

CAIR-CA Rep. responds to recent murders in Afghanistan. more...

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Japanese Internment Lessons Forgotten Since 9/11  |  Mar 01, 2012 by Zahra Billoo, San Jose Mercury News

Last month, thousands of people came together across the country to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. As an American Muslim, I was raised to love this country that my parents immigrated to in search of better opportunities. At the same time, I was raised to understand the very grave mistakes our nation has made. One of those mistakes, which remains a dark stain on our tradition of upholding civil liberties, is EO 9066. For those of us who weren't alive during World War II, it's impossible to fully understand what it meant to arrest and indefinitely imprison thousands of Japanese-Americans for no other reason than their ethnic background. more...

Image for News Release - SFPD’s work with FBI unit may get more scrutiny
SFPD’s work with FBI unit may get more scrutiny  |  Jan 24, 2012 by Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco police who work with a federal counterterrorism unit would be subjected to increased civilian scrutiny to help avoid racial, ethnic and religious profiling under legislation proposed Tuesday by Supervisor Jane Kim. more...

2011

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Pennsylvania Anti-Sharia Bill Causes Stir with Interfaith Leaders  |  Dec 12, 2011 by Randy LoBasso, PhiladelphiaWeekly.com

You knew this was coming. The Pennsylvania Legislature is currently considering an “Anti-Sharia Law” law that’d ban state courts from considering any “foreign legal code or system” that isn’t identical with the Constitution. According to an article on the bill at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the potential bill, likely aimed at those who fear Islam creeping onto their front lawn, is having the opposite effect and has decidedly offended, according to the Gazette, “some Jews.” more...

Image for News Release - CAIR Rep. Discusses Lowe’s Issue on NBC Nightly News
CAIR Rep. Discusses Lowe’s Issue on NBC Nightly News  |  Dec 12, 2011

ACTION REQUESTED more...

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Local groups allege biased training colors FBI dealings with American Muslims  |  Oct 15, 2011 by Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News

Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Bay Area Muslims have been unjustifiably visited by FBI agents over the past two years and some of those agents may have received biased, anti-Islamic training. more...

Image for News Release - Video: CAIR-Sacramento Director Recalls 9/11 and Aftermath
Video: CAIR-Sacramento Director Recalls 9/11 and Aftermath  |  Sep 11, 2011

Life became infinitely more complicated for CAIR-Sacramento Executive Director Basim Elkarra and his family when terrorists attacked America 10 years ago today. more...

Image for News Release - The Unwritten Codes Muslims Live by After 9/11
The Unwritten Codes Muslims Live by After 9/11  |  Sep 10, 2011 by Jamie Hansen and Georgia Wells, The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/13dUD)

For American Muslims, a new tradition has emerged: sipping tea and sharing stories about life after 9/11. Anecdotes about being detained at airports are among the most common. But where once there was bitterness, after 10 years, the tone is more like dark comedy. Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/13dUD) more...

Image for News Release - September 11 Then and Now
September 11 Then and Now  |  Sep 08, 2011 by ApexExpress

This week on Apex Express, we reflect back on 9/11. As the nation remembers the victims in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on board the airplanes, Apex explores the aftermath and how OUR communities have been affected. more...

Image for News Release - Video: Sept. 11 Changes Life for Muslim Americans
Video: Sept. 11 Changes Life for Muslim Americans  |  Sep 08, 2011

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America and on this anniversary the country is focusing on the victims and heroes of those horrific events. However, what is forgotten frequently is that life for the average Muslim American has changed forever... more...

Image for News Release - CAIR Commends Whole Foods for Standing Up to Anti-Muslim Hate
CAIR Commends Whole Foods for Standing Up to Anti-Muslim Hate  |  Aug 11, 2011 by Kiet Do, CBS 5

CAIR's Zahra Billoo comments on Whole Foods' Ramadan campaign. more...

Image for News Release - Bay Area Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan, Holds Open Houses
Bay Area Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan, Holds Open Houses  |  Aug 10, 2011 by Rachel Dornhelm, Blogs.KQED.org

Muslims in the Bay Area and around the world are observing Ramadan August 1 to 30 this year. more...

Image for News Release - UPDATED: S.F. court rules to remove anti-circumcision measure from ballot
UPDATED: S.F. court rules to remove anti-circumcision measure from ballot  |  Aug 04, 2011 by Jonah Lowenfeld, The Jewish Journal

Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR joins fellow Muslims and Jews to combat SF bill aimed to criminalize male circumcision, a religious practice of both groups. more...

Image for News Release - Bay Area Muslims begin holy month of Ramadan
Bay Area Muslims begin holy month of Ramadan  |  Aug 04, 2011 by Linda Goldston, San Jose Mercury News

Muslims at MCA and SBIA begin fasting this August 1st. more...

Image for News Release - Man Secretly Tracked by FBI Shares His Story
Man Secretly Tracked by FBI Shares His Story  |  Aug 04, 2011 by Brian Williams, MSNBC

Yasir Afifi was tracked by the FBI without a warrant. MSNBC looks into his situation in this web-only special. more...

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Hani Khan Says She Was Fired by Abercrombie & Fitch Over Hijab  |  Jun 28, 2011 by Sarah Anne Hughes, Washington Post

Hani Khan worked as a stockroom employee at teen clothing retailer, Hollister, until she was fired, she says, for refusing to remove her hijab. She’s now suing the store’s parent company, Abercrombie & Fitch. more...

Image for News Release - Muslim Woman Sues Abercrombie for Discrimination
Muslim Woman Sues Abercrombie for Discrimination  |  Jun 27, 2011 by Hadley Robinson, The Bay Citizen

College student was fired after refusing to remove headscarf; suit is second in Bay Area for the company more...

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Woman Fired Over Headscarf to Continue Lawsuit  |  Jun 27, 2011 by Heather Ishimaru , ABC Bay Area

A Peninsula college student is suing Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming her civil rights were violated when she was fired for refusing to remove her headscarf. more...

Image for News Release - Releasing the Death Photos of Osama Bin Laden
Releasing the Death Photos of Osama Bin Laden  |  May 03, 2011

MSNBC's the Ed Schultz Show more...

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Bay Area Muslim Leaders Express Relief Over Bin Laden’s Death  |  May 02, 2011 by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times

Bay Area Muslims joined others in hailing the death of Osama bin Laden and also expressed hope that the defeat of the 9/11 mastermind will lessen anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. more...

Image for News Release - Student Files Lawsuit Over FBI’s GPS Tracking
Student Files Lawsuit Over FBI’s GPS Tracking  |  Mar 02, 2011 by Associated Press

A community college student who says he's never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. more...

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In Bay Area, ‘extremely proud of the Egyptian people’  |  Feb 11, 2011 by Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News

Glued to their televisions, computers, smartphones or tablets for 18 days, Egyptian Americans in the Bay Area expressed the same triumph and excitement as the jubilant crowd in Tahrir Square. more...

Image for News Release - Facing down Islamophobia: interview with Zahra Billoo
Facing down Islamophobia: interview with Zahra Billoo  |  Feb 08, 2011 by Hana Baba, Crosscurrents from KALW News

The majority of the estimated 79 million Egyptians identify themselves as Muslim. Here in the U.S., Muslim population estimates vary from 2.5 to 7 million Muslims. American Muslims were just another ingredient in the melting pot ... until 9/11. After that day, suspicions of terrorism and radicalization grew, racial profiling increased, and hate crimes were on the rise. The media even coined a word to describe the trend of anti-Muslim rhetoric and behavior: Islamophobia more...

Image for News Release - Detained American Says He Was Beaten in Kuwait
Detained American Says He Was Beaten in Kuwait  |  Jan 05, 2011 by Mark Mazzetti, NewYorkTimes.com

WASHINGTON — An American teenager detained in Kuwait two weeks ago and placed on an American no-fly list claims that he was severely beaten by his Kuwaiti captors during a weeklong interrogation about possible contacts with terrorism suspects in Yemen. more...

Image for News Release - Muslim group urges rejection of anti-Sharia bill
Muslim group urges rejection of anti-Sharia bill  |  Jan 04, 2011 by ChicagoTribune.com

INDIANAPOLIS — A leading Muslim advocacy group is calling on Indiana legislators to reject a proposal a bill that would deny recognition of the Islamic legal system Sharia in the state. more...

2010

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Plan to Target American Muslims  |  Dec 17, 2010

CAIR-SFBA Exec. Dir. Discusses Plan to Target American Muslims on Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' with Guest Host Chris Hayes more...

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U.S. attorney general to speak to Bay Area Muslims amid distrust over surveillance  |  Dec 09, 2010 by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times

Bay Area Muslims caught between a national concern that they cooperate with the government to root out terrorists and their own concerns about privacy and loss of freedom will hear from the nation's top law enforcer Friday evening. more...

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Media Watch  |  Aug 30, 2010

Recent news CAIR-SFBA would like to call to your attention more...

Image for News Release - Islamaphobes Target Fountain Valley Schools
Islamaphobes Target Fountain Valley Schools  |  Jul 23, 2010

Facing a crowd of about 100, the Fountain Valley School District Board of Trustees told anti-Islam activists to go pound sand more...

Image for News Release - Groups denounce MSU suspension recommendation
Groups denounce MSU suspension recommendation  |  Jul 23, 2010

They cite a 2006 incident where students were not reprimanded for heckling a speaker to the point he couldn't finish his speech. more...

Image for News Release - ABC NEWS: Sunnyvale man says his beating was hate crime
ABC NEWS: Sunnyvale man says his beating was hate crime  |  Jun 16, 2010

Sunnyvale Muslim reportedly beaten after being call 'terrorist' more...

Image for News Release - San Francisco police chief apologizes for terrorism comments
San Francisco police chief apologizes for terrorism comments  |  Mar 27, 2010 by San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon today apologized for remarks he made Thursday on the threat of terrorism that drew criticism from members of the city's Middle Eastern community. more...

Image for News Release - Fired from Hollister for wearing the hijab?
Fired from Hollister for wearing the hijab?  |  Mar 09, 2010 by Michael B. Farrell , The Christian Science Monitor

A Muslim college student claims she was fired from a Bay Area branch of the clothing chain Hollister because the hijab she wears to cover her head violated the store's 'look policy.' more...

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Abercrombie & Fitch Draws EEOC Complaint for Banning Islamic Head Scarf  |  Mar 09, 2010 by Amanda Bronstad, The National Law Journal

Hani Khan was fired from Hollister for wearing Hijab more...

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Bay Area retailer’s ‘diversity’ in question  |  Mar 03, 2010 by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa County Times

SAN MATEO -- Hani Khan never set out to be the next lightning rod of the culture wars, testing the limits of religious acceptance in the Bay Area and the retail industry. more...

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Struggle of a Veiled American Woman  |  Mar 03, 2010 by Rasha Mohammad, IslamOnline.net

"It's My Homeland Too!" more...

Image for News Release - Fox & Friends: Calif. Muslim Fired Over Hijab
Fox & Friends: Calif. Muslim Fired Over Hijab  |  Feb 28, 2010

Muslim Woman fired over wearing a headscarf, Hani Khan and CAIR's Program and Outreach Director, Zahra Billoo appear on Fox and Friends to talk about Hollister co. firing Hani Khan for wearing a headscarf more...

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Muslim goes to feds over head-scarf firing  |  Feb 26, 2010 by Henry Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

A Muslim woman has lodged a complaint with federal officials after she said she was fired from her job at a San Mateo clothing store. more...

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Store Fires Woman for Wearing Muslim Head Scarf  |  Feb 26, 2010 by David Knowles, AOL News

A 19-year-old woman says she lost her job at a popular clothing store after refusing to remove her Muslim head scarf. more...

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Woman says Abercrombie fired her over headscarf  |  Feb 25, 2010 by Associated Press

A Muslim employee of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. alleges she was fired for not removing her headscarf. more...

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Store fired her for wearing Muslim scarf, woman says  |  Feb 24, 2010 by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times

A Muslim college student who worked at a Hollister clothing store in the Hillsdale Shopping Center says she was fired from her job Monday. more...

Image for News Release - ABC 7: Calif. Muslim Fired for Wearing Headscarf
ABC 7: Calif. Muslim Fired for Wearing Headscarf  |  Feb 24, 2010

ABC 7 news interview Hani Khan on being fired from Hollister co. for wearing a headscarf. more...

Image for News Release - CBS 5: California Woman Says She Was Fired over Headscarf
CBS 5: California Woman Says She Was Fired over Headscarf  |  Feb 24, 2010

CBS 5 Eyewitness News reports the firing of a Muslim girl from Hollister co. more...

Image for News Release - Tight Airline Security Comes Under Scrutiny
Tight Airline Security Comes Under Scrutiny  |  Jan 12, 2010

CAIR's Program and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo was interviewed by ABC 7 News on the Christmas Bomber and Increased Security more...

2009

Image for News Release - CAIR PRESS CONFERENCE: Anti-Muslim Incidents on the Rise
CAIR PRESS CONFERENCE: Anti-Muslim Incidents on the Rise  |  Dec 08, 2009

KCBS reports on CAIR's 14th annual US Muslim civil rights report press conference more...

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CAIR PRESS CONFERENCE: Muslim civil rights report issued  |  Dec 08, 2009

Zahra Billoo, program and outreach director of CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area introducing CAIR's new report: "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights: 2009." more...

Image for News Release - CAIR PRESS CONFERENCE: Reports Find Many Muslims Complain of Civil Rights Violation
CAIR PRESS CONFERENCE: Reports Find Many Muslims Complain of Civil Rights Violation  |  Dec 08, 2009

KTVU interviewed Zahra Billoo at CAIR-SFBA's 14th Annual US Muslim Civil Rights Report Press Conference on December 3rd, 2009 (Video) more...

Image for News Release - South Bay Muslims Promote Greater Understanding Of Islam On 9-11 Anniversary
South Bay Muslims Promote Greater Understanding Of Islam On 9-11 Anniversary  |  Oct 06, 2009

CAIR -SFBA: Programs & Outreach Director, Zahra Billoo, is interviewed about recent hate crimes in the Bay Area. more...

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Zahra Billoo interviewed at MCA on KALW  |  Sep 12, 2009

CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo was interviewed at the 09/12 MCA Open House for the radio program "Cross Currents" on KALW more...

Image for News Release - 9/11 Comes During Ramadan
9/11 Comes During Ramadan  |  Sep 11, 2009

CAIR members recognized September 11th in different ways. more...

Image for News Release - CAIR SFBA Executive Committee member responds to President Obama’s Cairo speech
CAIR SFBA Executive Committee member responds to President Obama’s Cairo speech  |  Aug 07, 2009

Razi Mohiuddin was interviewed on his response to President Obama's address to the Muslim World. more...