Press Release 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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CAIR-CA Testifies at State Assembly Civil Rights Hearing  |  Oct 21, 2013

A representative of the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) testified at a state assembly hearing entitled "Diversity in California: A Conversation About Us." The hearing was held last Thursday by the Assembly Select Committee on Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations. more...

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CAIR & LAS-ELC Announce Settlement in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Lawsuits  |  Sep 23, 2013

Clothing Retailer's Revised 'Look Policy' Will Accommodate Hijabs Following Religious Discrimination Ruling more...

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CAIR, LAS-ELC & EEOC to Announce Settlement in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Lawsuits  |  Sep 20, 2013

Embattled Retailer to Make Changes to 'Look Policy' After Religious Discrimination Ruling more...

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CAIR-SFBA, LAS-ELC Win Judgment Against Abercrombie & Fitch in Hijab Case  |  Sep 09, 2013

Look-conscious retailer found liable for religious discrimination in firing of Muslim worker more...

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In Victory for Student Free Speech, Department of Education Dismisses Complaints  |  Aug 28, 2013

Decisions on three California campuses defeat attempts to silence campus activism around Palestine more...

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CAIR’s Northern California Offices Publish 2013 Civil Rights Report  |  Jul 26, 2013

The San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) published their 2013 Civil Rights Report this week. more...

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CAIR-CA Congratulates First Muslim on UC Student Regent Post  |  Jul 17, 2013

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) congratulates Sadia Saifuddin on her appointment as the new University of California (UC) student regent for 2014-2015. Sadia was confirmed in a nearly unanimous vote by the UC Board of Regents, during their meeting earlier today. more...

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CAIR Joining Lawsuit Over NSA Phone Spying  |  Jul 16, 2013

Suit says warrantless surveillance program has 'chilling effect' on First Amendment right of association more...

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Thank You Supervisor Avalos  |  Jun 05, 2013

Update on Attacks on AMP Muni Ads more...

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CAIR-SFBA Offers Safety Recommendations After Assault on Muslim Woman  |  May 31, 2013

CAIR-SFBA has received a disturbing report from Antioch, Calif., about an attack on a Muslim woman who wears a headscarf and South Asian attire. The woman was walking in a public area during daylight hours when an assailant reportedly suffering from mental delusions punched her and stabbed her multiple times. more...

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CAIR Condemns Brutal Attack on Elderly California Sikh  |  May 07, 2013

The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a brutal attack on an elderly Sikh man in that state. more...

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California Muslims Made 2nd Annual ‘Muslim Day at the Capitol’ a Success  |  May 03, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30, over 150 members of the California Muslim community participated in the second annual 'Muslim Day at the Capitol.' more...

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Americans Will Remain United in Face of Boston Terror Developments  |  Apr 19, 2013

Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined other leaders from the national and Washington-area Muslim community at a news conference in Washington, D.C., to state that Americans will remain united in the face of developments in the Boston Marathon bombings that include the naming of suspects who are reportedly Muslim. more...

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SF Supervisors Unanimously Pass Resolution Condemning Islamophobic Bus Ads  |  Mar 21, 2013

On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution condemning the content of Islamophobic advertisements placed on San Francisco buses. more...

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CAIR-SFBA Joins Rally in Support of SF Resolution Against NDAA  |  Feb 12, 2013

This afternoon, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will join civil rights organizations and city leaders at a rally and press conference in anticipation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introducing a resolution refusing city participation in enforcement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The resolution will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting later this afternoon by President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, and co-sponsored by Supervisors Jane Kim, David Campos, Eric Mar, and John Avalos. more...

Image for News Release - ‘MyJihad’ Ads Go Up on Buses in San Francisco
‘MyJihad’ Ads Go Up on Buses in San Francisco  |  Jan 03, 2013

National educational initiative designed to 'reclaim Jihad from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists' more...

2012

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Civil Rights Groups Submit Letter to UC President  |  Dec 05, 2012

Letter to UC President from CAIR and allied groups advises him of the need to protect pro-Palestinian speech on campus. more...

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CAIR-SFBA Publishes 2012 Civil Rights Report  |  Nov 12, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today published its 2012 Civil Rights Report. The report, titled “The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the San Francisco Bay Area: Safeguarding Our Rights,” analyzes and summarizes the complaints received by the CAIR-SFBA Civil Rights Department in 2011. more...

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CAIR Welcomes Voters’ Rejection of Islamophobic Candidates  |  Nov 07, 2012

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the rejection of Islamophobic candidates by voters nationwide. more...

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Muslim Advocacy Group Disappointed by Gov. Brown’s Veto of SB 1081  |  Oct 01, 2012

Imperative Immigrants' Rights Legislation Vetoed more...

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Gov. Brown Signs AB 1964 into Law  |  Sep 08, 2012

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964) this afternoon at a unity rally. more...

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CAIR Says Assembly Resolution Stifles Discussion on California Campuses  |  Aug 29, 2012

HR 35 Passes the California Assembly more...

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Bay Area Muslims to Mark End of Ramadan with Prayers  |  Aug 19, 2012

Today, August 19th, Bay Area Muslims will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers around the region. (Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.) more...

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Groups Cautiously Welcome SFMTA Response to anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic Advertisements  |  Aug 15, 2012

Today, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) cautiously welcomed a statement issued by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in response to anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic advertisements running on San Francisco buses. more...

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CAIR-SFBA Welcomes Santa Clara County Approval of Mosque Use Permit  |  Aug 03, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today welcomed a unanimous vote by the Santa Clara County Planning Commission approving a use permit for the Cordoba Center Project of the South Valley Islamic Center (SVIC) in San Martin. more...

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CAIR-CA Hosts 8th Annual Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol  |  Jul 13, 2012

Program to promote political awareness and activism more...

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Student Groups and Civil Rights Organizations Applaud Dismissal of Lawsuit Seeking to Chill Student  |  Jul 13, 2012

Settlement Agreement Requires Dismissal of Lawsuit Targeting Arab and Muslim Student Activists more...

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Students and Civil Rights Groups Caution Against Efforts to Silence Student Activism  |  Jul 12, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, (NLGSF), and the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), this week submitted a letter to University of California (UC) President Mark Yudof on behalf of six elected student body officers and seventeen Arab, Muslim, Palestine and Palestinian rights activist organizations at the UC. The letter calls on President Yudof to exercise caution and adopt a more even-handed approach while considering possible changes in campus free speech rules. more...

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SF Mayor Signs Historic Civil Rights Ordinance into Law  |  May 09, 2012

Ordinance Preventing SFPD Involvement in FBI Abuses Signed After Unanimous Passage by Supervisors more...

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Community Members Rally at Mayor Lee’s Doorstep to Demand Support for Ordinance  |  Mar 28, 2012

On Friday, March 30th, hundreds of community members plan to rally in Civic Center Plaza to tell Mayor Ed Lee to support the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance (file #120046) and to demand that Mayor Lee meet with the Coalition for Safe San Francisco. more...

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CAIR-LA, HSKRR File Suit Claiming Lomita Denied Muslims’ Constitutional and Religious Rights  |  Mar 21, 2012

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick LLP (HSKRR) today filed a law suit against the City of Lomita and City Council Members for their "unlawful" denial of the Islamic Center of South Bay's (ICSB) rebuilding application. more...

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2012 CAIR-CA Civil Rights Priorities Survey Results  |  Mar 15, 2012

On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-California (CAIR-CA), we thank you for taking part in our 2012 CAIR-CA Civil Rights Priorities Survey. more...

Image for News Release - $3,000 Reward Offered for Tips Resulting in the Arrest of Hate Crime Assailants
$3,000 Reward Offered for Tips Resulting in the Arrest of Hate Crime Assailants  |  Feb 27, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) today offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals who attacked a Hindu American man on November 21, 2011 at approximately 9:00 pm in the parking lot of a Lucky's grocery store located at 3270 South White Road in San Jose, California. more...

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Proposed Law Would Restore Local Control Over Intelligence Gathering  |  Jan 25, 2012

Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation before the Board of Supervisors yesterday that would prohibit members of the San Francisco Police Department working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) from collecting intelligence on San Franciscans unless there is reasonable suspicion that they are involved in significant criminal activity. more...

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SF Supervisors to Consider Restoring Local Control Over Intelligence Gathering  |  Jan 24, 2012

Supervisor Kim to introduce legislation that would return longstanding local control and civilian oversight omitted in secret agreement between SFPD and FBI more...

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CAIR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on GPS Monitoring  |  Jan 23, 2012

Court says warrantless monitoring violates Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure more...

2011

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Bay Area Rights Groups Ask FBI Director to Address Racial Profiling, Islamophobia  |  Nov 18, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), and the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) have announced that they sent a joint letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller in advance of his visit yesterday to San Francisco asking him to address issues of racial profiling and Islamophobia. more...

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CAIR Files Supreme Court Brief in GPS Monitoring Case  |  Oct 03, 2011

Muslim civil rights group petitions U.S. Supreme Court to uphold warrant requirement more...

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CAIR Calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty Following Execution of Troy Davis  |  Sep 22, 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty following the controversial execution of Troy Davis last night in Georgia for the murder of an off-duty police officer. more...

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CAIR-CA Asks Americans to Purchase “Patriot Acts”  |  Sep 20, 2011

Book Highlights Post-9/11 Backlash more...

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Bay Area Muslims to Mark End of Ramadan with Prayers  |  Aug 29, 2011

On Tuesday, August 30 (date may vary; consult local mosques), American Muslims will celebrate the endof the month-long fast ofRamadan with communal prayers around the country. (Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.) more...

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Ramadan Open Houses Begin This Weekend  |  Aug 12, 2011

Bay Area residents invited to visit local mosques. more...

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Muslim-Americans Welcome Community this Ramadan  |  Aug 09, 2011

Muslim community will continue to pursue full partnership through service, peace and friendship with plans for the Holy Month of Ramadan and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 more...

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CAIR-CA Hosting 7th Annual MYLP This Weekend  |  Jul 29, 2011

Beginning Thursday, July 28th, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) is holding the 7th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) in Sacramento. more...

Image for News Release - Abercrombie & Fitch Sued by California Muslim Over Hijab Firing
Abercrombie & Fitch Sued by California Muslim Over Hijab Firing  |  Jun 27, 2011

A San Mateo Muslim woman who was fired for refusing to remove her religious head scarf, or hijab, filed a lawsuit today in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California against Abercrombie & Fitch, her former employer. more...

Image for News Release - CAIR, UC Berkeley Report Documents Growing Islamophobia in U.S.
CAIR, UC Berkeley Report Documents Growing Islamophobia in U.S.  |  Jun 23, 2011

Groundbreaking study offers recommendations to help challenge troubling phenomenon more...

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King Hearings Generate Pushback on Rep.‘s Anti-Muslim Agenda  |  Jun 15, 2011

"There is also no room for King's broad-brush indictments of an entire religious minority." more...

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Coalition Applauds San Francisco Board of Supervisors  |  Apr 07, 2011

In Unanimous Vote, Supervisors Endorse Human Rights Commission Report to End Bias Practices of Surveillance & Profiling more...

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FBI Sued for Warrantless GPS Surveillance of Calif. Muslim  |  Mar 02, 2011

Suit says bureau violated student's First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights more...

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Calif. Muslim to Sue FBI for Secret GPS Surveillance  |  Mar 01, 2011

FBI Planted Tracking Device on Plaintiff's Car Without a Warrant more...

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CAIR-SFBA Welcomes Adoption of SF Human Rights Commission Report  |  Feb 28, 2011

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), a member of the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco, welcomes the San Francisco Human Rights Commission's adoption of a historic report and recommendations to end racial and religious profiling of SF Bay Area Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities. more...

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CAIR Welcomes Mubarak’s Departure as Step Toward Freedom  |  Feb 11, 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as a “first step toward freedom” and said there must now be a clean break with authoritarian rule and a swift transition to an open and transparent civilian government. more...

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CAIR Offers Condolences on Arizona Shooting Spree  |  Jan 09, 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered condolences to the loved ones of all those killed or injured in yesterday’s shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and left Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life with a bullet wound to the brain. Those killed included a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. more...

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Seattle Muslim Targeted in Bias Attack  |  Jan 05, 2011

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) today reported that a Seattle man who allegedly threatened a Muslim cashier in late December has been charged under that state’s hate crime statute. more...

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CAIR Condemns Church Attacks in Egypt, Nigeria  |  Jan 03, 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned both a New Year’s Day attack on a church in Egypt and a series of attacks on churches in Nigeria. more...

2010

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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Attack on Calif. Sikh Mistaken for Muslim  |  Dec 09, 2010

The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack on a Sikh taxi driver who was attacked after apparently being mistaken for a Muslim. more...

Image for News Release - CAIR Congratulates Muslim Playwright on Launch of ‘The Domestic Crusaders’ Book
CAIR Congratulates Muslim Playwright on Launch of ‘The Domestic Crusaders’ Book  |  Dec 07, 2010

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today congratulated American Muslim playwright Wajahat Ali on the official launch of his play “The Domestic Crusaders” in book form. more...

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Judge Bars Certification of Okla. Anti-Islam Amendment  |  Nov 29, 2010

Strongly-worded ruling supports Muslim plaintiff's legal arguments more...

Image for News Release - CAIR PSA Campaign Challenges Growing Islamophobia
CAIR PSA Campaign Challenges Growing Islamophobia  |  Sep 01, 2010 by http://www.thenewsmarket.com/CustomLink/CustomLinks.aspx?GUID=02647d4e-8b67-4b68-9f63-f8faf25c15c0

Public service announcements feature Muslim 9/11 first responders, interfaith leaders more...

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CAIR Releases Toolkit for 9/11 ‘Day of Unity and Healing’  |  Aug 30, 2010 by http://www.cair.com/Portals/0/pdf/2010Communitytoolkit.pdf

Guide for Muslim community leaders supports educational, outreach initiatives more...

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Bay Area Muslims to Begin Ramadan Fast This Week  |  Aug 11, 2010

Month offers opportunity to learn about Islam, Muslim traditions more...

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CAIR-California Collaborating with Voice of Witness  |  Jul 23, 2010

Voice of Witness Announces Partnership with Three Organizations for Upcoming Book more...

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Bay Area Residents Aboard Gaza-Bound “Freedom Flotilla”  |  May 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE more...

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CAIR Files EEOC Complaint Against   Abercrombie & Fitch  |  Feb 24, 2010

Calif. Muslim worker fired for refusing to remove Islamic scarf more...

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Bay Area Premiere of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think”  |  Feb 20, 2010

CAIR-SFBA, ICCNC and Illume Magazine to host film based on Gallup Poll that dispels stereotypes, reveals Muslim views on gender, terrorism and democracy more...

2009

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CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Calif. Muslim Candidate’s Home  |  Oct 16, 2009

Local Muslim Candidate's Home Vandalized more...

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CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Assault on Calif. Taxi Driver  |  Sep 01, 2009

CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Charges in Assault on Calif. Taxi Driver. Police say driver was called 'Taliban' and 'terrorist' by attackers. more...

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CAIR-SFBA interviews Ex-Guantanamo Bay Guard  |  Aug 07, 2009

Terry Holdbrooks spoke about his stint as a Guantanamo Bay Guard and how it affected and changed him. more...

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Antioch Mosque Re-Opens  |  Jun 06, 2009

CAIR-SFBA, the Islamic Center of the East Bay (ICEB), and the interfaith community will hold a formal inauguration celebrating the rebuilding of the ICEB mosque that was the target of an arson attack in August 2007. more...