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Religious worship in the age of coronavirus: How centuries-old traditions are being upended

“There have been religious edicts about not congregating and not going to mosques,” said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley. … Read More

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CA Census Data Trickling In

Basim Elkarra, executive director for CAIR’s efforts in the Sacramento Valley area, said he and his group’s partners are doing their best to remind people … Read More

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State census response coming in lower than national average

Basim Elkarra, executive director for CAIR’s efforts in the Sacramento Valley area, said he and his group’s partners are doing their best to remind people … Read More

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State Census Response Coming In Lower Than National Average

“Many don’t know about the census, they didn’t have a census in their previous countries and many have a distrust of the federal government,” Basim … Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Asks Court to Immediately Release COVID-19 Vulnerable ICE Detainees in Yuba County Jail

Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, another coalition member and communications manager with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley/Central California (CAIR-SV/CC), described vulnerable individuals held in ICE detention … Read More

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Op-ed: We Need Bold Action Now to Protect Those Detained at Yuba County Jail – and Nationwide – from Coronavirus

By Rhonda Rios Kravitz and Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi As the world confronts a coronavirus pandemic and tries to grasp and mitigate its potential impact, there is … Read More

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Justice Dept. Surprises, Won’t Retry Alleged Terror Suspect After 14 Years

The pleading claimed that Hayat had no criminal record before this episode, and has had a spotless record in prison. To that point, Basim Elkarra, … Read More

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US prosecutors end old terror case against California man

Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in a statement called the conviction an “egregious injustice.” Read … Read More

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Case closed for Hamid Hayat: Feds won’t seek new trial in overturned California terror case

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley chapter’s Executive Director Basim Elkarra, added, “There aren’t words to express how relieved we are that Hamid is … Read More

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Federal Court Dismisses Charges Against Hamid Hayat

“An innocent man spent nearly 14 years in prison, a family was torn apart and an entire community was left traumatized due to prosecution taking … Read More