Civil Rights

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…

From the Civil Rights Desk

From the Civil Rights Desk As you may recall, last month I mentioned that the hateful speeches made by politicians during this year’s toxic election cycle coupled with the undisputable rise of Islamophobia for the year, meant that more American Muslim students would likely be on the receiving end of some form of Islamophobia during the 2016-2017 school year. Unfortunately, that proved to be the case for last month. As the new school year progressed, one community member’s 7th grade son…

From the Civil Rights Desk

Things calmed down a little during the month of September. And to be honest, Bay Area American Muslims needed that breathing room bearing in mind the massive spike in hate related incidents that dominated our case-load this summer. However, with the close of summer meant the beginning of a new school year. As such, it is no shock that instances of school bullying picked up right from where it left off at the beginning of the summer. This new school year, one 5th grader had a rude welcoming at…

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