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Save the Date: CAIR-Philadelphia’s Eleventh Annual Banquet

SAVE THE DATE
CAIR PHILADELPHIA ELEVENTH ANNUAL BANQUET
“REVELATION AND RESISTANCE”

As-salamu alaikum!

Saturday, March 11, 2017 is the date of CAIR-Philadelphia’s Eleventh Annual Banquet, which will again take place at the beautiful Springfield Country Club.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

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Cancelled speaker at Friends Central the latest in a spate of on-campus free speech controversies


by Dana DiFilippo

Newsworks

There are few festering political debates as polarizing as the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

That’s probably why speakers from Breitbart editor Milo Yiannapoulos to activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to scholar Norman Finkelstein repeatedly draw protests when they are invited to speak somewhere. In fact, FIRE found that nearly a quarter of all speaker challenges on college campuses since 2000 stemmed from the speaker’s views on Islam or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

To Jacob Bender, that’s because some Jews regard any repudiation of Israel’s actions in the Middle East as hate speech.

“Even before this new [Trump] administration took over, there was a long history by supporters of Israel to equate criticism of Israeli policies with anti-Semitism. That’s unfortunate and wrong-headed, because many Palestinian speakers have been silenced,” said Bender, who heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Philadelphia. Read more…

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Director’s Desk: This Is What Resistance Looks Like

by Jacob Bender
Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia

“Civil resistance, in politics, is a coordinated strategy that relies on the use of nonviolent tactics by civil groups to challenge an unjust power, force, policy or regime.” Wikipedia


Greenpeace activists hang protest sign on crane near the White House. 01/25/2017

(Philadelphia, 02/07/2017) – In the days since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America on January 20, I have often felt I was living through a nightmare from which, any day now, I would awaken from and return to “normal” life. No such luck, as each day brought new outrages from the Trump Administration, new “alternative facts” with which to bully the opposition, particularly the press.

The whirlwind of activity has been nonstop, and friends and colleagues all speak of living through a truly remarkable time with few if any precedents, mixing anger, sadness, and the exhilaration of mass action. Read more…

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CAIR Interviewed on “Another Thing with Larry Mendte” (video)

Jacob Bender, our Executive Director, and Ryan Houldin, our Staff Attorney, were interviewed on CH 2/PMCM-TV in a segment about hate crimes.

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Kenney advocates for unity at Muslim prayer service


by Maya Earls
Philadelphia Tribune

Mayor Jim Kenney joined a midday prayer service, Jummah, at the Muslim American Society Mosque in North Philadelphia on Friday morning.

Speaking before the prayer, Kenney and other local officials praised the mosque for its volunteer work and promised to defend the congregants against Islamophobia.

Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Philadelphia Chapter, Jacob Bender, advised the Muslim community to reach out to his organization if they faced any instances of Islamophobia, whether it’s in the workplace or on the playground at school.

“These are difficult days for both American Muslims and our nation,” he said.

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Jacob Bender’s Speech at Masjid al-Hidaya

Speech at Masjid al-Hidaya
By Jacob Bender
Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia
Friday, January 3, 2017

Good morning. My name is Jacob Bender, and I am the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is the preeminent Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, with 30 chapters nationwide.

CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, and all vulnerable minorities, to encourage American Muslims to take part in the democratic political process, and to dialogue and collaborate with other communities that promote the values of peace, pluralism, and justice. Read more…

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