We are elated to announce that our collaborative City Ordinance banning a Muslim (or other) Registry in the City of Chicago has just passed unanimously by full City Council this week!
The Prohibition on Participation in Registry Programs Ordinance, which CAIR-Chicago developed in close partnership with the City, prohibits using city resources on a federal registry program and disclosing individuals’ information for any federal tracking registry based on race, gender, religion, ancestry, etc, among other things.
“Our cities must remain safe for our most marginalized communities; this is one of many steps I hope the City takes in ensuring Chicago is safe & welcoming” says CAIR-Chicago Deputy Director Sufyan Sohel, who testified to the City Council Committee on Human Relations two weeks ago in favor of the Ordinance.
“This is an example of the power of community and lawmaking. This Ordinance stands strong to prove Chicago’s commitment against hate and division” says Maaria Mozaffar, CAIR-Chicago’s Legislative Attorney.
The Anti-Registry Ordinance is an important, pro-active step in challenging anti-Muslim racism from the federal level and protecting the rights, identities, and safety of all Chicago residents!
We are very proud of Mozaffar and her intern Laura Saltzman for working closely with the City of Chicago to develop this vital ordinance as part of CAIR-Chicago’s commitment for protecting the civil rights of Muslims and other minority groups in Chicago.