CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan recently won an asylum case for a Syrian physician based on past persecution and a well founded fear of future persecution by the Syrian regime. Due to the gravity of the current Syrian refugee crisis, CAIR Chicago is launching a Syrian Asylum Project to handle asylum cases on behalf of Syrian refugees.
Illinois State Senate Bill 3017 would deny funding to public universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. It would, for example, prohibit a faculty member from getting funds to travel to an American Studies Association (ASA) meeting, even if that meeting is unrelated to the boycott, or the professor herself is opposed to the boycott. A college that violates the prohibition would lose all public funds for that academic year. According to the legislation’s sponsor, it was drafted in response to the ASA’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, like similar bills around the country.
On March 6, CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson spoke on a panel called “Why I chose Islam” at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Islamic Awareness Week.
Time Sensitive. Last chance to act: Make your voice heard! The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling on its supporters to contact their elected state senators to urge that they drop proposed legislation that would restrict academic freedom and free speech rights.
CAIR-Chicago recently received complaints from community members who have received threatening, fraudulent phone calls from unknown callers who claim to be IRS tax agents. These phone scams are targeting recent immigrants, throughout the U.S. Victims are informed that they owe money to the IRS. The callers provide fake names and IRS badge numbers, and they may have the victim’s Social Security Number, family information or other personal information.
CAIR-Chicago is excited to present a star-studded lineup for this year’s 10th Anniversary Gala!
Our 10th Annual Banquet is set to take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.
On Friday, February 14 CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez for an update on the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress.
Join CAIR-Chicago as Keith Uchima produces and directs a staged reading of excerpts from their historic trial of Japanese Americans vs. The United States.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, said his mother and sister have had similar experiences. He said he first began to understand what Muslim women who wear the hijab experience when he walked with his sister in a mall after she started wearing it.
“People would stare at her, and I would stare at them,” he said. “She on the other hand would just look ahead saying, ‘I won’t let it bother me.’ ”
He said the message of Suleiman’s experience is “just like a book, don’t judge a woman by her cover.”