CHICAGO, IL (March 19, 2014)—Last night, Loyola University Chicago became the first Jesuit University in the United States to pass a student government resolution to divest from companies complicit in aiding the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.
IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NEEDED: CALL SENATORS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NOW AND STATE YOUR OPPOSITION TO SB 3017.
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CAIR-Chicago joins The Illinois Coalition to Protect Academic Freedom and Free Speech that formed in response to anti-boycott legislation introduced in the Illinois State Senate.
CAIR-Chicago is proud of the great work of the Government Affairs Department in creating the comprehensive 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide.
On Friday, March 14, 2014 CAIR-Chicago attended the Chicago Muslims, interfaith leaders urge prayer and fasting for Syria’s children press conference.
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.