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CAIR-Chicago, MYLS Join MLK National Service Day 2009
CAIR-Chicago | Dec.04.08
CAIR-Chicago and the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service to honor the civil rights leader's teachings of nonviolence and social justice.
• Ten Muslims contacted CAIR-Chicago regarding delays in obtaining citizenship. The individuals applied for citizenship, completed all the necessary requirements, but their applications have not been adjudicated. CAIR-Chicago is incorporating these cases into its Citizenship Delay Project.
• Three Muslims reported experiencing delays in obtaining their green card for permanent residency. CAIR-Chicago is following up with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding these delays.
• A Muslim woman who is a natural born US citizen asked CAIR-Chicago to help her husband obtain a Visa that would allow him to join her in the United States. CAIR-Chicago will connect her to an immigration attorney that can assist her.
• A Muslim woman believes that her daughter was racially profiled and wrongfully arrested. CAIR-Chicago will investigate the matter and take whatever action it deems necessary.
• The wife of a Muslim man contacted CAIR-Chicago because her husband was sent to jail and sentenced to deportation after registering with an immigration office in accordance with new federal laws that require non-citizens to do so. The couple hired an attorney and appealed the judge's decision, however, they were not informed of their appeal date. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action necessary to help resolve the situation.
• A Muslim high school student was taken into police custody for eight hours without food or drink after an altercation with a student who called him a terrorist. CAIR-Chicago is assisting the student and will take whatever action is necessary to address the issue of the harassment he was facing at school and his treatment by police.
• A Muslim school teacher applied for time off to perform a religious pilgrimage (Hajj) but was denied. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary to obtain accommodation for the teacher’s religious beliefs.
• A Muslim man was denied time off to go on Hajj even though the break was requested a year in advance. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary to obtain accommodation for the man.
• A Muslim father contacted CAIR-Chicago about offensive material his daughter had to read for a high school class. The passage contained highly offensive language about the Prophet Muhammad. CAIR-Chicago is reviewing the material and will take whatever action is deemed appropriate to address the issue.
• A Muslim woman sought advice from CAIR-Chicago after reading an article written by a member of the Department of Justice that stated "Muslims have no chance of winning in Federal courts." The woman is currently involved in a federal case with her employer. CAIR-Chicago is reviewing the matter and will advise the woman of her options.
• A Muslim man reported to CAIR-Chicago that a radio talk show host gave false information on the air about him. The host claimed that the Muslim man murdered someone at his store. She also called it a conspiracy of foreigners. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the complaint and will take whatever action is deemed appropriate.
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Civil Rights Director
Senior Outreach Coordinator
Government Affairs Coordinator
Cultural Sensitivity Speaker
Kevin Vodak, Esq.
Board of Directors
Shahwar Syed, MD
Hina Sodha, Esq.
Yaser Tabbara, Esq. - Secretary
Mazen Kudaimi, MD - Vice President
Safaa Zarzour, Esq. - President