Ramadan Campaign Launch 2018

Dear Friend,

We hope that your Ramadan is off to a great start.   

Today, we launch our annual Ramadan Giving Campaign.

We will have regular updates on our 
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CAIR-Alabama is the state's only Muslim civil liberties organization. While it is a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR-AL is an independent nonprofit organization. We rely on the generous contributions like yours to help us stand up for the civil rights of Alabama's Muslims, and to stand up for justice for all. 

Here's some of what your contributions in the past year have allowed us to do:

Advocacy

Launched "Bystander Intervention Training" Workshop 

In an effort to directly challenge Islamophobia in our everyday life and to empower Alabama Muslims and others we launched our "Bystander Intervention Training" program with our first workshop last month.

We have also continued to educate the community through our "Know Your Rights" and Anti-Bullying trainings. We have reached over 3000 people by visiting mosques, churches, schools, colleges, and other institutions through our Islam 101 talks, Islamophobia workshops, immigrant rights discussions, and diversity trainings.

 CAIR-Alabama’s Bystander Intervention Training

CAIR-Alabama’s Bystander Intervention Training

"The CAIR training for bystanders was revelatory. The approach used is completely nonviolent and non-confrontational... It’s very effective, and while I hope I never need to use this skill, I’m glad I am prepared" 
—Judy Hand-Truitt, Community Member


You can contact us to give any of our trainings and workshops at your institution, organization, school, congregation, or workplace.


Youth Empowerment

Internship Program: Between the fall and spring semesters, CAIR-Alabama provided 8 internships to students in the Birmingham area. Here's what one of them had to say about the experience:

 Megan and Ali at a press conference outside the White House

Megan and Ali at a press conference outside the White House

"My CAIR-AL internship has been the highlight of my college experience...
I have learned so much about my local community and how to get involved and make a difference, as well as how to advocate for my community on a more national level" —Megan Dubeansky, Government Affairs Intern




Collegiate Legislature Conference: This event provides college students with the opportunity to see how government works firsthand by drafting their own bills and debating them at the State House in Montgomery. This year CAIR-Alabama awarded 7 scholarships to students to attend as part of our youth empowerment initiative.

 Chris with fellow delegates Ala’a and Anna

Chris with fellow delegates Ala’a and Anna

"Debating and proposing bills showed just how complex and time consuming the legislative process is. The entire weekend was one of the best conferences I've been to and look forward to going again"
—Chris Lorimer, Winner of the
Best Delegate Award

 





Muslim Advocacy Day: For the third year in a row, CAIR-Alabama represented our state at this annual gathering of Muslims on Capitol Hill to address issues affecting the Muslim community and build bridges with our elected officials.

We also sponsored 3 students to go to DC. For some, it was their first trip to the capital. They shared concerns about Islamophobia with their representatives and advocated for an attempt to combat it through a resolution recognizing contributions of American Muslims. You can encourage these young people in their efforts by calling your representative and asking them to support House Resolution 869.

 Zakaria and Megan with Congresswoman Sewell

Zakaria and Megan with Congresswoman Sewell

"Hill day was a life changing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the advocacy group. My favorite segment was meeting Representative Sewell in person. Meeting a member in congress that wants to listen to us was truly remarkable"
—Zakaria Awwad, UAB Student





Government Affairs

For the first time ever, CAIR-Alabama was a consistent presence at the State House in Montgomery. Through collaboration with our partner organizations, we ensured that no Islamophobic legislation was introduced this legislative session.

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We are also working with a number of immigrant rights groups to introduce an executive order to the mayor's office in Birmingham to make the city friendlier for immigrants and safer for everyone. 


Civil Rights Tour
 

 Khaula Hadeed at the EJI Memorial

Khaula Hadeed at the EJI Memorial

This year, CAIR-Alabama organized a Civil Rights Tour with stops at the Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the brand new Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. 



 CAIR chapters from around the country visit Birmingham Islamic Society on the Civil Rights Tour

CAIR chapters from around the country visit Birmingham Islamic Society on the Civil Rights Tour

...and of course we have much more planned for the upcoming months! 

Will you help us reach our Ramadan goal of $60,000 and sustain this crucial work? 

CAIR-Alabama has been fighting for you and since our founding in 2015 we have:

  • Handled over 100 calls seeking civil rights assistance.

    • So far this year our office has responded to over 15 cases of bias or hate involving employment discrimination, bullying, racial and religious profiling while traveling (Customs and Border Patrol), and harassment.  

  • Provided assistance to those traveling or otherwise affected by the Muslim Ban and educated the community through timely information.

  • Mobilized and organized the Muslim community during special elections and led civic engagement campaigns and action alerts to reach over 5000 Muslims in Alabama, provided information on candidates, ballot measures to keep the community informed of their rights as voters.

  • Reached over 50,000 through print and broadcast media.

    • Published op-eds and impactful stories highlighting the work and real life of Alabamian Muslims.

With your donation CAIR-Alabama will be able to:

  • Grow our legal team so that we're able to handle more cases: We currently receive many more cases than our capacity allows us to handle.

  • Hold "Bystander Intervention," "Know Your Rights," "Anti-Bullying," and "Islam 101" programs across Alabama 

  • Conduct youth leadership seminars to ensure this promising generation is informed and civically engaged

  • Organize Alabama's first Muslim Hill Day and lead a delegation to our own legislature right here in Montgomery

and much more.

Please visit our secure website at  cairalabama.org/make-a-donation to make a zakat eligible and tax deductible donation. Our Tax ID is 47-5083518. 

Consider becoming a champion of justice by making a recurring monthly donation. Invest in your civil rights year round. Our goal is to recruit 100 monthly donors by the end of 2018. Help us start strong this Ramadan. 

Please also share this message with your family and friends. Post it on social media (use the link at the top of this email). Together we can reach our goal of $60,000.

Thank you for your support. It is what allows CAIR-Alabama to do its important work. 

In peace and solidarity,

Your team at CAIR-Alabama