Council on American-Islamic Relations

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Illustration by Jack Sjogren

Illustration by Jack Sjogren

CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

CORE PRINCIPLES

  1. CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
  2. CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
  3. CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
  4. CAIR opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
  5. CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
  6. CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
  7. CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
  8. CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
  9. CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
  10. CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.

CAIR protects the civil rights of all Americans regardless of faith and has served more than 25,000 victims of discrimination since its founding in 1994. CAIR's services are often provided free of charge to the community.

In 2011, CAIR printed new copies of their "Know Your Rights and Responsibilities" pocket guide. This wallet-sized pamphlet provides details of your rights as an employee, student or airline passenger. It lets you know how to react to an anti-Muslim hate crime and what to do if you are contacted by law enforcement officers. CAIR provides these guides free of charge and has distributed more than 1 million copies since it was first written.

To learn more about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, click here to go to their website and please consider donating a small amount to combat Islamaphobia.


"Human rights, civil liberties, and religious freedoms hang in the balance in a political climate where anti-Muslim sentiment runs rampant. We need The Council on American-Islamic Relations now more than ever."  

Jack Sjogren is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. Follow his work on Instagram at @sjogrenjack or at www.jacksjogren.com.

 


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