Muslim group demands charges in ethnic intimidation against Black FedEx driver
Screenshot: CAIR-MIOn Thursday, the Michigan chapter of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a local branch of the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urged for law enforcement to charge a white male with ethnic intimidation for an alleged racially-motivated assault of an Black FedEx driver in Portage. CAIR-MI says that on Saturday Aug. 27, the FedEx driver who is also a U.S. Marine reservist was reportedly followed, assaulted and insulted with racial slurs by a white male in Portage. The alleged assault, which was caught on video camera, also included the suspect following the victim throughout his delivery route while also stealing others’ personal property from the FedEx truck. “We call on law enforcement to charge the suspect in this apparent assault within the full extent of the law, including consideration of an ethnic intimidation charge,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. He said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and white supremacy.arabamericannews.com
Muslim woman faced discrimination when terminated by her employer, federal commission rules
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled in favor of a Michigan Muslim woman who it says was discriminated against when she was fired from her job in 2019. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a Muslim civil rights organization which filed the EEOC complaint on behalf of the woman, received word of the EEOC finding Wednesday, May 18. CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement that he hopes the woman’s then-employer, GDI Integrated Facility Services, Inc., will take initiative to “rectify the harm” done, in light of the commission’s findings. GDI Integrated Facility Services, Inc. contracts to clean office buildings in several Michigan cities. A GDI Integrated Facility Services, Inc. representative could not immediately be reached for comment.mlive.com
Troy City Council taking up Mosque decision
After losing at the federal court level, the City of Troy needs to decide whether to appeal the decision or take no further legal action. The city was sued by a Muslim group and the Department of Justice over the city’s refusal to grant zoning approval for the proposed Mosque in a commercial site at 3565 Rochester Road.
Local Muslim civil rights group offering $1K reward for information in suspected mosque vandalism
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the vandalism of the entrance sign and periphery lighting of an Islamic center on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Metro Detroit Muslim community leaders say COVID vaccine is OK to get during Ramadan
Imad Hamad is a longtime member of the Islamic Center of Detroit and a leader in Metro Detroit’s Muslim community. Hamad is trying to spread the message that during Ramadan the COVID-19 vaccine is OK to take. During Ramadan, Muslims have to fast all day and can only eat at sundown. But Muslim community leaders, like Imam’s and scholars, are saying the vaccine has no nutritional value. He’ll get his second dose during Ramadan and said that Muslims getting the shot during Ramadan won’t have to make up days.
Unchecked national security won’t stop America’s long-standing domestic terrorism threat
Before 2001, federal and state lawmakers were grappling with the consequences of expanding national security measures to prosecute drug crimes. “We now have a concern that any new legislation that revolves around domestic terrorism can be misused to target marginalized communities,” Walid said. “(Law enforcement was) treating protected First Amendment activities as some potential predicate of being a national security threat,” Walid said. Matt Weigand | The Ann Arbor News ANN ARBOR NEWSANN ARBOR NEWSMeanwhile, domestic terrorism worsensU.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, said Michigan has dealt with the rise of extremism and domestic terrorism long before Jan. 6. Between 2013 and 2017, prosecutors closed 404 domestic terrorism cases, compared to the 233 international cases closed, according to the U.S. Justice Department.mlive.com
Metro Detroit leaders respond to the repeal of Trump’s ‘Muslim travel ban’
DETROIT – One of President Joe Biden’s first moves in the White House was to repeal former President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from several predominantly Muslim countries. When Trump enacted the travel ban, thousands of Metro Detroiters protested nearly immediately. Initially the ban restricted travel from many Middle Eastern countries. And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system. But we will not turn our backs on our values with discriminatory bans on entry into the United States.
After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims
American Muslims, Black and non-Black, are also having raw conversations like Makki's as they grapple with questions of racial equity, tensions and representation in their own faith communities. He and others have called for more Black Muslim speakers and not just to talk about race or only during Black History Month. Ubaydullah Evans, resident scholar for the American Learning Institute for Muslims, says hes experienced interpersonal racism," from some Muslims. Dozens of American Muslim organizations came together to demand police reform and pledged to support Black-led groups. He shared plans to send African American imams to different California mosques for a day.
ICE arrests 90 more students in its fake Farmington Hills university sting
A 2019 Google image of the building in Farmington Hills that was used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to operate a fake university to lure foreign students. FARMINGTON HILLS News came out this week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has now arrested about 250 students of a fake university set up by the Department of Homeland Security in Farmington Hills. The fake university was set up to lure students primarily from India, who made contact with undercover agents posing as university officials. While Americans go without health care and financial aid for legitimate universities, the government instead started a fake university. While Americans go without health care and financial aid for legitimate universities, the government instead started a fake university.arabamericannews.com
Southwest Detroit Residents React to ICE Raids
According to a Wall Street Journal article published Sunday, immigration raids kicked off on a small scale over the weekend in New York City. However, it was unclear if those raids were directly connected to the nationwide mass immigration arrest effort the Trump administration announced last month. The article states, as of Sunday afternoon, activist groups were reporting little other enforcement activity beyond Saturdays New York City raids.In a recent Michigan Radio article, it was reported that rumors of ICE raids in Dearborn emerged after Homeland Security Investigation agents visited local restaurant, Hamido, to request employment verification forms. Dawud Walid, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan Chapter (CAIR-MI) said to Michigan Radio: Were concerned because the Trump administration has publicly announced that theyre stepping up ICE raids all throughout the United States of America, Walid says. We have strong reason to believe that Dearborn, Michigan, given its high immigrant population, would be a target of ICE.detroitpbs.org
7 bold rebukes of Trump's racist tirade from Michiganders
click to enlarge Congress, CAIR, Michigan HouseFrom left: U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, and Michigan House Rep. Elissa Slotkin. Dawud Walid (@DawudWalid) July 15, 2019#13thDistrictStrong: I will #neverbackdown and no bully, even this racist President, will waiver the work we have to do for our residents of Wayne County. One of those lawmakers is Rashida Tlaib, who was born in Detroit.Here are seven bold rebukes from Michigan activists and politicians:"Im Muslim. ""I will #neverbackdown and no bully, even this racist President, will waiver the work we have to do for our residents of Wayne County," Tlaib tweeted. That the President of the United States is making such comments toward sitting members of Congress is racist and hateful.metrotimes.com
Metropark police probing alleged discriminatory remark to Arab Americans, police officer suspended
The Metropark police officer who allegedly told an Arab American family "to go back where they came from"BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP An alleged discriminatory remark made to an Arab American family by a Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority police officer is growing in concern as advocacy groups demand action be taken against the officer. Someone in the park began videotaping the incident after the alleged remark was heard and another person shouted what was allegedly said to the Arab American family, who were apparently unaware. In the video posted on social media, the officer is questioned about the remark by some parkgoers who appear to be agitated. I have no idea who sent the video, Reese said. The Arab American News has identified the Arab American individual who was the subject of the alleged discriminatory remarks as Hadi Dagher, who was at the park with members of his immediate family.arabamericannews.com
Flashpoint: Experts talk war on terror, auto show
DETROIT – This week's episode of Flashpoint began with a look at the war on terror. In the second segment, the conversation continued and focused on women's rights. Click on the video below to watch the second segment. 30787546In the final segment, Devin spoke with Autoline Daily's John McElroy at the Detroit auto show at Cobo. McElroy talked about the progress that the auto show has made and how positive this year's event has been for the city of Detroit.