Reflecting on a tumultuous year of Occupy movements and the Arab Spring, the U.S. government has passed not one, but two new anti-protesting laws. With the exclusion of single word – from “willingly and knowingly” to simply “knowingly” – the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act is further restricting Americans first amendment rights.
On Wednesday, August 17th 2011, CAIR-Chicago staff attorney, Rabya Khan, and communications intern, Becky Fogel, attended a public hearing held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss the Secure Communities program. The event ended in civil disobedience led by local youth and the arrest of six attendees.
Kevin Vodak, CAIR-Chicago’s Staff Attorney, participated in a panel discussion in immigrant and human rights at WorldChicago’s Fulbright Scholar Conference on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The conference, held at the National Museum of Mexican Art, was entitled Democracy and Human Rights: An Exploration.
After Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab slipped by airport security only to be stopped thanks to the vigilance of fellow passengers, a debate on the effectiveness of airport security and counter-terrorism intelligence is no doubt in order. But trying to fix a problem without actually fixing the problem is misguided. Trying to fix it by introducing a new problem is dumb. This guy seemed to have left every clue short of raise his hand and proclaim, “Arrest me, I am a terrorist!”
American history is riddled with incidents of institutionalized discrimination and policies that marginalized minorities. While the federal government had come to regret such episodes, the current administration is repeating some of these mistakes.
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham, and Staff Attorney Kevin Vodak attended the quarterly Community Roundtable held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Coordinator Christina Abraham and PILI Fellow Tawfiq Ali attended a roundtable hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
WASHINGTON — The departments of Justice and Homeland Security have begun training employees to better understand and protect the civil liberties of American Muslims, Sikhs and other minority ethnic and religious groups in the wake of Sept. 11.
CAIR Chicago Staff Attorney Heena Musabji represented a Muslim man, unjustly delayed in obtaining citizenship, in federal court. He has been waiting 2 years and 5 months since he was told he passed his citizenship interview. The Department of Homeland Security points to the FBI name check not being completed as the reason for the…
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