WHAT IS CAIR-OHIO?
The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio) was established in 1998 as a non-profit, grassroots civil rights organization.
The national headquarters are located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and was founded in 1994. CAIR-Ohio is one of over 30 regional chapters and offices in the United States and Canada.
Our Vision and Mission:
Our vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.
Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR-Ohio gives a voice to the state's large and diverse American Muslim community.
With chapters in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, we help Ohio Muslims become active, participating members of society by:
- Educating the public and public officials on important Muslim values such as emphasis on strong families, improving neighborhoods and protecting Ohio's great quality of life. CAIR-Ohio organizes conferences and training seminars for government and law enforcement agencies, media professionals and the academic community to highlight relevant Islamic practices and offer suggestions for religious accommodation. CAIR-Ohio also provides sensitivity and diversity training workshops to employers, educators and organizations.
- Advocating and mediating on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. Our lawyers and staff work tirelessly to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.
- Monitoring legislation and government activities and working with public officials to find common ground on public policy issues. Because of these positive relationships, policymakers turn to CAIR-Ohio when they need insight on issues affecting the Muslim community.
- Working with the local and national media to ensure an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the media. CAIR-Ohio challenges negative stereotypes in the media while also providing positive feedback to reporters who provide sensitive, accurate representations of Islam and Muslims.
CAIR's Core Principles:
CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
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.
CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.