" Regardless of the mistreatment, regardless of the cruelty, regardless of the prejudice that Japanese Americans suffered, they went to defend this country. They had a belief in constitutional values, and the goodness of this nation... Muslim Americans are given strength from your sacrifice."
- Khizr Khan, Seattle Center, Feb. 19, 2018
(Photos: The Seattle Times, read more on the event here)
Power in Solidarity

As February comes to an end, we are reminded through good times and bad, we are stronger together. February brought us Black History Month, where we celebrate black Muslims who have been integral to the American fabric and identity since the beginning, and who continue to excel, like those who were recently elected into office (including Tukwila City Council's own Zak Idan)! 

On February 19th, 1942, in a climate of hate and fear, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast into concentration camps. Today, February 19th is recognized as the Day of Remembrance, when we honor the Japanese Americans who have suffered, survived, and continue to prove resilience.
CAIR-WA partnered with Densho to host this year's Day of Remembrance event at the Seattle Center, featuring Gold Star father Khizr Khan, musician Kishi Bashi, and others to speak on Our History, Our Responsibility. As American Muslims, we recognize the parallels of the climate of hate and fear that exist again today. Make a promise to be the ally you'd like to have by your side by 1) reaching out to someone you'd like to know better, 2) learn from their personal experiences and their community's history and 3) find out how you can support them as an ally and how they can support you. It's important now more than ever to reach out as allies and work together to say #NeverAgain. 

What's New at CAIR-WA

  We're saying Fair-well to Megan Fair!
Megan Fair was a powerhouse in our Civil Rights team for the last three years, and now we're excited to announce she has joined CAIR National in Washington, D.C. to serve as the Chapter Support Specialist, Civil Rights. Megan will be developing resources and providing support for all Civil Rights Departments within CAIR's national network. Although Megan will deeply miss the Seattle community, and the CAIR-WA family, she's excited to be part of strengthening CAIR's civil rights work across the country. We're excited to see the great things Megan (and Arsalan!) do in Washington, D.C. to make CAIR-WA proud!

We Have a Brand New Attorney Position Open!

Our growing team is looking for an attorney who is passionate about defending civil rights with us and taking the impact of protecting religious freedom to the next level! Check out our JD job description on our website at www.cairwa.org/careers

Did you hear?
CAIRSeattle.org is now CAIRWA.org! 
CAIR-WA has a new website! Check out the new and improved CAIR-WA website on your desktop or mobile and let us know what you think! And don't forget to tell your friends to find us at cairwa.org!

3 NEW features on our new website that you seriously need to check out!
1. CAIR-WA's newsletters page, which rounds up all of our news, activities, events and monthly tips for American Muslim community: cairwa.org/newsletters

2. CAIR-WA's press releases page, which provides journalists with unique story ideas: cairwa.org/pressreleases

3. CAIR-WA's event page, which lists all coming events that we would host or take part in: cairwa.org/events

CAIR-WA is coming to a mosque near you!

We want to come to YOU for questions, concerns, feedback, and just to say hi! If you've seen our table at a local mosque and want to us to visit you, send us an email at info@cairwa.org!

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If you're using Outlook, check the new Other folder behind "Focused" to make sure it's not hidden there. 

Who's the new Executive Director? 

We're on the lookout for someone to take CAIR-WA and the fight for civil rights to the next level! You can help us by spreading our Executive Director application at cairwa.org/careers and tell everyone you know!

What's going on in the CAIR-WA offices now?

CAIR-WA is in an exciting moment of expansion and transitions! Please forgive us for any delays as we create new and improved ways to help you! 


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