Seattle Women's March 2018 #PowerToThePolls
Check out our photos from the march!
 
Thank you to everyone who our Bystander Intervention Training! Check out The Seattle Times and the International Examiner's stories about the training.
    
New Year Edition  
2018 is here and we have tips and news to help you on your resolutions of self and community improvement! 

Did you attend the Seattle Women's March 2.0? We did, in solidarity with over 100,000 friends and allies who marched together for justice and issues that affect so many of us. We marched for undocumented women fighting for DACA, for black women who have been impacted by police brutality, for everyone who relates to #MeToo, and so many more issues of intersectionality that unite us all.
If you marched in this year's Women's March, we'd love to share your photos! Send them our way with a short description of why you marched to vkhan@cair.com

January also brought CAIR-WA's first-ever Bystander Intervention Training! Thank you to CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo and CAIR-WA Civil Rights Assistant Manager Megan Fair for helping answer a question on a lot of our minds: What do we do if we witness harassment or a hate crime in public? If you missed it this time, keep an eye out for another training coming soon, contact us if you'd like to host one at your organization or workplace, and keep reading below for some tips on how you can act in solidarity as a bystander! 

A big thank you to Tariq Yusuf , Owais, and David for organizing the Google Giving campaign for CAIR-WA! Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $38,000! 

If you work for Google, keep an eye out for how you can organize a Google Giving campaign yourself as well to help give back to organizations like CAIR-WA who are here to serve you.  

King County Metro Responds After American Muslim student harassed on bus
CAIR-WA has been working with King County Metro after 20-year-old Fatima Sheikh was harassed by a man and no one came to her aid on a public bus on her way to UW. "I felt let down that people weren't standing up for me," she said. "I felt like these are my people, this is my city, we're supposed to be friends and stand up for each other."

King County Metro issued a statement and launched a campaign of signs of inclusion on buses. You can read the statement here.
How to Intervene as a
Bystander in Public
  
This month, CAIR-WA hosted its first-ever Bystander Intervention Training.
Here are 5 things to remember if you witness a hate crime or harassment in public.
  
1) Be aware of surroundings
2) If you see something happening, pay attention. Take off headphones. Pause conversation. Position self to get better view.
3) Don't assume someone else will do something. 
4) Point out the situation to people around you. Tell them you're going to support the targeted person and ask if they'd like to help. 
5) When you first approach the targeted person, introduce yourself and quietly explain you saw what was happening and wanted to offer support. If the targeted person says they are fine and don't want support, respect their wishes and move back, but monitor the situation.

Welcome Yodit Gaim to the CAIR-WA Team!
 
Yodit Gaim is the Office Manager at CAIR-WA and is committed to helping this organization serve the Muslim community. Born in LA, CA but happily settled in Seattle, WA, she holds a BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and has accrued years of administrative and managerial experience. 

Tax Receipts
CAIR-WA would like to thank everyone who generously donated last year. Tax receipts for 2017 donations were mailed in December. If you did not receive your receipt, or require a revision to the receipt you received, please email: donations@wa.cair.com. 
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