CAIR-Colorado Condemns Hate Vandalism Targeting Jewish Familys Home

(DENVER, CO, 6/4/17) — The Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CO), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist and anti-Semitic vandalism targeting an Aurora, Colo., Jewish couple.

According to local reports, the couple walked outside of their home Friday morning to discover their garage and mailbox had been vandalized with Nazi swastikas late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

SEE: Police Investigate Swastikas Spray Painted on Home

Police in Aurora are investigating after swastikas were spray painted on a home and the mailbox.

We condemn the hate-filled actions of those who seek divide our nation with fear by targeting members of minority communities.” said CAIR-CO Co-Chair Krista Cole.  „CAIR-CO offers its solidarity and support to the family and to all Coloradans targeted by hate in these trying times.”

She added: “We are a nation that is united by a core set of common values, and religious freedom is one of those core values. Any attempt to undermine our diversity is an attack on all Americans and the values we hold dear.

Cole noted that there has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting people of various religious faiths and other minorities in the last recent months.

CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Christian, Jewish, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

Individuals in Colorado are asked to report any bias incidents to local police and to CAIR-CO at 720-509-9956.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report      

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CO Board Co-Chair Farid Amin, 303-587-8908; CAIR-CO Board Co-Chair Krista Cole, 303-515-1545, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Endologix Reports Positive Clinical Data from the Ovation LUCY Study

First Prospective Clinical Trial to Evaluate Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) in Women

IRVINE, Calif.–( )– Endologix, Inc. (Nasdaq:ELGX), a developer and marketer of innovative treatments for aortic disorders, today announced 30-day results from the LUCY (Evaluation of FemaLes who are Underrepresented Candidates for Abdominal Aortic AneurYsm Repair) study. The data showed that at least 28% more women became eligible for minimally-invasive endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) when using the Ovation® Abdominal Stent Graft System. The Ovation System is designed to better suit female anatomy than traditional EVAR options and demonstrated lower mortality and complications when compared to previous EVAR studies. The LUCY study is the first to specifically evaluate EVAR outcomes in women, who have historically been underrepresented in EVAR clinical trials.

Recent clinical articles in The Lancet and the Journal of VascularSurgery indicate that aneurysms grow faster in women than men, leading to a higher rate of rupture and death. Female anatomy may also be more challenging for most commercial EVAR treatments, leading to less eligibility for EVAR and greater mortality, major complications, and readmissions, when compared to men.

The 30-day LUCY data showed that, in women, the ultra-low profile (14F) Ovation device resulted in:

  • At least 28% greater EVAR eligibility for women with AAA

  • 1.3% major adverse events, the lowest rate reported for EVAR, compared to other contemporary, prospective, post-market registries

  • No deaths

  • No proximal endoleaks

  • No limb occlusion

  • Low readmission rate of 3.9%

  • 100% procedural success

Marc Schermerhorn, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said, „Analysis of historical EVAR clinical data is showing us a large unmet need for AAA treatments for women. Women are less prone to develop the disease, but, when they do, they have significantly worse outcomes than men. New treatment options that better accommodate female anatomy, thereby increasing access and improving outcomes, may go a long way in rectifying the gender disparity in AAA treatment.” Venita Chandra, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery-Vascular Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine, said, „It is gratifying to see better early outcomes for women in the LUCY study. The Ovation device was able to accommodate the particular challenges of female anatomy, such as small access vessel diameter, short neck length, and higher neck angulation. In addition, mortality, major adverse events, and readmissions were improved for both sexes. I look forward to assessing the durability of these results over the longer term.”

The LUCY study is a prospective, consecutively enrolling, non-randomized, multi-center, post-market registry evaluating the Ovation Platform for the endovascular treatment of AAA in women. The study enrolled a total of 225 patients, including 76 females in the treatment group and 149 males in the control group, at 39 sites in the U.S. The primary endpoint of the study was the 30-day Major Adverse Event („MAE”) rate. Longer-term data from the LUCY study will be shared after the one-year follow-up.

John McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of Endologix, commented, „We are very pleased with the early LUCY study results, which demonstrate the potential Ovation offers to enable more effective treatment of female AAA patients and significantly improved outcomes for all patients. We look forward to expanding Ovation’s access to more women in those regions where it is available, and to educating both the clinical community and patients about the unique needs of the female patient and the treatment options that are optimized for them.”

The LUCY study was led by an advisory board whose members include: Chairperson Jennifer Ash, MD, Christie Clinic Vein and Vascular Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign; Venita Chandra, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery-Vascular Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine; Monica Hunter, MD, Birmingham Heart Clinic at St. Vincent’s Birmingham; Eva Rzucidlo, MD, McLeod Vascular and Associate Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth; and Ageliki Vouyouka, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Mount Sinai Hospital.

About Endologix, Inc.

Endologix, Inc. develops and manufactures minimally invasive treatments for aortic disorders. The Company’s focus is endovascular stent grafts for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). AAA is a weakening of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, resulting in a balloon-like enlargement. Once AAA develops, it continues to enlarge and, if left untreated, becomes increasingly susceptible to rupture. The overall patient mortality rate for ruptured AAA is approximately 80%, making it a leading cause of death in the United States. For more information, visit www.endologix.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication includes statements that may be „forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including with respect to the results of ongoing clinical trials and the commercial success of the Ovation platform, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of Endologix. Many factors may cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results, including unanticipated clinical outcomes. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Endologix undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Please refer to Endologix’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and Endologix’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for more detailed information regarding these risks and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied.

CAIR-Oregon to Join Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack on Men Who Defended Muslim Women

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2017) — Later today, representatives of the Oregon Ad Hoc Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon)  will take part in a candlelight vigil for two men who were stabbed to death yesterday as they sought to defend Muslim train passengers from an attacker shouting Islamophobic and racist slurs, and for a third man injured in that incident. [NOTE: CAIR is in the process of forming a chapter in Oregon.] #PortlandHeroes

Video: CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper Interviewed on CNN About Killing of Men Who Defended Muslim Women

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Hate Turns Fatal in Oregon (Huffington Post)

The vigil, with the theme “In Solidarity We are United,” is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3.

SEE:

WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213

CONTACT:  CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute.

SEE: Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims’ families. Select the category “Portland Heroes – Families of the MAX incident” at: https://us.mohid.co/or/portland/bma/masjid/online/donation

SEE ALSO: https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-heroes and https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-hero-recovery

Yesterday, CAIR’s national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.

Video: CAIR Calls on Trump to Speak Out Against Deadly Hate Attack in Oregon

CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, „Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.

SEE: CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Oregon to Join Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack on Men Who Defended Muslim Women

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2017) — Later today, representatives of the Oregon Ad Hoc Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon)  will take part in a candlelight vigil for two men who were stabbed to death yesterday as they sought to defend Muslim train passengers from an attacker shouting Islamophobic and racist slurs, and for a third man injured in that incident. [NOTE: CAIR is in the process of forming a chapter in Oregon.] #PortlandHeroes

Video: CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper Interviewed on CNN About Killing of Men Who Defended Muslim Women

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Hate Turns Fatal in Oregon (Huffington Post)

The vigil, with the theme “In Solidarity We are United,” is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3.

SEE:

WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213

CONTACT:  CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute.

SEE: Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims’ families. Select the category “Portland Heroes – Families of the MAX incident” at: https://us.mohid.co/or/portland/bma/masjid/online/donation

SEE ALSO: https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-heroes and https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-hero-recovery

Yesterday, CAIR’s national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.

Video: CAIR Calls on Trump to Speak Out Against Deadly Hate Attack in Oregon

CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, „Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.

SEE: CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Oregon to Join Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack on Men Who Defended Muslim Women

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2017) — Later today, representatives of the Oregon Ad Hoc Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon)  will take part in a candlelight vigil for two men who were stabbed to death yesterday as they sought to defend Muslim train passengers from an attacker shouting Islamophobic and racist slurs, and for a third man injured in that incident. [NOTE: CAIR is in the process of forming a chapter in Oregon.] #PortlandHeroes

Video: CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper Interviewed on CNN About Killing of Men Who Defended Muslim Women

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Hate Turns Fatal in Oregon (Huffington Post)

The vigil, with the theme “In Solidarity We are United,” is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3.

SEE:

WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213

CONTACT:  CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute.

SEE: Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims’ families. Select the category “Portland Heroes – Families of the MAX incident” at: https://us.mohid.co/or/portland/bma/masjid/online/donation

SEE ALSO: https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-heroes and https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-hero-recovery

Yesterday, CAIR’s national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.

Video: CAIR Calls on Trump to Speak Out Against Deadly Hate Attack in Oregon

CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, „Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.

SEE: CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-Oregon to Join Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack on Men Who Defended Muslim Women

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/2017) — Later today, representatives of the Oregon Ad Hoc Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon)  will take part in a candlelight vigil for two men who were stabbed to death yesterday as they sought to defend Muslim train passengers from an attacker shouting Islamophobic and racist slurs, and for a third man injured in that incident. [NOTE: CAIR is in the process of forming a chapter in Oregon.] #PortlandHeroes

Video: CAIR Rep Ibrahim Hooper Interviewed on CNN About Killing of Men Who Defended Muslim Women

CAIR: Anti-Muslim Hate Turns Fatal in Oregon (Huffington Post)

The vigil, with the theme “In Solidarity We are United,” is being hosted by Portland Indivisible Oregon D-3.

SEE:

WHAT: Vigil for Victims of Hate Attack

WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97213

CONTACT:  CAIR-Oregon Ad Hoc Committee Members Zakir Khan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 626-419-0243; Seemab Hussaini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 310-948-2040; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later in the evening (8:30 p.m.), there will be another prayer and vigil for the victims, followed by an interfaith Ramadan fast-breaking meal at: Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

A suspect apprehended following the attack is reportedly a white supremacist who has been photographed giving the Nazi salute.

SEE: Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Several GoFundMe pages have been established for the victims and their families. Bilal Mosque in Beaverton, Ore., has set up a fund to help the victims’ families. Select the category “Portland Heroes – Families of the MAX incident” at: https://us.mohid.co/or/portland/bma/masjid/online/donation

SEE ALSO: https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-heroes and https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-hero-recovery

Yesterday, CAIR’s national headquarters called on President Trump to speak out personally against rising bigotry and acts of racial violence in America targeting Muslims and other minority groups.

Video: CAIR Calls on Trump to Speak Out Against Deadly Hate Attack in Oregon

CAIR also urged local Muslim communities to step up security measures during the month-long fast of Ramadan.

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, „Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the murder of an African-American Bowie State University student by a suspect who is a member of a white supremacist group on Facebook called “Alt-Reich Nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

Last week, CAIR released an updated report indicating that the most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2017 has been the victim’s ethnicity or national origin. Eleven percent of incidents have occurred as a result of an individual being perceived as Muslim. A Muslim woman’s headscarf has been a trigger in 8 percent of incidents.

SEE: CAIR’s First-Quarter Civil Rights Update Shows Bias Incidents Related to ‘Muslim Ban,’ Federal Agencies

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Most states continue to add jobs and lower unemployment rate in April

Today’s State and Regional Employment report for April, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed labor markets strengthening in most states. Yet, even as the recovery moves ahead slowly, some states continue to experience job losses and unemployment increases.

From January to April, 32 states added jobs, with Nevada (1.2 percent), South Dakota (1.1 percent), Utah (1.0 percent), and Minnesota (0.9 percent) making the largest percentage job gains. Over that same period, employment fell in nine states and the District of Columbia. Of those states, Vermont (-0.5 percent), Idaho (-0.4 percent), Missouri (-0.3 percent), and New Hampshire (-0.3 percent) had the largest losses. In nine states, the number of jobs was essentially unchanged.

From January to April, the unemployment rate fell in 37 states. Alabama (-1.0 percent), Illinois (-1.0 percent), West Virginia (-0.8 percent), Tennessee (-0.7 percent), and Wisconsin (-0.7 percent) saw the largest declines in unemployment. Over those same months, the unemployment rate increased in eight states and the District of Columbia. The largest increases in unemployment occurred in Massachusetts (0.7 percent), Connecticut (0.4 percent), Delaware (0.2 percent), District of Columbia (0.2 percent), and Texas (0.2 percent). Five states saw no change in their unemployment rates: Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, and Vermont.

Unemployment

Unemployment rate by state, April 2017

State Percentage point change since December 2007 Percentage point change last 3 months Unemployment rate, April 2017
Alabama 1.0 -1.0 5.4%
Alaska 0.2 0.1 6.6%
Arizona 0.6 0.0 5.0%
Arkansas -1.7 -0.3 3.5%
California -1.2 -0.4 4.8%
Colorado -1.8 -0.6 2.3%
Connecticut 0.0 0.4 4.9%
Delaware 0.9 0.2 4.6%
DC 0.2 0.2 5.9%
Florida -0.4 -0.5 4.5%
Georgia -0.1 -0.5 5.0%
Hawaii -0.5 -0.1 2.7%
Idaho 0.2 -0.2 3.4%
Illinois -0.8 -1.0 4.7%
Indiana -1.2 -0.4 3.6%
Iowa -0.6 -0.3 3.1%
Kansas -0.6 -0.4 3.7%
Kentucky -0.4 0.1 5.1%
Louisiana 1.7 -0.1 5.8%
Maine -1.9 -0.5 3.0%
Maryland 0.9 0.1 4.3%
Massachusetts -0.7 0.7 3.9%
Michigan -2.6 -0.5 4.7%
Minnesota -0.9 -0.2 3.8%
Mississippi -0.9 -0.5 5.0%
Missouri -1.5 -0.3 3.9%
Montana -0.4 -0.1 3.8%
Nebraska 0.0 -0.3 3.0%
Nevada -0.4 -0.3 4.7%
New Hampshire -0.7 0.1 2.8%
New Jersey -0.5 -0.5 4.1%
New Mexico 2.7 0.0 6.7%
New York -0.6 -0.3 4.3%
North Carolina -0.3 -0.6 4.7%
North Dakota -0.4 -0.3 2.7%
Ohio -0.7 0.0 5.0%
Oklahoma 0.7 -0.4 4.3%
Oregon -1.6 -0.6 3.7%
Pennsylvania 0.1 -0.3 4.9%
Rhode Island -1.8 -0.5 4.3%
South Carolina -1.4 -0.1 4.3%
South Dakota 0.1 -0.1 2.8%
Tennessee -0.8 -0.7 4.7%
Texas 0.7 0.2 5.0%
Utah 0.1 0.0 3.1%
Vermont -1.1 0.0 3.1%
Virginia 0.3 -0.2 3.8%
Washington -0.2 -0.5 4.6%
West Virginia 0.1 -0.8 4.8%
Wisconsin -1.6 -0.7 3.2%
Wyoming 1.5 -0.5 4.3%
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Note: The unemployment rate measures the share of jobless persons in the labor force (the sum of employment and unemployed persons) and not the entire population.  Persons who are not actively looking for work are not included in this measure.  All data are seasonally adjusted.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics data

Employment

Change in employment by state December 2007– April 2017

State Total employment, April 2017 Percent change since December 2007 Change since December 2007 Percent change last 3 months Change last 3 months Percent change since December 2007
Alabama 1,997,900 -0.8% -15,500 0.1% 2,900 -0.8%
Alaska 327,900 2.8% 8,900 -0.1% -300 2.8%
Arizona 2,745,800 2.5% 66,300 0.5% 14,600 2.5%
Arkansas 1,243,200 3.0% 35,800 0.7% 8,300 3.0%
California 16,681,200 7.8% 1,203,400 0.2% 28,000 7.8%
Colorado 2,635,900 12.1% 285,400 0.2% 6,400 12.1%
Connecticut 1,683,200 -1.3% -22,100 0.0% -800 -1.3%
Delaware 455,700 3.4% 15,000 0.0% -100 3.4%
DC 786,700 12.4% 86,600 -0.1% -800 12.4%
Florida 8,552,500 7.8% 620,700 0.1% 4,500 7.8%
Georgia 4,466,700 7.1% 296,400 0.6% 26,500 7.1%
Hawaii 653,700 4.1% 25,900 0.6% 3,700 4.1%
Idaho 709,900 8.1% 53,300 -0.4% -3,000 8.1%
Illinois 6,029,300 0.7% 44,100 0.0% -100 0.7%
Indiana 3,106,500 3.8% 113,200 -0.2% -4,800 3.8%
Iowa 1,579,700 3.6% 54,500 0.1% 2,300 3.6%
Kansas 1,408,800 1.6% 22,000 0.1% 1,800 1.6%
Kentucky 1,939,500 4.4% 81,500 0.3% 5,200 4.4%
Louisiana 1,974,400 2.0% 39,400 -0.1% -1,300 2.0%
Maine 621,900 0.2% 1200 0.0% 0 0.2%
Maryland 2,749,100 4.9% 128,600 0.2% 5,100 4.9%
Massachusetts 3,609,700 8.8% 290,900 0.5% 16,200 8.8%
Michigan 4,389,400 3.4% 144,000 0.2% 10,800 3.4%
Minnesota 2,944,400 6.3% 174,700 0.9% 26,900 6.3%
Mississippi 1,144,900 -1.3% -15,400 -0.1% -1,700 -1.3%
Missouri 2,869,200 2.4% 66,900 -0.3% -7,800 2.4%
Montana 475,600 6.5% 29,200 0.3% 1,300 6.5%
Nebraska 1,023,600 5.8% 56,000 0.5% 4,800 5.8%
Nevada 1,337,000 3.5% 44,900 1.2% 15,500 3.5%
New Hampshire 678,500 4.4% 28,800 -0.3% -1,900 4.4%
New Jersey 4,115,700 0.7% 29,600 0.0% -1,900 0.7%
New Mexico 840,100 -1.1% -9,100 0.8% 6600 -1.1%
New York 9,486,200 8.2% 716,900 0.0% 1,700 8.2%
North Carolina 4,380,500 5.1% 212,300 0.1% 3,500 5.1%
North Dakota 437,200 20.8% 75,200 0.4% 1900 20.8%
Ohio 5,512,800 1.7% 94,700 0.1% 6,000 1.7%
Oklahoma 1,652,100 2.8% 45,600 0.0% -600 2.8%
Oregon 1,868,700 7.5% 131,100 0.8% 15,500 7.5%
Pennsylvania 5,924,400 1.9% 112,900 -0.1% -4,700 1.9%
Rhode Island 494,600 1.4% 6,800 0.3% 1,600 1.4%
South Carolina 2,076,100 6.5% 126,800 0.0% 0 6.5%
South Dakota 439,500 7.7% 31,300 1.1% 4,700 7.7%
Tennessee 3,010,500 7.3% 205,900 0.3% 7,900 7.3%
Texas 12,248,100 16.0% 1,685,800 0.5% 56,600 16.0%
Utah 1,465,900 15.9% 200,700 1.0% 14,200 15.9%
Vermont 314,400 1.9% 5,900 -0.5% -1500 1.9%
Virginia 3,955,300 4.7% 178,300 0.2% 9,000 4.7%
Washington 3,307,800 10.4% 310,700 0.6% 19,400 10.4%
West Virginia 746,700 -1.8% -13,500 0.0% 100 -1.8%
Wisconsin 2,961,900 2.9% 84,300 0.8% 22,200 2.9%
Wyoming 279,000 -5.2% -15,300 0.4% 1,100 -5.2%
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Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Establishment Survey data

Warren named associate VP of development

Kathi Dantley Warren, currently the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute, has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University, effective July 10.

Kathi Dantley Warren

With more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions, Warren will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and also oversee various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and annual giving.

All of us at Rice are incredibly excited that Kathi will be joining the Development and Alumni Relations team,” said Vice President Darrow Zeidenstein. “Educated as a scientist, Kathi brings incredible smarts and a wealth of development experience from her work at Cornell and Duke, two of the best development programs in the country. I have zero doubt that both faculty and staff will enjoy working with Kathi as we seek to secure resources to enhance Rice’s mission.”

In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues by 245 percent – from $22.7 million to more than $56 million – and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college’s history. Through philanthropy she also enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

“It gave me great joy to see the legacy that this created,” Warren said. “Faculty and students are benefiting from those programs that were the result of a partnership with donors and institutional leadership.”

Warren has an M.A. in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a B.A. in biology from Hampton University. She found herself drawn to the development profession after thinking about how she had been impacted as the recipient of an undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship. She learned more about the profession that made that scholarship and fellowship possible and became a development associate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she worked her way up to associate director of development.

She met a refugee from an African country at a University of Maryland scholarship event for donors and recipients and kept in touch with him. After graduating, the refugee got a job at the United Nations and then returned to his home country to try to assist people there, but none of that would have happened if he had not received the scholarship. “That was hugely impactful,” Warren said. “The scholarship changed not only his life, but the lives of others.” She said experiences like this helped her to find meaning in the development profession. “It’s very rewarding,” she said.

Warren’s career in development includes more than 10 years of leading teams during fundraising campaigns of more than $1 billion. She said the best institutions find a way to blend the scientific tenets of fundraising with “the art of cultivating meaningful, lifelong relationships with an institution,” and Rice’s ability to do that was a key factor in her decision to join the university’s development team.

“Rice has an excellent story to tell and a visionary leader in President David Leebron,” Warren said. She noted that Rice’s prestige as a research institution, its liberal arts programs, its residential college system and its unique landscape in an urban setting are “very compelling and really engender not just investments but partnerships with donors” and can lead to “transformational gifts.”

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Warren said she is excited to come to Rice and to make a home in Texas for her family, which includes her husband, Stephen; her 11-year-old son, Bennett; and Pearl, a Piston terrier who is “the sweetest dog on the planet.” Warren is an avid sports enthusiast who likes to run, lift weights and play basketball with her son. She also enjoys cooking and acrylic painting.

67th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Hal Foster, Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, presents the 67th A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts on April 8, 15, 22, and 29, and May 6 and 13, 2017, at the National Gallery of Art. Photo by Sandy Tait

Washington, DC—The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced that Hal Foster, Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, will give the 67th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 2018.

The lecture series, entitled Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Wake of World War II, will be held in the East Building Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 and May 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.

In his six-part series, Foster asks how artists began again after the mass deaths of World War II, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb. What language was invented, what ground identified but the most raw, the most basic, the most zero-degree? He is interested in the pervasive turn, from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s, to the brut and the brutalist, the animal and the creaturely. His lectures will focus on the early work of Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Claes Oldenburg, among others.

About the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

Since 1949, the preeminent A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts have presented the best in contemporary thought and scholarship on the subject of the fine arts to the people of the United States. The program itself is named for Andrew W. Mellon, founder of the National Gallery of Art, who gave the nation his art collection and funds to build the West Building, which opened to the public in 1941.

Past speakers have included Sir Kenneth Clark, T. J. Clark, Thomas Crow, E. H. Gombrich, Michael Fried, Mary Miller, Helen Vendler, Irene Winter, and, most recently, Alexander Nemerov. For a full list, visit www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/casva/meetings/mellon-lectures-in-the-fine-arts.html.

About Hal Foster

Foster teaches and publishes in the areas of modernist and contemporary art, architecture, and theory and is interested in the relation between art and philosophy at times of political crisis. His most recent books include Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency (2015); Junkspace with Running Room, coauthored with Rem Koolhaas (2013); The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha (2012); The Art-Architecture Complex (2011); and Art Since 1900: Modernism, Anti-Modernism, Postmodernism, coauthored with Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin Buchloh (2011). He was a founding editor of Zone magazine and Zone Books, and he writes regularly for October (which he coedits), Artforum, and The London Review of Books. He is the recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association (2012) and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing (2010). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been a Siemens Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

FTI Consulting Introduces Global Private Capital Advisory Services Offering

Offering Unites Global Industry and Subject-Matter Expertise

Strengthens Coverage with Addition of Industry Veteran Keith Cox

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 ( ) — FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN) today introduced the firm’s Private Capital Advisory Services (“PCAS”) offering, which brings together FTI Consulting’s subject-matter and industry expertise to provide comprehensive services globally throughout the deal lifecycle, from origination to transaction and value creation through exit.

A key differentiator for FTI Consulting is our deep industry experience that gives insight into the complexities and challenges facing specific sectors,” said Brian Kushner, Leader of the PCAS offering and a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting. “Each of FTI Consulting’s business segments touch private capital in some way, and this coordinated offering allows us to provide clients a full range of services to address their needs at any stage of their lifecycle.”

Faced with an evolving regulatory environment and greater scrutiny around risk, operations and performance, investors and private equity funds need to adapt to changing conditions in global markets. FTI Consulting’s PCAS specialists work with the world’s leading private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices and investment banks to deliver actionable investment theses that identify deal flow for private capital sources and their portfolio companies.

The offering complements FTI Consulting’s existing private equity capabilities in United States and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), providing clients with access to a global team of senior industry and functional experts with a proven track record and experience in transactions throughout the world.

“Private equity firms often must look at crossing borders to achieve success in the current marketplace, and we have handled some of the largest and most complex transactions in recent years,” said Rustom Kharegat, Leader of the EMEA Transaction Services practice and a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting. “Building on our work in EMEA and coordinating globally will allow us to present clients with actionable solutions to help them deliver enhanced value on a global scale.”

To support the PCAS offering, FTI Consulting has appointed Keith Cox as a Managing Director in Los Angeles, where he will help coordinate relationships with clients to ensure they have access to the full range of FTI Consulting’s services. Mr. Cox, who joins from Hitachi Consulting, brings more than 30 years of investment banking and consulting experience across a range of industries. He has provided pre- and post-closing support, including due diligence, pre-close planning, performance improvement and merger integration to private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

“Private equity firms often have a relatively short window to add value, and in the current economic environment, they have more of an operational and strategic focus than in the past,” Mr. Cox said. “The depth of expertise at FTI Consulting will help clients maximize the return on their investments. This is an exciting opportunity to further develop this offering and have a unique impact on our clients’ businesses.”

About Private Capital Advisory Services
FTI Consulting provides definitive expertise and comprehensive services for the private capital community. Using an industry-first approach, senior experts work with the world’s leading private equity firms, hedge funds and investment banks, providing pragmatic, transaction and execution-oriented services that drive shareholder value throughout the deal life cycle. From origination to exit, FTI Consulting professionals use knowledge-driven skill and experience, focusing on critical financial, commercial and operational opportunities, to help create and enhance enterprise value. Visit www.fticonsulting.com/privatecapital to learn more.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations manage change, mitigate risk and resolve disputes: financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational and transactional. With more than 4,700 employees located in 29 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges and make the most of opportunities. The Company generated $1.81 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.