Hillside Islamic Center
300 Hillside Avenue,
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Given the increase in the number of complaints to CAIR alleging airport profiling of American Muslims, it is important that all those taking part in this year's Hajj, or other holiday travel, be aware of their rights and responsibilities. As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful, and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. You also have a right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory.
Learn more about your rights as a Hajj traveler at this specialized Know Your Rights Workshop!
Right now, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is facing unprecedented threats, as conservative activists try to dismantle the safeguards that have helped nearly a million people pursue jobs, education, and the American dream. At the same moment, the Trump administration is targeting Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”), the immigration program that helps hundreds of thousands of Americans who are fleeing danger and death abroad.
DACA and TPS protect thousands of New Yorkers, and we must make sure these vital programs continue. Join us this Tuesday, August 15th at 5:00 PM at Trump Tower (725 5th Ave) to rally to #DefendDACA and #DefendTPS. Together, we will ensure that all of our communities are protected from deportation.
You can also show your support by sharing the Facebook event, tweeting about DACA and TPS using #DefendDACA #DefendTPS, and volunteering to marshal by clicking here: http://bit.ly/DefendDACAMarshals
On July 4th, join CAIR-NY for a Muslim-led rally and teach-in in the heart of Trump Tower, highlighting how the United States has repeatedly broken our founding promises and targeted groups on the basis of race, religion, or ideology. Speakers from a diverse array of organizations will discuss how their communities have historically been targeted - from the U.S.’s internment of Americans of Japanese descent, to U.S.’s treatment of Puerto Rico, to President Trump’s Muslim Ban. Trump Tower remains a public space, free and open to all, and we will use that freedom to send a message to the President and the world.
July 4th will be a potent reminder that President Trump stands in a long line of American leaders who sought political power by marginalizing and demonizing minority groups. On this Independence Day, we will reaffirm our commitment to that most basic American tenet: all are created equal.
RSVP on our Facebook page!
On Tuesday, June 20th, World Refugee Day, join us for a march and rally with African Communities Together (ACT) and City of Refuge Coalition partners to fight for Stop the Refugee Ban, Save Asylum and Defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
6:00pm: Assemble at [TBD]
6:30pm - 7:30pm: March to/ Rally at Trump World Tower and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
8:30pm - 9:30pm: Interfaith Iftar* at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
*An Iftar is the ceremonial 'breaking of fast' observed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
Join CAIR-NY for “Queens Stands Up” Rally in MacDonald Park on Sunday 2pm-5pm. This rally has been sponsored by a diverse coalition of civil rights, interfaith, immigrant and economic justice groups in New York. Come stand up for liberty and democracy when the basic American values of freedom and tolerance are being threatened by those in power!
"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not
perish from the Earth." --Abraham Lincoln
Where: MacDonald Park, Queens Blvd. between Yellowstone Blvd. and 70th Rd, Forest Hills, New York 11375
On June 10th, NYC Loves Muslims will prove that the opposite of hatred isn’t tolerance, it’s love. New Yorkers of every faith, race, and background will come together to showcase our city’s unshakable commitment to pluralism, highlighting the best of who we are and what we believe. At this troubling moment, when the voices of hate are growing stronger, New Yorkers will not stay silent.
Our co-sponsors are:
- Council on American-Islamic Relations - New York
- New York Immigration Coalition
Our coalition partners include:
- Action Group Network
- Bay Ridge for Social Justice
- Black Lives Matter NY
- Council of African Imams
- Interfaith Center of New York
- International Socialist Organization - NYC
- Jewish Voices for Peace - New York City
- Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
- Jews Say NO
- Justice for All
- Make the Road
- Mpower Change
- NY Communities for Change
- NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
- Rise and Resist
- RUSA LGBT- Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association
- Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
- Showing Up For Racial Justice - SURJ, NYC
- UWS MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group
- We Will Not Be Silent
- Women's March Alliance
- Working Families Party
- Workmen's Circle
* We are making it a priority, that this event is peaceful and safe. We have been working closely with the NYPD and will have a permitted event. We will have marshals and legal observers as well.
** We encourage you to bring your own signs and festive gear. Please remember that the NYPD does not permit "rigid supports" for signs, so hold them up with cardboard tubes.
The first annual Muslim Advocacy day is almost here ! It isn't too late to sign up either !
CAIR-NY and Muslim community members will meet with New York state legislators in Albany to advocate for issues concerning our community. This is a great opportunity to show our elected officials that Muslims are engaged in these issues. Everything you need to know will be discussed at a brief meeting tentatively set for Sunday, April 23nd. A bus has been reserved, but space is limited, so register today by filling out the online form below!
CAIR-NY's Albert Cahn will be featured as a panelist at The New School's Muslim Ban & Executive Order Seminar in Manhattan. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible on this pressing issue!
Where: The New School - Wolff Conference Room 11th floor Room 1103, 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003
Max Decibel Music and Anti-Bigot Brigade present: The second installment of the "Keep It Together" charity concert series.
Please do not miss out on this amazing Benefit show in Queens. All proceeds will be donated to CAIR-NY!
Where: The Footlight at 465 Seneca Avenue, Queens, NY, 11385
If there’s anything New Yorkers know how to do, it’s express our grievances and let our voices be heard. And, as we reported recently, we have a long history of civil disobedience.
Since Election Day, thousands of New Yorkers have hit the streets to voice their concerns about the country’s newly installed political leadership and policies.
But it’s not just the streets. Protesting is bringing neighbors together, as community groups throughout the five boroughs have formed via Huddle, an action plan from the Women’s March organizers.
A new grassroots campaign aims to get a million or more postcards sent to the White House today, March 15. The campaign organizers hope to capture both the president's and the nation's attention using simple means: 4×6 pieces of card stock and stamps.
The event date coincides with the Roman Holiday Ides of March; the same day that Julius Cesar was assassinated after failing to heed previous warnings.
For Immediate Release
CAIR-NY Supports Call for Security Grant Program
(New York City, N.Y., 3/13/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading civil rights organization for Muslims, today supported the call for a Security Grant Program by a coalition of New York City Council Members, city leaders and nonprofit institution in response to an alarming rise in hate crimes.
The group noted the 54% uptick in hate crimes within New York City in the last year among various groups as reason for necessary city funding in the amount of $25 million to protect community centers, cultural institutions, and advocacy organizations.
"Given the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes and attacks, we expect Muslim community centers and mosques will be amongst the first to receive funding under this program." said CAIR-NY's Legal Director, Albert Cahn. "New York's Muslim and Jewish communities have both seen a terrifying rise in violence, and we expect that this funding will help both communities keep their members safe."
SEE: Protecting New York's Communities from Hate Crimes
CAIR-NY also condemned the desecration of graves at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Approximately a dozen headstones at the Jewish cemetery were toppled in attacks similar to those at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia, and St. Louis , making it the third such attack in two weeks.
SEE: Another Jewish cemetery is vandalized, this time in New York
CAIR-NY also condemned an apparent bias attack on a Latino man in Brooklyn, NY, which took place on Wednesday evening. According to the NYPD, the assailant called the victim a “f***ing Mexican” and said “go back to your country,” before punching the victim multiple times, breaking his nose. The attack took place at the southbound J-train platform at the Crescent Street station.
SEE: Attacker yells, ‘Go back to your country,’ then breaks man’s nose on Brooklyn subway platform
CAIR-NY’s statement was just the latest in a series of actions to promote solidarity between Muslim Americans and other targets of hate crimes. Last month, CAIR’s national office offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who threatened at least 10 Jewish Community Centers nationwide.
SEE: CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers Nationwide
In the same month, Florida chapter of CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community after vehicles in a predominately Orthodox Jewish Community were vandalized with Nazi swastikas.
SEE: CAIR-FL Expressed Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hate Vandalism
CAIR’s Ohio chapter also expressed solidarity with the Jewish community of Ohio after a series of bomb threats targeted Jewish Communities throughout the nation, including the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, the JCC in Cincinnati, and the JCC in Columbus.
SEE: CAIR-Ohio Expressed Solidarity with Ohio Jewish Community
CAIR and the American Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, 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, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
SEE: CAIR, Coalition Partners Condemn Latest Incident of Nooses Discovered in Calvert County, Md.
CAIR-Cincinnati, CAIR-Alabama Condemn Nazi Vandalism Targeting Interracial Couples
CAIR Welcomes Denial of Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline
CAIR Condemns Threat and Vandalism Targeting Home of Jewish Professor in Oberlin, Ohio
Muslim community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, email@example.com; Legal Director Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273,firstname.lastname@example.org,CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com.
CAIR-NY's Executive Director, Afaf Nasher, will take part in a panel discussion held by The City College Partnership in order to address student and community concerns about current immigration issues and Muslim rights.
When: March 3, 2017 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.
Where: The City College of New York (CCNY) in the NAC Building Room 1/203, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
CAIR-NY's Albert Cahn spoke at a community town hall hosted by Representative Hakeem Jeffries, on the topic of President Trump's Immigration Policies.
Other partners included the Baitul Mamur Masjid & Community Center, the Majlis Ashura Islamic Leadership Council of New York, The Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL) , Muslim American Society , and the Islamic Cultural Center of New York.
The event took place at the Baitul Mamur Masjid & Community Center located at 1033 Glenmore Ave (between Euclid Avenue & Pine) Brooklyn, NY 11208.
Join CAIR-NY in Queens, rallying to show strength in diversity and solidarity in these uncertain times.
We stand together with all communities in America facing political and social marginalization and attack, and we invite you to come out and show your support!
WHERE: MacDonald Park Queens Blvd. between Yellowstone Blvd. and 70 Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375.
WHEN: February 26th 2017, 11 AM-2PM
CAIR-NY's Legal Director, Albert Cahn, will hold a "Know Your Rights" workshop in Jamaica, Queens, this weekend! This event is sponsored by the Jamaica Muslim Center (JMC). Help your break down the walls of communication, and build bridges of knowledge!
Where: Jamaica Muslim Center, 85-37 168 Street, Jamaica, NY 11432
CAIR-NY is co-sponsoring "Know Your Rights & Activate!" event being held by NYC Council Member Daneek Miller with the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit.
When: February 23, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Where: Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica (Queens), NY 11432
CAIR-NY, the Association of Muslim-American Lawyers, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the Iranian American Bar Association, and Chadbourne & Parke will hold a timely training on the impact of President Trump's executive order and measures that at-risk travelers can take to prevent and respond to discrimination. Participating lawyers will be invited to present at area mosques and Muslim community centers as part of this exciting outreach coalition.
- When: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
- NEW LOCATION: Chadbourne & Parke 1301 6th Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd streets)
CAIR-NY's Director of Strategic Litigation, Albert Cahn, and immigration legal expert, Iman Boukadoum, held a "Know York Rights" workshop at the Muslim American Society's (MAS) Staten Island Community Center. Attendees learned more about Trump's executive order, their rights, and how to handle being faced by law enforcement. Events like this are crucial!
"Nothing will keep you safer than saying 'I want an attorney...' And you can call CAIR New York."
Know Your Rights Workshop: Muslim Ban and Crossing Borders in Bethpage, Long Island.
Join CAIR-NY's Albert Cahn on February 12th for an important conversation.
See the event poster below for details: