CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Muslim Harassment at Hewlett-Woodmere BOE Meetings, Calls for Recognition of Eid Holidays

For Immediate Release
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 1/19/2018) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the alleged harassment of Muslim community members and students attending Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education meetings on January 10 and 17. 
 
During the January 10 discussion about recognizing the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha holidays, one Muslim community member was called a “terrorist” and references were made to the September 11 terror attacks.
 
Following an almost four-hour discussion, the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education decided to remove the Eid holidays from the district’s calendar.
 
SEE: Muslim holiday debate turns heated at H-W board meeting
http://www.liherald.com/fivetowns/stories/muslim-holiday-debate-turns-heated-at-h-w-board-meeting,99314
 
[NOTE: Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, and is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]
 
A text message sent on January 16, urged residents to attend the January 17 meeting, warning that “observance of a Muslim holiday will draw other religious Muslims to the area, which eventually would make our houses value go down, as no decent person would want to buy a house next to that. The demographics will change and our properties will be worthless.”

clip_image002.jpg

t the January 17 meeting, one attendee tried to respond to an individual defending the Muslim community, saying “they kill us.”  Members of the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education were quick to denounce the anti-Muslim remarks, but declined to reverse their decision on the Eid holidays.”

“It’s disgraceful that these anti-Muslim advocates celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by organizing in support of housing segregation,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Our school calendars should reflect the diversity and inclusionary spirit of our state.  We applaud those board members who condemned anti-Muslim harassment, but the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education must take this opportunity to stand with Muslim parents and students by recognizing the Eid holidays.”
 
CAIR has worked on the issue of Eid holidays nationwide.
 
SEE: CAIR Applauds Maryland School Board's Decision to Close Schools on Eid Holiday
http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14775-cair-applauds-maryland-school-board-s-decision-to-close-schools-on-eid-holiday.html
 
New Yorkers 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.
 
– END –

CAIR-NY Condemns Harassment of Muslim NYPD Officers

For Immediate Release
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 1/8/2018) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the alleged harassment of two Muslim NYPD officers, whose lockers were reportedly vandalized with messages, including "F--k you, Muslim b---h." 
 
According to police, the graffiti was discovered on Saturday night in Transit District 11’s men’s locker room, which is located in the Bronx.
 
“Muslims” was written just below one officer’s name on a "Police!! Don't Move!” sticker. "F--k You Muslim B---h" was on a duplicate sticker below a second officer’ name.
 
SEE: Lockers of Muslim Cops Vandalized with Hate Messages in the Bronx
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/lockers-muslim-cops-vandalized-hate-messages-bronx-article-1.3744579  
 
“No officer should have to face this sort of bigotry, but it’s especially disturbing to see it happen in their own station,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We are gratified to see this harassment being taken seriously by the NYPD. This hatred has no place in our city, and it certainly should have no place in our police force.”
 
New Yorkers 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.
 
– END –

CAIR-NY Welcomes Hate Crime Probe of Suspects who Assaulted Muslim Woman, Shouted ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Go Back to your Country’

For Immediate Release
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 12/28/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the decision of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force to probe the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Muslim woman in Brooklyn. During the attack, suspects allegedly punched, kicked, and spat on the Souad Kirama a local Muslim community activist and parent advocate. The suspects also called Kirama a “terrorist” and told her to “go back to your country.”
 
The attack by 10-11 teenage suspects took place Tuesday afternoon, between 4:00 and 5:00 PM, at the Panera Bread at 345 Adams Street in Brooklyn.  The matter is currently under investigation by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force. According to the victim, numerous patrons stood-by and did nothing during the attack. The victim’s Facebook Live video, which was recorded shortly after the attack, has already received more than 100,000 views.
 
VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/skirama1/videos/10215074967215446/

“We are grateful that the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force has been so responsive to the Muslim community,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “It is intolerable to see so many New Yorkers do nothing in the face of this sort of hatred. At this moment, when Muslim New Yorkers are enduring a historic surge in hate crimes, we must all stand up when we see our neighbors being attacked.”
 
New York 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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –
 

CAIR-NY to Join Other Rights Groups at Rally Against Muslim Ban Tonight in Washington Square


Media advisory


(NEW YORK, NY., 12/7/15) -- Tonight, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join other civil rights organizations at a rally and press conference in Washington Square Park against the Muslim Ban, the Tax Scam, and to demand a DREAM Act Now. #NoMuslimBanEver#NoTaxScam, and #DREAMActNOW!

On Monday, the Supreme Court reinstated Muslim Ban 3.0; last Friday, the U.S. Senate moved forward with a Tax Scam that will devastate New York families; and since October, thousands of DACA recipients have been put at risk for deportation.  Earlier this week, CAIR-NY expressed deep concern over the court’s decision to allow President Trump’s latest Muslim Ban policy to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Says U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Relatives Abroad
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/12/7/cair-ny-says-us-supreme-courts-decision-on-trumps-muslim-ban-ignores-impact-on-citizens-and-their-relatives-abroad

WHAT: Rally and march against the Muslim Ban, the Tax Scam, and to demand a DREAM Act Now!
WHEN:  Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Washington Square Park
 
 
Speakers at the rally include representatives from several rally organizers:

  • Mpower Change
  • Strong Economy for All Coalition
  • The New York Immigration Coalition
  • Arab American Association of NY
  • Asian American Federation
  • Bangla Brigade NYC
  • CAIR- NY
  • Iranian Alliances Across Borders
  • MoveOn.Org
  • National Action Network
  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
  • New York State Immigrant Action Fund
  • Planned Parenthood NYC
  • UNITEHERE Local 100
  • The Workmen’s Circle
  • 32BJ SEIU Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB)

CAIR-NY also encourages anyone who thinks they may be impacted by the latest Muslim Ban to contact the civil rights organization or an immigration attorney. 
 
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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –

Supreme Court Reinstates Muslim Ban 3.0

12/4/2017

Dear Community Members,
 
The Supreme Court issued a decision on the Muslim Ban (‘Muslim Ban 3.0’) this afternoon. First and foremost, we remind our community members and supporters that this is one of many fights for social justice playing out in the federal government this week - while we are focused on the Muslim Ban, we are supportive of those who are advocating for DACA protections and those who are challenging the proposed tax plan.
 
Today’s developments have raised numerous concerns and questions, which we attempt to answer below.  Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court. The interpretations below can change quickly and we will update you should that happen.
 
Who Will Be Impacted?
Certain nationals of eight countries - Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Please see below for a list of how certain nationals from each country will be impacted.

photo.jpg

 
General limitations

  • Muslim Ban 3.0 only applies to individuals who are i) outside of the U.S. on the effective date (either September 24, 2017, or October 18, 2017 depending on the country and individual), ii) who did not have a valid visa on that date, and iii) who have not obtained a waiver under Section 3(c).
  • Muslim Ban 3.0 does not apply to:
    • Lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
    • Individuals admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of the new Muslim Ban;
    • Those with a document other than a visa that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of the new Muslim Ban;
    • Dual-nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country;
    • Individuals granted asylum;
    • Refugees already admitted to the U.S.; or
    • Individuals granted withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention against Torture

 
Impacted countries:

  • Iran
    • All immigrant and nonimmigrant entry is suspended for Iranian nationals except for those with F, J, or M visas.
    • Those with F, J, or M visas will most likely be subject to “enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”.
  • Libya
    • All immigrants and nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended.
  • Somalia
    • All immigrant visas are suspended for Somali nationals.
    • Non-immigrant visas are permitted, subjected to heightened screening.
  • Syria
    • All immigrant and nonimmigrant entry is suspended for Syrian nationals.
  • Sudan
    • Sudan was removed from the list of restricted countries in the new Muslim Ban.
    • Sudanese visa holders who were impacted by earlier Muslim Bans should now be able to reapply for visa.
  • Yemen
    • All immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended.
  • Chad
    • All immigrant visas and nonimmigrants with business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are suspended from entering the U.S.
  • North Korea
    • All immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders are suspended from entering the U.S.
  • Venezuela
    • The entry of officials of government agencies of Venezuela involved in screening and vetting procedures and their immediate family members, as nonimmigrants on business (B-1), tourist (B-2), and business/tourist (B-1/B-2) visas, is suspended. Additionally, nationals of Venezuela who are visa holders are subject to additional measures.
    • Per Section 3(b)(v) of the new Muslim Ban, certain Venezuelans traveling on diplomatic visas are not affected by this order.

 
How to Get Legal Help
You can contact our organizations if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by this executive order and would like legal advice or assistance;
  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.

 
CAIR-NY: 646-665-7599 or http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
 
Sincerely,
Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.
Legal Director

CAIR-NY Says U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban Ignores Impact on Citizens and Their Relatives Abroad

For Immediate Release

 (NEW YORK, N.Y. 12/4/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed alarm at the Supreme Court's decision to allow Muslim Ban 3.0 to be implemented until the Supreme Court makes a final decision about the executive action's constitutionality. 

Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued two orders staying the Hawaii and Maryland federal courts' injunctions which had, until today, largely prevented the Trump Administration from implementing Muslim Ban 3.0's visa restrictions.  Although this decision allows Muslim Ban 3.0 to go into effect now, the Supreme Court could still find it unconstitutional at a later date.

"This decision is nothing less than a dereliction of duty from our nation’s highest court," said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. "The Supreme Court's actions remind us that we can't simply rely on the justices to stop President Trump's marginalization of Muslims and other minorities. The fight is far from over, and we must all do everything we can to oppose Muslim Ban 3.0."

CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed suit against President Trump's Muslim Ban on behalf of six American Muslims impacted by the immigration restrictions. On appeal, this case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others and are jointly pending before the Fourth Circuit.  Oral argument in the Fourth Circuit is set for this Friday, December 8th, in Richmond, VA.

Video: CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups Hold Presser After Md. Court Arguments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

In a broad ruling on October 18th, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang granted CAIR and other groups' request for a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from implementing its latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the United States. 

Judge Chuang ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to ultimately succeed in proving that anti-Muslim animus motivated the travel ban in violation of the Establishment Clause. He also noted that the ban violates federal law, which forbids the government from discriminating against visa applicants based on their nationality.

SEE: Second Judge Rules Against Latest Travel Ban, Saying Trump’s Own Words Show It Was Aimed at Muslims

In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief
These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit. 

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order
 
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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

CAIR-NY Welcomes Guilty Plea of Woman Who Assaulted Muslim Women, Infant Children in Brooklyn

For Immediate Release


(NEW YORK, NY, 11/30/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the state’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the guilty plea of Emirjeta Xhelili, who pleaded guilty in Kings County Supreme Court to attacking two Muslim women and their infant children. 
 
On September 8, 2016, Xhelili attacked two Muslim women in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, punching them, kicking them, and trying to remove their traditional headscarves (hijabs) and face veils (niqabs).  Xhelili also tried to topple the strollers with their young children. Xhelili made several anti-Muslim statements during her attack, including: “get the f--k out of America, b-----s” and “this is America — you shouldn’t be different from us.”
 
Xhelili pleaded guilty to third degree assault as a hate crime, a felony; she was sentenced to six months in prison.
 
SEE: EXCLUSIVE: Bigot tried ripping off two Muslim women’s hijabs as they strolled with their babies in Brooklyn attack
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bigot-ripping-muslim-women-hijabs-hateful-attack-article-1.2785475

Muslim woman who was victim of hate crime in Brooklyn speaks out
http://pix11.com/2016/10/12/muslim-woman-who-was-victim-of-hate-crime-in-brooklyn-speaks-out/
 
In a statement, CAIR-New York Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn said:
 
“We congratulate the Kings County District Attorney for swiftly pursuing the case against Ms. Xhelili. In a year that has seen unprecedented levels of hate crimes against Muslim New Yorkers, this attack stands out for its vicious cruelty. It is intolerable to think that these young mothers and their children were targeted in broad daylight, on a street in Brooklyn, for doing nothing more than practicing their faith.
 
“It is clear that the president’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, like the tweets he circulated earlier this week, is emboldening anti-Muslim extremists. Muslim New Yorkers are being targeted like never before, including attacks on mosques, Muslim children bullied at school, and Muslim New Yorkers attacked on the street.
 
“We commend DA Eric Gonzales for keeping his office’s lines of communication open with the Muslim community. This helps show the world that New York has no place for hate crimes against Muslims.”
 
SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14476-cair-report-shows-2017-on-track-to-becoming-one-of-worst-years-ever-for-anti-muslim-hate-crimes.html

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –

CAIR-NY Horrified by Trump’s Incitement to Violence Against U.S. Muslims on Twitter

MEDIA ADVISORY: 
 
CAIR-NY Horrified by Trump’s Incitement to Violence Against U.S. Muslims on Twitter
 
(New York, NY 11/29/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned what it called President Trump’s “incitement to violence against American Muslims” after he retweeted Islamophobic videos from an anti-Muslim British political leader who has been charged in the United Kingdom with “religious aggravated harassment.”
 
SEE: Trump Shares Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/us/politics/trump-anti-muslim-videos-jayda-fransen.html
Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/donald-trump-retweet-jayda-fransen/index.html
 
MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR will be available for interviews today in its office in Queens.
 
“These hateful an inflammatory messages are not only beneath the presidency, they are dangerous,” said CAIR-NY’s Legal Director, Albert Fox Cahn.  “New York saw a 560% increase in anti-Muslim harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes in 2016, and 2017 is on track to see even more.  All New Yorkers of conscience should condemn these bigoted videos and the anti-Muslim violence they will inevitably  inspire.”
 
SEE: CAIR Report Shows 2017 on Track to Becoming One of Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14476-cair-report-shows-2017-on-track-to-becoming-one-of-worst-years-ever-for-anti-muslim-hate-crimes.html

CAIR Says New FBI Hate Crimes Report Shows Need to Stand Up to Increasing Bigotry
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14780-cair-says-new-fbi-hate-crimes-report-shows-need-to-stand-up-to-increasing-bigotry.html

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –
 

CAIR-NY, DOT Art Launch ‘Amplify’ Public Art, Social Justice Campaign.

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/15/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today Partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art) to launch AMPLIFY, a public art campaign to promote local social justice organizations.  DOT Art partnered with artists to highlight the work of ten social justice organizations and the communities they serve.

SEE: Photos

1.jpg
2.jpg
3.jpg

CAIR-NY worked with the artist Morehshin Allahyari to create an original poster focused on the shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose 584% nationwide between 2014 and 2016.  In New York, anti-Muslim harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes rose 560% in just 2016, faster than the national average.

“We hope AMPLIFY will help us educate New Yorkers who might otherwise know about the stunning surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We are grateful that DOT Art is helping to use our public spaces to not only support the arts, but to engage New Yorkers in the ongoing fight for civil rights.  At a time when many hate crime victims suffer in silence, AMPLIFY can help bring a bit of visibility to their plight.”

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

CAIR-NY Condemns Two Mosque Attacks in Brooklyn, Asks Public for Info

For Immediate Release:

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/14/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned two attacks on south Brooklyn mosques.

According to police, the hammer-wielding assailant targeted mosques in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park over the weekend.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. Saturday evening, the alleged attacker broke windows and a security camera at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center in Sunset Park, on 6th Avenue near 63rd Street.  Some 30 minutes later, the same attacker reportedly targeted the Fatih Camii Mosque, on Eighth Avenue near 60th Street in Bay Ridge.

SEE: Man With Hammer Smashes Property at 2 Mosques in Brooklyn: Police

https://patch.com/new-york/sunset-park/man-smashes-windows-sunset-park-mosque-hammer-police

“While we are grateful that no one was hurt, it is repulsive that this alleged attacker so systematically targeted Brooklyn mosques,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward immediately and report their information to the police.”

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

 

 

CAIR-NY Applauds State Complaint Against Anti-Immigrant Landlord

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/6/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a New York State Division of Human Rights’ complaint against a Queens landlord for allegedly harassing and discriminating against immigrant tenants.

The landlord had placed a letter on the building’s front door demanding that all tenants provide their Social Security card, photo identification, proof of employment, and Green Card or passport in order to avoid eviction. Many of the tenants are immigrants from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, making this an obvious and direct threat against them.

SEE: Governor Cuomo Announces Complaint Filed Against Queens Landlord for Targeting Immigrants
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-complaint-filed-against-queens-landlord-targeting-immigrants

It’s illegal under New York law to force a tenant to show immigration status as a condition for lease renewal, and the state is now seeking an order to make the landlord cease and desist these discriminatory practices, as well as pay fines and penalties.

“We applaud the state division and Governor Cuomo for taking a stand against this despicable discrimination,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “At a time when far too many New Yorkers suffer in silence, we urge city and state officials to expand their efforts against discrimination."

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

CAIR-NY Secures Generous Settlement for Victim of Employment Discrimination

CAIR-NY recently secured a generous settlement from a major company for a Muslim employee facing religious harassment at work. Since the beginning of her employment, our client’s coworkers and supervisors openly criticized her choice to wear a hijab, questioned her excessively about her religion, and asked her to defend Islam as nonviolent. She contacted CAIR-NY for assistance in reaching a settlement with the company. Our legal team was able to secure a settlement 40% higher than the one originally requested by the client. This settlement reaffirmed our client’s right to protection from workplace discrimination on the basis of her religion, and ensured that she would no longer be forced to endure such clearly unfair treatment.

MUSLIM & CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CONDEMN TRUMP’S CALL FOR MORE ISLAMOPHOBIC POLICIES IN WAKE OF NYC TRAGEDY

San Francisco - In the wake of the attack on the people of New York City this week, President Trump released a variety of xenophobic proposals aimed at hurting immigrant and Muslim communities. Threatening to “end chain migration,” terminating the long-standing diversity lottery program, abandoning due process and civil liberties, the President is attempting to exploit Tuesday’s attacks to advance an aggressively anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda long championed by his administration.

In response, Christina Sinha from Asian Americans Advancing JusticeAlbert Fox Cahn from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Christina Sinha, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

“We condemn the recent attack in New York City and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and families impacted by this horrible act of hate. However, we cannot allow President Trump to use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to further scapegoat Muslims and intensify his xenophobic, anti-Muslim policy agenda.”

Albert Fox Cahn, CAIR Representative:

“CAIR condemns the horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights. We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.”

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center:

“Strong leaders recognize that moments of tragedy call for unity, not sowing harmful divisions. After this week’s tragic events in New York, President Trump once again failed to show the leadership we need in these moments and instead wants to exploit this devastating attack to promote his laundry list of anti-Muslim policies to turn our nation into a country where the American dream is sold to the highest bidder. These proposals would betray our fundamental values of fairness and due process and threaten to turn our immigration laws into a race and class-based system. Our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should remember those lessons and reject Trump’s call to divide and discriminate.”

###

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

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.

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is organized by a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups who are leading efforts around the country to fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim Ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities and immigrants across the country.

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

CAIR-NY Condemns President Trump’s Threat to Jail Terrorist Suspect In Gitmo

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY Condemns President Trump’s Threat to Jail Terrorist Suspect In Gitmo

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/31/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s unconstitutional threat to jail Sayfullo Saipov in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Saipov, a green card holder originally from Uzbekistan, was arrested in connection with yesterday’s deadly attack on Lower Manhattan.

SEE: Trump calls terror suspect ‘an animal’ and says ‘send him to Gitmo,’ wants to close diversity visa program
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/01/trump-says-he-may-send-new-york-attack-suspect-to-guantanamo-bay-and-is-terminating-diversity-visa-lottery-program/

Mr. Trump also said that the federal criminal and immigration systems were “a joke” and “a laughingstock,” going on to suggest that Saipov’s family “could be a threat.” The latest proposal comes as the Department of Defense continues to hold a U.S. Citizen who surrendered to allied forces in Syria in mid-September.  Since then, his name, age and other personal details, have been withheld, even from U.S. lawyers seeking to represent him.

SEE: Case of suspected American ISIS fighter captured in Syria vexes U.S.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/case-of-suspected-american-isis-fighter-captured-in-syria-vexes-us/2017/10/29/349c18ce-bca7-11e7-8444-a0d4f04b89eb_story.html

“Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.  Mr. Trump claims we are politically correct, but he is just factually wrong.  The U.S. criminal justice system has successfully prosecuted numerous terrorists, while the Guantanamo Bay tribunal system has yet to convict a single suspect.  Trump’s proposal shows that he doesn’t trump the NYPD, FBI and his own U.S. Attorney to handle this case.  We will do everything we can to block this policy and any other attempts to exploit tragedy to attack our values and constitution.”

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

– END –

Media Advisory: CAIR-NY, NYC Community Leaders to Hold an Interfaith Vigil for Peace in Response to Manhattan Attack

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/1/17) – Later today, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will join diverse community and faith leaders at a vigil for peace in response to the attack that killed eight and injured at least eleven bikers and pedestrians in lower Manhattan yesterday.  This event will take place at Foley Square tonight at 6 p.m. 
 
SEE: NYC Strong Interfaith Vigil for Peace
https://www.facebook.com/events/1628653523862081/
 
WHATNYC Strong Interfaith Vigil for Peace
WHO: Hosting organizations include Interfaith Center of New York, CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Network, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and many more interfaith leaders from across New York City.
WHEN: Today, Wednesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Foley Square, New York, NY 10013

Faith and community leaders were devastated by this latest act of mass violence in downtown Manhattan. Representatives of diverse religious traditions and community leaders will offer reflections and prayers for the victims, their families, and our nation tonight. The vigil will unite a large coalition of interfaith partners and community organizers and will exemplify the solidarity of New Yorkers in rejecting senseless violence and hatred.  
 
The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) works to overcome prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities. 
 
The Muslim Community Network identifies and cultivates the leadership skills of all Americans to fully participate in the social landscape.
 
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.
 
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.
 
- END –

CAIR-NY Condemns Deadly Vehicle Attack In Manhattan

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/31/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences to victims the deadly vehicular attack on the West Side Highway bike path in Manhattan.  The attack, which is being investigated by police as a potential terrorist incident, killed at least eight victims, leaving an unknown number wounded.

 
SEE: 8 Dead as Truck Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan in Terror Attack
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/nyregion/police-shooting-lower-manhattan.html   

"CAIR-NY condemns today’s horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Since the goal of such heinous crimes is to divide our nation, it is incumbent on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to frustrate that evil objective by standing united in the face of terror."
 
“Like all New Yorkers, we mourn those who died today, and our thoughts are with the families and friends they leave behind,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “In the wake of this tragedy, we know that New Yorkers will not only show our city’s enduring resilience, but we will prove that our love and compassion are stronger than anyone who attacks and divides us.”

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –

 

CAIR-NY Condemns DA's Failure to Bring Hate Crime Charges for Manhattan Assault on African-American Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/19/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Manhattan District Attorney’s failure to prosecute a September 4 attack on an African-American woman in Manhattan as a hate crime.
 
According to the victim, Kimberly Halliday, her assailant repeatedly punched her body and head while saying “you’re the devil. . .you’re no good. Black b**ch.” 
 
Despite these statements, the Manhattan District Attorney failed to seek an indictment for the attack as a hate crime. Bennett Smith, 22, has been charged with assault in the third degree, aggravated harassment and attempted assault, all of which are misdemeanors. If prosecuted as a hate crime, Smith could face multiple felony counts, which carry more serious punishments.
 
SEE: West Village assault victim seeks to hit her attacker with hate crime for calling her a ‘black b---h’
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/victim-seeks-hate-crime-attacker-called-black-b-h-article-1.3567742
 
“This horrific attack shows how unequally New York City pursues and prosecutes hate crimes,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “We stand with all New Yorkers who want our city live up to that most basic promise: equal justice under law.”
 
“When we fail to take hate crimes seriously, we not only revictimize the targets of these attacks, but their communities as well,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Time and again, hate crimes against marginalized communities are charged less severely than hate crimes against other victims. This double standard must stop.”

CAIR-NY and the American Muslim community have 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, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings. 
 
Earlier this month, CAIR-NY condemned the anti-black, anti-gay, and anti-Semitic letters sent to seven businesses and the Israeli Consulate in New York City.
 
SEE: Letters With Swastikas and 'MAGA' Sent to 7 Shops, Israeli Consulate: NYPD
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20171004/borough-park/swastika-letters-maga-borough-park-israeli-consulate-nypd-hate-crime   

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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –

 

Muslim Ban 3.0 Blocked: What You Need to Know

Summary

Most of the new Muslim Ban 3.0 was temporarily blocked by courts in Hawaii and Maryland; the orders blocking the ban apply to the entire U.S.  This means most of the Muslim Ban will not start until the courts have a chance to make further determinations about whether or not it is illegal.

Please keep in mind that this information can change at any time based on what is happening in the courts, so please check back frequently for updates.  This is the third version of the Muslim Ban since January 2017; every version has been overcome through community, policy, and legal advocacy.

What Exactly Did the Hawaii and Maryland Courts Do?

The courts blocked key sections of Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect across the U.S., including several that had not yet gone into effect.  Specifically, it blocked the restrictions against people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.  These orders did not block the restrictions on people from North Korea or Venezuela, which went into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:00pm EST.

Who Is Impacted IF the Rest of the Muslim Ban Resumes?

Again, most of Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently blocked, but IF it goes into full effect, it will impact the following people:

 

pasted image 0.png

 

Timing

The new Muslim Ban was blocked before it could fully go into effect.  Portions of the Muslim Ban began on September 24, 2017, with the remainder scheduled to go into effect on October 18, 2017 at 12:00am EST.  These rulings only briefly block the Muslim Ban, and if it is unblocked by the courts, it could go into effect right away.

Muslim Ban 3.0 Does NOT Apply To:

  • U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents (also known as green card holders)

  • Dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-listed country

  • People granted asylum by the U.S.

  • People admitted or paroled into the U.S. on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • People who obtained a visa on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • People with a document other than a visa (such as advanced parole or a refugee travel document) that allows them to travel to the U.S., if the document is dated on or after the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

  • Anyone in the U.S. on the effective date of Muslim Ban 3.0

Waivers: Asking For An Exception to the Ban IF it Moves Forward

In certain cases, the government may make an exception to the Ban in the form of a process called a waiver.  A waiver may be granted if you can show that 1) denying you entry would cause you undue hardship 2) entry to the U.S. would not pose a threat to national security or public safety and 3) entry would be in the national interest of the U.S.  We do not yet know anything about how to request a waiver or how the U.S. Department of State has interpreted the waiver language in the new Muslim Ban. Please check back for updates.

You can contact our organizations if:

  • You or someone you know is impacted by Muslim Ban 3.0 and would like free legal advice or assistance;

  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.

CAIR New York: 646-665-7599 or www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

We remain committed to challenging this Ban and protecting the communities we serve.  Please do not hesitate to reach out.

CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’
Muslim civil rights group calls on Trump administration to withdraw proposed rules
 
(New York, N.Y. 10/17/17) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR-NY”), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is welcoming a decision today by a federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing “Muslim Ban 3.0,” the latest version of the president’s controversial travel ban.
 
Judge Derrick K. Watson’s decision means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries targeted by the ban, which was to go into effect tomorrow.
 
SEE: Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-judge-blocks-trumps-third-travel-ban/2017/10/17/e73293fc-ae90-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html
 
The Hawaii court found that the Muslim ban “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals” from the Muslim majority countries would be “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”
 
Recognizing that “national security” is pretext for the Muslim ban, the court determined that it contains “internal incoherencies that markedly undermine its stated ‘national security’ rationale.” The court concluded that the ban contradicted its stated “national security” rationale and that many of its provisions were not supported by any verifiable evidence.
 
"We are grateful that our courts once again proved that no person, not even the President, is above the law," said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. "President Trump must give up his efforts to impose an unconstitutional Muslim ban, a blatant attempt to enact bigotry and prejudice into the law.” 
He noted however that the judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.
 
On October 18, CAIR-NY will join a coalition of national and local American Muslim and civil rights organizations at the #NoMuslimBanEver rally and march outside the White House in Washington, D.C.
 
The event is designed to protest discriminatory policies that unlawfully target and hurt American Muslim and immigrant communities across the country and are part of the administration’s xenophobic, white supremacist agenda.
 
WHAT: #NoMuslimBanEver Rally and March

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 11:30 a.m. [MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media should sign in by 10 a.m. at the press risers in Lafayette Square.]

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
11:30 a.m. - March begins at Lafayette Square with speeches by a member of Congress, American Muslim leaders and impacted individuals
1:30 p.m. - March to the Trump International Hotel via Pennsylvania Avenue
3:30 p.m. - Program will end with march up to the doorstep of the enforcers of the Muslim ban, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

SEE: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/
 
The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups, is mobilizing and organizing events around the country to help lead the fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities across the country.
 
Earlier this month, CAIR-NY announced the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of six individuals challenging the lawfulness of President Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a Muslim ban. A federal court hearing on that and other related lawsuits took place today in Maryland.
 
VIDEO: CAIR Joins Other Civil Rights Organizations at News Conference Outside Federal Court in Maryland
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/videos/10155231767967695/
 
That lawsuit was the latest CAIR legal filing challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to implement its Muslim Ban. 
 
In September, CAIR -- with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein -- filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.
 
READ Amicus Brief
https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/170918_-_Trump_v_Hawaii_-_Amicus_Brief_FINAL.PDF
 
These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.
 
Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief
https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/17-16426-Hawaii-v-Trump---Brief-of-Amici-Adam-Soltani-et-al.pdf
 
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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
– END –