CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Arson Attack on Home of African-American Family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/16/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.

On Sunday night, authorities were alerted to a fire at an African-American family’s home in Schodack, New York. Law enforcement had found a swastika and racial slurs spray-painted on the front of the garage before it was destroyed. Though the home was also damaged by the fire, it remained largely unharmed. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

SEE: Black family's garage torched, painted with racist graffiti in Schodack, police say
http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Schodack-police-probe-garage-fire-graffiti-as-11147194.php

SEE: Schodack Incident Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/crime/2017/05/15/schodack-incident-investigated-as-hate-crime.html

“Too often we have seen how bais-incidents affect families and destroy lives of different targeted groups while going largely unnoticed,” said Afaf Nasher, Executive Director for CAIR-NY. “We are glad that in this instance the family is safe, and that authorities are investigating this as a hate crime. This proactive approach by law enforcement is a step in the right direction for the safety of this family, and for all New Yorkers.”       

“All New York police departments must make sure that hate crimes are investigated and punished to the full extent of the law,” said Albert Cahn, Legal Director for CAIR-NY. “We must do more as a state to secure that long-unfilled promise that no New Yorker should ever face violence because of their race or faith.”

CAIR-NY called on the Erie County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit last week to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.

SEE: CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/11/cair-ny-urges-stepped-up-probe-of-suspicious-fire-at-mosque-owned-building-housing-new-immigrants

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned recent racist incidents in Idaho and Virginia as part of the “rising tide of bigotry in our nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Idaho, Virginia as Part of ‘Rising Tide of Bigotry’
https://www.cair.com/press-center/14330-cair-condemns-racist-incidents-in-idaho-virginia-as-part-of-rising-tide-of-bigotry.html

In CAIR’s recently released 2017 Civil Rights Report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. Additionally, attacks on Muslim-owned property, including vandalism and arson, increased nearly eight-fold from 2014-2016. The situation is even more extreme in New York State, where anti-Muslim hate incidents increased more than 560 percent in just 2016.

SEE: CAIR Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017
SEE: “The Empowerment of Hate” Civil Rights Report
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html
Video: Press Conference: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Report 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhYaJhGyi8

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.  
 

CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants

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CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants

 
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/11/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the Erie County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.
 
Authorities, who have confirmed an accelerant was used in the April 22 fire, have yet to classify the blaze as arson. The incident was the second “suspicious” fire set at the building in April alone.
                                                                                                                    
The four-unit housing block was occupied by several families, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants. Three victims remain hospitalized, including a 3-year-old boy. Friends, family and community members are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the possible arsonist(s). CAIR-NY has reached out to mosque leaders and other local Muslim community leaders about the incident.
 
SEE: Seven Hurt in Lackawanna Apartment Fire
http://www.wgrz.com/news/seven-hurt-in-lackawanna-apartment-fire/433314975

$10,000 Reward to Be Offered for Info on Suspicious Fire That Hurt 7 in Lackawanna
http://buffalonews.com/2017/05/11/10000-reward-expected-suspicious-fire-immigrant-housing-lackawanna/
 
“It is critical that authorities use every resource available to apprehend and prosecute anyone responsible for this tragedy,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director, Afaf Nasher. “Our prayers are with those injured in the fire and with their loved ones.”        

“We can’t ignore the fact that this tragedy comes in the wake of attacks on American Muslims, immigrants and other minority groups across America,” said Albert Cahn, CAIR-NY Legal Director. “It is unacceptable that today, nearly three weeks later, that county officials have still not made an arson determination or contacted mosque officials.”

SEE: Woman in coma, five others remain hospitalized after fire in Lackawanna
http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/24/woman-coma-six-still-hospitalized-suspicious-fire-lackawanna-apartment-building/

Source: Accelerant found at Lackawanna fire site
http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/source-accelerant-found-at-lackawanna-fire-site/438834993
 
The fire follows a surge in anti-Muslim incidents across the United States.
 
In CAIR’s recently released 2017 Civil Rights Report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. Additionally, attacks on Muslim-owned property, including vandalism and arson, increased nearly eight-fold from 2014-2016. The situation is even more extreme in New York State, where anti-Muslim hate incidents increased more than 560 percent in just 2016.
 
SEE CAIR Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017

“The Empowerment of Hate” Civil Rights Report
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html

Video: Press Conference: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Report 2017
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhYaJhGyi8
 
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 proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.  
 
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Press Release: Civil Rights Report 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(New York, N.Y., 5/9/2017) --
 The Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR-NY), announced the release of “The Empowerment of Hate” 2017 CAIR Civil Rights Report detailing a more than 50 percent nationwide increase in anti-Muslim biased 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.

CAIR’s new report also notes that from 2014 to 2016, anti-Muslim bias incidents jumped 65 percent. [NOTE: The report focuses primarily on 2016, but also contains data on cases documented by CAIR during the 2014-2016 period.]

The report showed an even sharper increase in reports for New York State, with anti-Muslim incidents rising 560% in 2016 alone.  The report also showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York took place in just the 7 and a half weeks following the Presidential election.  Hate crimes also accounted for nearly 30% of all anti-Muslim incidents, more than double the national average.

SEE: U.S. Muslim Group Reports Sharp Rise in Anti-Muslim Incidents Across U.S. in 2016 (Reuters)
http://www.newsweek.com/trump-donald-trump-islamophobia-islam-605680  

SEE: The Empowerment of Hate
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html

Video: CAIR-NY News Conference in New York Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNewYork/videos/1303444306418253/

Video: CAIR News Conference in Washington, D.C., Announcing Release of ‘The Empowerment of Hate’
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/videos/10154768954452695/

“It is time for the Trump administration to seriously address the growing anti-minority sentiment in our nation, prompted at least in part by his toxic campaign rhetoric, the appointment of Islamophobes to policy-making posts and the introduction of Islamophobic policies such as the ‘Muslim ban,’” said Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, co-author of the report.

The most frequent types of incidents documented by CAIR in 2016 involved harassment, the FBI, employment issues, hate crimes, and denials of religious accommodations:

  • Harassment, a non-violent or non-threatening bias incident accounted for 18 percent of the total number of incidents.
  • Incidents during which the complainant was questioned by FBI employees or otherwise appeared to be inappropriately targeted by that agency comprised 15 percent of cases, making this the second largest category.
  • Employment issues - including denial of work, being passed over for promotion, or harassment by a supervisor or other senior staff - was the third largest category, accounting for 13 percent of the total.
  • Hate crimes placed fourth, accounting for 12 percent of the cases CAIR documented.

The most prevalent trigger of an anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2016 was the victim’s ethnicity or national origin, accounting for 35 percent of the total. Sixteen percent of incidents occurred as a result of women wearing a headscarf. Other Muslim-related activities - events such as rallies, community picnics, or a day at the state capitol visiting legislators organized primarily for Muslims - constituted an additional 11 percent.

The report data set is drawn primarily from the intakes CAIR conducts each year. With each case, civil rights and legal staff seek to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy.

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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Edit: An earlier copy of this release mistakenly noted that there was a 660% increase in anti-Muslim incidents.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: CAIR-NY's anti-bullying commitment

Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. One huge area affecting the youth in our communities is bullying. On this day, we hope to spread awareness and reaffirm our commitment to combat this growing problem.

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding noted that 42 percent of Muslims with children in school report that their children are being bullied. CAIR California reported 55 percent of Muslim children are bullied on the basis of their faith.

It is not just Muslim children who are experiencing high rates of bullying. CEPTA, a health clinic based in Atlanta, reported that Latinx youth are being bullied at an increased rate since the presidential elections in November 2016.

Bullying is painful. We have heard everything from verbal abuse and intimidation to appalling accounts of physical violence including broken limbs and hijabs being ripping off. Latino children as young as five years old have been verbally abused by their peers being told to “go back to Mexico.” Others are surrounded by their peers who chant “Build a wall.”

The youth face the brunt of many of the attacks that our communities face, but with less experience, less knowledge, and fewer tools. These young victims of bullying are also more likely to face a range of mental health issues – including depression, poor school performance, and increased suicide risk – because of their experience.

On this day and every day, we all mustreaffirm our commitment to our children. We must work harder to empower them to speak up when they feel unsafe. We must commit to creating safe spaces for them. We must provide them the tools and resources to work through the issues they face as results of their trauma. It is on us to help them, and we encourage everyone to learn and assist as much as they can.

If your child or children have been subject to discrimination, hate, harassment, physical violence, or any kind of abuse or intimidation, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 646-665-7599.

If you would like to learn more about how to make our communities safer for our kids, request an anti-bullying workshop through our website at http://www.cair-ny.org/event-request/ .

‘Muslim Advocacy Day’

CAIR-NY, Muslim Community Leaders Meet with Lawmakers on ‘Muslim Advocacy Day’

FOR IMMEDEATE RELEASE

(NEW YORK, NY, 04/28/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and Muslim Leaders from across New York state held dozens of advocacy meetings earlier this week with elected officials and their staff at the state Capitol in Albany as part of “Muslim Advocacy Day 2017.”

The community leaders advocated on two sweeping laws in effort to promote just, equitable and progressive policies in New York. If enacted, these laws would prevent New York’s participation in a so-called “Muslim registry,” prevent local law enforcement cooperation with immigration enforcement, and protect electronic communications (such as emails and social media) from warrantless surveillance.

1. S. 4075a (Support) – The New York State Liberty Act would stop state and local agencies from assisting the federal government in establishing a database or registry based on religion, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.  The act would also prevent local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. I.C.E. immigration enforcement.

2. A. 1895 (Support) – The New York State Electronic Communications Privacy Act would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant issued by a judge before they are legally allowed to track cellular devices, read emails and/or text messages, or access any other electronic documents.

CAIR-NY arranged for Hafiz Badar Usmani, Imam of Masjid AlNoor in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., to give an invocation to the New York State Assembly and CAIR-NY received a proclamation from the assembly expressing support for the organization’s civil rights work.

"Muslim Advocacy Day provides our community with a platform to build relationships with their legislators and to advocate for issues that positively shape our local communities,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “The growing success of Muslim Advocacy Day illustrates that New York Muslims are growing their political muscle and helping influence state politics for a more inclusive, tolerant and just society."

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.

CAIR-NY Testifies on NYC Council Privacy Legislation.

CAIR-NY's Legal Director, Albert Cahn, testified before the NYC Council, addressing two privacy measures that would potentially protect immigrant crime victims.  Intros 1588 and 1557 would expand on New York's existing sanctuary city policies, which police officers from asking crime victims about their immigration status.  Read the full testimony here.

CAIR-NY Condemns Racially and Religiously Motivated Attack on Sikh Man in the Bronx 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(NEW YORK, NY, 4/18/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the attack on a Sikh man in the Bronx as a suspected hate crime.

According to police, Harkirat Singh, a 25-year-old Sikh man and yellow cab driver, was attacked by one of his passengers during a trip from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx. The passengers reportedly called Singh “Ali Baba” (a deragatory term referncing Arab and South Asian individuals), swore at him, refused to pay the cab fare, and attempted to break the cab meter and partition. While fleeing the police, the assailant ripped Singh's turban from his head. The NYPD are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.
SEE: NYC Sikh Taxi Driver Assaulted, Turban Ripped Off Head
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nyc-sikh-taxi-driver-assaulted-turban-ripped-head-article-1.3066567  

"As brothers and sisters facing increased racially and religiously motivated attacks, this reprehensible attack against Mr. Singh resonates strongly with our community," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "CAIR-NY extends its empathy and support to Mr. Singh and the Sikh community."

“No New Yorker should ever face violence because of his or her faith,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “We are a city united by our diversity. Any attack motivated by religious bigotry is an attack on all New Yorkers and the values we hold dear.”

Recently, several anti-Sikh attacks received national attention. Earlier this year, in Kent Washington, a Sikh man was accosted by another man in his driveway, told to “go back to his country”, and was shot in the arm. Local authorities are looking into the attack as a possible hate crime.
SEE: Sikh Man's Shooting in Washington Investigated As Hate Crime
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/05/us/washington-sikh-shooting/

There has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting Sikhs, American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Earlier this month, the NYPD noted that there has been a 100 percent increase in hate crimes. CAIR-NY believes that even this figure is a gross underestimation due to under-reporting.
SEE: NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/4/4/0es46o6xrt0xam7z9m01oz5316okpw

CAIR 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.

Individuals in 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 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.

EXCLUSIVE: Sikh taxi driver assaulted, turban stolen by drunken passenger in the Bronx

A drunken passenger roughed up a Sikh cabbie and snatched the turban off his head in an assault the NYPD is investigating as a possible hate crime.

Harkirat Singh, 25, said the theft of his religious garb was the culmination of a scary encounter early Sunday with a belligerent boozehound and his three buddies that has made him too scared to drive another night shift.

Read more:

Letter to Progressive Caucus on the POST Act

CAIR-NY recently called on progressive City Council Members to support the POST Act, a vital bill that would protect New Yorkers’ civil rights.  The POST ACT would require the NYPD to disclose the expanding array of surveillance tools it’s using to spy on our city.

For years, the NYPD has circumvented City Council oversight by using federal funds and grants to purchase new and highly-invasive technologies.  Our elected officials, who are entrusted with overseeing the NYPD, must have the chance to ask how and why these funds are being used.

Read The Letter Here

 

NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes

In a recent press conference, mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neil relayed statistics on crime relative to last year. While general crime has seen an overall decrease, the uptick in hate crimes has been dramatic. In just a three-month period, the city has already seen 144 incidents, up from 72 at this point last year- a 100% increase.

Jewish and African-Americans have been the primary targets of these incidents, many of which are non-violent such as pro-Nazi graffitiing across the five boroughs.

While CAIR-NY is appalled by this revelation, we remain mindful of the fact that underreporting is a serious problem in various ethnic and religious communities. We urge all victims of hate crimes to immediate alert law enforcement so that they can swiftly find perpetrators and gather more accurate data.

CAIR-NY also supports additional funding for enhanced detection of and investigation into alleged hate crimes given the growing number of hate crimes in New York.

James Jackson charged with murdering Timothy Caughman

A white supremacist who stabbed a 66-year-old black man to death with a sword in New York has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.

James Harris Jackson, who killed Timothy Caughman on Monday, was charged on Thursday after he told police that he had hated black men for at least 10 years.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/james-jackson-charged-murdering-timothy-caughman-170324051916876.html

CAIR-NY Condemns White Supremacist’s Murder of African-American Man Near Times Square, Islamophobic Attack on Woman in Queens

(NEW YORK, NY, 3/23/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a white supremacist’s allegedly racially-motivated murder of an African-American man near Times Square.

CAIR-NY also condemned another apparently bias-motivated attack earlier this month on a woman in Jamaica, Queens.

In the attack near Times Square, James Harris Jackson stabbed Timothy Caughman multiple times in the chest and back on Tuesday night. Jackson later turned himself in to the NYPD quickly telling them where to find the alleged murder weapon. Jackson reportedly traveled from Baltimore to New York with the intention of killing African-American men, hoping that by committing the crime in New York City, he could secure more media attention.

SEE: Army Vet Accused of Murder Came to NYC to Kill Black Men, Cops Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-harris-jackson-murder-timothy-caughman_us_58d2c77fe4b0b22b0d1939c3 

In the other incident, which took place March 6 in Jamaica, Queens, an unknown woman punched the victim in the neck after shouting anti-Muslim slurs. The NYPD released surveillance video of the incident to seek the public’s help in identifying the alleged attacker.

SEE: Cops Hunt for Half Bald Woman Who Harassed Muslim in Queens
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/cops-hunt-bald-woman-harassed-muslim-queens-article-1.3006279

“We must not lose one more New Yorker to bigotry and violence,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “These bias-motivated attacks are an affront to every human being, and we must all work together to ensure the victims receive justice to fullest extent of the law. We continue to see a distressing increase in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community. Far too many hate crime victims continue to suffer in silence. We must make sure that ever attack is reported and that every attacker is apprehended.”

“If the person who allegedly murdered Timothy Caughman were Muslim or Arab, it would be called what it is: ‘an act of terrorism,’” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Too often we politicize our narratives to highlight some crimes and downplay others. This tragic attack, which targeted the heart of our great city, took the life of one of our fellow New Yorkers.”

“Going forward, our city and state must appropriate the resources needed to safeguard all religious and cultural sites against the threat posed by hate crimes,” said Cahn.

Earlier this week, CAIR-NY endorsed the New York City Council’s proposed security grant program that would allocate $25 million to safeguard Muslim and Jewish Community centers, and other non-profit institutions which have faced increased threats and risk of attacks in recent months.

SEE: Press Release: CAIR Supports NY City Council Security Grant Program to Protect Muslim, Jewish and Other Community Institutions
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/3/20/press-release-cair-supports-ny-city-council-security-grant-program-to-protect-muslim-jewish-and-other-community-institutions

Earlier this month, CAIR-NY also condemned the anti-immigrant and racial harassment of a Latino man in Brooklyn, whose attacker subsequently broke his nose.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Desecration of Jewish Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. and Bias Attack Against Latino Man in Brooklyn, N.Y.
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/3/4/cair-ny-condemns-desecration-of-jewish-cemetery-in-rochester-ny-and-bias-attack-against-latino-man-in-brooklyn-ny 

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has grown exponentially, almost 300 percent in the past year alone according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SEE: Anti-Muslim Groups 2010-2016| SPLC
https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/anti-muslim 

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

Video: CAIR-MN Seeks Criminal Charges for Harassment Targeting Muslim Woman Shopper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCTghyTxInc

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.

CAIR-NY Denounces Mayor de Blasio’s Surprise Appointment of Intelligence Watchdog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR-NY Denounces Mayor de Blasio’s Surprise Appointment of Intelligence Watchdog
 
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/21/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights group, today denounced Mayor de Blasio’s surprise appointment of Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s newly reconstituted “Handschu Committee.”  The civilian representative is intended to serve as an independent watchdog on NYPD intelligence division investigations, ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services Division consent decree, which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance.
 
SEE: NYPD Agrees to Stronger Oversight of Investigations Into Religious, Political Groups
http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202780650881/NYPD-Agrees-to-Stronger-Oversight-of-Investigations-Into-Religious-Political-Groups?slreturn=20170221172823
 
“Today’s surprise appointment, made without any consultation with the Muslim community, lacks the cooperation we needed to have confidence in this appointment,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Mayor de Blasio is asking us to blindly trust his appointee will curb the NYPD’s abusive surveillance, but that trust must be earned.”
 
“Mr. Robinson has exemplary legal credentials, but there’s no assurance this longtime prosecutor will be willing to curtail the NYPD’s pattern of unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Once again, Mayor de Blasio has given up a chance at lasting change to paper-over our dysfunctional and discriminatory intelligence apparatus.”
 
Muslim community members are asked to report any police harassment and discrimination 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.   

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CAIR-NY keeps your phone safe at the border.

Today, CAIR-NY joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other leading civil rights organizations to file a brief in federal court, arguing that it is unconstitutional to seize and copy a traveler’s phone at the border without a warrant.  CAIR-NY is fighting back against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which argues that they can seize any electronic device at the border, including those belonging to U.S. citizens.

CAIR-NY submitted its brief in U.S. v. Kolsuz, which is on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  CBP officials seized Mr. Kolsuz’s phone and conducted two warrantless searches, including “extensive forensic testing.” CAIR-NY believes that such searches violate travelers’ “dignity and privacy interests,” in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Read the brief here

Press Release: CAIR Supports NY City Council Security Grant Program to Protect Muslim, Jewish and Other Community Institutions

Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR Supports NY City Council Security Grant Program to Protect Muslim, Jewish and Other Community Institutions

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/20/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today announced its support for a proposed New York City Council security grant program that would allocate $25 million to protect to help protect Muslim, Jewish and other nonprofit institutions, safeguarding those community centers and cultural institutions at the greatest risk of attack.

Official statistics show a 54 percent uptick in hate crimes New York City in 2016; however, reports to CAIR-NY indicate a much greater increase in such incidents targeting the Muslim community. CAIR-NY officials say they continue to see evidence of systemic under-reporting of anti-Muslim attacks.

"Given the unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, we expect Muslim community centers and mosques will be among those receiving much-needed funding under this program," said CAIR-NY’s Board President Zead Ramadan.

"New York's Muslim and Jewish communities have both seen a disturbing rise in violence, and we expect that this funding will help both faith communities keep their members safe," CAIR-NY's Legal Director Albert Cahn.

SEE: Protecting New York's Communities from Hate Crimes
http://www.marklevine.nyc/protecting_ny_from_hatecrimes    

A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Iowa chapter called for a hate crime investigation of an anti-Muslim message left at a mosque in that state.

Video: CAIR-Iowa Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Trump Supporter's Anti-Muslim Message Left at Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Np2VpPOnvU

CAIR’s Arizona chapter recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the desecration of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, by an intruder at a Tucson mosque.

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyTKAYx3Ha8  

The Texas office of CAIR also welcomed an arrest of a man suspected of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, in January.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Arrest in Arson Attack on Texas Mosque
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo5Lb5YqmLc  

CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and 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  

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

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

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Our Latest Guidance on Muslim Ban 2.0

Dear community members and friends,

We've received President Trump's latest Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees. We are appalled at this renewed attempt to assault our American values, targeting individuals based on race, religion, and national origin.

Although this order is unsurprising, a more complete analysis will take time. We are offering some preliminary guidance on who this executive order affects. We will send out more details as they become clear.
 

What you need to know: 

  • This Order DOES NOT affect:
    • U.S. Citizens;
    •  Lawful permanent residents (green card holders); 
    • Individuals with currently valid visas regardless of whether they are in the country or not;
    • Dual nationals traveling with any passport other than one from the six countries listed below; and 
    • Refugees and those granted asylum on or before the date of this Order. Also excluded are those granted protection under the Convention Against Torture.

  

  • This Order DOES affect: People applying for new or renewed immigration status within the next 90 days from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. 
    • Iraq has been removed from this list
  • The refugee program is being halted immediately, for 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. 
  • Expanding the Restricted Entry List: DHS will perform a "country-by-country" review in which the list of countries may be changed. 

What you should do to protect yourself:

  • Non-citizens, even green card holders (lawful permanent residents) from one of the six countries named above, should consult with an attorney before traveling in or out of the country.
  • Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or border, call us at: (646) 665-7599.
  • Regardless  of your citizenship, do not permit law enforcement to enter your home without a warrant. Even if they have a warrant, you should not speak to them without consulting with an attorney.

What you can do to push back against this:

  • Call your members of Congress and the U.S. Senate at (202) 224-3121 to ask them to speak out against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry and oppose these Executive Orders
  • Join us for upcoming civic engagement opportunities, which will be announced in the coming days.