CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’

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CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’
 
(NEW YORK, NY, 12/2/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
 
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the alleged attack on the 18-year-old Muslim woman by three men as she was riding in the New York City subway on Thursday evening. Police say the attackers tried to remove her hijab, called her a terrorist, shouted Trump’s name and told her to get out of the country. The attacker allegedly shouted: "Donald Trump! Donald Trump!" "You f******* terrorist! Get out of this country! You don't belong here!" and "Get that f****** thing off [hijab] your head!"
 
SEE: Men Attack Muslim Woman, Shout ‘Donald Trump’ on 6 Train, NYPD Says
http://www.amny.com/news/men-attack-muslim-woman-shout-donald-trump-on-6-train-nypd-says-1.12699740
3 Men Try to Remove Muslim Teen's Hijab in NYC Metro
http://www.dailysabah.com/islamophobia/2016/12/02/3-men-try-to-remove-muslim-teens-hijab-in-nyc-metro
Police: Drunk Men Call Muslim Woman 'Terrorist,' Yell 'Donald Trump' in Subway
http://abc7ny.com/news/cops-drunk-men-call-muslim-woman-terrorist-yell-trump-in-subway/1636586/
 
“American Muslims, and particularly men and women who wear religious attire, are being increasingly targeted by hate nationwide in the wake of the November 8 election,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Our elected leaders and local law enforcement authorities must continue to take strong action to protect Muslims and other minority groups in a period of growing Islamophobia and political division.”
 
Nasher noted that CAIR-NY recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Teens
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13908-breaking-cair-ny-condemns-hate-attack-on-muslim-teens.html
 
She added that earlier this month, CAIR-NY called on New York City to take a leadership role in defending Muslim civil rights in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Responds to Protests, Calls on City to Take the Lead in Defending Muslims' Civil Rights in Wake of Trump Election
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13879-cair-ny-calls-on-city-to-take-the-lead-in-defending-muslims-civil-rights-in-wake-of-trump-election.html
 
CAIR’s national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election. More than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country according to CAIR and almost 1000 incidents targeting different minority groups have been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nation’s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
 
SEE: CAIR Says FBI Report of Sharp Jump in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Should Push Nation’s Leaders to Reject Islamophobia
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13890-cair-says-fbi-report-of-sharp-jump-in-anti-muslim-hate-crimes-should-push-nation-s-leaders-to-reject-islamophobia.html
 
The Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department 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 enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

#GivingTuesday - Transforming Hate into Hope.

Across the nation CAIR-NY is seeing messages of hate. Assaults, vandalism, and threats sent to individuals, religious institutions, and civic organizations.
 
Across the nation CAIR-NY is seeing concern. People of many backgrounds are uncertain about what the future holds for themselves, their children, their neighbors, and their country.
 
Across the nation CAIR-NY is seeing courage. People of every color, faith, gender, age, and ethnicity are standing in solidarity, declaring that they are committed to equality, justice, and humanity.
 
Across the nation CAIR-NY sees YOU. Poised to help, you are determined to make a difference by supporting our fight and illuminating the arduous path with hope.
 
Today is Giving Tuesday. What will you give to help fight hate, to alleviate concerns, to show your courage, and to create hope? Every dollar helps build our capacity to end discrimination. Please donate generously today.

Your contributions make it possible to advocate on behalf of the Muslim community during this trying transition.  Although we are part of a nationwide network, each individual chapter must raise its own funds, and we rely entirely on the public for our financial support.  We can only speak out when the community supports our work, so please consider making a secure online donation now.

Saluted in uniform, harassed as a civilian: life as the NYPD's Muslim chaplain

One morning, Khalid Latif was asleep in his bed when he was awakened by two FBI agents. Latif remembers the agents telling him, “You’re just too good to be true, and we want you to know we’re watching you.”

At the time, Latif was an honored member of the NYPD and traveled around the world for the US State Department. He had met with President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama. Yet every time he went through an airport, he was searched, questioned, and detained. When Latif asked the TSA agents why, they said, “you’re young, you’re male, and you’re Muslim, and those things don’t go so well together right now.”

For Khalid Latif, this has been his reality in a post-9/11 world.

In his role as Imam at New York University, he currently devotes his life to combat Islamophobia and to create a safe, open, nonjudgmental environment for Muslim students and local community members to come together, worship, and feel that they have a support system.

“The deeply entrenched racism in our country has to be addressed,” says Latif. “And it has to be addressed not for any single minority population, but for the sake of all of us as human beings.”

The above video is another installment of The Secret Life of Muslims, from director Joshua Seftel. The films were created with support from the Ford Foundation, the Doris DukeFoundation for Islamic Art, the New York Community Trust, and Pillars Fund. We'll be releasing more over the coming weeks.

Muslim group sent out post-election polling robocalls asking religious affiliation, prompting fears of Muslim surveillance

Robocalls administered by a Muslim group asking Muslim-Americans about their religious affiliation caused alarm among recipients fearful of a surveillance program under a Trump administration.

The ominous calls went out earlier this week and were administered by Emerge USA, a nonprofit advocacy group for Muslims, South Asian and Arab Americans who outsourced a company to conduct post-election polling, one of the call’s recipients told the Daily News after confirming it with his mosque leader.

Emerge USA reportedly did not give public notice about the robocalls and the calls did not identify which group administered them.

“If they had said, ‘Hey, this is where it’s coming [from],’ it would have saved us being concerned about it,” a 27-year-old Muslim-American from the Philadelphia area who didn’t want to be identified by name told the Daily News.

“There’s just a lot of talk about surveillance of Muslims within workplaces and surveillance of mosques,” he said, after saying Tuesday that he personally knew 5 or 6 fellow Muslim-Americans in the Philadelphia area who received the calls. Donald Trump has proposed the surveillance of Muslim-Americans as a way of combating homegrown terrorism, a policy civil liberties advocates blasted as a violation of their constitutional rights.

Concerned Muslim-Americans posted to social media about the bizarre calls, which asked them to press “yes” if they were Muslim and “no” if they were not. Some recipients said the call would abruptly hang up no matter their response to the question.

CAIR has received reports of American Muslims receiving robocalls asking if they "identify" as Muslim. No other questions are asked.

  (VIA FACEBOOK)

Emerge USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The advocacy group has chapters in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas but it’s unclear whether the calls were sent out in all of these locations.

The calls were sent out amid numerous reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes following Election Day.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s tracking, more than 700 hate crimes have been reported since Trump’s stunning election win, roughly 50 of which have been anti-Muslim.

“I think given that environment, it made us worry,” the call recipient said.

Why the 'Birchbox for Muslim Women' Is Sending Customers Pepper Spray

 

It’s not your typical beauty product.

Sign of the times: A new beauty subscription service is sending subscribers self-defense tools.

In the days following the stunning election of Donald Trump, some Americans are celebrating, some are mourning—and some are fearing for their safety. Over the past two weeks, attacks on minorities and immigrants have spiked. Among the targeted groups: Muslim women, some of whom now say they are afraid to wear their hijabs in public.

Muslim women’s content site MuslimGirl is offering a “post-election care package,” which, in addition to products you’d find in typical care package, includes Crisis Safety Manual for Muslim Women, a guide published by the site, and a pepper spray keychain for safety.

The Crisis Safety Manual is filled with practical advice like: “If you wear a hijab, try the hood or beanie-on-top option to attract less attention.” The guide doesn’t shy away from subjects like stereotyping and racial profiling, and warns readers to be cautious particularly if they are “black or dark-skinned.”

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl, says the manual was originally written in response to Trump’s comments nearly a year ago, in which the now president-elect called for a Muslim immigration ban. Hate crimes against Muslims spiked then, just as they are now, she notes.

“It’s really sad that we have to talk about [safety], but it’s really the level of insecurity that Muslim woman are feeling right now,” says Al-Khatahtbeh. “A lot of social interactions are: ‘Are you staying safe?’ ‘Are you feeling okay?’ That’s where we are right now and it sucks.”

The care package is the first in MuslimGirl’s #MuslimGirlArmy Care Package, a monthly subscription box service that caters specifically to Muslim women. Each $20 box will include a scarf—for use as a hijab or as an accessory—as well as an assortment of halal cosmetics and other beauty products.

“We’re marketing this as a care package because we believe that Muslim women need extra care right now,” Al-Khatahtbeh says.

We must show solidarity with Muslim-Americans in face of Trump administration fear-mongering

I am a Jew. But starting today, in the eyes of the Trump Administration, I want to be seen as a Muslim.

There are too many people inside the Trump transition team talking about registering Muslims or even interning them in camps — so starting today, I am wearing a yellow Islamic crescent and star on my jacket, and urging all Americans to do the same, until this racist nonsense is banished from our public discourse.

There have been too many attacks on Muslims already, too many immigrant children coming home from school crying because a bully told them they'll be deported after Jan. 20, too many Trump supporters not seeing that there’s a vast chasm between Islam and terrorism committed in the name of a perverted version of Islam.

As a Jew, I am particularly sensitive to efforts by government to divide us along ethnic or racial lines. The Germans did that in the 1930s with disastrous results. We did it to Japanese-Americans during World War II, which remains a stain on our national conscience. And the Trump campaign certainly did it during the election season with heightened rhetoric.

Indeed, Trump's military adviser Gen. Michael Flynn tweeted earlier this year that "fear of Muslims is RATIONAL." (Flynn has been appointed to the cabinet, but it's unclear if that rhetoric got him the job.)

Of course, when the Nazis infamously made Jews wear yellow stars in German-occupied territories, thousands of righteous Gentiles stood up to Hitler by protecting Jews. There's a legend that King Christian of Denmark wore a yellow star in solidarity with Jews. OK, that story isn't true, but it doesn't mean we can't be inspired by it.

In that spirit, it is time for all of us to stand up to those who would oppress Muslim-Americans. That's why on Friday morning, I went to a craft store near my Brooklyn home, bought some yellow felt, and crafted an Islamic crescent and star, modeled after the "Jude" stars of the Nazi era. It's not perfect, but it makes the Gandhian point, "I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew — and so are all of you."

It's unclear whether President Trump will follow through on campaign trail chatter about requiring Muslims to register with the government. But this week, one of his advisers told Reuters about an internal debate within the Trump transition team about a proposal for a national registry of immigrants and visitors from Muslim countries. A day later, a key Trump surrogate spoke glowingly of internment camps.

“We did it during World War II with the Japanese,” said Carl Higbie, who, until this week, was the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC.

He didn't back down from the legality of the idea when challenged by host Megyn Kelly.

“I’m not proposing that at all,” Higbie said. “But I’m just saying there is precedent for it.”

There's also precedent for killing millions of Native Americans and dumping PCBs into the Hudson River, but that doesn't mean anyone should be talking so calmly about bringing either back.

I am not prejudging President-elect Trump. He may disavow the overheated language that is designed to divide us and make us look upon our Muslim neighbors in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn or Dearborn, Mich. with suspicion.

But starting today, if Americans do indeed look askance at their Muslim countrymen and women, they can start looking askance at me, too.

Sure, I know what the great Arlo Guthrie once sang in “Alice’s Restaurant” that "If one person does (something) ... they may think he's really sick." But in the same epic song, he went on to say, that if 50 people do something, "they may think it's a movement."

And that's what this is. You could merely sign the #RegisterMeFirst petition on Moveon.org. Or you can do like I did: get to a craft store (not Hobby Lobby, though!) and make yourself a yellow crescent. Maybe we can end this Trumpian madness before someone in the U.S. government starts issuing real ones.

 

 

Muslim woman attacked for wearing 'disgusting' hijab on Manhattan bus

Muslim woman attacked for wearing 'disgusting' hijab on Manhattan bus

“They started yelling at me and telling me to take off the disgusting piece of cloth on my head, saying it wasn’t allowed anymore,”Nizam wrote on Facebook. “I was crying incessantly, looking away, but they did not stop.”

A promise to our Muslim neighbors.

By Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.
CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation

Yesterday, CAIR-NY gave a civil rights training at NYU, when a young woman raised her hand to describe a conversation with Rep. Mike Honda about his childhood in a Japanese internment camp. When she asked the Congressman if Muslim internment camps would be possible today, he said “yes.” Her voice shaking, she asked if we thought it was possible. It floored me, and for a moment I had no idea what to say. Then I looked out the windows behind her, and I saw the protest unfolding in Washington Square. Thousands of New Yorkers, coming together to stand against Donald Trump's unconstitutional campaign promises.

My response was this: “No, that will never happen. The reason isn’t found in the wording of our Constitution or the wisdom of our founders. It won’t happen because the people of this city, this state, and this flawed country will never let it happen. In the wake of Pearl Harbor there were no protests, there was no dissent, there was no solidarity with our Japanese neighbors. Today, there is an army of lawyers and activists primed to fight this presidency every step of the way. Khizir Khan famously asked Donald Trump if he had ever read the Constitution. I promise you, we and other civil libertarians will teach him what it means.”

CAIR-NY will do everything I can to uphold that promise, and I know that there are many others toiling away to do the same. I ask those of you who aren’t in a position to join this work directly, please donate to the groups who will, such as CAIR-NY (http://www.cair-ny.org/donate). Please add your voices to the chorus of Americans who say that our nation and our values are more resilient than any one man, even a President.

Thank You

Thank You

At this tenuous moment, when so many of us are recovering from the shock of Tuesday’s election, we wish to express our sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of support for the Muslim American community.  Words cannot fully capture what your calls and emails have meant to us.  Your assistance will be indispensable in the days and months ahead, but for right now, your solidarity gives us the strength to carry on with our mission: protecting and defending the rights of Muslim New Yorkers.

NYC Marathon runner ridiculed, called ‘dirty Muslim’ as he ran race

“There were a few racist incidents that I experienced during the marathon,” he said. “The first was a woman who refused to serve me water at the volunteer station and she called me a dirty Muslim.”
Singh who is not Muslim but of the Sikh faith, continued on with his run but then it happened again.

Press Release: CAIR Announces Voter Protection Partnership with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--

 

Non-partisan voter protection effort seeks to safeguard rights of American Muslims in 2016 election
 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/7/16) –  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced a voter protection partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.
 
The partnership will include CAIR offices nationwide and is designed to protect the voting rights of American Muslims as they head to the polls on November 8.
 
“This is one of the most contentious elections in American history, and we need to ensure that every voter can exercise his or her rights,” said CAIR-New York’s Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “We hope that voting will be completely uneventful, but we must prepare for any eventuality.”
 
CAIR is urging members of the Muslim community to contact the Washington-based civil rights organization if they believe their voting rights have been violated by calling 202-742-6420 or civilrights@cair.com. A Somali-language hotline will be offered by CAIR’s Minnesota chapter at 612-206-3360.
 
CAIR’s Civil Rights Department and national network of chapters will coordinate Election Day reporting to make sure complaints are addressed as quickly and effectively as possible. CAIR chapters will also be working in the coming days to educate Muslim voters about their rights on Election Day.
 
“The right to vote should never be denied or threatened on the basis of religion,” said Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “We are pleased to join with CAIR and our Election Protection partners to ensure that the voting rights of Muslim-American voters are fully protected this election cycle.”
 
CAIR’s voter protection partnership is just one effort the civil rights group is undertaking in advance of the election.
 
CAIR recently launched MuslimsGOTV.com, an election resource website that prominently features the group’s first ever “2016 National Voter Guide.”  CAIR’s voter guide offers resources to assist Muslims nationwide as they prepare to vote in the November election and includes a congressional scorecard and presidential voter guide.
 
In October, CAIR released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election and on issues of concern to the Muslim community. The survey found that 85 percent of polled Muslim voters believed that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has increased in the past year. Moreover, 30 percent of respondents say they have experienced discrimination or profiling in the past year.
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

CAIR-NY Supports Federal Judge’s Call for Greater Protections Against Warrantless NYPD Surveillance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(New York, NY 10/31/16) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, supported a Federal Judge’s ruling calling for greater protections against warrantless NYPD surveillance of the Muslim community.  Judge Haight, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, found that the proposed NYPD settlement provided insufficient protections in light of the NYPD’s pattern of unlawful surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers.

In the October 28th ruling, which was published today, Judge Haight found the proposed settlement did not “furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam . . . .” The Judge further noted evidence that the NYPD Intelligence Bureau had “a systemic inclination” to disregard existing surveillance limits, finding “probable cause” that the NYPD intelligence practices had broken the law.

“We support the court’s call for greater protection of the Muslim community, and we’re pleased to see it adopt so many of the positions we and other advocates advanced,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “We hope that by returning to the negotiating table, the plaintiffs can secure more justice than the existing settlement provided.”

“This ruling stands as a powerful rejection of the NYPD’s pattern of unlawful and unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “The court recognized that stronger safeguards are needed to restrain an Intelligence Bureau that violated the rights of so many for so long.

The Court’s ruling turned largely on the New York Office of the Inspector General’s August 23rd, 2016, Investigation of NYPD’s Compliance with rules Governing Investigations of Political Activity.  That report found that 95% of investigations were targeted at Muslims or political causes associated with Islam, and that investigations typically exceeded the time limits allowed by the existing federal consent decree.

SEE: NYPD's Muslim surveillance violated regulations as recently as 2015: report

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/24/nypd-muslims-surveillance-violations

Among other changes, Judge Haight suggested that the parties expand the power and autonomy of the Civilian Representative on the panel overseeing NYPD surveillance and that the Civilian Representative provide more frequent updates to the court.


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

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

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CONTACT:
CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006,
anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com.

CAIR-NY interviewed about lack of masjid polling places.


By Alexandria Neason
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Originally Published in the Village Voice

Fifty miles north of Miami, the Islamic Center of Boca Raton sports a signature dome and minaret, painted, like many other buildings in the area, a pastel shade of mint green. In June, some residents in the wealthy, mostly white coastal city were sent notices assigning the mosque as their designated polling place for the state's August primary as well as next month's presidential election. Florida's Tri-County area, consisting of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, is home to at least 150,000 Muslims, according to the Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations — a notably fast-growing population in a crucial swing state.

Soon after, a Palm Beach County official began receiving emailed complaints from voters about the selection of the mosque as a polling site. One even hinted at a bomb threat to force an evacuation on Election Day. The county promptly removed the place of worship from the list, reassigning the location to a library nearby. Ironically, the mosque's president, a Syrian-born computer science and engineering professor at a local college, will cast his vote on November 8 in a church, one of at least fifty on the county polling list.

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The addition of Islamic centers of worship to the mix of churches and synagogues — in any of the neighborhoods home to large swaths of the city's Muslim population, such as Jackson Heights, in Queens, or Parkchester, in the Bronx — would mark a symbolically important moment in New York's acceptance of that rapidly growing demographic. "It's important for the same reason that churches and temples are," said Albert Cahn, director of strategic litigation at the New York chapter of CAIR. "These are major institutions in the city, places where large numbers of New Yorkers can exercise their right to vote."

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Voting For The First Time? CNN Would Like to Interview You Tomorrow

CNN is looking to interview newly naturalized American citizens who will be voting for the first time this year. Questions include what being American means to you? What does voting means to you? Why are you voting? The interview tapping will take place Thursday, October 26, 2016 in their NYC studios. You won’t be asked who you will be voting for or to comment on the election. If you are interested in part, please email us at info@ny.cair.com. 

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Volunteer Muslim Clinic Works to Help Latino and Latina Neighbors.

Originally published on huffingtonpost.com
Muhammad Safwatullah
Manager, Al-Shifa health clinic

MUSCOY, Calif. ― When you drive up to the Al-Shifa Free Health Clinic, there will only be a few cars outside. But when you walk in, you’ll see a full waiting room. Why? Because many of our clients literally walk in.

Open since 2000, our clinic is on the outskirts of the city of San Bernardino, in a largely Latino area called Muscoy. Nearly a third of all residents live below the poverty line, and many of them do not have cars or access to other transportation. Without a clinic like ours close by, checkups would not happen and chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease would be left untreated.

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CAIR-NY Welcomes Long Island School District’s Inclusion of Muslim, Hindu Holidays

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 10/18/15) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an announcement by the Syosset School District that its public schools will observe the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as the Hindu holiday Diwali. Syosset is the first of Long Island's districts to recognize these holidays.

SEE: Syosset School Board Votes to Recognize Muslim, Hindu Festival as Official Holiday

[NOTE: Eid al-Fitr, which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes at the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Some 10 percent of New York City public school students are Muslim.]

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher said:

"Like other parts of New York, Long Island's diversity is growing. By voting to include Islamic and Hindu holidays on the school calendar, the Syosset School District is properly recognizing the strength of its plurality and the need to be inclusive. We hope other Long Island school districts follow Syosset's example in permitting students to celebrate religious holidays without having to miss class." 

She further noted that CAIR chapters nationwide have worked to have school districts recognize Muslim holidays. In March 2015, CAIR-NY welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that New York City's public schools would recognize Islamic holidays.

SEE: CAIR-NY Applauds Addition of Muslim Holidays to NYC School Calendar

CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 646 665-7599 / 917-669-4006, afaf.nasher@cair.com; CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation, Albert Cahn 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com