CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Jewish Mother and Daughter Mistaken for Muslims

(NEW YORK, NY, 9/14/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the allegedly bias-motivated attack on a Jewish woman and her adult daughter by an assailant who mistakenly believed they were Muslims.
 
According to police, Dimitrious Zias said "get out of my country, you dirty Muslim!'' as he repeatedly punched the 57-year-old Jewish woman and her 37-year-old daughter. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with assault as a hate crime. The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Rego Park R Stop on 67th Avenue.
 
SEE: Drunken Bigot Attacks Jewish Mom, Daughter He Mistook for Muslims at Queens Subway Station: 'Get Out of My Country' 
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/bigot-attacks-jewish-mom-daughter-mistook-muslims-nyc-article-1.3495756
 
“This tragic attack shows why Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers must unite against religious bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Any time a New Yorker is targeted because of their faith, it’s an attack on our city as a whole and the values that we treasure. We stand with and support the victims of this heinous attack, and we are grateful that an arrest was made so quickly.”
 
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.  Last month, CAIR-NY condemned racist vandalism at a Long Island school.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/8/30/cair-ny-condemns-racist-vandalism-found-at-long-island-school
 
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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CAIR-NY Concerned About NYC Board of Election’s Failure to Establish Mosque Polling Places

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR-NY Concerned About NYC Board of Election’s Failure to Establish Mosque Polling Places

(New York, N.Y., 9/12/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR-NY”), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern that the New York City Board of Election failed to establish any polling places in mosques or Muslim community centers.  As it was widely reported last year, New York City uses numerous churches and synagogues for polling sites, but not a single Muslim house of worship.

SEE: Why Aren’t There Any Polling Stations in NYC Mosques?
https://www.villagevoice.com/2016/10/26/why-arent-there-any-polling-stations-in-nyc-mosques/

Starting last year, CAIR-NY began a series of meetings with city officials about the matter, including top officials at the Board of Elections.  Earlier this year, CAIR-NY recruited five mosques to serve as polling sites, but none were used as polling sites for today’s election.  CAIR-NY is calling on the Board of Elections to correct this significant oversight in time for next year’s election.  The omission comes despite the board’s decision to reallocate more than 20% of the city’s polling places for the 2017 election cycle.

SEE: Poll Sites Change for More Than 200,000 NYC Voters
https://www.wnyc.org/story/poll-site-changes-could-affect-200000-voters/

“Welcoming diversity and inclusion in NYC must go further than rhetoric,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Exerting efforts to ensure every community is civically engaged is a real demonstration of our City's commitment to pluralism. The BOE has this opportunity by utilizing mosques as polling sites, and CAIR-NY will continue to advocate for such measures until it is a reality.”

“Our city’s polling places must represent the diversity of its voters,” said CAIR-NY legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Muslim Americans are one of the fastest growing voting blocks in our city, and we must make sure that our polling places are open and accessible to all.  We are grateful to the community leaders who offered to open their spaces on election day, and we only hope their offer is taken-up in the future.”

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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Media Advisory: CAIR-NY, Wahed Invest LLC Partner to Launch ‘Eid Mubarak’ Ad in Times Square

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/30/17) -- On Friday, September 1, the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights organization, and Wahed Invest LLC., a shariah-compliant investment platform, will partner to launch an Eid holiday greeting on the landmark NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

The ad’s message will mark the beginning of the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha) -- or "festival of the sacrifice” -- which celebrates the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, with a traditional Eid greeting and a message of inclusion: “Eid Mubarak. 1st Generation or 10th, we are all New York.” 

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Eid ul-Adha, commonly referred to as just “Eid,” is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak" or "blessed Eid."

SEE: American Muslims to Mark End of Hajj with Prayers, Celebrations

The ad’s sponsors will hold a media availability across the street from the NASDAQ MarketSite, on the northern side of 43rd street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue. Volunteers will also distribute literature to bystanders about the Eid ul-Adha holiday.

WHO: CAIR-NY and Wahed Invest LLC
WHEN: Friday, September 1, 8-8:30 PM
WHERE: Ad (NASDAQ MarketSite 4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036); Press availability (43rd street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue)
WHAT: Ad with Eid Holiday Greeting
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn

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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CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School

CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Vandalism Found at Long Island School

(New York, N.Y., 8/29/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned neo-Nazi, white supremacist and gang related vandalism targeting a middle and high school in Syosset, Long Island.

Police said a security guard found swastikas, profanities, and MS-13 tags spray-painted on the doors, walls, and windows of Syosset High School early Sunday morning, August 27, 2017. Students and their parents discovered the hateful messages the following morning during a freshman orientation. 

SEE: Police probe swastikas scrawled on Long Island school
http://www.fox5ny.com/news/276905846-story

“It is sad that our children are being exposed to such hatred in an environment that is supposed to be welcoming and safe," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "We encourage local authorities to investigate fully and the schools to use this incident as a teachable moment by offering educational programs that promote greater understanding."

On May 16th, 2017, CAIR-NY condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Arson Attack on Home of African-American Family
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/16/cair-ny-condemns-racist-arson-attack-on-home-of-african-american-family

CAIR also recently called for a hate crime investigations of racist graffiti in Wilmington, Del., and racist vandalism targeting residents in Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Vandalism in Cincinnati Suburb
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14554-cair-condemns-racist-vandalism-in-cincinnati-suburb.html

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.

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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Letter to Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals in Support of the Long Island Muslim Society

CAIR-NY recently submitted a letter to the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals in support of the Long Island Muslim Society's application to allow them to expand their mosque and make much-needed improvements. American Muslims are facing constant push-back against mosque construction, and New York is no exception. 

On August 17, 2017 a representative from CAIR-NY also spoke at the hearing regarding the Long Island Muslim Society's case in support of the proposed mosque expansion and against religious discrimination.

Read The Letter Here

 

CAIR-NY to Mark One Year Anniversary of Ozone Park Double Murder, Calls On Area Faith Leaders to Remember Victims

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY to Mark One Year Anniversary of Ozone Park Double Murder, Calls On Area Faith Leaders to Remember Victims

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/11/17) – On Sunday, the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will mark the one year anniversary of the Ozone Park double murder that claimed the lives of Imam Maulana Ala’Uddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin.
 
In anticipation of the pending anniversary, CAIR-NY wrote to Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Hindu faith leaders, requesting that they share the story of the Ozone Park murder victims with their congregations over this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. CAIR-NY encourages New Yorkers of all faiths to remember this profound injustice and the stain it leaves on our city.
 
On August 13, 2016, the two Muslim men were killed in broad daylight as they returned home from their local mosque. The brutal crime, which corresponded with a nationwide surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes, triggered massive demonstrations in the men’s Ozone Park neighborhood and gained worldwide media attention.
 
Oscar Morel was arrested for the killings, and he is expected to stand trial for first degree murder in the fall. CAIR-NY represents Imam Akonjee and Mr. Uddin‘s widows and children, supporting them throughout the criminal prosecution.
 
SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Charges Against Alleged Killer of Queens Imam and Associate, Urges Hate Crime Probe
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2016/8/16/cair-ny-welcomes-charges-against-alleged-killer-of-queens-imam-and-associate-urges-hate-crime-probe
 
“With the continued rise in hate crimes across New York, it is important to pursue justice for those who have been harmed by violence,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director for CAIR-NY. “We encourage other district attorneys to follow the example of the Queens D.A. by working with the victims of hate crimes and their families to ensure justice is served.”
 
“We commend the Queens District Attorney’s Office for their unfailing commitment to secure justice for the Akonjee and Uddin families,” said Albert Cahn, legal director for CAIR-NY. “This heinous crime not only robbed children of their fathers, and wives of their husbands, it robbed this community of its leaders. Every time Muslim New Yorkers are targeted for their faith, it is a horrendous crime, but these murders are a singular example of the climate of hate that has been created in this city and across this country.”
 
In CAIR’s 2017 Civil Rights Report released earlier this summer, the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. In New York State, anti-Muslim hate incidents increased by 560 percent in 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
 
CAIR-NY is calling upon Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact CAIR-NY by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
CAIR’s national headquarters recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
 
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app      
 
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 continues to keep your phone safe at the border.

Today, CAIR-NY joined CAIR chapters from California, Florida, and Ohio along with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and several other leading civil rights organizations, to file a brief in federal court asserting that the search of cell phones and other electronic devices at the border is unlawful.

CAIR-NY submitted its brief in U.S. v. Molina-Isidoro, a case currently on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The brief contends that any search of cell phones and digital devices are “non-routine” and fall outside the border control exception to the 4th Amendment; therefore, all searches of such devices must require a warrant. CAIR-NY believes that electronic devices hold sensitive and extensive information and unwarranted searches are a gross violation of privacy and individual rights.

Read the brief here

 

 

CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

CAIR-NY Urges Person Who Left 'Jesus' Painting at Mosque to Learn About Islamic Beliefs

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 7/9/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on a person or persons who left a painting of Jesus on the cross at a mosque in that state to learn what Muslims actually believe.

CAIR-NY said the painting was found Friday on a fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park. The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Jesus Painting Left on Islamic Center Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jesus-Painting-Left-on-Islamic-Center-Investigated-as-Hate-Crime-433432283.html

SEE: Painting of Jesus Christ on a Cross Hung From Islamic Center Fence
https://patch.com/new-york/newhydepark/painting-jesus-christ-cross-hung-islamic-center-fence

In a statement, CAIR-NY said:

"Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him. "The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states, 'Behold! The angels said: 'O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and in (the company of) those nearest to God.' (3:45)

"Other verses in the Quran state that Jesus was strengthened with the 'Holy Spirit' (2:87) and is a 'sign for the whole world.' (21:91) His virgin birth was confirmed when Mary asked: 'How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?' (3:47)

"In the Quran, Jesus is shown speaking from the cradle and, with God's permission, curing lepers and the blind. (5:110) God also states in the Quran: "We gave (Jesus) the Gospel (Injeel) and put compassion and mercy into the hearts of his followers." (57:27)

"The spiritual unity of the Abrahamic faiths is confirmed in the Quran when God states: 'Say ye: 'We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and it is unto Him that we surrender ourselves.' (2:136)

"Islam's Prophet Muhammad also said: 'Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.'

"The spiritual legacy of Jesus (peace be upon him) should be a unifying factor for Muslims and Christians, not a source of division or bigotry."

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR's national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

SEE: CAIR-Sacramento Thanks Law Enforcement for Prompt Action on Quran Desecration Incidents

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14429-cair-sacramento-thanks-law-enforcement-for-prompt-action-on-quran-desecration-incidents.html

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR-NY recently released a report showing a 560 percent increase in 2016 anti-Muslim incidents in New York compared to the previous year. The same report showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York occurred in the last 7 and a half weeks of the year, following Donald Trump's election as President.

Muslim community members are urged to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact CAIR-NY by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

The Washington-based civil rights organization recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging Muslims to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

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 Receives ‘Extermination’ Threat, City Council Award on Same Day

For immediate release

CAIR-NY Receives ‘Extermination’ Threat, City Council Award on Same Day

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/28/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) said it received a letter threatening extermination, torture, and rape just hours before receiving an award from the New York City Council for the civil rights organization’s work helping hate crime victims, mobilizing against President Trump’s ‘Muslim Bans,’ and fighting for social justice.

CAIR-NY says the NYPD is investigating the threatening letter as a potential hate crime.

The New York City Council award was presented to CAIR-NY at a celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

"We are humbled by the recognition of the New York City Council for our civil rights work, and simultaneously determined to forge ahead despite the deplorable threat we received," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "This threat will not intimidate us or detract from our unshakeable resolve to ensure American Muslims and all targeted communities can practice their faith freely as ensured by our laws."

“We’re outraged to see our staff targeted, but we know we’re just one of many other Muslim institutions that have been threatened or attacked in recent months,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “This threat and the threats against other Muslim New Yorkers, show why recognition from the City Council is so vital to our mission. As long as our Muslim brothers and sisters are being attack, all New Yorkers must come together to vocally support their right to practice their faith. Despite this threat, we remain committed to the proposition that no New Yorker should have to choose between their religion and their safety, and we’re honored to have the City Council recognize the importance of our work to make that a reality.”

It appears that the threatening letter originated in the United Kingdom, and it bore similarities to recent threats against New York's Masjid Manhattan. After those earlier threats, as well as other anti-Muslim incidents around New York State, CAIR-NY called for greater protection for local mosques and Muslim community centers.

SEE: CAIR-NY Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Mosques After ‘Massacre’ Threat Targeting Masjid Manhattan
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/6/22/cair-ny-seeks-stepped-up-protection-for-mosques-after-massacre-threat-targeting-masjid-manhattan

Taser-toting Brooklyn man threatens to kill neighbor outside mosque
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/taser-toting-man-vows-kill-neighbor-brooklyn-mosque-article-1.3272567

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR-NY recently released a report showing a 560 percent increase in 2016 anti-Muslim incidents in New York compared to the previous year. The same report showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York occurred in the last 7 and a half weeks of the year, following Donald Trump’s election as President.

CAIR-NY is calling upon Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact us by calling (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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This Morning’s Court Decision on #MuslimBan and What It Means

Court Summary

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially reversed the lower courts’ decisions on the Muslim Ban 2.0 cases. The Supreme Court did three main things:

  • Full Case: the full case will be heard in the Fall of 2017, but the Supreme Court ordered a partial resumption of the Muslim Ban 2.0.
  • 90-day travel restriction: A 90-day travel restriction on certain visa holders from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. will start on Thursday, June 29th. *Bona fide relationship is a sort of close familial relationship and is explained below.
  • Refugee program: Starting Thursday, June 29th, refugees who do not have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S. will be affected by the Ban.

According to President Trump’s June 14, 2017v memo, the Ban goes back into effect “72 hours after all applicable injunctions are lifted or stayed,” which would be June 29, 2017, around 9:30 a.m. EST. This situation is evolving, so please check back with our organizations frequently to hear updates.
 

Who Is Now Affected by Muslim Ban 2.0?

Travel Restriction for Nationals of Six Countries

  • The six countries affected by the Ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • Visa applicants from these countries must show a bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity in the U.S., or else they can be stopped from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
    • Individuals who already have a visa as of the date of June 29th, 2017, should not be affected.
  • U.S. citizens and green card holders (also known as Lawful Permanent Residents) are not affected.
  • Dual nationals who enter the U.S. using a passport from a non-affected country will not be targeted.
    • For example, if a dual citizen of Iran and the U.K. travels to the U.S. on his U.K. passport, s/he will not be affected by the Ban.
  • A waiver process will provide for an exception to the Ban, but there is no information available about it at this time.

Refugee Program

  • Starting June 29th, 2017, there will be a 120-day halt of the entire refugee program; refugees will not be able to come into the U.S. during that time unless they have “bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity” in the U.S.
    • A bona fide relationship with a person requires a “close familial relationship” to someone in the U.S.
    • U.S. entities can include schools, universities, nonprofit organizations, and employers. Others may also qualify.

More Details on the Travel Restrictions

The Court has partially changed the lower courts’ decisions on the travel restrictions. Visa holders are now divided into two categories: those who have a “bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity” in the U.S., and those who do not.

  • If the traveler does not have a bona fide relationship, then the Muslim Ban may apply to them.
  • If the traveler has a “bona fide relationship,” then the Ban does not apply to them and they should be allowed inside the country
  • A “bona fide relationship with a particular person or entity” in the U.S. includes:
    • People who are coming to the U.S. to “live with or visit a family member.”
    • People who have a “formal” and “documented” relationship with an entity, like a school or employer.
      • For example, a “worker who accepted an offer of employment from an American company;” a “lecturer invited to address an American audience;” and students who have been admitted to a U.S. university have a bona fide relationship.


More Details on the Refugee Program

  • The Court has partially changed the lower courts’ decisions on the Refugee Program restriction. Refugees are now divided into two categories: those who have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the U.S., and those who do not.
  • If the refugee does not have a bona fide relationship, then the Ban applies to them and the person could be kept out of the U.S. if they meet the requirements of the Muslim Ban 2.0.
  • If the refugee has a “bona fide relationship,” then the Ban does not apply to them and they should be allowed inside the country;
  • What is a bona fide relationship with a particular person in the U.S.?
    • Refugees with a “close familial relationship” to someone in the U.S. cannot be stopped from coming into the U.S. (even if the refugee cap listed in section 6(b) is already surpassed).
    • If a refugee does not have a close family relationship with someone in the U.S., then Muslim Ban 2.0 could block them from coming to the U.S.


How to Get Legal Help?

CAIR-NY offers legal help free of charge. You can contact CAIR-NY if:

  • You or someone you know is affected by the Muslim Ban and you want legal help (we highly recommend you speak with an attorney if you are traveling and are a visa holder from the 6 countries); or
  • Your community would like to request a “Know Your Rights” presentation.

Fill out our travel form for legal assistance:

Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York : www.CAIR-NY.org


For Further Reading

[Muslim Ban 2.0]: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/06/executive-order-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry-united-states
[Supreme Court Decision]: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/16-1436_l6hc.pdf
[June 14 Memo]: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/06/14/presidential-memorandum-secretary-state-attorney-general-secretary


Sincerely,
Your CAIR-NY Staff

Our sincerest thanks to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area and the Asian Law Caucus for their assistance in preparing this alert.

CAIR-NY Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Mosques After ‘Massacre’ Threat Targeting Masjid Manhattan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

CAIR-NY Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Mosques After ‘Massacre’ Threat Targeting Masjid Manhattan

(NEW York, NY, 6/22/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for increased police protection for New York mosques following an alleged threat against a Manhattan house of worship. 

According to police, a letter received today by Masjid Manhattan threatened a massacre “on a scale never seen before.”  The NYPD is currently investigating the threat, which appears to have been sent from London.

SEE: City Mosque Receives Letter Threatening a Massive Massacre
http://nypost.com/2017/06/22/city-mosque-receives-letter-threatening-a-massive-massacre/

SEE: Manhattan Mosque Receives Massacre Threat from London
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan-mosque-receives-massacre-threat-london-article-1.3268548 

“We’re outraged that Muslim New Yorkers continue to be targeted for our faith,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “As the end of Ramadan approaches, and Muslims congregate at mosques and public spaces across our state, we call on law enforcement to increase protection at community gatherings and Islamic centers.”

“For too long, we’ve ignored the terrorist threat from anti-Muslim extremists,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “We need our elected officials and law enforcement authorities to take seriously the very real threats and violence faced by the Muslim community.”

This is the latest in a series of incidents that have targeted Muslim New Yorkers and their mosques. Police are investigating last week’s brutal attack on a Bronx Muslim man as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Victim of Bronx Beating Says He Was Targeted For Being Muslim
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/19/bronx-muslim-attack/

Earlier this month, a Bronx Mosque was allegedly shot with pellet gun, reportedly hitting a Muslim man in the neck and shattering a window.

SEE: Bronx Mosque Targeted Three Times by Pellet Gun Shooter
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-mosque-targeted-times-pellet-gun-shooter-article-1.3241704

CAIR is also asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions – particularly at end-of-Ramadan activities -- and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html   

It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf 

Earlier this week, CAIR national office called on Muslim communities nationwide to step up security measures for end-of-Ramadan activities following a terror attack on Muslims outside a mosque in London, the murder of a Muslim teen near a Virginia mosque and the murder of two men who defended a Muslim being harassed in Oregon.

SEE: CAIR Asks Muslim Community to Step Up Security Measures for End-of-Ramadan Activities After Recent Attacks

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14417-cair-security-alert-cair-asks-muslim-community-to-step-up-security-measures-for-end-of-ramadan-activities-after-recent-attacks.html 

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.

CAIR Seeks Stepped-Up Protection for Colorado Mosques Following Phone Threat
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14388-cair-seeks-stepped-up-protection-for-colorado-mosques-following-phone-threat.html

CAIR-NY recently released a report showing a 560 percent increase in 2016 anti-Muslim incidents in New York compared to the previous year. The same report showed that more than half of 2016 anti-Muslim hate crimes in New York occurred in the last 7 and a half weeks of the year, following Donald Trump’s election as President. 

SEE: Press Release: Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017

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

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Know the Law: Social Media Harassment

By Miko Zeldes-Roth and Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.

Online harassment is a serious concern for Muslim Americans, with social media threats on the rise. Regrettably, it can be difficult to prosecute such threats and harassment without raising significant First Amendment concerns. Currently, there are several New York State laws that can punish online harassment, but courts and lawmakers must continue to balance public safety against First Amendment free expressions rights.

 The First Amendment generally protects speech, including social media content and other novel forms of communication, but these protections are not without their limits.  Generally, online communication will only be illegal if a specific threat is made. These threats can be posted on a public Facebook post, in a private message, or using any other form of communication. To amount to a "true threat," the message must be so explicit that it can only be interpreted as a threat towards the recipient or their property.[1] If the statement is ambiguous, or if there is any other reasonable interpretation of the content, it will likely not be prosecutable as a “true threat.”[2]

“True threats” are one important exception to the First Amendment’s protection of speech, but it’s not the only one. Non-threatening online communication can be criminal if it alarms the recipient and has no legitimate purpose.[3] For instance, if you have been the target of repeated, unwanted, and disturbing messages (such as Facebook messages), then such activity may qualify as online harassment (even if there is no direct threat made against you).

These carve-outs may seem simple, but applying them is rarely straightforward. In recent years, we’ve seen courts repeatedly struggle to draw the line between legitimate speech and threats of violence, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Elonis v. United States. In Elonis, the Court found that social media content only constitutes a threat if it is actually intended to be threatening.[4]  The mere fact that the recipient of such communications found it to be threatening is not enough, since some recipients may be hypersensitive in how they interpret the statements that are directed at them. Prosecutors must not only prove that the recipient felt threatened, they must also prove the perpetrator intended the communication to have that impact.

 True threats and repeatedly harassment are generally a crime, but in certain cases such conduct is punished much more severely.  Online harassment premised on a target's protected characteristic (e.g. race, religion, national origin, etc.) may also face heightened punishment under New York State law as a hate crime.[5] These laws can provide additional protections to all minority groups, including Muslim Americans. Residents of New York City are also protected under the City's Human Rights Law. This law protects against identity-based discrimination and harassment.[6] Hate crime survivors can pursue and an administrative claim before the NYC Human Rights Commission or sue in New York State Supreme Court.[7]

Even as the definition of online harassment continues to develop, certain forms of malicious online activity remain clear-cut criminal offenses. If you or a loved one has been the recipient of intimidating or alarming messages that you view as threatening, you should contact 911 or reach out to CAIR-NY at 646-666-7599.

 

[1] People v. Orr, 2015 NY Slip Op 50568(U), 47 Misc. 3d 1213(A), 15 N.Y.S.3d 713 (Crim Ct.
Apr. 22, 2015); see also Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343, 359 (2003).

[2] People v Grammatico, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1, 2017 NY Slip Op 50000(U), 54 Misc. 3d 1203(A)
(N.Y. J. Ct. 2017).

[3] Harassment in the Second Degree (N.Y. Penal Law § 240.26)

[4] [1] Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, "Elonis v. United States," Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/2014/13-983 (accessed June 6, 2017).

[5] N.Y. Penal Law § 485.10

[6] “The Law.” New York City Commission on Human Rights, accessed June 12, 2017. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/law/the-law.page

[7] “Enforcement.” New York City Commission on Human Rights, accessed June 12, 2017. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/enforcement/enforcement.page

Disclaimer:  The foregoing is provided solely for educational purposes; it is not intended to provide legal advice.  If you have any questions about social media harassments or any other legal matter, please contact a licensed attorney.

Hundreds Turn Out for CAIR-NY, NYIC ‘New York City Loves Muslims’ Rally, Show Positive Alternative to Anti-Islam Event

For Immediate Release
(NEW YORK, NY, 6/10/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) today partnered with other leading civil rights groups and grassroots activists to rally in support of the Muslim community, showcasing a pluralistic alternative to the white supremacist and Islamophobic  "March Against Sharia" in Foley Square.  The anti-hate rally and march, which drew almost 500 attendees according to organizers, ended peacefully without any disruptions by, or interaction with, ACT for America participants.

Source: @Melissabenderphoto

Source: @Melissabenderphoto

Source: CAIR-NY

Source: CAIR-NY


CAIR: June 10 Anti-Islam Hate Rallies Show Convergence of White Supremacism, Islamophobia
https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14389-cair-june-10-anti-islam-hate-rallies-show-convergence-of-white-supremacism-islamophobia.html  

New York City Loves Muslims Rally – Main Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/165185194018432/

New York City Loves Muslims Rally Contingent – Stand Against Islamophobia with the NYC MJS
https://www.facebook.com/events/1198050926991384/  
 
ACT for America – March Against Sharia
http://www.actforamerica.org/rally

“We were gratified to see hundreds of participants support our message of solidarity and support for the Muslim community,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director, Albert Cahn. “We are happy that our rally concluded without any arrests or confrontations, from beginning to end a call for peaceful, non-violent, solidarity.  We’re saddened to learn that there may have been violence and or injuries at separate, unaffiliated rallies.”

“The moral spirit of our nation has always been anchored by love of community, diversity, and inclusion, ” said New York City Loves Muslims co-founder, Mohammed Naeem. “In many small strokes, it is this love that eventually fills the canvas of our democracy.”

Today’s speakers included:

Mohammed Naeem, New York Loves Muslims
Jane Shlimovich, New York Loves Muslims
Afaf Nasher, Council on American Islamic Relations, New York
Albert Cahn, Council on American Islamic Relations, New York
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center New York
Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller
Talia Baurer, Jewish Social Justice Contingent
Sunita Viswanath, Sadhana
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Anika Ferdoush, Youth Activist
Rabbi Barrat Ellman, Fordham University
Aber Kawas, Arab-American Association of New York
Zena & Michelle, Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee
Carlene Pinto, New York Immigration Coalition
 
CAIR-NY is calling upon Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact us by calling (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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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

 

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.