CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic Hate Attack on New York Cab Driver

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/23/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an arrest for the allegedly Islamophobic hate attack on a New Paltz, New York cab driver.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator held a gun to the driver’s head and called him a “motherf---ing piece of Muslim sh-t.” Andrew M. Placheck, faces multiple felony hate crime charges for the Sunday Morning attack, including menacing, displaying a weapon, and reckless endangerment.

SEE: Suspect in New Paltz hate crime case was drunk and used vulgarities in reference to Islam, police say
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170123/suspect-in-new-paltz-hate-crime-case-was-drunk-and-used-vulgarities-in-reference-to-islam-police-say


“We’re grateful to our law enforcement partners for their quick response to this disturbing attack,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn. “This is no place for this sort of violence and hatred in New York State.”

Earlier today, CAIR-NY welcomed news of an arrest in a hate attack on a Brooklyn priest.  In that matter, the alleged perpetrator shouted racial slurs, spat on the victim, and brandished a baseball bat.

SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Hate Attack on Brooklyn Priest
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/new-york-chapter-of-cair-condemns-racial-hate-attack-against-nigerian-priest-in-brooklyn

Last week, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a full k-9 sweep.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/19/cair-ny-condemns-bomb-threats-against-syracuse-ny-jewish-community
 
Late last month, CAIR’s national office expressed solidarity with Montana’s Jewish communities after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state.  In that case, a leader of the neo-Nazi movement announced plans for the hate march in Whitefish, Montana “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.”
 
SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Montana Jewish Community as Neo-Nazi Plans Armed Anti-Semitic March
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13973-cair-expresses-solidarity-with-montana-jewish-community-as-neo-nazi-plans-armed-anti-semitic-march.html
 
That same month, CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter expressed similar solidarity with the Christian community in that state following apparent hate vandalism targeting an Assyrian church in San Fernando, Calif.
 
SEE: CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of Assyrian Church
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13933-cair-la-expresses-solidarity-with-christian-community-after-hate-vandalism-of-assyrian-church.html
 
CAIR and the American Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
 
Muslim community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Hate Attack on Brooklyn Priest

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/23/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed an arrest for the allegedly racially-motivated hate attack on Rev. Uriroghene Okrokoto, a Brooklyn-based priest who recently immigrated to New York from Nigeria.

According to police, the alleged perpetrator shouted racial slurs, spat on the victim and brandished a baseball bat. Joseph Mattarelliano, who faces charges of weapons possession and menacing as a hate crime for the January 13th attack, surrendered to police on Friday.

SEE: Nigerian Catholic priest attacked in racial-hate attack: cops
http://nypost.com/2017/01/22/nigerian-catholic-priest-attacked-in-racial-hate-attack-cops/

“We stand in solidarity with all people who are targeted for their race or religion, or because of any other form of bigotry,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “People of all faiths must come together in the face of this ignorance and hate.”

Last week, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a full k-9 sweep.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/19/cair-ny-condemns-bomb-threats-against-syracuse-ny-jewish-community

Late last month, CAIR’s national office expressed solidarity with Montana’s Jewish communities after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state.  In that case, a leader of the neo-Nazi movement announced plans for the hate march in Whitefish, Montana “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.”

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Montana Jewish Community as Neo-Nazi Plans Armed Anti-Semitic March
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13973-cair-expresses-solidarity-with-montana-jewish-community-as-neo-nazi-plans-armed-anti-semitic-march.html

That same month, CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter expressed similar solidarity with the Christian community in that state following apparent hate vandalism targeting an Assyrian church in San Fernando, Calif.

SEE: CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of Assyrian Church
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13933-cair-la-expresses-solidarity-with-christian-community-after-hate-vandalism-of-assyrian-church.html

CAIR and the American Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

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

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

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, 917-669-4006, anasher@cair.com; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

 

6 Rules Of Islamophobia In America

After the 2015 terror attack in Paris, when Donald Trump and other GOP presidential candidates were ratcheting up their anti-Muslim political speech, we started a running list of Islamophobic acts. Sadly, in less than two months, the list became so long the webpage often wouldn’t load.  

This made us recognize the very real surge in anti-Muslim incidents sweeping the nation — a surge many wanted to deny was happening at all. (Think Fox News host Eric Bolling saying he “hadn’t heard of any” anti-Muslim hate crimes.)

So we developed The Islamophobia Project, and committed to tracking anti-Muslim violence, vandalism, discrimination, public policy and political speech throughout 2016. 

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We're Still Here

The inauguration we’ve all been dreading is over and guess what?  We’re still here.  We know you’re afraid, we know the unbearable uncertainty you feel, but in the face of fear, we’re seeing a community united by courage.  Across this state, New Yorkers of every color, faith, gender, age, and ethnicity are reminding ourselves of our own power.  Time and again, the American people have channeled our outrage into the enduring work of making a better, freer, and fairer nation.

We at CAIR-NY stand ready to carry on this proud tradition, working to secure a society that protects the rights of all people. Today, President Trump took an oath to protect and defend the constitution.  He assumed responsibility to safeguard religious freedom, freedom of press, and the rights of all Americans.  Today, we take our own oath...to keep him to that promise.

We’re ready to take on this fight, but we can’t stand alone.  Although we’re proud to be part of the nationwide CAIR network, each chapter is responsible for raising its own funds, and we rely on your contributions for our continued commitment to civil rights. Our voice is louder when the community supports our work, so please consider making a secure donation in President Trump's honor today.

Muslim Americans Ready to Resist Trump Bigly!

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, countless Muslim Americans went into “hiding.” They Americanized their names, stopped talking publicly about being Muslim and even avoided attending Muslim community events. On some level it was understandable. There had been a surge in hate crimes against Muslim Americans in the aftermath of 9/11 and there was a great deal of uncertainty and fear.

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CAIR-NY Condemns Bomb Threats Against Syracuse, NY Jewish Community


(New York, NY, 1/19/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), today condemned bomb threats against the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, New York.  The bomb threat, which was made by telephone, forced Jewish Community Center officials to evacuate the center on Wednesday morning.  Police officers from multiple departments, including K-9 units, searched and cleared the building.

SEE: Bomb threat made at DeWitt Jewish Community Center; threats reported across the nation

“American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Syracuse and across New York,” said
CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Targeting any group because of their faith is never acceptable. CAIR-NY stands in solidarity with Jewish New Yorkers and defends their right to worship freely.”

“As a Jewish advocate for the Muslim community, it’s clear to me we must stand united against this sort of religious bigotry,” said
CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “In this period of growing religious intolerance, Jewish and Muslim New Yorkers must learn to support and defend each other.”

Late last month, CAIR’s national office expressed solidarity with Montana’s Jewish communities after neo-Nazis announced plans to stage an armed, anti-Semitic march in that state.  In that case, a leader of the neo-Nazi movement announced plans for the hate march in Whitefish, Montana “against Jews, Jewish businesses and everyone who supports either.”

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Montana Jewish Community as Neo-Nazi Plans Armed Anti-Semitic March

That same month, CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter expressed similar solidarity with the Christian community in that state following apparent hate vandalism targeting an Assyrian church in San Fernando, Calif.

SEE: CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of AssyrianChurch

CAIR and the American Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

SEE: CAIR, Coalition Partners Condemn Latest Incident of Nooses Discovered in Calvert County, Md.

CAIR-Cincinnati, CAIR-Alabama Condemn Nazi Vandalism Targeting Interracial Couples

CAIR Welcomes Denial of Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

CAIR Condemns Threat and Vandalism Targeting Home of Jewish Professor in Oberlin, Ohio

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

SEE: CAIR-OK Urges FBI to Join Hate Crime Probe of Pig Carcass Dumped at Islamic Center

CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Suspect in Stabbing of Muslim Near Simi Valley Mosque

CAIR-NY Welcomes Sentencing of White Supremacist in Anti-Muslim Plot, Arrest of Man Who Assaulted Muslim Woman

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

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CAIR-NY says "NO" to Muslim Registry

President-elect Donald Trump and other members of the Republican party have repeatedly called for a Muslim registry in the United States. In opposition, a letter supporting the Protect American Families Act was drafted by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to be sent to Congress. We are proud to announce that CAIR-NY has officially signed on to this letter in support of the preservation of civil rights for all. The Protect American Families Act would prohibit "the institution of a federally-funded registry that is facially discriminatory and targets individuals based on race, age, gender, national origin, nationality, citizenship, religion, and/or ethnicity." 

 

New Year's Resolution For Cable News: Invite Muslims To Talk About Life In Trump's America

With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise and an administration that frequently makes anti-Muslim statements on its way in, cable news shows must work harder to include Muslim experts, advocates, and community leaders in order to provide a good reflection of the diversity and authenticity of American Muslim experiences.

According to FBI statistics, anti-Muslim hate crimes have been on the rise for several years, shooting up 67 percent between 2014 and 2015 “from 154 in 2014 to 257 in 2015,” their highest since the year of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Though FBI hate crime statistics for 2016 won’t be released until the end of 2017, according to a joint study by CAIR and ThinkProgress, there have been 111 reported anti-Muslim incidents in America since the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris, 53 of them in the month of December 2015 alone.

Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, which tracked the connection between political rhetoric and anti-Muslim attacks during the the presidential campaign season, found that there have been approximately 180 reported incidents of anti-Muslim violence in the one year period after the first candidate announced his bid for the White House in March 2015. And since Trump’s election less than two months ago, there have been at least 150 reported hate incidents, 29 of which were inspired by anti-Muslim sentiment, according to a ThinkProgress analysis that “focuses on moments of more targeted harassment and hatred.”

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Instead of Pitying American Muslims, Work With Them

Dr. Robbins is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Massachusetts.

In the weeks since the electionthe American Muslim community has seen a massive outpouring of support. As a community advocate, I’ve personally received hundreds of e-mails and calls from people asking how they can help, and letting me know that they’re with us and will do everything that they can to aid us during this time. People across the political, religious and political spectrums have reached out to their Muslim neighbors like never before and have offered to aid us in any way needed.

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A Non-Muslim Guide to Standing up to Islamophobia

You have most likely heard some type of comments regarding Muslims and Islam. Whether you know a Muslim or not, felt compelled to respond, but simply did not know what to say, you are not alone. I applaud you for taking the opportunity to find out how you can help fight Islamophobia and encourage peace in the world. This guide will help you to be an ally to the Islamic community and the basic principles can apply to the defense of all groups and help to eradicate stereotypes and discrimination.

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CAIR-NY Applauds NYPD Decision to Allow Muslim, Sikh Officers to Wear Beards and Turbans

Muslim civil rights group also welcomes arrest of suspect in anti-Muslim attack on an Uber driver in Long Island

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/29/2016) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today applauded the New York Police Department’s (NYPD’s) decision to allow Muslim and Sikh officers to grow out their beards and wear turbans while in uniform.

Under the new policy announced yesterday, officers will be able to grow beards that extend up to half an inch from the face, and may also wear a blue turban with a hat shield. Previously, officers with a medical or religious accommodation were only permitted to grow a beard up to one millimeter in length.

SEE: Muslim and Sikh NYPD Officers Can Now Wear Beards and Turbans
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/1229/Muslim-and-Sikh-NYPD-officers-can-now-wear-beards-and-turbans

“We applaud this long-overdue step to make sure the NYPD better reflects our city’s diverse communities,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “We are particularly grateful to the work of Public Advocate Letitia James in advocating for Muslim officers who were previously asked to choose between public service and their faith.”

CAIR-NY also welcomed the arrest of a suspect in an anti-Muslim attack on an Uber driver in Long Island. The victim was allegedly attacked late last month after picking up three customers in Melville, Long Island. Following intervention from CAIR-NY, Nassau County Police expanded their investigation, reclassifying the November attack as a hate crime.

In the attack, a passenger first asked the driver if he was Muslim before repeatedly punching him, splattering the inside of his car with blood.  Yesterday, Nassau County Police arrested one suspect on charges of assault in the third degree as a hate crime and harassment.  Assault in the third degree as a hate crime is a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

SEE: Bethpage Man Punched Uber Driver During Ride, Say Cops
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/cops-bethpage-man-punched-uber-driver-during-ride-1.12817522

“We are grateful to the Nassau County Police Department for its diligence in this case,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “This arrest shows that every hate crime in New York State will be treated as a very serious offense.”

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 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

 

Muslim high schooler tracks down homeless man who allegedly struck Jewish woman on Brooklyn subway

A brave Muslim high school student helped cops bust a homeless sicko who randomly slammed his open hand into an Orthodox Jewish woman’s face on a Brooklyn subway train Tuesday night, officials said.

Ahmed Khalifa, 17, of Midwood chased down Rayvon Jones, 31, after he decked the woman, who was simply reading a book on a Coney Island-bound Q train near the Newkirk Ave. station at about 7:50 p.m.

“It was a very hard slap, I almost could feel the slap,” Khalifa told the Daily News. “He was 6-foot-6, and a very big, big guy.”

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NYPD top cop James O’Neill says officers can wear turbans, beards for religious reasons under new rules

For the first time, cops who want to wear turbans for religious reasons on the job can now do so, as long as they get approval, the city’s top cop said.

The new policy also codifies how long beards can be. Beards can be no longer than a half-inch for religious reasons, and no longer than one millimeter for medical reasons.

The NYPD previously barred beards because they interfere with the seal on gas masks. Officers in elite units that call for the masks, such as anti-terrorism, are still exempt from having beards, a police source said.

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Ex-NYPD boss Ray Kelly defends city’s Muslim spying program, welcomes Trump’s surveillance plans

The city's former top cop said Sunday that the U.S. should more thoroughly vet immigrants, reflecting President-elect Donald Trump’s calls for more scrutiny of people entering the country from predominantly Muslim countries.

Raymond Kelly addressed the need for more “vetting” after John Catsimatidis mentioned the Syrian refugee crisis on his AM 970 morning radio show.

“We need deeper vetting,” Kelly said. “Certainly I think the public wants a higher degree of comfort as to who’s coming in at this time, and I think we are going to have to devote additional resources to examining the backgrounds of individuals coming in, where they live, who their relatives are. ... It’s absolutely necessary.”

Albert Cahn, the director of strategic litigation for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, vowed to fight any effort to institute a national surveillance program.

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Facebook already has a Muslim registry—and it should be deleted

Since Donald Trump's election, many in the tech industry have been concerned about the way their skills—and the data collected by their employers—might be used. On a number of occasions, Trump has expressed the desire to perform mass deportations and end any and all Muslim immigration. He has also said that it would be "good management" to create a database of Muslims, and that there should be "a lot of systems" to track Muslims within the US.

In the final days of his presidency, Barack Obama has scrapped the George W. Bush-era regulations that created a registry of male Muslim foreigners entering the US—the registry itself was suspended in 2011—but given Trump's views, demands to create a domestic registry are still a possibility.

As a result, some 2,600 tech workers (and counting) have pledged both not to participate in any such programs and to encourage their employers to minimize any sensitive data they collect. The goal is to reduce the chance that such data might be used in harmful ways.

The fear in the tech community is of being complicit in some great crime. The neveragain.tech pledge reads, in part:

We have educated ourselves on the history of threats like these, and on the roles that technology and technologists played in carrying them out. We see how IBM collaborated to digitize and streamline the Holocaust, contributing to the deaths of six million Jews and millions of others. We recall the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. We recognize that mass deportations precipitated the very atrocity the word genocide was created to describe: the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey. We acknowledge that genocides are not merely a relic of the distant past—among others, Tutsi Rwandans and Bosnian Muslims have been victims in our lifetimes.

Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.

Their concerns are not unfounded. IBM, in particular, has a dark history when it comes to assisting with genocides. The company's punch card-based Hollerith machines were instrumental in enabling the Nazis to efficiently round up Jews, seize their assets, deport them to concentration camps, and then systematically slaughter them.

After Trump's election, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote the president-elect to congratulate him on his victory and offer IBM's services in support of his agenda. Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz has joined Trump's transition team, rank and file workers have been outspoken in their unwillingness to cooperate with programs that don't, in their view, respect the Constitution or human rights or which have disturbing historical precedent. Rometty's letter has provoked a petition from current and former IBM staff; Catz's role has resulted in at least one resignation.

One company, however, stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to collecting personal data: Facebook. Facebook's business is data collection in order to sell more effectively targeted advertisements. While massive data collection is not new or unique to Facebook—search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing have the same feature—Facebook is unusual in that it actively strives to make that information personally identifiable. Facebook accounts tend to use our legal names, and Facebook relationships tend to reflect our real-life associations, giving the company's data a depth and breadth that Google or Microsoft can only dream about.

Among the pieces of personal information that the site asks users for is religion. As with most pieces of information that Facebook requests, this is of course optional. But it's an option that many people fill in to ensure that our profiles better reflect who we are.

This data collection means that Facebook already represents, among other things, a de facto—if partialMuslim registry. Facebook has the data already; the company can provide a list of self-attested Muslims in the US simply by writing a query or two. That data could be similarly queried for anyone who isn't straight.

As such, government coercion of Facebook—or even a hack of the company—represents a particular threat to civil liberties. Accordingly, Facebook should take a simple and straightforward protective step: delete that information. Remove the field from our profiles, and discard the historic saved data.

Deleting the information will not make Facebook safe. It will still be a treasure trove of relationships and associations, and an intelligence agency could make all manner of inferences from the data contained within. (Religion, for instance, is likely to be discernible from the content of posts and from images of holidays and religious gatherings, but this would be more difficult to do in bulk—though we know similar inferences are already made about race.) But it would mean that Facebook is no longer so trivially searchable, and it would mean that it ceases to be such a clear database of religious affiliation.

Making a change like this should be trivial for Facebook. No doubt it would marginally reduce the company's ability to tailor advertisements to individual users—but it would serve as a clear statement against the threat such a database poses.

 

Large Swastikas and 'make America white again' are seen scrawled on sidewalks and college bathrooms in Long Island

  • Racist graffiti has been found in several Long Island towns since December
  • Sidewalks were targeted in  multi-cultural areas
  • More swastikas were found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College
  • Police are investigating and say the graffiti amounts to a hate crime  

By Sarah Dean For Mailonline

Published: 10:04 EST, 19 December 2016 | Updated: 10:25 EST, 19 December 2016

A red swastika and the slogan 'Make America White Again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in Long Island, sparking a police investigation.

Locals have reported seeing the racist graffiti since the beginning of December in several towns, the Nassau County Police Department said.

In Washington Avenue, Mineola, the graffiti was discovered sprawled outside someone's home on November 30.

A red swastika and the racist slogan 'make America white again' have been spray painted on sidewalks in what police say amounts to a hate crime

Nassau County Police Department Lieutenant Richard Lebrun told the Mineloa American that the message was a hate crime.

Police also wrote graffiti with 'other disparaging and derogatory remarks against African Americans and those of Middle Eastern decent,' Lebrun said.

More swastikas have also been found in bathrooms at Nassau Community College.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika with the caption 'NCC BATHROOM. Shame on you'.

The college quickly responded and asked for the location of the graffiti so it could be removed.

One student shared a photo of a black swastika inside a Nassau Community College bathroom with the caption 'Shame on you'

Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who grew up on Long Island, said in a statement: 'To the person who spray-painted swastikas and "Make America White Again" on a sidewalk in Mineola: You are not clever, you are not tough.

‘You are a coward. If you have something you want to say, then come forward, turn yourself into the police, and show your family, your friends, and your neighbors who you are.

'I won’t hold my breath waiting for President-Elect Trump to condemn people using his campaign slogan to intimidate people of color.

'It’s up to every one of us to call out this kind of language and behavior wherever we encounter it, and it’s up to every one of us to show that we are grateful to live in such a diverse district, state and country.'

CAIR-NY Welcomes Sentencing of White Supremacist in Anti-Muslim Plot, Arrest of Man Who Assaulted Muslim Woman

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/19/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed the sentencing of a man who plotted to kill Muslims in that state and the arrest of another man who allegedly assaulted a Muslim woman, calling her a "terrorist."

A Federal District Court in Albany, N.Y., sentenced Glendon Scott Crawford, 52, to 30 years in prison on three counts stemming from his plot to build a weapon of mass destruction that would emit lethal levels of radiation intending to kill Muslims. Crawford's accomplice, Eric Feight, was previously sentenced to eight years in prison for material support.

SEE: New Yorker Gets 30 Years in Prison for 'Death Ray' Plot Against Muslims

In a separate incident, police reported the arrest of a man who assaulted a Muslim woman who wears a hijab (headscarf) in an apparent hate crime. According to police, the assailant, Nathan Gray, told the victim he hated Muslims, threw hot coffee at her face and struck her in the face with his bag. According to a Dunkin Donuts employee who witnessed the attack, Gray called the 21-year-old victim a "terrorist" before and during the attack. Gray was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime.

SEE: Man Shouting "I Hate Muslims" Allegedly Attacked Woman with Hot Coffee in Midtown

"Today's developments highlight the range of challenges facing the Muslim community. We are witnessing both the rise of sophisticated and organized anti-Muslim plots, as well as the sudden and impetuous assaults growing too common on our streets," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "As Americans, we must all stand together against every one of these horrifying acts born of hatred and targeting innocent people."

"We are grateful that law enforcement officials disrupted this attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction against New York's Muslim community," said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. "Too often we see Muslims demonized as 'terrorists,' but this conviction reminds us that our Muslim neighbors are increasingly the targets of terror. Islamophobic rhetoric, regularly used by hate groups for years, is finding its way into the mainstream of American life. I know that many New Yorkers stand with me in saying our city will always be a place that's open to all."

Earlier this month, CAIR-NY welcomed the arrest of Michail Isakharov for allegedly attacking a Muslim woman in Brooklyn a month before. The November 14 attack, which took place just six days after President-elect Donald Trump's election victory, occurred in the Kensington section of Brooklyn and was one of several post-election incidents targeting local Muslim women. According to police, Isakharov shouted "Muslims are not supposed to be driving!" before snatching the victim's phone and grabbing the hijab off her head. Prosecutors have charged Isakharov with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal mischief in the third and fourth degrees.

SEE: Brooklyn Man Busted for Snatching Muslim Woman's Hijab, Shouting 'Muslims Are Not Supposed to Be Driving!

Police also reported that a uniformed MTA officer - who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) – was assaulted by a man who yelled "You're a terrorist and you shouldn't be working for the city." The alleged attacker, reportedly shoved the MTA employee down a flight of stairs, injuring her knee and ankle. The NYPD and New York State Division of Human Rights are investigating the attack as a bias incident.

SEE: Muslim Transit Worker Attacked by Hate-Spewing Thug

Also recently, Christopher Nelson, 36, was arrested and for allegedly assaulting an off-duty Muslim NYPD officer - who also wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) - and her 16-year-old son. According to police, Nelson reportedly shoved the officer's son and shouted, "ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!" and "go back to your country." Nelson has been charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated assault in the second degree.

SEE: 'Hero' Muslim Cop, Her Son Harassed By Bigot in Brooklyn Who Shouted 'I Will Cut Your Throat'

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

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 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

Homeless man throws coffee at Muslim woman, calls her 'terrorist' in Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts

A rampaging homeless man chucked hot coffee at a Muslim woman, hit her and accused her of being a “terrorist” in a Midtown Dunkin Donuts Sunday, according to police sources and the store’s employees.

Nathan Gray, 34, told the 21-year-old victim he “hated Muslims” and that he was going to kill her, cops said Sunday. He’s been charged with assault as a hate crime, cops said.

Gray walked into the W. 35th. St. shop near Seventh Ave. at about 2:45 p.m. and asked for a cup of coffee, said one employee, who wouldn’t provide her name.

“I gave him coffee and he said something to me about terrorists, but I couldn't hear what he was saying. He walked away from me and sat next to a group of Muslim women,” the store employee said. “He started talking to them and I could hear him saying, 'Terrorists!'”

The women sat and ate, trying to ignore him, but he continued shouting, the employee said.

“One woman called him ‘stupid.’ So he threw his hot coffee in her face,” the employee said. “It was hot, hot coffee. She could have been burned! Then he swung his bag at her and it hit her in the face.”

The woman ran outside, and Gray put her in a headlock, cops said.

A 911 call brought police to the scene, and cops arrested Gray.

The victim refused medical attention, cops said. 

Action Alert: Legal Volunteer Training Opportunity

We hope you can join us for this, the first in a series of pro bono legal volunteer opportunities. The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR-NY”) and the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“CCHR”) will train volunteer attorneys how to help victims of harassment and discrimination report their experiences to the CCHR. In recent weeks, New York City has seen increasing complaints of harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes, and we need support from volunteers like you to ensure that every New Yorker has an avenue to seek justice. NY-Barred Attorneys Only

Event Address: 22 Reade St, New York, NY 10007
Contact us at admin@ny.cair.com
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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