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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR-NY Denounces Mayor de Blasio’s Surprise Appointment of Intelligence Watchdog
 
(NEW YORK, N.Y., 3/21/17) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights group, today denounced Mayor de Blasio’s surprise appointment of Stephen Robinson to serve as the Civilian Representative to the NYPD’s newly reconstituted “Handschu Committee.”  The civilian representative is intended to serve as an independent watchdog on NYPD intelligence division investigations, ensuring compliance with the landmark Handschu v. Special Services Division consent decree, which restricts abusive, discriminatory, and unconstitutional surveillance.
 
SEE: NYPD Agrees to Stronger Oversight of Investigations Into Religious, Political Groups
http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202780650881/NYPD-Agrees-to-Stronger-Oversight-of-Investigations-Into-Religious-Political-Groups?slreturn=20170221172823
 
“Today’s surprise appointment, made without any consultation with the Muslim community, lacks the cooperation we needed to have confidence in this appointment,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “Mayor de Blasio is asking us to blindly trust his appointee will curb the NYPD’s abusive surveillance, but that trust must be earned.”
 
“Mr. Robinson has exemplary legal credentials, but there’s no assurance this longtime prosecutor will be willing to curtail the NYPD’s pattern of unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “Once again, Mayor de Blasio has given up a chance at lasting change to paper-over our dysfunctional and discriminatory intelligence apparatus.”
 
Muslim community members are asked to report any police harassment and discrimination to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/ 

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

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

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CAIR-NY keeps your phone safe at the border.

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

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

Read the brief here

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

Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAIR is asking American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html  

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

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

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

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

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Our Latest Guidance on Muslim Ban 2.0

Dear community members and friends,

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

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

What you need to know: 

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

  

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

What you should do to protect yourself:

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

What you can do to push back against this:

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



 

CAIR-NY Condemns Desecration of Jewish Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. and Bias Attack Against Latino Man in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The New York Chapter of the Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the desecration of graves at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York. Approximately a dozen headstones at the Jewish cemetery were toppled in attacks similar to those at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia, and St. Louis , making it the third such attack in two weeks.

“We condemn these attacks and those so blinded by hate that they not only attack the living, but also desecrate the dead,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “American Muslims stand with every community that is enduring this shocking surge in hate crimes.”

“Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers stand united in the face of this mindless hatred,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “We call on elected officials to provide the resources needed to safeguard Jewish and Muslim religious sites and to thoroughly investigate every hate crime.”

SEE: Another Jewish cemetery is vandalized, this time in New York

https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/police-jewish-cemetery-vandalized-in-new-york-state-1.13203005

CAIR-NY also condemned an apparent bias attack on a Latino man in Brooklyn, NY, which took place on Wednesday evening. According to the NYPD, the assailant called the victim a “f***ing Mexican” and said “go back to your country,” before punching the victim multiple times, breaking his nose. The attack took place at the southbound J-train platform at the Crescent Street station.

SEE: Attacker yells, ‘Go back to your country,’ then breaks man’s nose on Brooklyn subway platform

http://pix11.com/2017/03/02/man-punched-in-face-on-brooklyn-subway-platform-told-to-go-back-to-mexico/

CAIR-NY’s statement was just the latest in a series of actions to promote solidarity between Muslim Americans and other targets of hate crimes. Last month, CAIR’s national office offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who threatened at least 10 Jewish Community Centers nationwide.

SEE:  CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers Nationwide

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14131-cair-offers-reward-for-info-on-threats-targeting-jewish-community-centers-nationwide.html

In the same month, Florida chapter of CAIR expressed solidarity with the Jewish community after vehicles in a predominately Orthodox Jewish Community were vandalized with Nazi swastikas.

SEE: CAIR-FL Expressed Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hate Vandalism

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14107-cair-fl-expresses-solidarity-with-jewish-community-after-hate-vandalism.html

CAIR’s Ohio chapter also expressed solidarity with the Jewish community of Ohio after a series of bomb threats targeted Jewish Communities throughout the nation, including the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, the JCC in Cincinnati, and the JCC in Columbus.

SEE: CAIR-Ohio Expressed Solidarity with Ohio Jewish Community

https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14132-cair-ohio-expresses-solidarity-with-ohio-jewish-community-after-bomb-threats.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.

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

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13945-cair-coalition-partners-condemn-latest-incident-of-nooses-discovered-in-calvert-county-md.html

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

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13932-cair-cincinnati-cair-alabama-condemn-nazi-vandalism-targeting-interracial-couples.html

CAIR Welcomes Denial of Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13928-cair-welcomes-denial-of-easement-for-dakota-access-pipeline.html

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

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13905-cair-condemns-threat-and-vandalism-targeting-home-of-jewish-professor-in-oberlin-ohio.html

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.

Anti-surveillance Press Conference on Wednesday

 CAIR-NY will participate in a Press Conference on Anti-surveillance on Wednesday March 1st, in conjunction with the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York Civil Liberties Union and other organizations to fight against illegal surveillance. 

WHAT: Anti-surveillance Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, March 1st, noon
WHERE: New York City Hall Steps, City Hall Park, New York, NY 10007
CONTACT: outreach@ny.cair.com

 

Tweetstorm Today!

Today, at approximately 4:00 pm, there will be a Tweetstorm on the account @VoicesOfTheBan,  bringing attention to the broad opposition against the #MuslimBan. The Tweetstorm will feature stories of people invited to President Trump’s speech tonight by Members of Congress.  

CAIR-NY invites you to participate and show your support in protecting civil rights for Muslims. 

 

 

 

United against Trump, Forest Hills Rallies for Unity, Acceptance

Prompted by recent controversial actions from the White House, hundreds gathered Sunday at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills in a show of unity and celebration of “Queens Values.”

“The people united will never be divided,” the crowd chanted, with many waving signs protesting President Trump's recent actions on immigration and temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, as well as the Department of Justice's reversal of President Obama's transgender bathroom guidance.

http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/united-against-trump-forest-hills-rallies-for-unity-acceptance/article_629c4c7e-fd05-11e6-8cfa-6ff59b02c16c.html

 

Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists.

Last Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released the results of a new survey showing that American attitudes toward Muslims had improved in the past few years. While respondents to a 2014 survey gave Muslims an average rating of 40 on a 100-point “feeling thermometer” — a scale measuring favorability toward different groups — that number had climbed to 48 by last month. Headlines noted the shift, which many observers found surprising given recent debates about terrorism and President Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

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Encourage Your Masjid or Community Center to Become a Polling Site!

For years, New York City's churches and synagogues have served as polling sites on election day, but not masajid or Muslim community centers.  We think it's time for this to change, but we can't do it alone.  We need to hear from interested sites by February 28th, so if you want your masjid or community center become a polling site, please have the site's leadership submit the form below:

Polling Site Submissions 

 

Tweet-a-thon supporting The Council on American-Islamic Relations CAIR-NY

Tired of Trump's tweeting?  Now you can put your money where his mouth is.

President Trump is determined to continue his unprofessional tweeting, so let's make sure some good comes out of this childish behavior.  Pledge an amount you will give to the Council on American-Islamic Relations NY (CAIR-NY) for each tweet posted by the @realdonaldtrump Twitter account between 2/11/17 and 3/15/17.  It won't stop his tweets, but every time you see his latest tantrum, you’ll know you’re doing your part to fight back.

When Trump tweets, CAIR wins.

Donate Here: https://go.rallyup.com/trump-tweets-cair-wins/Updates

 

How 9/11 Prepared Muslims for Trump

In the days and weeks after 9/11, Debbie Almontaser was escorted to work by a neighbor, as were many Muslim-Americans who feared for their safety.

In those early days, some Muslim women feared wearing the hijab when they went outside. A Sikh man was killed in Mesa, Arizona, days after 9/11 by a man who thought he was Muslim. Others felt they were constantly suspect, viewed with suspicion by friends and neighbors they had known for years.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/12/how-9-11-prepared-muslims-for-trump.html