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

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Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump's travel ban

By Dan Levine | SAN FRANCISCO

The U.S. Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial action since taking office last month.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is to hear arguments about whether to restore the ban from Justice Department lawyers and opposing attorneys for the states of Minnesota and Washington at 3 p.m. PST (6.00 p.m. BST).

Trump's Jan. 27 executive order barred entry for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and imposed a 120-day halt on all refugees.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN15L0GC

A Letter of Solidarity to Masjid Al-Farooq, Brooklyn

Neighbors of Masjid Al-Farooq in Brooklyn, NY wrote this heartfelt letter and gave it to the mosque. The letter was given to the mosque a day after the executive order banning individuals from 7 Muslim countries on visa's and green cards from traveling to the U.S. was announced.

Caring acts like this one were seen throughout the  country this past weekend. A strong reminder that as much as they try to divide us, love always prevails. 

Nivia Martinez

CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Court’s Injunction of “Muslim Ban”

For Immediate Release

CAIR-NY Welcomes Federal Court’s Injunction of “Muslim Ban”
 
 
(New York City, N.Y., 2/4/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the ruling by a federal judge in Seattle that orders a nationwide halt to enforcement of visa and refugee provisions of President Trump’s executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.
 
U.S. District Judge James Robart’s granted a request for a temporary restraining order “on a nationwide basis,” prohibiting federal employees from enforcing the so-called “Muslim ban” order.  

SEE: Judge in Seattle Halts Trump’s Immigration Order Nationwide; White House Vows Fight
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/federal-judge-in-seattle-halts-trumps-immigration-order/

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says it is reinstating visas and told U.S. airlines they could board travelers who had previously been barred by the executive order. 

SEE: Seattle Judge Blocks Trump Immigration Order; Government to Appeal
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN15I1CM
Airlines Told to Allow Previously Banned Travelers to US, After Judge's Order – Reports
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/03/trump-travel-ban-temporarily-blocked-nationwide
 
Because the Trump administration is vowing to appeal the ruling and the situation remains quite fluid, travelers stranded outside the U.S. may want to consider quickly rebooking their flights.  However, CAIR-NY is still cautioning any individuals with passports from the seven-affected countries against leaving the U.S., unless they also have a U.S. passport or green-card.  Such individuals should contact an attorney before making any international travel plans.
 
Video: CAIR Rep on MSNBC's 'All In with Chris Hayes' to Discuss Judge's Muslim Ban Ruling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1psLpEDAVks

"New Yorkers challenged the Muslim ban in the streets, at the airports, and in court,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  While we expect legal challenges to continue, this temporary halt on the ‘Muslim ban’ vindicates what our advocates have been saying: this ban is unconstitutional and unlawful,"   
 
"Judge Robart proved once-again that we are, above all else, a nation of laws,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn.  “As excited as we are by these developments, we know that this is just the first victory in a very long fight for the rights of Muslim Americans.”  
 
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. 
 
CAIR es la organización Musulmana de libertades civiles más grande de los Estados Unidos. Su misión es proteger las libertades civiles, fortalecer 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 

About World Hijab Day

Since 2013, people of all faiths have come together to recognize February 1st as World Hijab Day. Founded by Nazma Khan, the day supports the right of Muslim women to wear the headscarf or “hijab” in observance of Islam. The U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws protect everyone's rights to practice his or her faith, whether it be through prayer, religious study, or wearing religious garb.  Our highest laws defend American Muslims from discrimination and harassment targeting their faith.  These laws extend from the schoolyard, to the workplace, to areas of public accommodations.  No matter how strong our laws, we know that Muslims in America are experiencing harassment, discrimination, and even violent hate crimes.

In schools: A recent report from CAIR California showed that 29% of Muslim students who wear headscarves have experienced offensive physical interaction. This includes, but is not limited to, pulling someone's hijab. Shockingly, 27% of Muslim students have experienced discrimination coming from their own teachers. We affirm that no student should feel threatened just because he or she wears a religious garb. We further affirm that no student should feel afraid of being physically or verbally abused because of his or her religion.   

See: https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13215-cair-ca-report-more-than-half-of-california-muslim-students-targeted-by-faith-based-bullying.html    

In the workplace: The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire candidates based on religion. Despite these prohibitions, discrimination against women wearing the hijab has lead to major litigation against giants like Abercrombie & Fitch and Disneyland. In the former case, the matter was heard in the U.S. Supreme Court after a Muslim woman was refused a job because of her choice to wear a hijab. The result of this case made it clear that businesses must create a safe environment for all people regardless of “race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.”  

See: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/for-muslim-women-workers-bias-can-start-with-the-interview/433278/

Public Places: According to the FBI, anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by a striking 67% nationwide. Incidents of harassment and violence have occurred in public places such as grocery stores, parks, and on transportation. Regardless of venue, a Muslim woman is always legally protected to wear the hijab and deserves to feel safe.

See: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/us/fbi-hate-crime-report-muslims/


See: https://www.abqjournal.com/896172/muslim-shopper-wearing-a-hijab-harassed-by-woman-at-grocery.html 

Civil rights should never be selective or subjective; rather, they must encompass and protect everyone equally. Attempts to infringe upon these rights will undoubtedly face legal and social repercussions. It is more important now than ever to raise awareness about the rights of Muslim women, and by extension, of all people. February 1st, World Hijab Day, is an affirmation of these truths and our month long campaign is dedicated to hold intact the right of religious freedom for all peoples. 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Aligned with its mission, the NY chapter of CAIR works diligently to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.  

 

 

CAIR-NY to Participate in World Hijab Day Press Conference

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR-NY to Participate in World Hijab Day Press Conference

(New York, NY, 1/30/2017) – In celebration of February 1st as World Hijab Day, a day set aside to reaffirm Muslim women’s right to wear the religious garb, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will join the South Asian Fund For Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST), New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and other public officials and civil society organizations at a press conference to speak on the importance of the event and re-emphasize the rights of Muslim-Americans.

WHAT: World Hijab Day
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st, noon
WHERE: New York City Hall Steps, City Hall Park, New York, NY 10007
CONTACT: aNasher@cair.com

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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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Urgent information about the "Muslim ban."

Dear community members and friends.

Like you, we only recently received the final, signed copies of President Trump's Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees. And like you, we are appalled at these attempts to erode our American values by targeting individuals based on race, religion, and national origin.

A complete analysis will take time, but we continue to hear from many of you, worried about what this means for your families and friends. Accordingly, we wanted to reach out and offer some preliminary guidance. We will send out more details as they become clear.

What you need to know right now:

  • Generally, non-citizens, including green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be restricted from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days. Non-citizens from these countries who are presently in the U.S. should consult with an immigration attorney prior to any international travel
    • However, if you are a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) outside of the U.S. please reach out to an immigration attorney before you travel back to the U.S.
  • The refugee program is being halted immediately, for at least 120 days. This will mean that anyone, anywhere in the process, will not move forward. The effort to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S. is being halted indefinitely

What you should do to protect yourself:

  • If you are non-citizen, even green card holders (lawful permanent residents), from one of the seven countries named above, and you are inside the U.S., you should consult with an attorney before taking any trips outside of the country.
  • If you are a non-citizen from one of the seven countries named above, and you are outside of the U.S., you may face issues at the airport. Please keep looking for updates in the coming days to assess your travel options. If you are facing an emergency at the airport or are coming home in the coming days, please have our number on hand: (646) 665-7599.
  • Whether you are a citizen or not, 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.

 

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CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic, Pro-Trump Attack at JFK Airport

For Immediate Release

(NEW YORK, NY, 1/27/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading New York advocacy group for Muslim civil rights, today welcomed an arrest in the apparent Islamophobic hate attack on a Muslim airline employee at JFK Airport.

According to police, Robin A. Rhodes, 57, of Worchester, Mass., attacked a female Muslim employee in her office at the Delta Sky Lounge. The victim wears and Islamic head scarf, or hijab, in observance of her faith.

According to police, Rhodes first asked the victim “Are you [expletive deleted] sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?”  Next, Rhodes threatened to kick the victim in the “[expletive deleted] ass,” and kicked the victim in the leg.  Rhodes next stepped into the victim’s office, blocking the door.  When the victim was able to escape, Rhodes followed her, shouting: “[Expletive deleted] Islam, [Expletive deleted] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”

SEE: 'ISIS, Trump is here now' Mass. man yells while attacking Muslim airline employee: Queens DA
http://www.metro.us/new-york/hate-crime-at-jfk-mass-man-allegedly-assaults-muslim-delta-employee/zsJqaA---pNQWZ10ReeOlU/

Trump fan charged with hate crimes over JFK Muslim attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38767871

“No election or president gives bigots the right to attack Americans going about their daily business and observing their faith,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of CAIR-NY. “New York’s airports are a gateway to travelers from around the world.  They should showcase our diversity and religious freedom, not bigotry and hate.”

“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. “For every one hatemonger, we know that there are thousands of New Yorkers who stand in support of their Muslim neighbors”

The attack came at the same time that thousands of New Yorkers gathered in Washington Square Park to support Muslim and undocumented New Yorkers.  The peaceful rally, which drew more than 3,000 demonstrators to Washington Square Park, opposed the very type of violence that unfolded just a few miles away at JFK.

SEE: Thousands Join CAIR-NY Rally Against Trump's Expected ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Orders
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/26/thousands-join-cair-ny-rally-against-trumps-expected-muslim-ban-executive-orders

This arrest was just the latest in a string of violent hate crimes in the New York region.  Earlier this week, CAIR-NY welcomed the arrest of Andrew M. Plachecki for violently attacking a New Paltz, NY, Cab driver.  Plachecki, who works as a corrections officer in Rockland county, NY, was charged with multiple felony hate crimes after allegedly holding a gun to the head of a Muslim cab driver and calling him a “motherf---ing piece of Muslim sh-t.”

See: New Paltz hate crime suspect is corrections officer in Rockland County
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/cair-ny-welcomes-arrest-in-islamophobic-hate-attack-on-new-york-cab-driver

SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Arrest in Islamophobic Hate Attack on New York Cab Driver
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/1/23/cair-ny-welcomes-arrest-in-islamophobic-hate-attack-on-new-york-cab-driver

That same day, CAIR-NY welcomed an arrest in a hate attack on a Brooklyn priest.  As a civil rights organization, CAIR-NY is committed to speaking out whenever any New Yorkers are targeted on the basis of their faith.  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

Similarly, CAIR-NY condemned a bomb threat last week against a Syracuse Jewish Community Center.  The threat, which was made by telephone, forced the center to evacuate its facility and conduct a sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs.

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
 
Additionally, 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.”
  
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

 

 

Thousands Join CAIR-NY Rally Against Trump's Expected ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Orders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(New York, NY 1/26/17) – Yesterday, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading New York advocacy group forMuslim civil rights, was joined by thousands of demonstrators to oppose President Donald Trump’s expected announcement of new restrictions targeting Muslim and undocumented Americans.  The executive orders, will reportedly restrict immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

Organizers estimate that more than 3,000 participants joined the peaceful Washington Square Demonstration.  Speakers included many leading New York City elected officials, civil rights groups, and faith leaders.

SEE: Thousands rally in Manhattan to protest President Trump's executive orders on immigration

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/thousands-rally-nyc-protest-trump-immigration-orders-article-1.2955809

“These executive orders will not make our nation safer; rather they will signal to the world that America condones discriminatory religious based profiling in its immigration policies,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “Our strength lies in our diversity, and our mission is to ensure justice for all New Yorkers.”

“We are not the city of Donald Trump’s Gilded skyscrapers, we are not the city of Donald Trump’s Wall Street cabinet, we are the city of diversity and faith, the city of love and compassion,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn.  “We are the city that shows up, and shows the world that this city, this great city, will always remain a beacon of light.”

Speakers:

·         Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq.;

·         Council on American-Islamic Relations, New York Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, Esq.;

·         Rep. Nydia Velazquez (NY 7th District);

·         New York City Public Advocate Letitia James;

·         New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer;

·         New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito;

·         Council Member Corey Johnson (Dist. 3);

·         Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Dist.6);

·         Council Member I. Daneek Miller (Dist. 27);

·         Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (Dist. 45);

·         New York Immigration Coalition Director of Political Engagement Murad Awawdeh;

·         New York City Commission on Human Rights Lead Advisor Rama Issa;

·         Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Assistant Commissioner Kavita Pawria-Sanchez;

·         SEIU 32BJ Executive Board Member Walter Cooper;

·         New York Civil Liberties Union Staff Attorney Jordan Wells;

·         New York Civil Liberties Union Teen Activist Program Member Odalys Diego;

·         CUNY CLEAR Staff Attorney Tarek Ismail

·         Association of Muslim-American Lawyers Board Member Iman Boukadoum;

·         Dream Action Coalition Co-Director Cesar Vargas;

·         Interfaith Center of New York Executive Director Rev. Chloe Breyer;

·         Buddhist Council of New York President Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki;

·         Sadhana Co-Founder & Board Member Sunita Viswanath;

·         Lab/Shul Executive and Spiritual Director Amichai Lau-Lavie;

·         African Communities Together Organizer Fatoumata Waggeh;

·         Muslim Community Network Executive Assistant Widad Hassan;

·         Arab American Association of New York, Executive Director, Linda Sarsour;

·         Islamic Center at New York University Affiliate Muslim Chaplain Faiyaz Jaffer

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; Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

 

 

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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