CAIR-NY to Show Solidarity with Sikhs at News Conference Reacting to Hate Attack

(NEW YORK, N.Y., 8/4/14) -- On Tuesday, August 5, a representative of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will speak at a news conference organized by the Sikh community in reaction to an attack last Wednesday in Queens during which a Sikh man was run over in an apparent bias-motivated attack.

[NOTE: Organizers of the press conference include the Sikh Cultural Society, Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Gurdwara, United Sikhs, and the Sikh Coalition.]

WHAT: News Conference Reacting to Hate Crime
WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: 101st Ave & 99th St., Queens, NY 11416
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 212-870-2002, 917-348-5220 (cell),

The alleged perpetrator, who reportedly shouted a "racial slur," was seen on a surveillance camera arguing with the victim and then running him over with his vehicle.

Last month, CAIR-NY held a news conference at the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn in reaction to hate incidents, including one in which individuals holding Israeli flags out of a car window screamed at and antagonized worshippers in front of the mosque as worshippers gathered for morning prayers.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Incidents Targeting Muslim Community
CAIR-NY Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Attack on Muslims Outside Mosque

CAIR-NY is a chapter of 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 212-870-2002, ,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,