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CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Arson Attack on Home of African-American Family

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(NEW YORK, N.Y., 5/16/2017) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson attack on the home of an African-American family in upstate New York.

On Sunday night, authorities were alerted to a fire at an African-American family’s home in Schodack, New York. Law enforcement had found a swastika and racial slurs spray-painted on the front of the garage before it was destroyed. Though the home was also damaged by the fire, it remained largely unharmed. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

SEE: Black family's garage torched, painted with racist graffiti in Schodack, police say
http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Schodack-police-probe-garage-fire-graffiti-as-11147194.php

SEE: Schodack Incident Investigated as Hate Crime
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/crime/2017/05/15/schodack-incident-investigated-as-hate-crime.html

“Too often we have seen how bais-incidents affect families and destroy lives of different targeted groups while going largely unnoticed,” said Afaf Nasher, Executive Director for CAIR-NY. “We are glad that in this instance the family is safe, and that authorities are investigating this as a hate crime. This proactive approach by law enforcement is a step in the right direction for the safety of this family, and for all New Yorkers.”       

“All New York police departments must make sure that hate crimes are investigated and punished to the full extent of the law,” said Albert Cahn, Legal Director for CAIR-NY. “We must do more as a state to secure that long-unfilled promise that no New Yorker should ever face violence because of their race or faith.”

CAIR-NY called on the Erie County Sheriff's Office Fire Investigation Unit last week to step-up its investigation of a “suspicious” fire that damaged a building owned by the Lackawanna Islamic Mosque of Lackawanna, N.Y., injuring seven.

SEE: CAIR-NY Urges Stepped-Up Probe of 'Suspicious' Fire at Mosque-Owned Building Housing New Immigrants
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/11/cair-ny-urges-stepped-up-probe-of-suspicious-fire-at-mosque-owned-building-housing-new-immigrants

Earlier this week, CAIR condemned recent racist incidents in Idaho and Virginia as part of the “rising tide of bigotry in our nation.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Idaho, Virginia as Part of ‘Rising Tide of Bigotry’
https://www.cair.com/press-center/14330-cair-condemns-racist-incidents-in-idaho-virginia-as-part-of-rising-tide-of-bigotry.html

In CAIR’s recently released 2017 Civil Rights Report, “The Empowerment of Hate,” the civil rights group noted a nationwide spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes, which rose more than 580 percent from 2014-2016. Additionally, attacks on Muslim-owned property, including vandalism and arson, increased nearly eight-fold from 2014-2016. The situation is even more extreme in New York State, where anti-Muslim hate incidents increased more than 560 percent in just 2016.

SEE: CAIR Civil Rights Report 2017
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/5/10/press-release-civil-rights-report-2017
SEE: “The Empowerment of Hate” Civil Rights Report
http://islamophobia.org/15-reports/188-the-empowerment-of-hate.html
Video: Press Conference: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Report 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlhYaJhGyi8

Community members are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-NY at (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.  
 

NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes

In a recent press conference, mayor Bill De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neil relayed statistics on crime relative to last year. While general crime has seen an overall decrease, the uptick in hate crimes has been dramatic. In just a three-month period, the city has already seen 144 incidents, up from 72 at this point last year- a 100% increase.

Jewish and African-Americans have been the primary targets of these incidents, many of which are non-violent such as pro-Nazi graffitiing across the five boroughs.

While CAIR-NY is appalled by this revelation, we remain mindful of the fact that underreporting is a serious problem in various ethnic and religious communities. We urge all victims of hate crimes to immediate alert law enforcement so that they can swiftly find perpetrators and gather more accurate data.

CAIR-NY also supports additional funding for enhanced detection of and investigation into alleged hate crimes given the growing number of hate crimes in New York.

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.