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CAIR-NY Condemns Racially and Religiously Motivated Attack on Sikh Man in the Bronx 

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(NEW YORK, NY, 4/18/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the attack on a Sikh man in the Bronx as a suspected hate crime.

According to police, Harkirat Singh, a 25-year-old Sikh man and yellow cab driver, was attacked by one of his passengers during a trip from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx. The passengers reportedly called Singh “Ali Baba” (a deragatory term referncing Arab and South Asian individuals), swore at him, refused to pay the cab fare, and attempted to break the cab meter and partition. While fleeing the police, the assailant ripped Singh's turban from his head. The NYPD are investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.
SEE: NYC Sikh Taxi Driver Assaulted, Turban Ripped Off Head
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nyc-sikh-taxi-driver-assaulted-turban-ripped-head-article-1.3066567  

"As brothers and sisters facing increased racially and religiously motivated attacks, this reprehensible attack against Mr. Singh resonates strongly with our community," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "CAIR-NY extends its empathy and support to Mr. Singh and the Sikh community."

“No New Yorker should ever face violence because of his or her faith,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “We are a city united by our diversity. Any attack motivated by religious bigotry is an attack on all New Yorkers and the values we hold dear.”

Recently, several anti-Sikh attacks received national attention. Earlier this year, in Kent Washington, a Sikh man was accosted by another man in his driveway, told to “go back to his country”, and was shot in the arm. Local authorities are looking into the attack as a possible hate crime.
SEE: Sikh Man's Shooting in Washington Investigated As Hate Crime
http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/05/us/washington-sikh-shooting/

There has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting Sikhs, American Muslims and other minorities since the election of President Trump.

Earlier this month, the NYPD noted that there has been a 100 percent increase in hate crimes. CAIR-NY believes that even this figure is a gross underestimation due to under-reporting.
SEE: NYPD Notes a 100 Percent Increase in Hate Crimes
http://www.cair-ny.org/news/2017/4/4/0es46o6xrt0xam7z9m01oz5316okpw

CAIR and the American Muslim community have 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, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.

Individuals in New York 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.

Letter to Progressive Caucus on the POST Act

CAIR-NY recently called on progressive City Council Members to support the POST Act, a vital bill that would protect New Yorkers’ civil rights.  The POST ACT would require the NYPD to disclose the expanding array of surveillance tools it’s using to spy on our city.

For years, the NYPD has circumvented City Council oversight by using federal funds and grants to purchase new and highly-invasive technologies.  Our elected officials, who are entrusted with overseeing the NYPD, must have the chance to ask how and why these funds are being used.

Read The Letter Here

 

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.

James Jackson charged with murdering Timothy Caughman

A white supremacist who stabbed a 66-year-old black man to death with a sword in New York has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.

James Harris Jackson, who killed Timothy Caughman on Monday, was charged on Thursday after he told police that he had hated black men for at least 10 years.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/james-jackson-charged-murdering-timothy-caughman-170324051916876.html

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

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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 Condemns Third in Series of Islamophobic Attacks, This Time on Uniformed MTA Employee

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CAIR-NY Condemns Third in Series of Islamophobic Attacks, This Time on Uniformed MTA Employee

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/5/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned the latest in a series of recent hate attacks on Muslims in that state.

According to police, a uniformed MTA officer - who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) – was assaulted this morning 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
http://nypost.com/2016/12/05/muslim-transit-worker-attacked-by-hate-spewing-thug/

Cops: Muslim Worker Pushed Down Stairs and Called Terrorist
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/cops-muslim-worker-pushed-stairs-called-terrorist-43988586

“Our subways and buses are emblematic of our city’s unparalleled diversity, and we must not permit them to become a venue for hatred and violence,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. “President-elect Trump has a duty to forcefully denounce this wave of violence against the Muslim community.  Mr. Trump’s rhetoric normalized hate, racism and xenophobia, and these attacks are the unavoidable byproduct.”

“We are grateful to see that witnesses had the courage to intervene in the most recent attack,” said CAIR-NY Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “The only way our city and state will overcome this wave of hatred is if New Yorkers step forward whenever we see our neighbors being threatened.  It’s incumbent on all New Yorkers to stand firm in the face of hate.”

This latest attack comes just a day after 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'
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/hero-muslim-son-harassed-bigot-brooklyn-article-1.2897687

On Friday, CAIR-NY condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.

Video: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_XHapWiFdM   

CAIR-NY also recently condemned an apparently bias-motivated attack on Muslim teenagers in Queens called on New York City to take a leadership role in defending Muslim civil rights in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Teens
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13908-breaking-cair-ny-condemns-hate-attack-on-muslim-teens.html

CAIR-NY Responds to Protests, Calls on City to Take the Lead in Defending Muslims' Civil Rights in Wake of Trump Election
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13879-cair-ny-calls-on-city-to-take-the-lead-in-defending-muslims-civil-rights-in-wake-of-trump-election.html

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.

SEE: Cincinnati, CAIR-Alabama Condemn Nazi Vandalism Targeting Interracial Couples
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/photos/a.92140837694.89999.42590232694/10154298853837695/

CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of Assyrian Church
https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/photos/a.92140837694.89999.42590232694/10154298623317695/

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
http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13890-cair-says-fbi-report-of-sharp-jump-in-anti-muslim-hate-crimes-should-push-nation-s-leaders-to-reject-islamophobia.html

The Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members 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.

 

 

CAIR-NY Supports Federal Judge’s Call for Greater Protections Against Warrantless NYPD Surveillance

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(New York, NY 10/31/16) – The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, supported a Federal Judge’s ruling calling for greater protections against warrantless NYPD surveillance of the Muslim community.  Judge Haight, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, found that the proposed NYPD settlement provided insufficient protections in light of the NYPD’s pattern of unlawful surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers.

In the October 28th ruling, which was published today, Judge Haight found the proposed settlement did not “furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam . . . .” The Judge further noted evidence that the NYPD Intelligence Bureau had “a systemic inclination” to disregard existing surveillance limits, finding “probable cause” that the NYPD intelligence practices had broken the law.

“We support the court’s call for greater protection of the Muslim community, and we’re pleased to see it adopt so many of the positions we and other advocates advanced,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “We hope that by returning to the negotiating table, the plaintiffs can secure more justice than the existing settlement provided.”

“This ruling stands as a powerful rejection of the NYPD’s pattern of unlawful and unconstitutional surveillance,” said CAIR-Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Fox Cahn. “The court recognized that stronger safeguards are needed to restrain an Intelligence Bureau that violated the rights of so many for so long.

The Court’s ruling turned largely on the New York Office of the Inspector General’s August 23rd, 2016, Investigation of NYPD’s Compliance with rules Governing Investigations of Political Activity.  That report found that 95% of investigations were targeted at Muslims or political causes associated with Islam, and that investigations typically exceeded the time limits allowed by the existing federal consent decree.

SEE: NYPD's Muslim surveillance violated regulations as recently as 2015: report

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/24/nypd-muslims-surveillance-violations

Among other changes, Judge Haight suggested that the parties expand the power and autonomy of the Civilian Representative on the panel overseeing NYPD surveillance and that the Civilian Representative provide more frequent updates to the court.


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.

Police: Suspects used anti-Muslim slurs in attack on man

Posted 12:00 PM, October 9, 2016,
by Talia Tirella, Updated at 12:01pm, October 9, 2016
Originally posted on PIX11.com

FORDHAM MANOR, the Bronx — Police are searching for three individuals connected to an assault that occurred in the Bronx in September and involved anti-Muslim slurs.

On Sept. 15 right before midnight, the 25-year-old victim and his mother were walking and crossing the street in front of 2481 Creston Avenue in the Fordham Manor section of the Bronx.

As they crossed the street, a black Toyota Camry with two men inside passed by. One of the men allegedly shouted anti-Muslim slurs at the victim and his mother, police said.

The victim went to confront the passenger and it was then that the driver and the passenger inside the car both allegedly punched the victim in the face, according to police.

The two men then fled in an unknown direction.

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Cops release video of man suspected of setting Muslim tourist’s blouse on fire in midtown

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — The NYPD released footage of a man who they believe lit a Muslim tourist's blouse on fire in front of a luxury clothing store on Fifth Avenue last Saturday.

The 35-year-old victim, dressed in a traditional Muslim garb, was outside Valentino in midtown just before 9 p.m. when she says felt something warm on her left arm and noticed her blouse was on fire, police said.

She patted out the fire and saw a man standing next to her with a lighter in his hand, according to police.

The individual then walked away east on East 54th Street. Surveillance video shows the alleged attacker in a black tank top and dark-colored jeans.

The victim declined medical attention.

The NYPD's Hate Crime and Task Force is investigating.

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) condemned attack on the woman in the latest in a series of attacks on Muslims and urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to add resources for the investigation of hate crimes.

CAIR announced Tuesday a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the assault.

"It is important that the perpetrators of these crimes be apprehended and their motives be established," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "The spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and their institutions is the inevitable result of the ongoing mainstreaming of Islamophobia we are witnessing in our society."

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).