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NYC Schools to Get Islamic, Lunar Holidays Off

de-blasioBy Nadia Sikander, NBC News

New York's progressive new mayor is shunning the St. Patrick's Day Parade but embracing Eid al-Fitr -- Bill De Blasio's office announced this week that public school will be soon shuttered for Muslim holidays and the Chinese New Year.

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Police say vandalism at Islamic center a hate crime

Manteca-sign-2014Second attack on Manteca mosque
By Joe Goldeen, Record

MANTECA - State and federal authorities have been called upon by a national civil rights group to investigate as a hate crime the latest vandalism that occurred last week at the Islamic Center of Manteca.

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Former NJ mosque director named head of civil-rights advocacy group

FilaliBy Hannan Adely, Bergen Record

Mohamed El Filali, one of North Jersey's most well-known and outspoken Muslim leaders, has been named executive director of the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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