CAIR-NY Reps, NYC Muslim Leaders Testify at Hearing on Resolution Denouncing Islamophobia

CAIR logo(NEW YORK, NY 10/11/16) – Representatives of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joined Muslim leaders in testifying at a New York City Council hearing on Resolution 1230-2016, which would declare support for New York City’s Muslim Communities and denounce growing islamophobia.  

The CAIR-NY representatives testified in favor of the resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations.

“It is imperative that we voice our resolve against the misguided and often illegal actions targeting Muslims,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.  “We will not stay silent when our children, an entire generation of youth, are called terrorists in their class by peers and treated as such by those who are supposed to protect them.”

“The need for action could not be more clear. National statistics reveal a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination, harassment and violence that touches almost every member of the community,” said CAIR-Director of Strategic Litigation Albert Cahn. “Resolution 1230 stands in the proud tradition of this council, which has long spoken out at moments when individuals are targeted on the basis of their faith.”

Today’s hearing was held in the aftermath of a series of crimes that have targeted New York City’s Muslim Community. 

CAIR-NY recently welcome increased hate crime charges against a Brooklyn woman for allegedly attacking two Brooklyn Muslim mothers pushing babies in strollers. According to police, the assailant allegedly shouted “Get the f--- out of America, b-----s," as she punched one of the Muslim women in the face and kicked them both in their legs.

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CAIR to Release Results of Muslim Voter Survey on Presidential Election, Key Issues

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/11/16) – On Thursday, October 13, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will hold a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to release the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the upcoming presidential election and on issues of concern to the Muslim community.

The independent live telephone survey of more than 800 Muslim voters was conducted after the first presidential debate (9/7 to 10/5) and looks at how many Muslims plan to turn out at the polls, who they plan to vote for in the presidential election and what issues they believe are important in determining who to vote for. CAIR’s survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

WHAT: Release of CAIR Muslim Voter Survey

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 11 a.m.

WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Office, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Islam and Muslims have become central issues in the presidential election,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “This important survey shows who American Muslim say they will vote for on November 8th and what they think of the terror group ISIS.”

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CAIR-NJ: New Jersey Interfaith Coalition to Condemn hate Vandalism of Congressional Candidate Home

CAIR logo(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/10/16) – On Tuesday, October 11, the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join other faith-based organizations at a news conference to condemn the hate vandalism of the home of Peter Jacob of Union, NJ, a candidate for Congress in the 7th District.

WHAT: New Jersey Interfaith organizations to condemn Ani-Semitic graffiti

WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: 725 Colonial Ave Union Twp., New Jersey

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“This kind of hate crime cannot be tolerated. We ask for a full investigation," said James Sues, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, “When any group is singled out for hate we all have to stand together for justice and tolerance.”


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CAIR Reminds 150K Muslim Voters of State Registration Deadlines

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/7/16) – Over the past weekend, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called some 150,000 Muslims nationwide to remind them to register to vote before state deadline.

CAIR’s telephone voice message broadcast was conducted using a list of unregistered voters.

This week, the opportunity to register to vote for the upcoming presidential election will come to an end in many states.

“CAIR is urging American Muslims who are eligible to vote, but have not yet registered, to consider the importance of this year’s election and take just a few moments to register to vote,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw. “As American Muslim civil rights are being challenged and our community’s loyalty is questioned by hateful political actors, our best response is to exercise our constitutional rights and mobilize to vote.

GO TO: Register to Vote and Confirm or Change Registration

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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