(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.
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.
“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.”
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/22/17) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime.
According to the alleged victim, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf (hijab) and was with her one-year-old child, the two people followed her for 7-8 minutes while she was driving and then blocked her from parking her car. One of those two people, a woman, then reportedly approached the Muslim woman’s car and started shouting abuse and obscenities including, "You should f***ing go home, and you should be f***ing deported," and threatened to "rip her face off if she sees her again.”
The Minneapolis Police Department is looking in to the incident, including examining surveillance video from the neighboring stores.
"This incident is alarming and appears to be the result of growing Islamophobia -- and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It’s troubling to know that Muslim women in our state have to fear going about in their daily lives."
Hussein noted that this is the second such incident in the span of a week in Minnesota. This past Saturday, a Muslim woman was followed and harassed by a man in Moorhead, Minn.
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.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is asking law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged threat to shoot a Muslim woman in North Carolina as a possible hate crime.
According to the woman, who is of South Asian heritage and wears Islamic attire (hijab and abaya), a white male in his 40s or 50s driving a pick-up truck pulled into a parking space next to her vehicle as she was nursing her one-month-old child in a Charlotte, N.C., parking lot. The man reportedly stared at the woman for an extended period and then reached in the back seat of the truck to retrieve a rifle, which he then reportedly pointed at the woman.
The Muslim woman went into a nearby store and called police. The man sped away from the scene. (CMPD Police Report: 20170321-124301)
North Carolina law prohibits “ethnic intimidation” (§ 14-401.14) based on “race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin.”
“We ask law enforcement authorities to use all resources available to apprehend the alleged perpetrator and to bring all appropriate charges, including that of ethnic intimidation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Earlier today, CAIR’s Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) called on law enforcement authorities to investigate an incident in which a Muslim woman was allegedly followed and then threatened by two people in Minneapolis as a possible hate crime.
Earlier this week, CAIR-MN called on law enforcement authorities to reconsider bringing criminal charges against a man who allegedly harassed a Muslim woman shopper in Moorhead, Minn., because of her Islamic attire (hijab).
Video: CAIR-MN Seeks Criminal Charges for Harassment Targeting Moorhead Muslim Woman Shopper
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/22/2017) – Attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday appeared before Judge Anthony Trenga at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, VA., to seek an injunction blocking the entirety of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order.
CAIR is seeking an even broader injunction against the executive order than what other judges in Hawaii and Maryland have imposed. At Monday’s hearing, CAIR Co-Counsel Gadeir Abbas argued that Section 3 of the order, which impacts how those applying for visas can seek waivers, remains in force despite the rulings in other states.
“The entire ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ executive order, like its predecessor, serves to stigmatize Muslims and to demonize Islam,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.
CAIR filed for the injunction on behalf of an American citizen - among others - seeking to be reunited with a foreign-born spouse, as well as for students whose ability to visit their families abroad would be imperiled by the executive order.
CAIR is also representing more than 20 Muslims who are subject to the stigmatization resulting from the executive order.
Earlier this month, CAIR held a news conference at its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the signing of President Trump’s new “Muslim Ban 2.0” executive order. In his prepared statement for the news conference, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “This scaled-back order represents a partial victory for Americans fighting for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. and directly responds to several immigration cases and scenarios brought forward in CAIR’s anti-ban lawsuit.”
VIDEO: CAIR Muslim Ban 2.0 News Conference