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CAIR-NY Applauds State Complaint Against Anti-Immigrant Landlord

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/6/2017) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded a New York State Division of Human Right’s complaint against a Queens landlord for allegedly harassing and discriminating against immigrant tenants.

The landlord had placed a letter on the building’s front door demanding that all tenants provide their Social Security card, photo identification, proof of employment, and Green Card or passport in order to avoid eviction. Many of the tenants are immigrants from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, making this an obvious and direct threat against them.

SEE: Governor Cuomo Announces Complaint Filed Against Queens Landlord for Targeting Immigrants

It’s illegal under New York law to force a tenant to show immigration status as a condition for lease renewal, and the state is now seeking an order to make the landlord cease and desist these discriminatory practices, as well as pay fines and penalties.

“We applaud the state division and Governor Cuomo for taking a stand against this despicable discrimination,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn. “At a time when far too many New Yorkers suffer in silence, we urge city and state officials to expand their efforts against discrimination."

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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Contact: CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 571-766-6273

 

CAIR-NJ Decries Racist Campaign Flyer Targeting Sikh Mayoral Candidate as 'Terrorist'

screenshot pix11.com 2017 11 05 17 41 00 544(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/5/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the distribution of a racist flyer with the heading “Don’t let Terrorism Take Over Our Town,” with the picture of Sikh mayoral candidate, Ravi Bhalla.  

The flyer which was distributed on car windshields in Hoboken, NJ is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming Mayoral election there.   The distribution of this flyer comes just 2 days after a racist postcard was mailed to voters in Edison, NJ targeting Asian School Board candidates with the slogan “Make Edison Great Again”.

"This is the second time we’ve seen this kind of divisive campaign rhetoric in this election cycle here in New Jersey.”, said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repugnant racist tactics represented in these campaign materials do a disservice to the welcoming community that New Jersey truly is.  This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes current political climate at the national level.”

[NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]

SEE: Fliers attack Sikh mayoral candidate, portraying him as a terrorist

http://pix11.com/2017/11/04/fliers-attack-sikh-mayoral-candidate-portraying-him-as-a-terrorist/

SEE: Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' mailer targets Asian school board candidates

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2017/11/racist_campaign_posctards_being_mailed_in_edison.html 

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

 

CAIR-Alabama to Host Nov 5th Banquet Featuring DC Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour

(Birmingham, AL, 11/4/17) – On Sunday, November 5, Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AL) plans to host its 2nd annual banquet featuring Linda Sarsour, a national Muslim Human rights activist and a key organizer of the Women’s March on Washington.

 WHAT: CAIR Alabama Banquet "With Liberty and Social Justice for All"

WHERE: The Haven, 2515 6th Ave South, Birmingham AL 35233

WHEN: Sunday, November 5, 4-7 p.m.  Registration: 3:30-4:00pm 

CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cair-alabamas-2nd-annual-banquet-with-liberty-and-social-justice-for-all-tickets-38588085001  

The benefit with the theme "With Liberty and Social Justice for All," will be held at the Haven in Birmingham.  

Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; and Hassan Shibly, CAIR Florida Chief Executive Director.  CAIR-AL’s event will also honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their community in building relationships of trust and understanding with the presentation of “Building Bridges, Interfaith Leadership Award,” in recognition of exceptional leadership and devoted community service.  

The recipients of the 2017 Building Bridges Interfaith Leadership Awards are Dr. Zaied Mahmood, co-founder of East Montgomery Islamic Society and Aladin Beshir, member of the Huntsville Islamic Center.   

"This event is an opportunity for Alabama Muslims, allies, and community members to come together to express solidarity with each other and in fact with all others in society and stand behind causes that advance inter-faith harmony, mutual understanding, liberty and justice. It is also to honor those who have been at the forefront of this effort at a time when we need it most" said CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.  

The event is expected to draw activists, faith and community leaders, and people from all segments of the society.  

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed; 334-224-2196; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR: Muslim, Civil Rights Groups Condemn Trump’s Call for More Islamophobic Policies in Wake of NYC Tragedy

San Francisco, 11/3/17 - In the wake of the attack on the people of New York City this week, President Trump released a variety of xenophobic proposals aimed at hurting immigrant and Muslim communities. Threatening to “end chain migration,” terminating the long-standing diversity lottery program, abandoning due process and civil liberties, the President is attempting to exploit Tuesday’s attacks to advance an aggressively anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant agenda long championed by his administration.

In response, Christina Sinha from Asian Americans Advancing JusticeAlbert Fox Cahn from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Avideh Moussavian from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) released the following statements:

Christina Sinha, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice:

“We condemn the recent attack in New York City and offer our deepest condolences to the victims and families impacted by this horrible act of hate. However, we cannot allow President Trump to use this terrible tragedy as an excuse to further scapegoat Muslims and intensify his xenophobic, anti-Muslim policy agenda.”

Albert Fox Cahn, CAIR Representative:

“CAIR condemns the horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Rather than trying to bring our country together, this President is seeking to rip apart our constitution, attacking our fundamental rights. We’ve never sent suspects arrested on U.S. soil to Guantanamo Bay, not even in the darkest days after 9/11.”

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center:

“Strong leaders recognize that moments of tragedy call for unity, not sowing harmful divisions. After this week’s tragic events in New York, President Trump once again failed to show the leadership we need in these moments and instead wants to exploit this devastating attack to promote his laundry list of anti-Muslim policies to turn our nation into a country where the American dream is sold to the highest bidder. These proposals would betray our fundamental values of fairness and due process and threaten to turn our immigration laws into a race and class-based system. Our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should remember those lessons and reject Trump’s call to divide and discriminate.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, and Advancing Justice - Chicago.

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.

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in a wide range of issues that affect low-income immigrants’ lives, we work with communities in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more just and equitable society for everyone.

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign is organized by a coalition of national and local civil rights and Muslim advocacy groups who are leading efforts around the country to fight against President Trump’s latest unconstitutional Muslim Ban, as well as other discriminatory immigration policies that criminalize and negatively impact American Muslim communities and immigrants across the country.

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