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CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack, Urges Public to Aid NYPD Investigation

(NEW YORK, NY, 10/24/17) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an attack on a woman at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and is urging anyone with information about the suspect's identity to call NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.

According to media reports, a woman at a Duane Reade pharmacy inside the bus terminal was hit in the face, suffering minor injuries, on August 29, 2017 at 6:55 p.m. The suspect, described as about 30 years old, weighing 170 pounds and standing 5-foot-10, allegedly told the victim that "You are a brown-skinned piece of s--t who needs to get the f--- out of my country." The NYPD just released the suspect's photo due to the difficulty in obtaining surveillance video. The NYPD is investigating the assault as a possible hate crime.

"The increase in reports of hate crimes is both astounding and unsurprising. Unfortunately, 2017 is looking to surpass the number of bias incidents seen in New York state in 2016. Racism is manifested readily with verbal and physical attacks such as alleged in this incident," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher. "CAIR-NY encourages anyone with information that can help to identify the suspect to call 911 and ask for the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force."

See: CAIR 2017 Civil Rights Report

Earlier this year, 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 

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq. (917) 669-4006, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Legal Director Albert Fox Cahn, Esq.  (571) 766-6273, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

CAIR Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for Anti-Muslim Threat in Delaware

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a hate crime charge brought against a Delaware man after he allegedly threatened two neighbors, reportedly because he thought one of them was a Muslim.

Delaware City police say Gerard Medvec threatened a man and woman who live nearby after allegedly using binoculars to spy on the victims. Medvec was released on bail.

SEE: Police charge Delaware City Man with Hate Crime for Alleged Threats Against Neighbors

“We welcome the hate crime charge in this case as an indication that law enforcement authorities are taking the alleged bias motive seriously,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Last week, CAIR released a quarterly civil rights report documenting 354 incidents of anti-Islam religious bias during the third quarter of 2017. CAIR documented a 9 percent rise in bias incidents in the first nine months of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016.

SEE: CAIR 3rd Quarter Civil Rights Report Shows Rise in Hate Crimes Over Same Period Last Year

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

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.

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

 

CAIR to Honor Dr. Sulayman Nyang with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at Annual Banquet

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/17) – We invite the community to join us in honoring pioneering diplomat, researcher, scholar, and teacher Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang at CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

At the banquet, Dr. Nyang will receive CAIR’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Please purchase your tickets today so that you may help us honor Dr. Nyang.

Dr. Nyang has spent his life working to foster greater understanding of Islam in America. He has written and spoken extensively on Islam, Africa and Middle Eastern issues, publishing 11 books -- including the highly-acclaimed “Islam in America.” Dr. Nyang has also mentored and supervised the work of hundreds of graduate students and many more undergraduates, both at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and at other institutions of higher learning.

In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's banquet will feature a number of nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

  • Imam Suhaib Webb, Islamic Scholar and Community Leader
  • Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud
  • Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
  • Comedian Jeremy McLellan

Banquet attendees will also hear from the surviving hero and from relatives of the two men who gave their lives in defense of others in Oregon.

Video: CAIR to Honor the Heroes Who Defended Muslim Youth in Oregon

Individual tickets cost $65.

Reserve a Table(s) of 10:

Banquet tables for a family, business, mosque, or other group, can be reserved by calling 202-742-6454 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a sponsorship form.

 

SAALT, CAIR Condemn Southwest Airlines’ Racial and Religious Profiling of Muslim Professor

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today joined 30 other national and local civil rights organizations,* including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), in condemning Southwest Airlines’ treatment of a pregnant Muslim-American professor, Anila Daulatzai, in September.

SEE: Demanding Justice for Anila Daulatzai

In a letter sent to Southwest Airlines and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA) on October 19, 2017, the coalition of civil rights organizations wrote in part:

“Our organizations are appalled at the mistreatment of Anila Daulatzai by Southwest Airlines and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA). We support Ms. Daulatzai’s demands and call for changes in policy and practice on the part of Southwest Airlines and the MDTA.

“Communities of color unfortunately endure profiling at airports and on airlines on a regular basis. In fact, Muslim, Arab, South Asian and Sikh passengers have experienced a disproportionately high level of discrimination in the 16 years since September 11, 2001. ‘Flying while brown’ means that passengers are often subjected to secondary screenings, interrogations, bodily searches, and removal from airplanes for no legitimate reason at all.

“Anila Daulatzai, a pregnant woman who is a Pakistani American and a Muslim, is the latest person to face this type of airline discrimination. In her case, Southwest Airlines staff insisted that Daulatzai deplane her flight because of a dog allergy even though she had made it clear that her allergies were not life-threatening. Instead of believing Daulatzai’s own statements about her physical conditions, Southwest Airlines personnel chose to escalate the situation by alerting the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA). According to Daulatzai, MDTA law enforcement agents pulled her from her seat via her belt loop, tore her pants, and dragged her through the aisle. They then allegedly made racist remarks about immigrants and charged her with disorderly conduct and other criminal charges.

“Ms. Daulatzai’s mistreatment by Southwest Airlines is part of a pattern and practice of profiling. Between 2015 and 2016, over a period of just six months, several Muslim, Arab, and South Asian passengers reported incidents of being rebooked for their appearance, removed from a flight for speaking in Arabic in a private phone conversation or simply for asking to switch seats. . .

“We call upon the MDTA to drop the criminal charges against Ms. Daulatzai. We also call upon both the MDTA and Southwest Airlines to provide adequate and appropriate restitution to Ms. Daulatzai. In addition, we demand that both the MDTA and Southwest Airlines make systemic changes to their policies and protocols. We call upon both entities to disclose their protocols for responding to passenger-related situations aboard flights, including their trainings and practices around de-escalation and mediation tactics. We continue to demand that Southwest Airlines training policies be disclosed publicly, and that personnel at all levels be provided with mandatory and regular trainings on conflict resolution, de-escalation tactics, anti-Blackness, Islamophobia, and anti-racism. We call upon the MDTA to engage in regular trainings on Islamophobia, systemic racism, xenophobia, anti-Blackness, and implicit bias.”

*Signatories:

  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
  • 18MillionRising.org
  • Advocates for Youth
  • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
  • Andolan: Organizing South Asian Workers
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA
  • Chhaya CDC
  • Defending Rights & Dissent
  • Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
  • Jewish Voice for Peace - Network Against Islamophobia
  • Jews Say No!
  • Kiran, Inc.
  • MPower Change
  • Maitri
  • Muslim Youth Network
  • Muslimmatters
  • National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
  • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)
  • National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
  • Project South
  • Raksha, Inc.
  • Sapna NYC
  • Turning Point for Women and Families

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report       

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app   

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.

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

 

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