(NEW YORK, NY, 12/4/16) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today condemned another in a series of recent hate attacks on Muslims in that state.
According to police, an off-duty Muslim NYPD officer - who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab) - and her 16-year-old son were assaulted Saturday in Brooklyn by a man who yelled “go back to your country.” The alleged attacker, described as a white man in his 30s, reportedly shoved the officer’s son and shouted, “ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!” The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the attack as a bias incident.
“While Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo both have publicly stated that hate has no place in New York, the number of bias-related attacks continues to climb. President-elect Trump must forcefully and repeatedly address the ugly hatred growing rampant through-out our nation. His rhetoric encouraged hate, racism and xenophobia, and innocent people are being assaulted across our country as a result,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher.
On Friday, CAIR-NY condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Islamophobe Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could negatively impact Muslims served and employed by that federal agency.
Carson is notorious for his assertion that a Muslim should not be elected president of the United States. CAIR called on Carson to drop out of the presidential race when he made that bigoted statement.
“Based on his past Islamophobic statements and policy positions, all Americans should be very concerned on how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.
“Dr. Carson’s views on Islam, American Muslims and the world are dangerously ill-informed and could negatively impact any government agency he heads,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR has expressed concern about a “troubling Islamophobic trend” in President-elect Donald Trump’s recent appointments and nominations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny an easement for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to cross Lake Oahe, a Corps reservoir on the Missouri River. That easement covered the only remaining contested portion of the pipeline.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters have protested the project as a violation of their sacred land and of the environment.
CAIR’s Minnesota director, along with other Islamic leaders, recently joined the protest to demonstrate the American Muslim community’s solidarity with those opposed to the pipeline’s route.
In a statement reacting to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We welcome the decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement and hope this means that sacred sites and the environment will be protected and preserved. American Muslims will continue to stand in solidarity with Native Americans by respecting their culture, heritage and lands. We urge President-elect Trump to abide by this decision when he takes office.”
Muslim civil rights group asks that bail be denied to alleged shooter, seeks hate crime enhancements
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 12/1/16) - The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) today called on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the November 26 shooting of a Muslim teenager and to seek all relevant hate crime enhancements under Ohio statutes. CAIR is also asking that the alleged perpetrator be denied bail.
The 16-year-old Lakewood High School student, who was wearing an Islamic head covering called a “kufi” at the time of the alleged attack, says he was walking home from his part-time job when he was shot by an armed man who then fled the scene. According to the Muslim teenager, the alleged perpetrator called him a “terrorist” and “Taliban b*ch” before the shooting. The victim was struck in the shoulder and was left bleeding at the scene. (Cuyahoga County Case Number: CR-16-611940-A)
The alleged perpetrator, Denzel R. Johnson, age 26, was arrested Sunday morning. A Lakewood Police incident report obtained by CAIR-Cleveland lists the charge as “attempted aggravated murder.” A bail hearing is set for Friday, December 2, in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The court docket lists an initial bond of $10,000. CAIR is calling for bail to be denied.
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In a statement, CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson said:
“According to the alleged victim, there are clear indicators that this crime was motivated by ethnic and religious hatred, and we believe it should be investigated with that possible bias motive in mind.
“We call on law enforcement authorities to investigate this case as a possible hate crime and for the prosecutor to request that bail be denied and for any and all sentencing enhancements be sought under the state law.”