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(NEW YORK, NY, 6/24/16) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called for stepped-up security for mosques in that state after another hate incident targeting Muslims in or near Islamic institutions.
CAIR-NY says a man faces hate crime charges after he allegedly threatened an imam (religious leader) with a pipe at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville, N.Y.
CAIR-NY and the Association of Muslim American Lawyers (AMAL) recently called on the New York City Council to hold public hearings on growing Islamophobia after a Muslim man was attacked outside a Bronx mosque.
Prior to that incident, CAIR-NY called on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to investigate a possible bias motive for an alleged attack on a Muslim man outside a Queens mosque.
(HARTFORD, CT, 6/24/16) – The Connecticut office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) is calling on law enforcement authorities to investigate harassment of worshipers at a Waterbury, Conn., mosque as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-CT also called for stepped-up police patrols in the area of the mosque.
[NOTE: CAIR’s New York chapter is also calling for stepped-up security measures for mosques in that state after another incident in which a man faces hate crime charges after he allegedly threatened an imam with a pipe at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville, N.Y. SEE: Pipe-Wielding Man Arrested for Hate Crime at Albanian Mosque, Cops Say]
Officials with Masjid Al Mostafa say a car with a flashing yellow emergency lights followed worshipers’ vehicles Thursday night. On Wednesday night, a man claiming to work for Waterbury police shouted racist and anti-Muslim slurs after being asked to produce a badge. One suspect may have been taken into custody.
“All Americans must be able to worship as they choose free of harassment and intimidation,” said CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi. “We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate these incidents of harassment and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/16) - The Council on American Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on American Muslims and all other people of conscience to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge that they “OPPOSE” legislation that would ban gun sales to people placed on error-prone federal watch lists that disproportionately target Muslims and offer little remedy to appeal incorrect designations.
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In the House, Democrats waged a 24 sit-in to force consideration of New York Rep. Peter King’s “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” (H.R. 1076). Rep. King is best known for his 2011 series of Islamophobic hearings investigating the American Muslim community.
In the Senate, a bipartisan coalition yesterday introduced the “Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016,” which also relies on federal watch lists to ban on firearms purchases and seems to be more concerned about an appeals process to obtain a firearm, instead of creating a similar process for listed individuals to challenge watch list designations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed hate crime charges for an alleged assault on a Maryland Muslim mother and daughter.
Kerlina Aviles, 27, was charged with two hate crime counts on Tuesday and was later released on $5,000 bond. According to police records, Ailes sprayed a liquid on the Muslim women and yelled: “Get the hell out of the country you b----a-- Muslims!”
Last week, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the alleged assault as a hate crime.
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Assault on Maryland Muslim Mother, Daughter