Action: Thank Rep. Pascrell for His Principled Stand

Action: Thank Rep. Pascrell for His Principled Stand


(TOTOWA, NJ, 3/16/07) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today urged American Muslims and other people of conscience to voice appreciation to Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) for standing up to those who seek to exclude American Muslims from the political process.

Congressman Pascrell recently reserved a room on Capitol Hill for a CAIR-sponsored panel discussion on “Global Attitudes on Islam-West Relations: US Policy Implications.” He came under attack from groups that want to stifle America Muslim political participation.

While some sought to use smears and Islamophobia to silence the American Muslim perspective, an aide to Representative Pascrell stated the following: “It is important that Muslim-Americans feel they are part of our country.”

“Religious and ethnic minorities have a friend in Congressman Pascrell, and it is important that we show him we appreciate that fact,” said CAIR-NJ Communications Director Afsheen Shamsi.


1) Send a fax, letter or e-mail to Rep. Pascrell thanking him for supporting the right of American Muslims to participate in the political process. (In this case personalized, written responses are best, followed by phone calls.)

The Honorable Bill Pascrell
200 Federal Plaza, #500
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (973) 523-5152
Fax: (973) 523-0637

E-mails should be sent via the Congressman’s web form:


(Be sure to provide your name and address, the office uses this to identify you and for no other purposes. If you are a constituent, mention it.)

1) Please thank Congressman Pascrell for standing on principle and resisting those who wish to exclude minorities, such as American Muslims, from the political process.

2) Thank him for his willingness to support religious and ethnic minorities.