(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/17/2014) – On December 18, East Brunswick Public School’s Board of Education is holding a meeting at 8 p.m. to decide on the 2015 – 2016 school calendar.
The Muslim Student Association from East Brunswick High School submitted a petition to the Board to have Eid ul-Adha included on the calendar as a holiday. This will help Muslim students feel more included and represented in the public school system and eliminate the need for students to be absent on eid.
We urge members of the Muslim community, especially the East Brunswick community, to attend the meeting and show their support for the initiative. This is an opportunity to build bridges and enhance the understanding of Islam in New Jersey. Anyone planning on attending should express only positive sentiments through civil and respectful discourse.
WHAT: Attend the East Brunswick Public School Board of Education meeting
WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 8, p.m.
WHERE: 760 Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Many New Jersey districts, including Paterson, Atlantic City, and South Brunswick, have already recognized Muslim holidays on their school calendar. In 2010-2011, South Brunswick schools started with a Muslim student population of 20 percent. There are more than 100 Mosques in New Jersey, with a Muslim population close to half a million.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-New Jersey Civil Rights Director Khurrum Ali, 908-668-5900, firstname.lastname@example.org