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CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Racist, Islamophobic Facebook Posts

CAIR logo(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 4/14/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Elmwood Park Memorial High School Principal and President of the Elmwood Park Administrators Association (EPAA) David Warner in calling for the resignation Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz after she reportedly posted a series of racist and Islamophobic messages on her personal Facebook account.

One post urged Muslims to “(s)tay in your desserts [sic] and follow your religion in your own countries.” Another post declared, “The French told them to get lost and this is what our President should do,” and continued, “Go back to your own country; America needs to get rid of people like you.”

SEE: Facebook Posts Spark Call for Trustee's Resignation in Elmwood Park

Trustees Demand Ouster of Colleague in Elmwood Park

“Bigoted statements like those reportedly made by Ms. Gryskiewicz are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,†said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, James Sues. “We applaud Elmwood Park Memorial High School Principal David Warner and other school district leaders for taking a stand against bigotry.â€

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.

SEE: An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, jsues@cair.com; CAIR-NJ Communications Director Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900, amubarak-rowe@cair.com

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