(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 7/21/2009) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is calling on all members of the Muslim and Arab-American communities in New Jersey to provide testimony to Governor Corzine’s Commission on School Bullying within the next two days.
In February of 2009, CAIR-NJ’s Public Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi testified before the Commission on School Bullying. “Bullying at schools is a serious problem that particularly affects the American Muslim community in the post 9/11 era,” said Shamsi. “Parents as well as teachers need to be trained to identify the most at risk students and the early signs of bullying.”
In her testimony to the commission, Shamsi also advised on preventative measures such as offering cultural proficiency training to students, teachers and administrators.
Governor Corzine’s Commission on School Bullying is in urgent need of testimony from the Muslim and Arab-American communities. In order to have an all-encompassing report that will accurately account the bullying experienced by a broad range of ethnicities and religions, the commission needs the Muslim & Arabs of New Jersey to come forth with their stories.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS:
If you have experienced an incident of bullying as a parent, teacher or student and reside within the state of New Jersey, please share your story by sending a written testimony to Rachel Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org within the next 2 days.
To learn more about the Commission on School Bullying, please go here.
CONTACT CAIR-NJ: CAIR-NJ Public Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi, (908) 668-5900, E-Mail: email@example.com