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CAIR-NY, Civil Rights Partners to Hold July 4th Rally and Teach-In at Trump Tower

chapter logos newyork(NEW YORK, NY, 7/3/17) — On Tuesday, July 4, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will partner with other leading civil rights groups to hold a rally and teach-in inside Trump Tower to showcase the experiences of groups who have been targeted or marginalized at points in American history.

President Trump has aggressively attacked the rights of Muslims, immigrants, and refugees with discriminatory policies, but this isn’t unprecedented. CAIR-NY’s July 4th rally and teach-in will showcase the experiences of groups who have been targeted or marginalized at points in American history.  Speakers and partners include NY Day of Remembrance Committee, Jewish social justice contingent (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews Say No!, Jewish Voice for Peace) NY Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice, and T’ruah.

SEE: We Will Not Be Banned – Main Page

  • WHO: CAIR-NY, NY Day of Remembrance Committee, Jewish social justice contingent (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews Say No!, Jewish Voice for Peace), NY Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice, T’ruah
  • WHAT: CAIR-NY teach-in “We Will Not Be Banned”
  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 4, at 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
  • WHERE: Trump Tower, Fifth Floor Atrium
  • CONTACT: CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com

“We have the Muslim Ban now, but before that we saw Japanese-American internment, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and so many more,” said Marium Khawaja Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for CAIR-NY. “We must all learn from our history, the history of real people who have been told that they’re not American enough. And what better place to have this conversation than the President’s own home?”

“Coming together on July 4th, in Mr. Trump’s own home, reminds the world that our First Amendment is more powerful than any man, even the President,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn.  “New Yorkers of every faith will show solidarity for their Muslim neighbors, reminding the President that our country has stood up to racism and bigotry many times.  The Muslim Ban stands in a long line of attempts to demonize and marginalize parts of the American Family, and it will fail because we have learned from our imperfect history.”

“Jews know what it means to be targeted by discriminatory laws like the Immigration Act of 1924 that sent Jewish refugees to their deaths in Europe in the 1930s,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. “Jews will continue to pray and protest side-by-side with our Muslim friends and neighbors.”

CAIR-NY is calling upon Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to our organization. Contact us by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn, 571-766-6273, acahn@cair.com; CAIR-NY Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Marium Khawaja, mKhawaja@cair.com, 347-987-1673

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