(NEW YORK, NY, 11/30/07) ­ The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) recently joined members of the city council, religious leaders, community advocates and elected officials, for an interfaith breakfast roundtable at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
The gathering was part of a series of events scheduled citywide in response to an increase in the number of hate crimes that occurred in New York City in the past year.
“In New York, the most diverse city in the world, a city where our differences combine collectively to give us strength, we must all stand together and challenge any person or action that victimizes anyone because of who they are, or who they may be perceived to be,” read a public statement by Speaker Christine Quinn.
To address the growing concern of hate crimes affecting the Muslim community, CAIR-NY in partnership with the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force plans to offer presentations to several mosques throughout New York City on how to effectively respond to hate and bias motivated incidents.
“We urge community members to contact law enforcement in the event of a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali at a recent presentation after an NYPD representative noted that bias incidents are underreported in the Muslim community.
Mosques and Islamic centers interested in scheduling similar presentations should e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.