(NEW YORK, NY, 07/25/2008) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), in partnership with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), is seeking testimonials from Muslim youth who have experienced verbal or physical abuse in New York City public schools for a report that will chronicle their stories to increase support for a standing law prohibiting bias-based harassment.
The report to be issued by NYCLU will use selected Muslim youth testimonials of bias-based bullying and harassment to call for the full implementation of the Dignity in All Schools Act (DASA), an already-enacted law that mandates anti-harassment training for school staff and requires tracking, reporting and monitoring of bias-based harassment.
Immediate action requested:
1. Muslims who face(d) bias-based harassment or bullying while in public school should immediately contact CAIR-NY at email@example.com or (212) 870-2002 to chronicle their stories.
2. Educators and parents of students who witnessed bias-based harassment or bullying should immediately contact CAIR-NY at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 870-2002 to chronicle their stories.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212.870.2002, 732.429.4268, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212.870.2002, 718.724.3041, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org