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CAIR-NY Participates in Interfaith Solidarity Event


(NEW YORK, NY, 6/7/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) last night participated in an interfaith solidarity event designed to express concern over the growing bias faced by members of the local South Asian community. The event came in the wake of an alleged bias attack on a 15-year-old Sikh student at Newton High School in Queens, N.Y.

Participants in the event spoke of the importance of maintaining dialogue and good relations between people of different faiths, particularly during times of crisis. Elected officials taking part in the event also stressed the need for more involvement from the Department of Education in educating students about cultural diversity.

“No child should feel threatened in school because of their faith, race or ethnicity,” said CAIR-NY Communications Coordinator Faiza N. Ali.

“We ask that the New York City Department of Education make cultural sensitivity training a top priority, with allocation of appropriate resources,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif.

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-NY Communications Coordinator Faiza N. Ali, Tel: 212-870-2002, Email:


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