(NEW YORK, NY, 11/27/07) – On Wednesday, November 28, 2007, the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will co-host a hate crimes presentation in conjunction with the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. The presentation is part of a project initiated by CAIR-NY to provide community members with a plan of action to effectively respond in hate and bias-motivated cases.
WHAT: Hate Crimes Presentation
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Cultural Center of New York, 1711 3rd. Ave., New York, NY (corner of 96th and 3rd Ave)
In 2006, CAIR chapters nationwide reported a 9.2 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crime reports from the previous year.
SEE: Presumption of Guilt: The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States 2007
According to a recent report by the FBI, in 2006, hate crimes increased by 8 percent throughout the country with a 19 percent increase in the number of crimes motivated by religious bias; attacks on Muslims increased by 22%.
SEE: FBI: Hate Crimes Escalate 8% in 2006 (USA Today)
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 Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, (212) 870-2002, email@example.com; CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, firstname.lastname@example.org