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CAIR-NY Urges City Council to Pass Community Safety Act

CAIR-NY-AA(NEW YORK, NY, 6/26/13) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joins other community activists in urging city council members to pass the Community Safety Act.

The Community Safety Act is a landmark police reform legislative package that consists of four bills aimed at ending discriminatory policing and bringing real accountability to the NYPD.

SEE: City Council Discharges Historic NYPD Measures, Will Bring Them to a Full Vote This Week

CAIR-NY is an endorser of the Community Safety Act and is urging community members to call in support of the bills.

CAIR-NY has also advocated for the passage of bills in the New York State Assembly and Senate that create independent oversight of the NYPD. CAIR-NY recently submitted written testimony for a public hearing on the NY Hate Crimes Laws in which they mentioned the impact of discriminatory policing leading to the underreporting of hate crimes on the Muslim community.

Last week CAIR-NY, along with NYPD reform activists, American Muslims and concerned New Yorkers, gathered together at 1 Police Plaza with the ACLU, NYCLU, and CUNY CLEAR for the announcement of a legal challenge to the unlawful spying of Muslim communities by the NYPD.

SEE: Civil Liberties Groups File Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance of Muslims

CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Executive Director Muneer Awad, 347-296-7966, mawad@cair.com

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