(NEW YORK, NY, 10/23/07) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today urged Muslim New Yorkers and all people of conscience to send thank you letters to Sen. Dean G. Skelos (R-NY) for sponsoring an “anti-noose” bill following a number of recent cases involving that symbol of racism.
SEE: N.Y. Lawmakers Moves on Anti-Noose Bill
The bill, which makes it a felony to etch, draw, paint and display nooses in a threatening manner, passed in the Senate on Monday.
“We recognize with deep concern the recent use of hate symbols to intimidate and threaten the safety of the African-American community,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “We applaud Sen. Skelos for initiating stronger legal measures as a deterrent for future acts of racism.”
SEND Sen. Dean G. Skelos a thank you letter for sponsoring the anti-noose bill.
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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 Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali 212-870-2002, email@example.com