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CAIR-NY Welcomes Investigation After Noose Found at Family’s Home in Massena, NY

(NEW YORK, N.Y. 7/28/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Massena Police Department’s investigation of a noose found on a family’s property in Massena, N.Y. The department’s criminal investigation unit is seeking to identify who is responsible for leaving the hate symbol at the family’s home. 

Department Chief James M. Olson claims the department is employing every possible resource to identify the perpetrator, and pledges that when identified the subject will be charged to the full extent of the law. 

A local Black Lives Matter activist organization has planned a march for Saturday, August 1st, at 2 p.m., beginning at the Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. The march will be in solidarity with the victims, and to insist that Black lives are not only to be protected by law enforcement, but by the community as well. 

SEE: Massena Police Department investigating discovery of noose at family’s home

In a statement, CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher stated,

“Racist threats in communities large and small must never be overlooked or underestimated, and we applaud the Massena Police Department for recognizing the severity and threat of such a symbol of hate being flaunted near a family’s home. Residents of Massena must stand in solidarity with this family and all victims of racism and hate-crimes.”

CAIR-NY is committed to standing in solidarity with victims of hate.

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To report a hate crime or bias-incident/discrimination to the Attorney General’s office, New Yorkers may call the AG’s hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or email

CAIR-NY’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-NY es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006,; Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103,

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