(NEW YORK, NY, 7/4/17) – Today, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) partnered with other leading civil rights groups to hold a rally and teach-in inside Trump Tower drawing hundreds of participants. Speakers and partners included NY Day of Remembrance Committee, Jewish social justice contingent (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Jews Say No!, Jewish Voice for Peace) NY Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice, and T’ruah.
“We have the Muslim Ban now, but before that we saw Japanese-American internment, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and so many more,” said CAIR-NY Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Marium Khawaja. “We must all learn from our history, the history of real people who have been told that they’re not American enough. And what better place to have this conversation than the President’s own home?”
“We came together to reaffirm our country’s founding and long-broken promise of equality, to defend Muslim New Yorkers guarantee of ”˜inalienable rights,’” said CAIR-NY Legal Director Albert Cahn. “New Yorkers of every faith showed solidarity for our Muslim neighbors, reminding the President that our country has stood up to racism and bigotry before, and we won’t rest until the Muslim ban is repealed. The Muslim Ban stands in a long line of attempts to demonize and marginalize members of the American Family, and it will fail because we have learned from our imperfect history.”
“Jews know what it means to be targeted by discriminatory laws like the Immigration Act of 1924 that sent Jewish refugees to their deaths in Europe in the 1930s,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. “Jews will continue to pray and protest side-by-side with our Muslim friends and neighbors.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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