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2016 CAIR National Council Meeting
(South Plainfield, NJ - 6/12/16) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined the Muslim community of New Jersey to condemn the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and more injured.
“Horrific acts of violence like this have absolutely no justification.” said Jim Sues, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of CAIR. “The Muslims of New Jersey have come together to issue a joint statement of solidarity with their fellow Americans in condemning the horrible mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.”
The joint statement issued by the Muslims of New Jersey:
“On behalf of the Muslims of New Jersey, we would like to express our profound shock, sorrow, and condemnation of the murder of 50 innocent people and injuring of another 53 victims in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured.
(South Plainfield, NJ - 6/2/16) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on New Jersey legislators to oppose a set of bills in the state legislature that would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of companies and institutions, including institutes of higher learning, that participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank.
State bill A925 would prohibit state pension and annuity funds to be invested in companies and A2940 would prohibit state funds from being expended by any entity that expresses a policy of boycotting Israel, include state institutes of higher learning.
State bill A925 was introduced on Jan 27, 2016 by Assemblywoman Valerie V. Huttle of District 37, and Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer of District 36.The Senate version of this bill was introduced on March 10, 2016 and passed in the Senate on May 9, 2016. State bill A2940 was introduced on February 16, 2016 by Assemblyman Mike Carroll of District 25 and was referred to the Assembly Budget Committee.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge growing Islamophobia in America.
If a presidential candidate really wanted to keep American families safe, which threat would he focus on more: a), the one that has resulted in over 150,000 Americans being killed over the last 15 years on U.S. soil; or b), the one that has killed fewer than 50 Americans?
I’m going to bet that most would say the threat that has taken over 150,000 American lives including thousands of children. That threat, of course, is gun violence. In 2015 alone, 13,286 Americans were killed by firearms and over 25,000 were wounded.
Donald Trump, however, doesn’t want to talk gun violence. But he loves to talk about the danger posed by Muslim terrorism, which literally has resulted in zero American deaths in 2016 on U.S. soil. (The San Bernardino terror attack was in 2015.) In contrast, gun violence in 2016 has already claimed over 5,000 lives, including 219 children under eleven years old.
Jersey City public schools will be closed to students one day this September for the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha, with the school board last night voting unanimously to add the holiday to the school calendar.
The vote came during a four-hour meeting during which some speakers compared the fight to win the school holiday to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
"On behalf of the Muslim community, we made history," said Jessica Abdelnabbi, a Muslim mother of three who pushed for the district to close for the holiday. "My children will not be excluded."
Jersey City joins other districts around the state, including in Paterson, Trenton and Atlantic City, by officially recognizing Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.