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NJ Muslim Delegation Meets Congressman Leonard Lance
If ever there was a moment to send a powerful message in defence of our rights and our values, this is it.
The Women's March on Washington on January 21st is going to be historic moment of unity of and solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence.
But you don’t have to be in Washington, DC to be part of sending the message.
We’ll be marching here in Trenton as part of hundreds of Sister Marches being organized nationwide and around the world, to make sure that every corner of our nation is speaking out against hate and celebrating the strength of our communities.
Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 21st
LOCATION: Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
*Seating for the event begins at 9:00 a.m. Early arrival is strongly encouraged due to the large turnout anticipated.
The day after President Trump is sworn in on January 20th, it is absolutely essential that all of us stand shoulder to shoulder to send a message to our leaders, and the world, that Americans will continue to stand for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.
Everyone who believes in religious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice, economic justice, reproductive justice is invited to add their voice!
Say you’ll be there to help send a powerful message from Trenton on January 21st.
It's easy for the last few months to leave us feeling lonely and afraid. This is a time to stand up, to speak out, and to find hope in raising our voices together.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 1/11/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for a hate crime investigation of anti-Islam hate graffiti targeting the home of a Bayonne pastor.
The messages, spray-painted on Pastor Joseph Basile’s home included “F**k Islam” were found on the outside of his home, on the snow and on the nearby road.
SEE: Bayonne Pastor's House Vandalized with anti-Muslim graffiti
“This act of vandalism was clearly directed at the local Muslim community, which has faced fierce opposition to its efforts to build a community center in the area,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “All Americans must be able to practice their faith and worship as they choose without fear of harassment or intimidation. We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”
He noted that Bayonne Muslims have faced significant opposition to their plans to build a permanent house of worship from local residents at Zoning Board meetings.
SEE: Bayonne residents opposed to Islamic center to Protest at City Hall
An unprecedented spike in Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent months, and particularly since the November 8 election, has been attributed at least in part to statements and policy proposals made by public figures like President-elect Donald Trump.
CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
CAIR is 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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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Sr. Kaity's Blog
Since the beginning of his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump has fed a certain segment of the American public with what they want to hear. He said he didn't know Russian President Vladimir Putin, yet now, after he became President-elect, defends him and praises him as a strong leader. In addition, he mocked the disabled reporter in front of millions, but he was still able to look everyone straight in the eye and say, 'I did not do so'. While many voted for qualified candidates such as Bernie Sanders, it amazes me to see that Trump was able to win the electoral vote based on one single aspect people agree with him on such as, establishing a Muslim registry. Lacking political correctness and experience should not be criteria for running for the most important office in the country. If we were to shift our focus from political correctness, Trump has neither the experience nor the capability to lead this nation.
Many Americans fear and are unsure of what America might become under a Trump Presidency, while others seem unconcerned. “It is difficult to predict what exactly will happen but he has certainly surrounded himself with anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant members of his administration. I think we will see some changes but not sure what they are.” said Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T Khairallah. Donald Trump has already caused America to change, but for the worse. Since he was announced as President- Elect, many hateful incidents targeting Muslims and other minorities have occurred all around the U.S. - mainly on college campuses. Even though America stands for Justice and Equality, his appointment has incited hatred and racism in the hearts of many. He is destroying what leaders like, Martin Luther King and Susan B. Anthony have struggled to establish throughout their lives. When asked about how a Trump Presidency might change his life, Yassine Elkaryani said, “My life changes based on what I do and based on what is divinely destined for me. I am I charge of my life, not Donald Trump.” Even though that may be true, let us not forget that outside influences do impact our personal lives. If they didn’t, Muslims wouldn’t be advised to walk in groups when out at night or carry pepper spray in case an attack occurs.
Americans need to be responsible and take action because in America liberty is guaranteed for everyone regardless of gender, color, race, or country of origin. During her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards, Meryl Streep emphasized the importance of diversity by saying, ‘’ Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you will have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts.” What she said also reflects on America in general but relating it to Hollywood gives people a sense of understanding of what America represents. That is why we need to maintain that diversity and acceptance of all cultures because that is what truly makes America great.
Sr. Kaity Assaf is a Freshman at Rutgers University,The Founder of Eid in Clifton Nj, and an Intern at CAIR-NJ
Azra Baig's Blog
Considered by many to be the holiest day in the Christian calendar, on this past Christmas Day my time of peace was disturbed by Anti-Muslim Harassment while I was on vacation at the Wailea Marriott Beach Resort in Maui. What does the future hold...is there no escape from hatred, racism and bigotry?
On December 25, 2016 while vacationing in Muai, I was targeted with harassment from a Caucasian woman, who looked to be in her 70s. The two of us were alone in the lobby of the resort as we both approached the elevators. I pressed the elevator button and the woman asked me "Are you Muslim?" I looked at her and said "Yes." Then she said, "I am not getting on the elevator with you". I was taken aback and I said "That wasn't nice." Then she said to me, "You need to leave." Then I said, "What happened to love and compassion for All? What happened to love of humanity?" She started walking away from me and down the stairs while shaking her head no. As she was going down the stairs I said to her, "I am a nurse and I take care of everyone the same...No matter what race, religion, ethnicity or nationality."
I immediately went to look for an employee of the resort to alert a manager or security. By the time I alerted them and shared my incident, the woman was nowhere to be found.
There was a tourist from Dallas, Texas, who witnessed the entire incident. She said, "I am shocked that I just witnessed this...That was inappropriate.... I'm glad you said something because if you didn't say something, I was going to say something to her." She felt bad that I was targeted with such harassment and shocked that someone actually would say those words even if that is what they felt inside.
The Wailea Resort Manager and Security took a report of the incident from myself and from the witness. The local Police Department was also notified and came and took a report of the harassment incident.
The Managers and Security at the resort apologized for this incident of harassment at the resort. They said that if I should see this woman again to alert Security and not to approach her myself. I am very appreciative of the managers and staff's support and kindness with this situation and the wonderful treatment during our entirety of our stay at the resort.
I am extremely disappointed that this woman had the audacity to behave in this manner especially on Christmas Day. A day of much love and happiness for so many. I was here in Maui to enjoy a wonderful vacation with my family, to get away from the chaos of everyday life and from the negativity I had already been subjected to, and this individual had to ruin what was supposed to be my time of peace.
#ChristmasDay2016 #Islamophobia #Maui
Ms. Azra Baig is a school nurse and a member of the South Brunswick Board of Education