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NJ Muslim Delegation Meets Congressman Leonard Lance
For Immediate Release – July 10, 2016
On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 100 organizations throughout New Jersey, we would like to express our sorrow at the most recent tragic deaths of two African-American victims of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the targeted killings of five police officers in Dallas.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of all of these victims and ask God to give them strength, patience, comfort and hope through this difficult time. We strongly affirm that all lives, regardless of background, are sacred and must be valued.
We reiterate the importance of recognizing the racial inequities of our law enforcement and judicial system as it relates to African-American and other minority communities. We urge our political leaders to begin the important work of addressing these injustices so that every person is treated equally under the law. We ask this so that we can make progress toward a "more perfect union” that our founders sought. And we remind everyone of our nation’s motto: E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One.
For Immediate Release - June 30, 2016
On behalf of a broad spectrum of more than 85 Muslim organizations in New Jersey, we join all the people of good conscience in the world and categorically condemn the terrorist attack by suicide bombers at Istanbul Airport that took the lives of 41 innocent people and injured another 239. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured and the victims of all the terrorist attacks around the world. It is obvious now that extremism and terrorism knows no borders and humanity is the victim of this ominous phenomenon.
(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.
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.
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.