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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.
Some 330 delegates from more than 28 states met this week with 225 elected officials and congressional staffers during the "record breaking" second National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The lobbying effort, the largest congressional Muslim advocacy event in the country, was sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations.
Last year, 280 Muslim delegates from 20 states met with 200 congressional offices.
Muslim delegates participating in this year’s Muslim hill day event were scheduled to meet with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
The New Jersey delegation consisted of 17 members and were able to visit 10 of the 12 members of the Congressional delegation representing New Jersey.
On Monday, USCMO hosted a civic engagement and congressional advocacy training seminar for Muslim delegates in the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room. Later that day, members of Congress and staff joined hill day participations for an evening reception.
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:
. Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.
· Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.
· Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.
· Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.
While some key figures and groups within the inner-core of the American Islamophobia network attempted to derail the event by asking congressional offices to cancel already-scheduled meetings – the Muslim hill day continued without any meeting cancelations.
Founding members of USCMO: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).