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CAIR-NJ Calls for Stepped-Up Security for Muslim Students at Rutgers Due to Hate Poster

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 2/14/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for increased security for Muslim students after a poster calling for a “Muslim-Free America” was found yesterday taped to the wall of a building on the Rutgers University campus that is used by Muslim students for programs and daily prayers.

The poster has been reported to the Chancellor of the University and the Rutgers University Police are investigating the incident.

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“The hatred and the implicit call for genocide targeting American Muslims exhibited in this poster must not be tolerated,” 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. The diversity of the student body at Rutgers University has long been a source of pride and inspiration, and the University administration must not allow narrow-minded bigots to tarnish its reputation and intimidate its students.”

He added that an identical poster had also been found on the University of Texas campus.

SEE: Anti-Muslim flier at UT being taken down

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/anti-muslim-flier-being-taken-down/KCiySdbYvHBpBJW3hcWwwL/

Sues said that CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent months, and particularly since the November 8 election.

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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Updated 2/15/17: A statement from Rutgers reads: “The contents of the flyer, which was also posted elsewhere nationwide, violates the values and ideals for which Rutgers stands. We strongly condemn this speech and are appalled that our Muslim community was targeted in this way,”Read More: Anti-Muslim posters found at Rutgers | http://nj1015.com/anti-muslim-posters-found-at-rutgers/?trackback=tsmclip

See Also: Rutgers University increases security after anti-Muslim flier surfaces

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CAIR-NJ Chair Nadia Kahf to Participate in Women's March on New Jersey

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 1/20/17) - On Saturday, January 21, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights organization, will join thousands of others for the Women’s March on Washington, both in the nation’s capital and at parallel events across the country.

CAIR-New Jersey Chairwoman Nadia Kahf will be among the speakers at the rally in Trenton, N.J.

CAIR New Jersey is a sponsor of the Women’s March on New Jersey which will take place at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, New Jersey at 10 a.m. Marchers will rally in solidarity with marchers in Washington, D.C., at the Women’s March on Washington and at the over 170 sister marches being held across the United States and the world.

SEE: Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 21st

http://nj.cair.com/

 “It’s important that women from all corners of New Jersey have their voices heard,” said CAIR-NJ Chairwoman Nadia Kahf. “This march will serve as a reminder to our elected officials that they are responsible for the well-being of all of the citizens they represent, regardless of whether they share the same faith, gender or national heritage.”

CAIR is 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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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Calls for Probe of Anti-Islam Graffiti Targeting Bayonne Pastor

(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

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2017/01/bayonne_pastors_house_vandalized_with_anti-islamic.html

“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

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/01/bayonne_residents_against_planned_islamic_center_t.html

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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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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