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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.

 

CAIR-NJ Joins Newark Mayor in Call for Hate Crime Charges Against Man Who Tore Hijab From Municipal Worker

 (SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/20/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in calling for United States Attorney Paul Fishman to investigate an assault on a female Muslim Municipal employee as a hate crime. 

 On December 5, an African-American female Muslim Newark municipal employee was allegedly ridiculed and assaulted by a white male New Jersey State employee at the Newark One Stop Center at 990 Broad Street. Her hijab was reportedly pulled off her head and thrown to the floor. The Newark Police Department arrested the perpetrator.

 In a press release issued today, Mayor Ras Baraka called on US Attorney Paul Fishman to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

 SEE: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Says Assault of Muslim Newark Employee Was a Hate Crime

https://www.facebook.com/notes/city-of-newark-nj-city-hall/mayor-ras-j-baraka-says-assault-of-muslim-newark-employee-was-a-hate-crime/628664497340340  

 “Unfortunately hateful acts of violence such as those allegedly carried out by the New Jersey state employee are becoming all too common,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “Unlawful, bigoted acts cannot be tolerated and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  In a civil society such as ours, the rights of all citizens to observe their faith without fear for their safety and security must be vigorously protected.”

 Tomorrow, CAIR’s Missouri chapter will hold a news conference to call on law enforcement authorities to investigate a home arson targeting a Bosnian Muslim family as a possible hate crime.

SEE: CAIR-Missouri to Ask Authorities to Probe Arson at Home of Muslim Family as Possible Hate Crime

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13963-cair-missouri-to-ask-authorities-to-probe-arson-at-home-of-muslim-family-as-possible-hate-crime.html  

 Yesterday, CAIR’s New York chapter welcomed the sentencing of a man who plotted to kill Muslims in that state and the arrest of another man who allegedly assaulted a Muslim woman, calling her a "terrorist."

 SEE: CAIR-NY Welcomes Sentencing of White Supremacist in Anti-Muslim Plot, Arrest of Man Who Assaulted Muslim Woman

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/13959-cair-ny-welcomes-sentencing-of-white-supremacist-in-anti-muslim-plot-arrest-of-man-who-assaulted-muslim-woman.html  

 The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide since the election of Donald Trump.

 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.

 

CAIR-NJ Applauds State Lawmakers’ Pledge to Challenge Bigotry

 

 (SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/20/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today applauded the signing of a pledge to challenge bigotry by both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature.

The pledge, sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, was signed by all 120 members of the New Jersey Legislature on Monday, and states:

“While interacting with members of my own faith, ethnic, or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and challenge bigotry in any form.”

“It is important for New Jersey residents to know that their elected representatives reject bigotry, and have pledged to stand up against it even in private settings,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “In this current political climate in which politicians are exploiting bigotry for political gain, our legislature has just demonstrated that New Jersey stands apart from hatred and intolerance.”

The Stand Up for the Other pledge was developed by former Bernard’s Township Mayor Dr. Ali Chaudry, who is also Co-Founder of the NJ Interfaith Coalition and the NJ Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee.

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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