(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/17/15) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-New Jersey) today joined the U.S. State Department in calling on the government of Nigeria to conduct a credible and transparent investigation into a large number of deaths in recent clashes between the military and a Shia Muslim group.
The American Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement that the United States was “deeply concerned” about reports of the clashes, which began on Saturday afternoon in the northern city of Zaria.
“While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on Dec. 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple civilian deaths,” the embassy said in the statement. “It is essential that all sides refrain from actions that further destabilize the situation. The United States calls on the government of Nigeria to quickly, credibly and transparently investigate these events in Zaria and hold to account any individuals found to have committed crimes.”
The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is urging state public school officials to address the issue of Muslim-student bullying following the harassment of a student at Colonia High School.
"This and other cases of bullies targeting Muslim students points to the need for a statewide review of policies and procedures relating to bullying," CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Students of all faiths and backgrounds must be able to achieve their full potential in a positive learning environment free of harassment and intimidation," Sues said.
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It is my pleasure to welcome our two newest staff members to the CAIR-NJ family. I'm sure you will share my hope and optimism as I introduce our new Executive director, Br. Jim Sues, and our new Communications Director, Br. Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe. While Jim’s previous experience as Executive Director of CAIR-NJ will be an invaluable asset, the experience and capabilities he brings from his years of technical marketing at IBM provide a unique perspective to the position. In addition, Br. Jim’s activities in the areas of interfaith relations and community involvement bring a depth of experience that is essential to CAIR-NJ. His experience as a civil rights activist and his passion for justice are just what CAIR-NJ needs. Br. Abdul Alim brings unique skill sets to his position as Communications Director, having worked as a journalist, news editor, and educator. For 30 years he worked in television as an editor, cameraman, and producer. In addition, Br. Abdul Alim has extensive experience as a teacher and lecturer in the field of Religious History and Comparative Religion, and is very active in the local community. CAIR-NJ was established over 10 years ago with the help of dedicated board members, staff, volunteers and supporters. We look forward to working with Br. James and Br. Abdul as we move towards our next decade of service. I hope you share my enthusiasm as we welcome our new staff members and continue our fight against injustice.