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CAIR-NJ Decries Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' Mailer Targeting Asian School Board Candidates

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CAIR-NJ Decries Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' Mailer Targeting Asian School Board Candidates

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/2/2017) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the distribution of a racist mailer with the heading “Make Edison Great Again,” which declares “The Chinese and Indians are Taking over our Town”.

 

The mailer is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming school board election in Edison, N.J., where one candidate is of Indian descent and another is of Chinese descent. That mailer displays pictures of the candidates with mock immigration stamps declaring “Deport” overlapping them.

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"This kind of divisive campaign rhetoric is a threat to a free and open democratic system,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repulsive message represented in this postcard is a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes our current political climate.”

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CAIR Condemns Manhattan Terror Attack

In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said: 

"CAIR condemns today’s horrific and cowardly attack in Manhattan and offers sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. Since the goal of such heinous crimes is to divide our nation, it is incumbent on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to frustrate that criminal objective by standing united in the face of terror."

CAIR-New Jersey to Join Interfaith Vigil Condemning Anti-Semitic Vandalism

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CAIR-New Jersey to Join Interfaith Vigil Condemning Anti-Semitic Vandalism

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 9/21/17) -- On Sunday, September 24, the New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will take part in an interfaith vigil by Action Together Sussex County to condemn anti-Semitic vandalism discovered last Sunday at the Airport Diner in Wantage, N.J.

Religious leaders from various faiths will come together to make a strong statement of unity against acts of anti-Semitism and hatred at the vigil.

SEE: Vigil to Be Held in Response to Diner Vandalism

http://www.njherald.com/20170921/vigil-to-be-held-in-response-to-diner-vandalism  

WHAT: Unity Vigil Against Hate in Sussex County

WHEN: Sunday, September 24th at 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Green in Newton, NJ (In front of the courthouse)

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

"There is no place in a civilized society, which was founded on the principles of justice and religious freedom, for acts of hate-filled vandalism like those exhibited in this community last weekend,” said Jim Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “In times like these, we must stand united and demonstrate that love for your neighbors is what makes this country great."

On Sunday morning, swastikas and phrases including "Kill Jews," "Heil Hitler" and "WPWW," an acronym for white pride world wide, were found on the rear and side of the building. An outside walk-in freezer had been vandalized with its contents strewn about.

CAIR-NJ recently stood in solidarity with the Jewish community of Bergen County after Mahwah Township officials ordered the removal of half-inch plastic pipes that had been mounted to utility poles to mark a boundary called an “eruv” because they violate the towns zoning regulations. The boundary allows activities that are typically forbidden in public on the Sabbath to be performed.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Expresses Solidarity with Jewish Community of Mahwah on Religious Boundary

http://cair.com/press-center/press-releases/14572-cair-nj-expresses-solidarity-with-jewish-community-of-mahwah-on-religious-boundary.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 Communications Director Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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