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CAIR-NJ Decries Racist Campaign Flyer Targeting Sikh Mayoral Candidate as “Terrorist”

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/5/2017) -- 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 flyer with the heading “Don’t let Terrorism Take Over Our Town,” with the picture of Sikh mayoral candidate, Ravi Bhalla.  

The flyer which was distributed on car windshields in Hoboken, NJ is an apparent effort to sway voters in an upcoming Mayoral election there.   The distribution of this flyer comes just 2 days after a racist postcard was mailed to voters in Edison, NJ targeting Asian School Board candidates with the slogan “Make Edison Great Again”.

"This is the second time we’ve seen this kind of divisive campaign rhetoric in this election cycle here in New Jersey.”, said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ. “The repugnant racist tactics represented in these campaign materials do a disservice to the welcoming community that New Jersey truly is.  This is just a painful reminder of the extreme divisiveness that characterizes current political climate at the national level.”

 [NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]

SEE: Fliers attack Sikh mayoral candidate, portraying him as a terrorist

http://pix11.com/2017/11/04/fliers-attack-sikh-mayoral-candidate-portraying-him-as-a-terrorist/

SEE: Racist 'Make Edison Great Again' mailer targets Asian school board candidates

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2017/11/racist_campaign_posctards_being_mailed_in_edison.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

CAIR-NJ Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Targeting Paterson Mosque

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CAIR-NJ Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Threats Targeting Paterson Mosque

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/2/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate telephone threats made to a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.

Masjid Omar Mosque in Paterson, N.J., received verbal threats via telephone after word spread that the suspect in the killing of eight people Tuesday in Lower Manhattan may have worshiped there.

SEE: Police: Paterson Mosque Gets Threats After NYC Terror Attack

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/paterson-press/2017/11/02/police-paterson-mosque-gets-threats-after-nyc-terror-attack/825671001/

South Paterson Mosque Gets Phone Threats After New York City Terror Attack

http://patersontimes.com/2017/11/02/south-paterson-mosque-gets-phone-threats-after-new-york-city-terror-attack/

“We urge local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat this and all the other cases of threats and violence targeting American mosques with the seriousness they deserve and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “We ask that law enforcement officials be especially vigilant at a time when the risk of backlash against the Muslim community is most severe.”

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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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