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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.

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Election of First Muslim Freeholder in Passaic County

 

 

Assad Akhter

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/17/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the election of Assad Akhter to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Akhter, the son of Pakistani immigrants, is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th).  He was sworn in as freeholder at a ceremony at the county administration building Friday, and is the first Muslim to hold that position. 

“This is a great day for Passaic County and for New Jersey,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We welcome Assad Akhter’s election as recognition of his passionate dedication to public service and of the values of religious inclusion and diversity that have made America the great county that it is.”

Akhter, 36 of Paterson, replaces Hector Lora who resigned Nov. 17 to serve as interim mayor of Passaic.

In New Jersey the county legislative body is called the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  In most states this body is referred to as County Commissioners.

SEE: Passaic County swears in its first Muslim freeholder

http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2016/12/passaic_county_swears_in_first_muslim_freeholder.html#incart_river_mobile_home

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 Asks Feds to Probe Hate Graffiti Targeting Muslim BOE Candidate in South Brunswick, NJ

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 11/09/16) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate hate graffiti left on the campaign lawn signs of South Brunswick Board of Education member and successful candidate for re-election, Ms. Azra Baig.

Campaign lawn signs positioned in the vicinity of South Brunswick High School were defaced with phrases such as “Rag Head”, “ISIS”, and “ISIS sympathizer”.  Six different lawn signs were defaced between September 26 and October 21.  South Brunswick Police have been conducting an investigation, but no arrests have been made.

“This kind of hate speech serves to reinforce negative stereotypes and cast a shadow of suspicion and doubt over all Muslims”, said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”

“Unfortunately, these past months have seen a level of divisiveness and rancor that should be intolerable for anyone in a civilized society”, said United States Congresswoman, Bonnie Watson Coleman.  “There is no circumstance where we can be willing to accept the racism, sexism, xenophobia and religious intolerance that has permeated throughout this past election cycle.  Now, more than ever, we need to stand strong as one community and put aside our differences so that we may all do the hard work required to ensure an even brighter tomorrow for our country’s future generation.”

“I am extremely disappointed in what happened to Ms. Azra Baig’s campaign signs”, said South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese.  “We are very proud of Ms. Baig and her service to the community.  This is not who we are in South Brunswick.”

“These criminal actions do not represent any part of the wonderful community of South Brunswick, NJ and the warmth and kindness of everyone I have had the pleasure of meeting with” said Board of Education member Ms. Azra Baig.  “I am grateful to the community for their support of my re-election and I am grateful for the efforts of the South Brunswick Police Department for their efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the South Brunswick Police Department at 732-329-4000, X7460.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, 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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857.

 

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