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70+ Turn Out for First New Jersey ‘Muslim Day of Advocacy at the State House’ Hosted by CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/18/18) – More than 70 New Jersey Muslims took part in over 30 meetings yesterday with lawmakers and their staff during the first “Muslim Day of Advocacy at the State House” in Trenton, N.J. 

The event was co-sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the New Jersey Muslim Voters Project, a coalition of Muslim organizations from around the state focused on civic engagement.

PHOTOS OF EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNewJersey/photos/pcb.2091522757572349/2091520660905892/

Advocacy day participants focused their lobbying efforts on issues such as legislation to prevent an attempt by this or any other administration from establishing a religious registry and maintaining a child’s religious upbringing when placing a child in adoption or foster care.

On the same day, the General Assembly passed a resolution, introduced by Assemblyman Giblin, that marked the event and commended its organizers. 

“This event is about empowering our community, understanding the importance of showing up and urging New Jersey lawmakers to address the very serious issues of a child’s religious identity, and religious freedom,” said CAIR New Jersey Legislative Director Jay Rehman. “The enthusiasm for the event exhibited by both the community delegates and the lawmakers demonstrates the positive impact proactive civic engagement can have, especially on marginalized communities.”

Meetings with legislators focused on the following legislation:

  • Bill A461 - This bill requires adoption agency, or court, to maintain a child’s religious upbringing when placing child in adoption or foster care.
  • Bill A3077 - This bill prohibits disclosure of religious affiliation information by State or local government agencies to the federal government in an effort to prevent a possible religious registry.
  • Bill S2546 – This Bill revises the “New Jersey Non-profit Security Grant Pilot Program” to extend the grant program to include a $50,000 grant for the purchase of target hardening equipment for at risk non-profit organizations.
  • Bill A1014 - This bill amends the current “Law Against Discrimination” and makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone if they have been a victim of a crime.  For example: You can’t be turned down for a job just because you took action against a former employer.
  • Bill AJR135 - This bill designates the month of August of each year as Muslim Awareness and Appreciation Month in New Jersey

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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

CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners to Host Muslim Advocacy Day at the New Jersey State Capitol Focusing on Religious Registry, Adoption

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(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 12/11/18) – On December 17, Muslims from around New Jersey will take part in a “Muslim Day of Advocacy at the State House” in Trenton, N.J. Advocacy day participants will focus their lobbying efforts on issues such as legislation to prevent an attempt by this or any other administration from establishing a religious registry and maintaining a child’s religious upbringing when placing a child in adoption or foster care.

The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is co-sponsoring Muslim Advocacy Day in Trenton along with a coalition of Muslim organizations from around the state. This is the first such event to take place in New Jersey’s capitol.

Throughout the day, New Jersey Muslims will meet with individual legislators. There will be a reception for press and government officials from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. 

WHAT: Muslim Advocacy Day at the New Jersey State Capitol

WHEN: Monday, December 17, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. (Media are urged to arrive at 12 P.M.)

WHERE: New Jersey Statehouse Annex 145 W State Street, Trenton, NJ, Committee Room 6

CONTACT: CAIR-New Jersey Government Affairs Director Jay Rehman, (908) 668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a list of participating Muslim organizations visit the New Jersey Muslim Voters Project website at: http://www.njmvp.net/coalition-partners.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Bias Intimidation Charges Against Woman Who Spat on Muslim Family Outside Jersey City Polling Place

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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Bias Intimidation Charges Against Woman Who Spat on Muslim Family Outside Jersey City Polling Place

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 11/09/2018) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed bias intimidation charges against a woman who spat on, threatened, and used racial slurs against a Muslim family outside of a Jersey City polling place on Tuesday.

On November 6, Asmaa Abdalla, 25, a candidate in Tuesday's Jersey City Board of Education election, and two of her family members were harassed, physically threatened and assaulted by Shaquana Jones, 31, who was arrested outside School 24 on Virginia Avenue and charged with bias intimidation, simple assault and terroristic threats.

SEE: Muslim family says woman spit on them outside Jersey City polling place

https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2018/11/3_muslims_assaulted_outside_a_jersey_city_polling.html

“Hateful acts of violence such as those allegedly carried out in Jersey City on Tuesday cannot be tolerated and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “While it is empowering to see young Muslim women like Asmaa Abdalla run for elected office, we are again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country by the treatment she and her family members suffered.”

In a recent report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted

http://www.islamophobia.org/reports/224-2018-civil-rights-report-targeted.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.

 

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