CAIR-NJ Congratulates Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad, Nominated to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County 

CAIR-NJ Congratulates Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad, Nominated to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/21/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today congratulated Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad on her appointment to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County.

The State Senate confirmed her nomination to the New Jersey Superior Court on December 17. She will be sworn in on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Kalimah Ahmad is a lawyer specializing in civil rights, employment, entertainment, and sports law.

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In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“A trailblazer from Jersey City, Judge Ahmad’s appointment is an inspiration to us all.

“We congratulate Judge Ahmad for creating a more inclusive judicial system, serving our communities, and pursuing justice for all.   

“We will continue to inspire more American Muslims to pursue judicial, legislative, and executive offices to ensure they are represented at all levels of government, creating a more inclusive America. 

 

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-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

 

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-Chicago Call on New Jersey AG to Probe Tech Firm’s Religious Discrimination, Call for Diversity and Inclusion Audit at Company  

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-Chicago Call on New Jersey AG to Probe Tech Firm’s Religious Discrimination, Call for Diversity and Inclusion Audit at Company 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/27/20) – The New Jersey and Chicago chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ and CAIR-Chicago) today called on the New Jersey attorney general’s office to investigate alleged religious discrimination at Nityo Infotech.

They also called for a diversity, equity and inclusion audit from Nityo Infotech, a global IT and outsourcing company headquartered in New Jersey and operating all over the world.

Earlier this week, multiple CAIR Offices received complaints of alleged discriminatory recruitment behavior by Nityo Infotech, a global IT company. According to the complaint, a screenshot of a recruitment email sent from a Nityo.net email domain stated: “Please do not submit Muslim candidates for below position.”

SEE: CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action  

CAIR reached out to Nityo Infotech representatives who immediately claimed that the recruiter’s email account in question was hacked. An internal preliminary investigation by Nityo completed 24 hours later reaffirmed the hacking claim. Both of the company’s claims contradict an earlier email admitting error on part of the recruiter.

CAIR-Chicago and CAIR-NJ directors expressed concern about Nityo Infotech’s response and process, particularly after being made aware of discrimination lawsuits — both pending and potential — involving other companies and IT recruiters in various cities including one company with alleged ties to Nityo Infotech.

 

In a statement, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said:

“’I was hacked’ is a typical response to being caught red-handed after hitting send. While it might be understandable that a company’s first reaction when presented with scandal is to save face, it is neither respectable nor acceptable. Instead, discriminatory practices must be acknowledged, confronted and weeded out completely. This email evidence must be properly investigated all the way to the top of the culture, preferably by a third party, and foundational fixes must be made to the problem if the company truly takes the scourge of blatant workplace discrimination with a degree of seriousness.“

“This language brings back particularly painful memories. It was used against African-Americans, Native Americans, as well as Italians, Irish, and Catholic immigrants, against Jews in early Nazi Germany, and against Blacks in Apartheid South Africa. And today it is rearing its ugly head in India. We simply will not allow any group to have to succumb to the ‘need not apply’ blatant bigotry of yesteryear. Not in India, and certainly not in the US as a BJP import (India ruling party).”
In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We are calling for Nityo Infotech to conduct a comprehensive third-party diversity, equity, and inclusion audit. The results of this audit should be made public. In search of more answers, we call on the New Jersey attorney general’s office to investigate Nityo Infotech’s company culture and behavior toward Muslims and other minorities. Religious discrimination against Muslims in the IT sector is a growing concern particularly from India-based companies. We continue to urge Muslim candidates who applied to the company and were rejected to contact our CAIR New Jersey office as we continue to investigate the reoccurring issues of workplace discrimination against Muslims in the IT industry.”

“From India to the United States, Islamophobia is exported by far-right wing Hindutva nationalists who have turned New Jersey into a second home for RSS and BJP fanaticism. Islamophobia has once again proven to be a global crisis. Our local and federal governments must take this global crisis seriously if we as the United States wish to mend the wounds America and its impacted communities, particularly people of color and religious minorities, sustained in the past four years.”     

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com; CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, arehab@cair.com

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action  

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/24/20) – The New Jersey and San Diego chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego) today called on Nityo Infotech to investigate alleged discriminatory staff recruiting and to take appropriate disciplinary action based on the results of that investigation.

That call comes after reports that a recruiter at Nityo Infotech reportedly sent out an email seeking applicants for an IT company that stated: “Please do not submit Muslim candidates for below position.”   

The recruiter later sent out an email claiming it was a mistake.

Ajay Gupta, director of sales and operations at Nityo Infotech later claimed the company email server was hacked.

 

SEE: Screenshots of Anti-Muslim Message and Apology 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NityoEmails.png

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“At a time of increased financial instability with so many Americans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this type of alleged religious discrimination is especially cruel and reprehensible.   

“We call on Nityo Infotech to thoroughly investigate the situation and take appropriate disciplinary action based on the results of that investigation. Further steps must be taken to provide staff diversity training and to update corporate policies to ensure that this alleged discriminatory behavior is not repeated.” 

Maksut urged any Muslim candidates who applied to Nityo Infotech and were rejected to contact their local CAIR office. 

In a statement, CAIR-San Diego Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan said:

“Considering the information provided, it is clear the recruiter meant to exclude Muslims from the job opportunity, as she then apparently attempted to correct in a follow-up email. This divisive and discriminatory practice must not be tolerated or excused, and we need to see tangible efforts from the company in their improvement toward being an equitable agency.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ, NJ Muslims Groups and Coalition Partners Issue Statement in Solidarity with Linda Sarsour  

CAIR-NJ, NJ Muslims Groups and Coalition Partners Issue Statement in Solidarity with Linda Sarsour   

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 8/24/20) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today expressed its support and solidarity with MPower Change Executive Director Linda Sarsour after she was smeared by various elected officials and political leaders in the wake of her appearance at a Democratic National Convention event.    

On August 19, 2020, Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey tweeted an attack on Linda Sarsour and said that she is “a noted anti-Semite and opponent of the State of Israel and should never have been given a platform to speak.”  

SEE: Congressman Josh Gottheimer Tweet  

https://twitter.com/JoshGottheimer/status/1296158487039352832 

 

Open letter:    

NJ Muslim Organizations and Coalition Partners Stand with Linda Sarsour   

We, a diverse coalition of New Jersey-based community organizations, are deeply concerned by the trend in national and local political discourse that stifles our right to free speech under the guise of accusations of anti-Semitism. The smear campaign against Sister Linda Sarsour is just the most recent attack of its kind. It is rooted in Islamophobic sentiment, which leaders, primarily female civil rights leaders of color, face the brunt of.  

It is past time that the false equivalence between criticism of the Israeli government and anti-Semitism be denounced. As a diverse and pluralistic society that guarantees all Americans the right to exercise our First Amendment right to free speech, we believe in creating a space in our political discourse to talk honestly about the human rights violations and injustices against the people of Palestine perpetrated by the Israeli government.  

These attacks on Sister Linda Sarsour by political leaders and elected officials are attacks on our community at large. We call for immediate retractions and meaningful apologies from those responsible for this conduct. These attacks are no longer acceptable, and all statements of prejudice must be challenged. 

Sincerely,   

Al Tawhid Islamic Center, Jersey City 

Alhoda Community Center, Jersey City 

American Muslim Council (AMC) 

American Muslims for Democracy (AMD) 

American Muslims for Palestine, New Jersey chapter  

Bergen County Islamic Educational Center (BCIEC) 

Black Lives Matter – Paterson, NJ 

Black Men United  

Central Jersey DSA

Council on American-Islamic Relations, New Jersey chapter 

Darul Islah – Muslim Society of Bergen County 

ICNA Council for Social Justice, New Jersey chapter  

Indivisible NJ 5th District 

Islamic Center of Hunterdon County (ICHC) 

Islamic Center of Jersey City (ICJC) 

Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC) 

Islamic Center of Union County  

Islamic Center of Union County (ICUC)  

Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ) 

Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center 

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return  

JVP – Northern New Jersey  

Masjid As Habul Yameen 

Masjid Salahuddin

MASJID WAARITH UD DEEN  

MuslimGirl

Muslims 4 Peace, NJ 

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association

New Jersey Muslim Voice for Progress 

NIA Masjid & Community Center  

North Hudson Islamic Educational Center (NHIEC) 

Pakistan American Council (PAC) 

Palestinian American Community Center of New Jersey  

Passaic Valley for Community Justice 

Piscataway Progressive Democratic Organization 

Progressive Democrats of NJ  

Stand with Kashmir, NJ/NY Chapter

The Fusion Muslim Community Center of North Jersey 

The Islamic Center of Morris County- Rockaway, NJ 

The Muslim Network  

United Balkan Islamic Center

NOTE: As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR-NJ encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections. CAIR-NJ does not support one candidate or political party over another.  

 

In a statement, CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:  

“An attack on Linda Sarsour is an attack on our Muslim community and our like-minded allies. This coalition of 35 diverse community organizations is a testament to the changing tides in New Jersey and our nation at large. We no longer tolerate Islamophobia from our elected officials.  

“We demand our First Amendment right to free speech be respected, allowing us to talk honestly about the injustices against the Palestinian people. No longer can you dishonestly smear us and our leaders as anti-Semites.”  

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

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414 smaksut@cair.com  

CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Tell NJ State Senate That Campus Opposition to Israel’s Human Rights Abuses Is Not Anti-Semitic

(South Plainfield, NJ 07/08/2019) – The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations  (CAIR-NJ), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today its opposition to the falsely titled “Prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and institutions of higher education.,” [S. 4001] which incorrectly conflates legitimate First Amendment protected discussion on American campuses about Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians with the vile bigotry of anti-Semitism.

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New Jersey Interfaith Coalition Mourns Lives Lost

For Immediate Release – July 10, 2016

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 100 organizations throughout New Jersey, we would like to express our sorrow at the most recent tragic deaths of two African-American victims of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the targeted killings of five police officers in Dallas.

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CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich’s Call to ‘Test’ and Deport American Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious “testing” and possible deportation of “every person here who is of a Muslim background.”

Read More “CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich’s Call to ‘Test’ and Deport American Muslims”

NJ Interfaith Coalition Condemns ISIS Inspired Attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany and France

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 120 organizations throughout New Jersey, we strongly condemn the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 80 and injured 200 civilians as ISIS suicide bombers targeted peaceful protest by Hazaras, the largest minority community in Afghanistan.  This was one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since 2001.

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Interfaith Coalition of New Jersey Offers Condolences to Victims of the Queens New York Shooting

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 120 organizations throughout New Jersey, we are deeply saddened at the cold blooded assassination yesterday of Imam Maulana Akonjee of the Al Furqan Jame Masjid in Queens New York and his assistant Mr. Thara Uddin who were wearing the traditional Muslim garments.

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