CAIR-NJ, NJ Mosque to Respond to Anti-Muslim Intimidation Targeting Islamic Center, Call on Police and Local Officials to Probe Bias Motive      

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CAIR-NJ, NJ Mosque to Respond to Anti-Muslim Intimidation Targeting Islamic Center, Call on Police and Local Officials to Probe Bias Motive          

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/29/2022) – On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and members of the Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC) will hold a joint press conference in Piscataway, N.J., in response to an incident of ethnic and religious harassment and perceived bias-motivated intimidation that reportedly targeted the center on Saturday, Nov. 26.      

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC), 1000 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ 08854   

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com   

More than 200 community members were gathered for an event at MCMC — both within the building and in the parking lot — when a truck displaying a digital billboard with photos from the 2008 Mumbai attacks circled through the masjid’s parking lot multiple times.      

The truck entered MCMC’s parking lot from the property’s back entrance at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to security footage. The truck circled the mosque parking lot twice, making stops throughout.      

Some community members were lingering in the parking lot at the time of the incident. One individual followed the truck out of the MCMC parking lot onto Route 18 North and recorded the truck as it drove off.

A police report has been filed.        

SEE: MCMC Security Footage of Bias Intimidation Incident   

SEE ALSO: Cellphone Video      

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

“The intent behind this incident is clear. By targeting a Muslim center and deliberately circling its premises repeatedly, the perpetrators expect New Jersey’s Muslim community to answer to, or even feel shame for, an event that occurred entirely independent of them.   

“Anti-Muslim intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable. They mirror the tactics used against American Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks and could lead to an uptick in anti-Muslim incidents as we’ve seen over the past two decades.    

“While everyone — even bigots — has the right to free speech, no one has the right to target religious minorities especially at their houses of worship with acts of perceived intimidation and harassment.  

“We call on local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate this incident and hold those responsible accountable. We also call on local officials to condemn this dangerous incident and the vile hatred that accompanied it in the strongest terms.”   

In a statement, Dr. Atif Nazir of Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice said:      

“Places of worship must be respected and treated as safe sanctuaries.    

“Provocative acts of intimidation that are meant to stoke fear cannot be tolerated, and we are calling on law enforcement officials to conduct a full investigation into this hateful incident.”     

In August, CAIR-NJ called on local leaders to rebuke the offensive use of a bulldozer – which in India symbolizes societal division and anti-Muslim sentiment – at the India Independence Day parade in Edison and Woodbridge, N.J.  

Earlier this year, CAIR released a report, titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia,” documenting more than 6,720 complaints to CAIR offices nationwide involving a range of issues including immigration and travel, workplace discrimination, denial of public accommodations, law enforcement and government overreach, hate and bias incidents, incarceree rights, school incidents, anti-BDS/free speech, among other reported issues.          

 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com    

 

CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners Rally in Trenton in Support of Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights

CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners Rally in Trenton in Support of Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/23/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) joined coalition partners, including Make the Road New Jersey, at the Capitol Building in Trenton on Monday, November 21st to call on state legislators to pass the Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights (A1474/S511).   

The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights provides certain protections and rights for temporary laborers and could play a crucial role in redressing racial and gender wage and employment discrimination. The bill of rights would also mandate equal pay for equal work and basic disclosures around rate of pay and hours.  

SEE: Assembly: Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

SEE: Senate: Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

Black and Latino workers make up an overwhelming majority of most temporary staffing work, according to the National Employment Law Project. While Black workers represent 12.1 percent of the overall workforce, they make up 25.9 percent of temporary workers. Similarly, while Latino workers make up16.6 percent of all workers, they represent 25.4 percent of temporary workers. Due to a lack of sufficient labor protections, temporary workers are subject to precarious employment status, low pay, lack of benefits, wage theft, and even health and safety risks.  

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:    

“The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights is critical legislation that will help ensure that New Jersey’s thousands of essential workers are guaranteed stronger protections within their workplaces. 

“From retail spaces to service industries, essential workers play an integral role in our daily lives. To call them essential without providing them the protections they need and deserve is inconsistent, and we join coalition groups in the exigent call for essential workers’ labor protection.”    

 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com   

CAIR-NJ Welcomes FBI Probe of Israel’s Murder of American Journalist and New Jersey Resident Shireen Abu Akleh

CAIR-NJ Welcomes FBI Probe of Israel’s Murder of American Journalist and New Jersey Resident Shireen Abu Akleh

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/16/22) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed reports that the FBI will investigate the Israeli military’s murder of American journalist and New Jersey resident Shireen Abu Akleh.    

Media reports indicate that the DOJ informed the Israeli Justice Ministry that the FBI has opened an investigation into the killing of Abu Akleh.    

SOURCE: FBI Opened Investigation Into Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh    

At the time of Abu Akleh’s killing, CAIR-NJ had written to Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker in June inquiring about their position on Abu Akleh’s killing, given that their signatures were absent from Senator Van Hollen’s letter to President Biden that had called for accountability. The New Jersey senators later wrote a joint letter to President Biden urging him to press for accountability for the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh during his visit to the Occupied West Bank at the time.    

SEE: CAIR-NJ Letter to Sens. Menendez and Booker on Shireen Abu Akleh Killing  

SEE: CAIR-NJ Welcomes Letter by Sens. Menendez, Booker to President Biden Calling for Accountability for the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh  

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

“As a self-proclaimed proponent of democracy and human rights, it only makes sense that U.S. intelligence launches an investigation into the Israeli military’s murder of New Jersey resident Shireen Abu Akleh, late as it may be.   

“Journalists’ work, like Abu Akleh’s, plays a critical role in dignifying local communities. When the Israeli military wields fatal attacks on journalists, this becomes an added threat to Palestinian dignity and human life.”    

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said:    

“We welcome this long-delayed investigation and hope our nation will finally hold Israel accountable for its violence targeting American citizens, journalists and other civilians in the territories it occupies illegally. Violence is the inevitable result of Israel’s apartheid policies, human rights abuses and continuing occupation of Palestinian land.”    

McCaw added CAIR thanks the many members of Congress who continued to pressed the Biden administration and FBI to investigate Akleh’s murder, including Representative Andre Carson (D-IN) who announced the Justice For Shireen Act.   

SEE: Rep. Carson Announces Justice For Shireen Act   

SEE: CAIR Welcomes FBI Probe of Israel’s Murder of American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com 

CAIR-NJ, Paterson Mosque Respond to Hate Crimes, to Hold Community Lunch and Forum Promoting Safety and Mutual Understanding

CAIR-NJ, Paterson Mosque Respond to Hate Crimes, to Hold Community Lunch and Forum Promoting Safety and Mutual Understanding

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ 11/04/2022 ) – On Saturday, November 5, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and partner organizations will hold a community lunch and forum to promote safety and mutual understanding. This event comes in response to three separate attacks on Masjid Abu Bakr (Muslim Congregation of New Jersey) in Paterson, NJ.

In December of last year, the muezzin of the Muslim Congregation of New Jersey was physically attacked as he gave the call to prayer, and in August, worshippers were pelted with rocks as they prayed. Previously, the masjid faced verbal harassment and individual community members continue to face this, with the most recent incident occurring two weeks ago. 

SEE: CAIR-NJ Condemns Bias Attack at Paterson Mosque, Welcomes Prosecutor’s Charges

SEE: CAIR-NJ Condemns Alleged Bias-Motivated Attack Targeting Paterson Mosque       

 

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 12:30pm

WHERE: 300-306 Preakness Ave. Paterson, NJ 07502

(Free and open to the public)

SEE: Community Forum and Lunch at Masjid Abu Bakr

 

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

“An attack on a masjid is a red line for us all.  

“We invite community members — Muslim and non-Muslim — and elected officials to learn about Islam directly from Muslims, with the objective being to address and reduce anti-Muslim biases and incidents like the ones we’ve seen targeting this specific masjid.

“Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world, and New Jersey has the largest percentage of Muslims in the U.S. It’s disappointing to see anti-Muslim incidents continuing on an upward tick, but through direct advocacy and community engagement, like this forum, we hope to see less and less incidents and eventually none at all.”  
 
 

Participating Organizations:  

Islamic Center of Passaic County  

Masjid Adam  

Masjid Salahuddin  

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights  

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey   

Black Lives Matter Paterson  

Bangladeshi American Women’s Development Initiative  

Women and Families Ascending Association  

Attending Guests:  

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 9th District)   

Elder Jerome Bishop Lane Jr., Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey  

Imam Abdul Quddoos Farra’d, Masjid Salahuddin  

Imam Mohammad Qatanani, Islamic Center of Passaic County  

Imam Mohammed S. Uddin, Islamic Congregation of North Jersey  

Joe Johnson, Policy Counsel, ACLU-NJ   

Mayor of Paterson André Sayegh  

Passaic County Commissioner Pat Lepore  

Passaic County Commissioner Terry Duffy  

Passaic County Sherriff Richard Berdnik  

Paterson City Councilman Alaa “Al” Abdelaziz – 6th Ward  

Paterson City Council Vice President Alex Mendez – 3rd Ward  

Paterson City Councilwoman – At-Large Maritza Davila   

Paterson City Councilman – At-Large  MD Forid Uddin  

Paterson City Council President Shahin Khalique – 2nd Ward  

Prospect Park City Council Member Alaa Matari  

Prospect Park Elementary School Board Member Mr. Niaz Nadim  

Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah  

Radwa Elzokm, Constituent Advocate, Office of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)  

Tisha Leonardo-Santiago,MS, The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights

 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ Joins the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice in Trenton for National Immigrants Day Calling for Stronger Protections for Immigrants

CAIR-NJ Joins the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice in Trenton for National Immigrants Day Calling for Stronger Protections for Immigrants

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/1/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) joined the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ), advocates and activists in Trenton to call for stronger, more expansive protections for the states immigrant community, including urging legislators to support and pass the Values Act (A1986/S512), Language Access Bill (A3837/S2459), and Data Disaggregation Bill (S241).

The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) hosted their Trenton Day of Action on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the state capital in commemoration of National Immigrants Day, which celebrates immigrants and their contributions to society. NJAIJ’s Day of Action also included point of privilege recognition from Assembly Member Shama A. Haider (LD-37) commemorating National Immigrants Day and over 30 meetings with legislators.

Community members, allies and various grassroots, advocacy, and organizing groups such as the ACLU of New Jersey, the New Jersey Policy Perspective, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Make the Road New Jersey, American Friends Services Committee, 32BJ SEIU, Unidad Latino en Accion, New Labor, Consortium for Immigrant Children, Wind of the Spirit, New and Labor joined the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice in amplifying and garnering support for passage of the Values Act (S512 / A1986), the New Jersey’s Language Access Bill (S2459 / A3837), and the Data Disaggregation Bill  (S2415).

Roughly one in four New Jerseyans identifies as an immigrant, and New Jersey has the second-highest proportion of immigrants in the nation. The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ) core priority bills foster stronger protections for marginalized immigrant and BIPOC communities that constitute a growing population of the state.

SEE: Immigrants Gather in Trenton For National Immigrants Day 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:

“American Muslims represent the most ethnic diversity within religious groups in America. As such, CAIR-NJ supports language access legislation, which is critical to bridging the gaps between marginalized and non-English speaking communities and public resources. 

“If language access legislation (S2459 / A3837) passes, the state would be required to provide translation and interpretation services in the 15 most common non-English languages per U.S. Census data.”

 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com

CAIR-NJ Welcomes the City of Paterson’s Allocation of $600,000 to Paterson Municipal Court to Establish a Community Court Program

CAIR-NJ Welcomes the City of Paterson’s Allocation of $600,000 to Paterson Municipal Court to Establish a Community Court Program

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/01/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the City of Paterson’s allocation of $600,000 to establish a community court program within the Paterson Municipal Court. 

The program would implement rehabilitative initiatives for residents and offenders who have been charged with low-level, non-violent crimes. 

Through the program, participants may be eligible for non-punitive divisionary measures such as mental health services, health care, education employment placement, job training, substance abuse treatment, community services, and financial and housing assistance.  

The city of Paterson also seeks to launch a hybrid approach to connecting defendants to direct services and support in addition to granting referrals to contracting community-based organizations and treatments providers.      

SEE: Press Release        

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:          

“CAIR-NJ commends the city of Paterson for implementing harm reduction and non-punitive response measures within its municipal court system. We commend the city of Paterson for taking steps to address injustices and inequities within New Jersey’s criminal justice system and hope other New Jersey cities follow its model.”  

  

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com

CAIR-NJ, IAMC Welcome Teaneck Municipal Government Statement, Anticipate Educational Meeting on Hindutva  

CAIR-NJ, IAMC Welcome Teaneck Municipal Government Statement, Anticipate Educational Meeting on Hindutva  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/29/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) joined community advocates at a town council meeting in Teaneck on October 25, 2022, to condemn the rising tide of far-right Hindutva nationalist ideology in New Jersey and draw local officials’ attention to it. The municipal government has subsequently published a joint statement on the matter.

 

SEE: Town Council Meeting, Teaneck, NJ. October 25, 2022 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=HfP6lk4Q50o  

 

In a joint statement on behalf of the Teaneck Council, Mayor James Dunleavy said: 

The hatred that lies within some extremist communities visited Edison NJ where a symbolic nod toward hatred against Muslim groups was rightfully condemned far and wide.   

The oppression of minorities in India is deeply concerning, and The Teaneck Town Council recognizes this for many Teaneck families whose relatives are directly affected by it.  

These dangerous, supremacist ideologies have no place in Teaneck or New Jersey, and the Council is disturbed by their growth and the fear felt by local Teaneck residents — many with family suffering around the world.   

The Teaneck Town Council has always valued what we have learned through positive interaction with community members and we re-commit to continue the work of bridging our divides and standing against hatred and extremism, wherever they take root. 

 

SEE: Teaneck Press Release

https://www.teanecknj.gov/news/post/16094/  

 

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

The Teaneck Town Council statement is a step in the right direction in the fight against Islamophobia and Hindutva, a far right-wing genocidal political ideology. New Jersey elected officials are beginning to understand that Hindutva is also a local issue given its growth in the state, and as their own residents have families affected by this persecution in India. 

In partnership with the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and local Teaneck Muslim leadership, we are working with Teaneck municipal officials to organize further education on the threat Hindutva presents to Indian minorities and Muslims.  

Finally, we call on those in government who remain silent on Hindutva to educate themselves and break their silence. 

 

In a statement, IAMC-NJ President Mohammed Jawad said: 

“The recent incidents of hate and violence orchestrated by Hindu rightwing in Edison (NJ), Anaheim (California), and Leicester (UK) makes it amply clear that Hindutva is not just an Indian problem but a significant threat to peace in our diverse communities. More than ever, it’s important to start the conversation on Hindutva in our backyards and educate Americans about this dangerous and divisive ideology that aims to rip apart our social fabric. The resolve shown by Teaneck Council to fight anti-Muslim hate and bigotry is commendable. We are determined to work with our coalition partners in New Jersey and nationwide to organize similar educational programs and meetings on Hindutva. We will not let the US become a safe haven for hateful ideologies.” 

 

Background:  

At the September 20th Teaneck Council meeting, a man from Parsippany spouted anti-Muslim beliefs that coincide with the Hindutva ideology. The man implied that Muslims enjoyed the attacks on 9/11 and said that Muslims in India rape Christian women and kill them after having babies. Councilman Pagan and Councilman Kaplan previously included a condemnation of this man in a larger statement for “stating hateful mistruths about Muslim people in India, the United States, and around the world”. 

CAIR-NJ welcomes the condemnations of this man’s hateful speech, the apologies made by council members and the mayor at the end of the October 25th meeting for not condemning this man sooner, and the invitations to learn more about this issue.  

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

 

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CAIR-NJ Condemns Lacey Man’s Racist Tirade, Threats Targeting Black Amazon Delivery Driver, Calls on Amazon to Protect Workers 

CAIR-NJ Condemns Lacey Man’s Racist Tirade, Threats Targeting Black Amazon Delivery Driver, Calls on Amazon to Protect Workers 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ 10/07/2022)) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a Lacey man’s alleged racist tirade and threats targeting a Black Amazon delivery driver. 

John Vincentini, who is white, allegedly threatened to shoot the driver in the head after reportedly asking him why he was in his neighborhood and whether or not he knew that it was a “racist neighborhood,” according to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.  

Vincentini had followed the Amazon delivery driver into the cul-de-sac where he was making deliveries and parked his car in a way that blocked the Amazon truck, according to authorities.  

SEE: Lacey Township Man Charged with Bias Intimidation and Making Terroristic Threats 

SEE: Man threatened to shoot Amazon driver during racist encounter, officials say  

Vincentini surrendered himself to police later that day. He was processed and released on a summons pending future appearances in Ocean County Superior Court, investigators said. He was charged with bias intimidation and terroristic threats.  

 

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

“This is a deeply disturbing incident of racism. It’s astounding that someone can boldly make such threats.  

“While we are relieved that the incident did not escalate, we call on Amazon to provide better protection for its workers.”     

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.

 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com  

CAIR-NJ Condemns Alleged Anti-Muslim Comments by Long Hill Township Officials Targeting State’s First Muslim Police Chief 

CAIR-NJ Condemns Alleged Anti-Muslim Comments by Long Hill Township Officials Targeting State’s First Muslim Police Chief 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/6/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned anti-Muslim comments allegedly made by Long Hill Township municipal elected officials targeting Ahmed Naga, the police department’s chief and the first Muslim police chief in New Jersey.    

Ahmed Naga, who has been Police Chief since August 2018, says he’s endured ongoing and repeated acts of harassment, discrimination, heightened scrutiny, and a hostile work environment, according to a notice of tort claim his attorney filed with the township. The tort notice states Deputy Mayor Guy Piserchia – who was mayor at the time – asked Naga at a Sept. 11, 2021, memorial service if he was “a member of the Taliban.”    

On Dec. 7, 2021, Councilman Victor Verlezza allegedly made a crude and racist remark about Muslims during a phone call with Naga, the tort notice states. In an April 27, 2021 meeting in the chief’s office with two members of the committee and an assistant, Piserchia made another racist comment, the notice alleges. “Piserchia (said) if he had known I was Muslim he wouldn’t have promoted me,” Naga wrote to his attorney, according to NJ Advance Media. Piserchia “has also said to other township committee members that he doesn’t want to see a mosque in Long Hill,” Naga claimed in the email.    

In May, Naga also overheard one councilman say to another, “The chief doesn’t understand (how) to turn the other cheek. It’s not his religion,” according to NJ Advance Media. In an email to his attorney, Naga said Piserchia was serving as mayor when he allegedly made the racist remark during a Sept. 11 memorial service.     

The current mayor, Matthew Dorsi, “has not made any racial slurs directly to me,” Naga said. However, Dorsi’s name is listed in the tort notice as one of the elected officials who allegedly “caused injury.”   

SEE: Muslim police chief intends to sue N.J. town over racially charged comments, lawyer says     

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

“The comments reportedly directed at Chief Ahmed Naga are entirely unacceptable. Asking someone whether they are part of the Taliban — at a 9/11 service, no less — is not only insensitive, but also a dangerous leading question.     

“It’s also disconcerting to see that an elected official would allegedly say that he does not want to see a mosque in his township. We’ve seen several cases of mosques being blocked by elected officials in recent years, and this begs the question: If Long Hill’s Muslim community were to propose a mosque in the township, what would the city council’s response look like?    

“We call on Long Hill Mayor Matthew Dorsi to support Naga. We also look forward to seeing how litigation unfolds in the coming weeks, and hope that this establishes anti-discriminatory precedent moving forward.”    

SEE: CAIR-NJ Expresses Concern Over Teaneck Zoning Board Member’s Bigoted Comment About Islamic Center     

SEE: CAIR-NJ Decries Zoning Board Ruling Against Bayonne Mosque    

SEE: CAIR-NJ Welcomes Settlements In Mosque Zoning Discrimination Case    

 

CAIR’s 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, 908-267-3119smaksut@cair.com 

 

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP as the Inaugural Government Affairs Manager

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP as the Inaugural Government Affairs Manager

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 10/6/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today announced that Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP has been named as its inaugural Government Affairs Manager.   

Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP hails from Newark, NJ by way of Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is an alumna of New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she earned her Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy (MPA-PNP)’ 20 with a specialization in Advocacy and Political Action. She is also a graduate of The College of New Jersey School of Humanities and Social Sciences (TCNJ HSS) ‘18, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology with a specialization in Non-Profit and Community Development and double minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies.   

Ouedraogo’s professional experience includes: the Office of Governor Philip D. Murphy, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYC Commission on Gender Equity at the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kasirer LLC, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.   

In addition to her professional experiences, Ouedraogo devotes her time as a volunteer Strategic Compliance Coordinator for the Bayiiri Network, a collective focused on cultivating the next generation of Burkinabé professionals. She is also an avid reader who enjoys traveling. She has travelled to thirteen countries.   

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo said:   

“As a staunch advocate for social justice and a proud Burkinabè – American, Black, Muslim woman, I am honored to utilize my skills and talents to serve my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.   

“Through my new role as the Government Affairs Manager at CAIR-NJ I hope to foster meaningful change for New Jersey’s diverse and vibrant Muslim ummah in the political, advocacy, civic engagement, legislative and public policy arenas.”  

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

“Our office is thrilled to onboard Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP, who brings with her a wealth of expertise and knowledge on the intersection of social justice, advocacy, and political action.   

“Madina will help us advance key public policy and legislative efforts here in New Jersey that will help progress the American Muslim community.”  

  

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, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com