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CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Stand Up for Free Speech, Demand Reinstatement of ‘P is for Palestine’ Event at Highland Park, NJ, Public Library

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 5/22/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today asked New Jersey residents to stand up for free speech and call on the Highland Park Public Library to immediately reinstate the planned “P is for Palestine: A Palestine ABC Book” event with author Dr. Golbarg Bashi.

Take Action: Sign the petition to reinstate the event

The Highland Park, New Jersey, Public Library canceled its previously-scheduled reading of the children’s alphabet book, “P is for Palestine,” by Dr. Golbarg Bashi, which was sponsored by the library and Jewish Voice Peace-Central NJ. The book is “the world's first-ever English-language ABC story book about Palestine.”

SEE: Library reconsiders ‘P is for Palestine’ kids book reading after backlash from public

https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2019/05/library-reconsiders-p-is-for-palestine-kids-book-reading-after-backlash-from-public.html

The pretext for this censorship is that the book's entry “I is for Intifada” is “hate speech” that promotes “violence and terror” against Jews. Intifada actually means “rebellion” or “resistance” in Arabic.

SEE: 'P is for Palestine' event in Highland Park shelved . . . for now

https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2019/05/20/p-palestine-storytime-highland-park-nj-shelved-now/3744018002/

Co-Sponsors of the petition:

  • • CAIR-NJ
  • • Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  • • American Muslims for Palestine
  • • Occupy Bergen County
  • • Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  • • Labor for Palestine
  • • People's Organization for Progress
  • • Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  • • SOMA for Palestine

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 James Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tell NJ Lawmakers to Support Expanded Access to Drivers Licenses

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - 11/27/18) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is calling on the New Jersey Muslim community to support the Assembly bill A4743 and the Senate bill S3229, which give all New Jerseyans access to a driver’s license regardless of their citizenship status. 

CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Tell NJ Lawmakers to Support Expanded Access to Drivers Licenses

https://oneclickpolitics.com/messages/edit?promo_id=4904

In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act which sets out strict guidelines for all state issued I.D. to be accepted for federal purposes including entering federal buildings or boarding planes. Most state-issued IDs are not compatible with the Real ID act, and therefore states around the country have passed laws to make their licenses and IDs compliant with the Real ID Act.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is set to implement the Real ID Act in New Jersey in 2019 by issuing a new license for Real ID Act purposes.

Since its inception, the Real ID Act has raised issues of privacy and access, with many in vulnerable communities facing increasing barriers to being able to get a driver’s license and state ID.

Additionally, many residents have concerns that their personal documents will be scanned and entered into a government database as it is required for REAL ID Act compliance. This issue is particularly important for the undocumented community who are facing the harshest anti-immigrant environment in the last several decades.

SEE: It Is Time For New Jersey to License Undocumented Drivers

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/09/06/is-it-time-for-new-jersey-to-license-undocumented-drivers/

However, though the Real ID Act has stringent requirements, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does allow states to continue issuing limited licenses and ID cards as alternatives to the licenses for REAL ID Act purposes. These IDs however can only be used in-state and would not allow individuals access to federal buildings or to air travel.

Bill A4743 & S3229 will ensure that the NJ MVC can also issue a limited, alternative driver’s license option allowing qualified residents to be able to access a license and identification card.

“Every New Jersey resident should be able to have access to a driver’s license or state-issued ID,” said CAIR-NJ Legislative Director Jay Rehman. “This bill will give members of many of the most vulnerable communities -- who may not have access to required documents to obtain a Real ID -- the ability to obtain a New Jersey identification card.”

CAIR-NJ has joined the Let’s Drive New Jersey campaign in their support of this bill.

SEE: https://www.letsdrivenj.org/

CAIR’s 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 Legislative Director Jay Rehman, 908.668.5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Protect Free Speech, Oppose Unconstitutional 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act'

CAIR New Jersey Action Alert:

Tell Congress to Protect Free Speech, Oppose Unconstitutional 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act'

(South Plainfield, 8/3/2017) – The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on all citizens of New Jersey who value the Constitution to contact their elected representatives in Congress to urge them to oppose the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act."

CAIR and other civil rights organizations say that proposed legislation would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of American business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine territories.

Boycotts during the Civil Rights era in the US, such as the Montgomery Bus boycott against segregation or the boycott of companies enabling South African Apartheid have been employed successfully in support of civil and human rights and as an integral part of our political process.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSON:

https://oneclickpolitics.com/messages/edit?promo_id=3439

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720/H.R.1697) is a threat to the free speech of all Americans and is clearly unconstitutional. The act would charge those American business owners and individuals who participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with criminal penalties resulting in up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Juan Vargas (D-CA), Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Brad Sherman (D-CA), the act has gained 45 co-sponsors in the Senate and 240 in the House.

The New Jersey elected officials who have co-sponsored this bill are as follows:

Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]

Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]

Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]

Rep. Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7]

Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]

Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]

Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]

Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]

Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3]

If you live in the above districts, please contact your Representative right away. 

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