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NJ Muslims Stand in Solidarity with Our Black Brothers & Sisters of All Faiths and Backgrounds

NJ Muslims Stand in Solidarity with Our Black Brothers & Sisters of All Faiths and Backgrounds

 

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

 

From the signatories of the New Jersey Muslim community, 

 

We stand in love and solidarity with the friends, families, and communities of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Yassin Mohammed, Ahmed Arbery, Steven Taylor, and every Black person who has been murdered by law enforcement.

We stand in love and solidarity with every Black person who has experienced an altercation with police that occurred because of a system and culture entrenched in anti-Blackness. 

We stand in love and solidarity with every Black person who was ever excluded, ignored, or made to feel unequal within our Muslim organizations, masjids, Islamic schools, or businesses.  

We stand in love and solidarity with Black movements, organizations, and efforts to stand up for the rights of Black people, including Black Lives Matter.

As the Prophet Muhammed (may peace, prayers and blessings be upon him) said, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” 

Our faith has always taught us to be persistent against injustice and stand for oppressed people. We will no longer wait for another death to move us to recognize that Black people have an inalienable right to exist peacefully in this country. 

As community organizations, we are committing to doing more than mourning and publishing this letter. We are committing to long-term reform which includes educating and holding ourselves accountable, and addressing anti-Blackness within our communities. We are committing to support local efforts that challenge and eradicate anti-Blackness within the circles we preside over.

Specifically, we commit to: 

  • Publish statements expressing our solidarity with the Black community and families deeply impacted by police violence
  • Participate and amplify various actions condemning anti-Blackness and police brutality, including;

All non-Black signatories commit to: 

Internally:

  • Address anti-Blackness through ongoing political education and allyship, recognizing that this is a priority issue
  • Offer our spaces and resources to uplift Black voices
  • Renew efforts, and be more intentional about equal representation in leadership roles.
  • Shut down any anti-Black rhetoric within the circles we preside over

Externally: 

  • Participate in various public actions condemning anti-Blackness and police brutality, such as:
    • Signing petitions 
    • Participating in protests
    • Calling and writing to local elected officials and law enforcement to take action 
  • Proactively build relationships with the local Black community, Black organizations, and Black leaders
  • Lobby or support lobbying efforts for just causes that champion equal rights and representation of Black people

 

In reason and justice,

 

Al Falah Center

Al-Hoda Community Center of Jersey City

Al-Tawheed Islamic Center

American Muslim Consumer Consortium (AMCC)

American Muslim Health Professionals - NY/NJ Chapter

American Muslims for Democracy 

American Muslims for Palestine - NJ

Arab American Civic Org.

Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC

Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative (BAWDI)

Bates College Muslim Student Association

Bayonne Muslims, Mosque and Community Center

Bergen County Islamic Educational Center 

Bounce Squad M.C. 

Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University

Common Security Corp.

Cornerstone Family and Marriage Intervention

Council on American-Islamic Relations New Jersey 

Darul Islah

Darul Islah, The Muslim Society of Bergen County

El-Zahra Islamic Center

GCLEA

Green Muslims of New Jersey 

Husayn Center for Social Justice

Imam a Zamana Foundation of North America 

Imam Ghazali Institute

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC)

Islamic Center of Ewing

Islamic Center of Jersey City

Islamic Center of Morris County

Islamic Center of Ocean County (Masjid Mustafa)

Islamic Center of Passaic County

Islamic Center of South Jersey 

Islamic Center of Union County

Islamic Circle of Mercer County 

Islamic Circle of Mercer County (ICMC)

Islamic Council of Hudson County

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge 

Islamic Society of Central Jersey

Islamic Society of North Jersey

Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center

Maroc 

Masjid Al Wali

Masjid As-Habul Yameen

Masjid Wadud

MCNJ (Muslim Community of NewJersey)

Miftaahul Uloom Academy

Muslim American Community Association (MACA)

Muslim Basketball

Muslim Center of Greater Princeton

Muslim Center of Middlesex County

Muslim Chaplaincy at Cornell

Muslim League of Voters of NJ

Muslim Mom Network

Muslim Society of Jersey Shore (Masjid Bilal)

Muslim Student Association of Seton Hall University

Muslims United for Justice 

Natural Ground 1

NIA Masjid & Community Center

NJ Dawah

NJ Muslim Voice for Progress

NJ Sisterhood

NJDSC-Muslim Caucus

North Hudson Islamic Educational Center

Palestinian American Community Center

Pillars Preparatory Academy 

Plainfield Center for Islamic Enlightenment

Rutgers New Brunswick Muslim Student Association

Rutgers Newark Muslim Student Association

Rutgers University Muslim Feminists for the Arts

Safina Society

Seton Hall University Muslim Student Association

Shia Assn of North America

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom of Bergen County

Teaching While Muslim

The Muslim Network

TRI-STATE IMAMS COUNCIL

Wafa House

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Join CAIR-NJ and TMN! 

Sign the above letter here and begin working towards allyship with our Black brothers and sister!

 

CAIR-NJ Action Alert: CAIR Asks NJ Governor Phil Murphy to Cancel Trip to India Over Kashmir Crisis

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 8/7/2019) -- The New Jersey chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called on that state’s Governor Phil Murphy to cancel his planned economic mission trip to India in September in consideration of the plight of the millions of people now under siege in the Kashmir valley at the hands of the Indian government.

“The Governor has an opportunity to make a statement to the world regarding New Jersey’s stance on the marginalization of a religious minority,” said CAIR New Jersey Executive Director Jim Sues. “By embarking on this mission, with the full knowledge of the steps recently taken by the Indian government, Governor Murphy would in effect be legitimizing and endorsing these illegal and inhumane actions.” 

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: EMAIL NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67803/respond

BACKGROUNDER:

The focus of the governor’s mission is to strengthen economic ties with one of New Jersey’s largest trade and investment partners, cultivate international investment opportunities in the Garden State and deepen cultural and educational ties between New Jersey and India.

SEE: Governor Phil Murphy to Lead Economic Mission Trip to India

https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562019/approved/20190715a.shtml

On Monday, the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution, taking away the protected status of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir. The legal maneuvering that led to the revocation of Article 370 has been widely panned by legal experts as unconstitutional and a complaint has already been filed in the Indian Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the revocation.

For more than 70 years, this protected status granted autonomy to the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir in all matters except defense, foreign affairs, and finance and communication. The accession of the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to India in 1947 was conditioned on a protected status for Jammu and Kashmir. United Nations Security Council Resolution 47, passed in 1948, allowed the people of Jammu and Kashmir a plebiscite to determine their future.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters issued an action alert on the Kashmir issue.

CAIR ACTION ALERT: Urge State Department to Pressure India to End Lockdown, Lift Curfew and End Siege of Kashmir Valley

https://www.cair.com/cair_action_alert_urge_state_department_to_pressure_india_to_end_lockdown_lift_curfew_and_end_siege_of_kashmir_valley

CAIR’s National Executive Director Nihad Awad also spoke at a protest outside the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and condemned recent actions taken by the Indian government.

SEE: CAIR National Executive Director Speaking at Protest on Kashmir Crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvDQAQ6Mqew

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

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.

SEE: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S4500/4001_I1.HTM

CAIR is also calling on all New Jersey residents to urge their State Senators to oppose and not co-sponsor the act. 

ACT NOW: EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR: https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/67363/respond

CAIR-NJ joins the following organizations in raising serious free speech concerns about New Jersey Senate Bill 4001:

  • Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern NJ
  • American Muslims for Palestine of NJ
  • Palestinian American Community Center
  • Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  • Labor for Palestine
  • Jewish Voice for Peace, Central New Jersey
  • Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
  • SOMA for Palestine (South Orange-Maplewood)
  • The Muslim Network

“The falsely-titled Prohibits anti-Semitism in public schools and institutions of higher education would only create confusion between what are real and punishable anti-Semitic hate crimes and the protected free speech rights of American students and faculty members,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director, Jim Sues.

Sues added: “It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the Apartheid-like policies of a foreign government or for Americans to engage in the international Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.”

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 Jim Sues, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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..

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