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CAIR-NJ Signs Joint Letter Supporting Lawsuit Challenging New Jersey’s ‘Ballot Line’ System

CAIR-NJ Signs Joint Letter Supporting Lawsuit Challenging New Jersey’s ‘Ballot Line’ System

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 7/6/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined a coalition of organizations in support of a lawsuit brought by Progressive Democrats of New Jersey challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s “Ballot Line” system. 

The lawsuit filed today in the United States Court for the District of New Jersey challenges the constitutionality of the system.

The suit alleges that the layout of the primary ballots in New Jersey violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution as well as corresponding provisions of the New Jersey State Constitution.

The suit is brought by Brett M. Pugach, Esq. and Yael Bromberg, Esq., of Bromberg Law, LLC on behalf of Christine Conforti a candidate running in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District. Initial funding for the suit was provided by the New Jersey Progressive Legal Defense Fund a 501(c)3 affiliated with Progressive Democrats of New Jersey.

 

SEE: Ballot Line Lawsuit Press Conference 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2008223149308006

 

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

“In our continued fight for justice, CAIR New Jersey throws its full support behind the Progressive Democrats of New Jersey as they launch their lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s infamously unconstitutional ballot system. 

“In an effort to maintain the integrity of our democracy, this lawsuit, and the fellow organizations and leaders that endorse it, call for an end to the manipulation of the ballot box.

“Our office proudly stands in solidarity, calling for the restoration of our democracy, removing the burden infringing on the fundamental rights of New Jersey residents -- such as the right to vote, equal protection and freedom of association.” 

 
In a statement, PDNJ Statewide Political Director Mohammad Sikandar said:

"On behalf of my Organization PDNJ it was an honor for us to gather a diverse coalition of organizations who collectively see this being a direct violation of our civil rights."

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance 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 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 Woodbridge Township Police Dispatcher's Resignation after Racist Comment about Black Protester

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Woodbridge Township Police Dispatcher's Resignation after Racist Comment about Black Protester

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 6/3/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the resignation of Woodbridge Township Police Dispatcher after Racist Comment about Black Protesters.

An employee of the Woodbridge Township Police Department has resigned after he was suspended for posting a racist comment on social media.

Marc Repace, who worked as a dispatcher, submitted his resignation Monday after the Facebook exchange came to light.

In the messages, Repace comments on a photo taken Friday of an African-American child at a Boston protest of police brutality and racial injustice. 

 

SEE: N.J. police dispatcher resigns after making racist comment about protest photo on Facebook

https://www.nj.com/news/2020/06/nj-police-dispatcher-resigns-after-making-racist-comment-about-protest-photo-on-facebook.html

 

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

“We welcome the quick resignation of the police dispatcher and applaud the Woodbridge Police Department’s statement on the issue. 

“CAIR-New Jersey offers free services to help facilitate educational programming for Woodbridge Police Department officers on the issues of racial, cultural and religious sensitivities in order to help dismantle the apparent bigotry and hatred within their department. With the rise of police brutality, it is imperative local police officers engage in meaningful discussions and educational seminars on these issues, otherwise, we fear continued police violence against Black Americans, and minorities in general.”

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance 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 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 Paramus School Investigation of Racist Remarks Made by Students

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Paramus School Investigation of Racist Remarks Made by Students

 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 6/3/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a Paramus school investigation into racist remarks made by students that circulated widely on social media.

The comments included calling black protesters “monkeys,” comparing black families to cockroaches, and mocking Floyd’s last words of “I can’t breathe.”

Paramus Superintendent Michele Robinson denounced the messages in a statement published on Saturday, calling them “disrespectful and humiliating.”

 

SEE: Racist messages shared by N.J. students under investigation by school, police

SEE: https://www.nj.com/bergen/2020/06/racist-messages-shared-by-nj-students-under-investigation-by-school-police.html

 

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

“We welcome both the Paramus school investigation, and Superintendent Michele Robinson’s denouncing of the racist remarks made by students.  

 

“CAIR-New Jersey offers free services to help facilitate educational programming for Paramus school students on the issues of racial, cultural, and religious sensitivities in order to help dismantle the apparent bigotry and hatred. If the matter is not addressed appropriately, our fear is this type of racist commentary could lead to hate crimes and violence against Black Americans and minorities in general.” 

  

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance 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 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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