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CAIR-NJ to Join Congressman Bill Pascrell in Condemning Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally, Decries Trump's 'Failure of Moral Leadership'



(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 8/14/2017) – Today, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell in a press conference 11:30 a.m. at the Municipal Courthouse in Secaucus, N.J.

Given the response from President Trump after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., and the increasing prominence of dangerous white supremacy groups, the representatives will call on action from the White House and our nation's leaders.


  • U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell
  • Abdul-Alim Mubarak-Rowe, Communications Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey Chapter
  • Steven Goldstein, Executive Director, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
  • Rev. Ray Clayton, Senior Pastor, St. Luke Baptist Church (Paterson, N.J.); President of the Paterson Branch NAACP

LOCATION: Municipal Court, 1203 Paterson Plank Rd, Secaucus, NJ 07094

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

DATE: Today, Monday, August 14, 2017

"We condemn this act of domestic terrorism, urge all Americans to denounce the racists and Islamophobes brought to that city by the ‘Unite the Right’ rally,” said James Sues, executive director of CAIR-NJ.  “The reluctance of President Trump to call out these racist groups by name and denounce their ideology constitutes a failure of moral leadership and serves to further embolden the followers of this movement.”

SEE: Trump Blames 'Many Sides' for Violence in Charlottesville  

CAIR Condemns Planned White Supremacist Rally in Virginia, Urges Rejection of Confederate Memorials Nationwide

SEE: American Mosques -- and American Muslims -- are Being Targeted for Hate Like Never Before

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the 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 mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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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.; CAIR- NJ Communications Director Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe, 908-668-5900, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR-NJ Joins Call for Resignation of Board of Education Member Over Islamophobic Remark


(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 6/28/17) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah in calling for the resignation Board of Education Member Emma Anderson because of an Islamophobic remark she made at a public meeting of that board.

While Mayor Khairullah had the floor in a Prospect Park Board of Education meeting on June 27, 2017, and was expressing his position on an issue, Anderson interrupted with the statement, "This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session."

Video: 'This is not Sharia law, this is an orderly session.'

“Anyone who is capable of using such divisive terms against me is capable of using similarly hostile terms against others in the community,” said Mayor Khairullah, “Therefore, I am calling for the immediate resignation of Board Member Emma Anderson and ask that the County Superintendent of Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education investigate the matter fully and take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.”

“Bigoted statements like those made by Ms. Anderson are extremely offensive and demonstrate a level of intolerance that should disqualify her from serving on any organization overseeing the education of children,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We applaud Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah for his courage and leadership in taking a stand against bigotry.”

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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Settlements in Mosque Zoning Discrimination Case


(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 5/30/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the settlement of two pending lawsuits that will allow the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR) to move forward with plans to build a mosque.

Late last year, the mosque’s application had been voted down in a decision that was challenged by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and ISBR on the grounds that ISBR was being treated unfairly under the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

After 39 public hearings in a process that lasted nearly four years the DOJ determined that there was sufficient evidence to sue for discriminatory practices.  The settlement agreement with ISBR requires that the township pay damages of $3.25 million.

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