CAIR-NJ Welcomes South Plainfield Mayor’s Statement Denouncing White Supremacist Group at Labor Day Parade
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 09/07/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh’s statement denouncing the European Heritage Association (EHA), a white supremacist organization, after members of that group took part in the South Plainfield Labor Day parade carrying an anti-immigration banner.
South Plainfield City Council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to address the group’s presence at the parade, which caught town officials by surprise, according to the mayor. During the parade, EHA members held a banner that read, “Defend American labor. Close the border.”
“None of us condoned this group, believe in what they believe in, or welcome them to this parade or the community,” Anesh said during the meeting.
In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:
“We thank the mayor for responding to his constituents in a timely manner and strongly condemning the white supremacist group.
“We encourage local communities to be proactive in the face of white supremacy. Being ‘not racist’ is not enough — we must be anti-racist ourselves and invest in anti-racist education.”
In a statement, Perth Amboy Area Branch NAACP member Jimmy Dabrowski said:
“The Perth Amboy Area Branch NAACP unequivocally denounces the New Jersey European Heritage Association.
“We call on all South Plainfield elected and appointed officials to join us in condemning this defined white supremacist hate group.”
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, firstname.lastname@example.org