CAIR, CAIR-NJ Offer Condolences on Passing of Zarinah Shakir

CAIR, CAIR-NJ Offer Condolences on Passing of Zarinah Shakir

(WASHINGTON D.C., 2/6/23) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered its condolences on the passing of media personality and community activist Zarinah Shakir.

Shakir was the producer of an Interfaith television program and former producer/host of “The Struggle Continues” on WPFW 89.3FM radio, WDC (Pacifica Network). She produced two documentaries about African-American Pioneer Muslim women on WDC. Shakir studied Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications at San Francisco State University and Creative Arts Interdisciplinary (graduate) at San Francisco State University. In 2014, she was awarded Best in Media during the Golden Minaret Awards.

SEE: DCTV Member Zarinah Shakir on CNN 

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“To God we belong and to Him we return. We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Sister Zarinah Shakir. Sr. Zarinah was a great friend of CAIR and a tremendous asset and inspiration for the Muslim and interfaith communities. She will be greatly missed.” 

CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“To God we belong and to Him we return. The New Jersey Muslim community mourns the death of Sr. Zarinah Shakir. She was supportive of CAIR-NJ and a warm presence in our community. We will miss having her contribute her wealth of knowledge and experience at future events.”  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com

CAIR-NJ Welcomes State Senate’s Passing of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution, Calls on Assembly to Follow Suit

CAIR-NJ Welcomes State Senate’s Passing of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution, Calls on Assembly to Follow Suit

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/3/2023) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed the State Senate’s passing of Senate Joint Resolution [SJR105] designating January of each year as “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey and calls on the Assembly to follow suit and pass Assembly Joint Resolution [AJR194].

Earlier this month, CAIR-NJ joined New Jersey community leaders and coalition partners at the Senate Chambers in support of the Senate Joint Resolution. Late last year, CAIR-NJ testified in support of the resolution, calling attention to the state’s growing Muslim population.

SEE: CAIR-NJ, Community Leaders Testify in Support of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution

The joint resolution was sponsored by Senator Pennacchio (LD-26) and Senator Stack (LD-33) and co-sponsored by Senator Bucco (LD-25), Senator Durr (LD-3), Senator Turner (LD-15), Senator Gopal (LD-11), Senator Greenstein (LD-14), Senator Lagana (LD-38), Senator Pou (LD-35) and Senator Zwicker (LD-16).

It calls upon local government agencies and interested government organizations to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and education programs acknowledging, promoting awareness of, and appreciating Muslim Americans and recognizing the contributions of New Jersey Muslims.

SEE: Pennacchio Bill to Establish Muslim Heritage Month in NJ Advances

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the U.S., at 3 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. New Jersey also leads the way for local representation, with over 40 elected officials. Last year, the state elected the first ever Muslims to the New Jersey State Legislature, Assemblywomen Sadaf Jaffer (LD-16) and Shama Haidar (LD-37).

Still, however, anti-Muslim incidents are on the rise. CAIR-NJ received over 160 calls for help in 2022 alone. The joint resolution seeks to push back against anti-Muslim bigotry by celebrating American Muslims.

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:

“Given the growing population of Muslims in New Jersey, it is only appropriate that the State Legislature recognize and acknowledge that diverse and vibrant community.

“We are excited to see the resolution move through the Senate, and we are optimistic that the State Assembly will do the same. We are hopeful that New Jersey will soon recognize January as a month dedicated to celebrating Muslims.

“In tandem with our coalition partners and community members, we call upon the Assembly State and Local Government Committee to hold a public hearing on the Assembly Joint Resolution [AJR194] and release it from the Assembly Committee so that it may move to an Assembly voting session and pass.”

In August last year, Senator Cory Booker submitted a resolution to recognize Muslim American heritage month.

SEE: CAIR-NJ Welcomes Senator Booker’s Resolution to Recognize Muslim-American Heritage Month

Coalition Partners:
American Muslims for Democracy

American Muslims for Palestine-New Jersey

Black Lives Matter – Paterson

Bergen County Islamic Education Center
Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University

Center for Security, Race and Rights

Council of Imams in New Jersey

Faith in New Jersey
ICNA Council for Social Justice

Indian American Muslim Council

Islamic Center of Morris County

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, Inc.

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

League of Women Voters of New Jersey

Make the Road New Jersey
Maroc Organization

Masjid Al-Imam

Masjid As’Habul Yameen Inc

Masjid Muhammad – Newark

Masjid Shuhada

Masjid Ul Wadud of Montclair

Muslims 4 Peace
Muslim League of Voters of New Jersey
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice

New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children

Newark Communities for Accountable Policing

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association

New Jersey Muslim Voice for Progress
New Jersey Sisterhood

North NJ Democratic Socialist of American BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group

Northern NJ Jewish Voice for Peace

Palestinian American Community Center

Salvation and Social Justice

Teaching While Muslim

Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592

CAIR-NJ to Attend NJ Senate Voting Session on Muslim Heritage Month Resolution

CAIR-NJ to Attend NJ Senate Voting Session on Muslim Heritage Month Resolution     

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 02/01/2023) — On Wednesday, Feb. 2, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join New Jersey community leaders at the Senate Chambers in support of the Muslim Heritage Month resolution [SJR105]. State Senators are expected to vote on the joint resolution at 2pm.     

WHEN: Wednesday, February 2, 2023, at 2 p.m.                

WHERE: 135 W State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608     

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592           

The joint resolution, which designates January of each year as “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey, is sponsored by Senator Pennacchio (LD-26) and Senator Stack (LD-33) and co-sponsored by Senator Bucco (LD-25), Senator Durr (LD-3), Senator Turner (LD-15), and Senator Gopal (LD-11). It calls upon local government agencies and interested government organizations to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and education programs acknowledging, promoting awareness of, and appreciating Muslim Americans and recognizing the contributions of New Jersey Muslims.     

SEE: Pennacchio Bill to Establish Muslim Heritage Month in NJ Advances  

SEE: New Jersey lawmakers considering resolution to establish January as Muslim Heritage Month   

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the U.S., at 3 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. New Jersey also leads the way for local representation, with over 40 elected officials. Last year, the state elected the first ever Muslims to the New Jersey State Legislature, Assemblywomen Sadaf Jaffer (LD-16) and Shama Haidar (LD-37).         

Still, however, anti-Muslim incidents are on the rise. CAIR-NJ received over 150 calls for help in 2022 alone. The resolution seeks to combat anti-Muslim bigotry by celebrating Muslim Americans and shedding a positive light on the community. 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.                 

   

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592 

 

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Watchung Borough Board of Education Decision to Mark Eid ul-Fitr as a Day Off for Students

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Watchung Borough Board of Education Decision to Mark Eid ul-Fitr as a Day Off for Students    

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 01/27/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed Watchung Borough Board of Education’s decision to mark April 10, 2024, as a professional development day for staff and a day off for students to mark Eid ul-Fitr.       

“The calendar that was revised by the curriculum committee recognizes April 10th as Eid ul-Fitr. What happens is that we’re going to have — the suggestion came forward to have it as a professional development day, a day which is closed for students,” a board member said at the Tuesday meeting.         

“The original calendar had October 11th the Tuesday as a professional development day and that day is moved to April 10th in next year’s calendar.”      

SEE: Watchung Borough BOE Meeting | Jan. 2023      

A neighboring town, Warren Township, also did the same in December 2022.      

SEE: Warren Township Board of Education Approves Calendar, Includes Eid and Diwali      

This decision comes after nearly two years of advocacy efforts by students and parents.       

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Outreach Coordinator Zaid Hussein said:      

“Including Eid in the 2023-2024 calendar is a victory for educational inclusion and for Muslim students who have long advocated for this necessary accommodation.      

“We are hopeful that Watchung Region High School will follow suit and give their Muslim students the opportunity to balance their academic obligations with religious duties.       

“While designating Eid as a professional development day for staff is a step in the right direction, we hope to see the Watchung Board of Education move in the direction of adopting Eid as a permanent calendar holiday instead in the future.”   

In a statement, Watchung Hills Regional High School student Noora Kuran said:      

“The win in Watchung and Warren is one small step for Watchung Hills and one giant leap for minorities nationwide.      

“I hope that what we’ve accomplished inspires others to do the same. It is beautiful to see our hard work for the last few years pay off.”      

Students and parents at Watchung Hills Regional High School are still entangled in a year and a half-long struggle to have Eid recognized as a holiday.       

SEE: Watchung Hills Regional High School BOE Meeting | Sept. 2022      

Many other school districts nationwide are also adding Eid holidays to their calendars.  

Washington, D.C., based CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to help school officials provide a positive learning environment for Muslim students.         

[NOTE: There are two major “Eid” holidays for Muslims. Eid ul-Adha (EED-AL-ODDHA), commonly referred to as just “Eid,” is associated with the pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, and commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is celebrated with prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During Eid ul-Fitr (EED-AL-FITTER) or “feast of fast breaking” holiday at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, Muslims offer public prayers, exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds.]    

  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.           

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592    

CAIR-NJ to Join Community Members at Swearing-In Ceremony of New Jersey’s Longest-Serving Muslim Mayor

CAIR-NJ to Join Community Members at Swearing-In Ceremony of New Jersey’s Longest-Serving Muslim Mayor   

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 01/05/2022) — The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join community members at the swearing-in ceremony of Mohamed Khairullah for his fifth term as mayor of Prospect Park on Saturday, Jan. 7. Councilmen Mohammed Hussain and Anand Shah will also be sworn in.   

Mayor Khairullah is said to be the longest-serving Muslim Mayor and elected official in New Jersey. Throughout his 17-year tenure, Mayor Khairullah paid frequent visits to refugee camps in Bangladesh to assist with essential supplies distributions and contributed to humanitarian aid relief in Syria.        

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, at 12 p.m.        

WHERE: Prospect Park School No. 1 at 94 Brown Avenue, Prospect Park, NJ 07508 (Enter gymnasium through North 9th Street entrance) 

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, smaksut@cair.com, 908-267-3119     

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:         

“The increase in Muslims seeking office and winning elections is part of a national trend. With at least 40 Muslims serving in elected office, New Jersey is leading the way in local representation.     

“Muslims are a rapidly growing population in the United States and the election and re-election of American Muslims leads to much-needed political representation for our communities.”         

Mayor Khairullah will be sworn in by Assemblywoman Shama A. Haider (D), one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature. Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D), who is also one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature, will swear in Councilman Mohammed Hussain. Councilman Anand Shah will be sworn in by Mayor Sam Joshi of Edison Township. 

Photo left to right: Councilman Anand Shah, Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, Councilman Mohammed Hussain

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, smaksut@cair.com, 908-267-3119 

CAIR-NJ, Community Leaders Testify in Support of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution

CAIR-NJ, Community Leaders Testify in Support of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution 

Update: This press release has been updated on December 20 to reflect coalition partners.

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ 12/20/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined community leaders at the State House Annex in Trenton and testified in support of the Muslim Heritage Month Resolution [SJR105].  

The resolution, which designates January of each year as “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey, is sponsored by Senator Pennacchio (LD-26) and Senator Stack (LD-33), and co-sponsored by Senator Bucco (LD-25). It calls upon local government agencies and interested government organizations to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and education programs acknowledging, promoting awareness of, and appreciating Muslim Americans and recognizing the contributions of New Jersey Muslims.  

SEE: State lawmakers consider bill to name January ‘Muslim Heritage Month’

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the U.S., at 3 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. New Jersey also leads the way for local representation, with over 40 elected officials. Last year, the state elected the first ever Muslims to the New Jersey State Legislature, Assemblywomen Sadaf Jaffer (LD-16) and Shama Haidar (LD-37)   

Still, however, anti-Muslim incidents are on the rise. CAIR-NJ received over 150 calls for help in 2022 alone. The resolution seeks to combat anti-Muslim bigotry by celebrating Muslim Americans and shedding a positive light on the community. 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:      

“New Jersey ranks number one in the nation in the percentage of its population that is Muslim, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).   

“If the State of New Jersey truly takes great pride in its religious diversity, it is critical to pass Senate Resolution SJR105, which would recognize the Muslim community, a large population within the state. 

“We also intend to pursue an amendment to the resolution name, from ‘Muslim Heritage Month’ to ‘American Muslim Appreciation Month.’ In doing so, we hope to debunk the myth that Muslims are a monolithic group who inherit their faith.”  

In a statement, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice Amy Torres said: 

“New Jersey leads the nation in our diversity. New Jersey’s population is first in the nation for our percentage of practicing Muslims, many of whom are first, second, and third generation immigrants.  

“Due to centuries of Islamophobia and marginalization, Muslim New Jerseyans experience many of the same structural and societal harms that other communities of color do. This diverse and growing community deserves visibility, celebration, and respect, and NJAIJ is proud to support SJR105 to designate January as Muslim Heritage Month.”  

In a statement, Director of Democracy Organizing at the New Jersey Working Families Party Arati Kreibich said:  

“NJ Working Families Party is glad to support SJR105 denoting Muslim Heritage Month in New Jersey because our diversity becomes our strength and a bulwark against hate when we accept, educate and celebrate our rich cultural traditions.” 

The Los Angeles City Council adopted a Muslim American Heritage month resolution in 2014. It recognizes the contributions and activism of the Muslim American community.  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

Coalition Partners:
American Muslims for Democracy
Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University
ICNA Council for Social Justice
Maroc Organization
Muslims 4 Peace
Muslim League of Voters
New Jersey Alliance For Immigrant Justice
New Jersey Muslim Voice for Progress
New Jersey Sisterhood 

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmeddsayedahmed@cair.com551-221-5592

CAIR-NJ, NJ Muslim Community Leaders to Testify at State House in Support of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution  

CAIR-NJ, NJ Muslim Community Leaders to Testify at State House in Support of Muslim Heritage Month Resolution  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/16/2022) — On Monday, Dec. 19, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will join New Jersey community leaders at the State House Annex in Trenton to testify in support of the Muslim Heritage Month resolution [SJR105].

WHEN: Monday, December 19, 2022, at 10am

WHERE: 131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608, Committee Room 6, 1st Floor

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592       

The resolution, which designates January of each year as “Muslim Heritage Month” in New Jersey, is sponsored by Senator Pennacchio (LD-26) and Senator Stack (LD-33), and co-sponsored by Senator Bucco (LD-25). It calls upon local government agencies and interested government organizations to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and education programs acknowledging, promoting awareness of, and appreciating Muslim Americans and recognizing the contributions of New Jersey Muslims.

SEE: Muslim Heritage Month Resolution SJR105

SEE: New Jersey State Legislature

New Jersey has the highest percentage of Muslim residents in the U.S., at 3 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. New Jersey also leads the way for local representation, with over 40 Muslim elected officials. Last year, the state elected the first ever Muslims to the New Jersey State Legislature, Sadaf Jaffer and Shama Haidar.

Still, anti-Muslim incidents are on the rise. CAIR-NJ received over 150 calls for help in 2022 alone. The resolution seeks to combat anti-Muslim bigotry by celebrating Muslim Americans and shedding a positive light on the community.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed, dsayedahmed@cair.com, 551-221-5592

CAIR-NJ to Join Central Jersey Islamic Centers at Interfaith Solidarity Rally in Response to Anti-Muslim Incidents  

CAIR-NJ to Join Central Jersey Islamic Centers at Interfaith Solidarity Rally in Response to Anti-Muslim Incidents  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/09/2022) – On Sunday, December 11, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and leaders of the four Islamic centers that were targeted by a series of anti-Muslim incidents will participate in an interfaith solidarity rally at the Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC).  

Community leaders and FBI will share insight about the impact of these incidents on the Muslim community.  

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3pm

WHERE: MCMC, 1000 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ 08854  

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager, Dina Sayedahmed, 551-221-5592, dsayedahmed@cair.com and NJMVP Representative Ayaz Aslam, 908-875-9199    

A truck displaying billboards with anti-Muslim messages and images of the 2008 Mumbai attack drove through the premises of at least four Islamic centers in New Jersey on November 26, the 14th anniversary of the Mumbai attack.     

The four Islamic centers that were targeted are the Muslim Center of Middlesex County in Piscataway, Masjid al-Wali in Edison, New Brunswick Islamic Center in North Brunswick, and the Muslim Community of New Jersey Masjid in Fords.     

A police report has been filed. Law enforcement, including the FBI and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, iinvestigating.     

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CAIR-NJ, NJ Mosque to Respond to Anti-Muslim Intimidation Targeting Islamic Center, Call on Police and Local Officials to Probe Bias Motive      

MEDIA ADVISORY  

CAIR-NJ, NJ Mosque to Respond to Anti-Muslim Intimidation Targeting Islamic Center, Call on Police and Local Officials to Probe Bias Motive          

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/29/2022) – On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and members of the Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC) will hold a joint press conference in Piscataway, N.J., in response to an incident of ethnic and religious harassment and perceived bias-motivated intimidation that reportedly targeted the center on Saturday, Nov. 26.      

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Muslim Center of Middlesex County (MCMC), 1000 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ 08854   

CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com   

More than 200 community members were gathered for an event at MCMC — both within the building and in the parking lot — when a truck displaying a digital billboard with photos from the 2008 Mumbai attacks circled through the masjid’s parking lot multiple times.      

The truck entered MCMC’s parking lot from the property’s back entrance at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to security footage. The truck circled the mosque parking lot twice, making stops throughout.      

Some community members were lingering in the parking lot at the time of the incident. One individual followed the truck out of the MCMC parking lot onto Route 18 North and recorded the truck as it drove off.

A police report has been filed.        

SEE: MCMC Security Footage of Bias Intimidation Incident   

SEE ALSO: Cellphone Video      

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

“The intent behind this incident is clear. By targeting a Muslim center and deliberately circling its premises repeatedly, the perpetrators expect New Jersey’s Muslim community to answer to, or even feel shame for, an event that occurred entirely independent of them.   

“Anti-Muslim intimidation tactics like these are unacceptable. They mirror the tactics used against American Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks and could lead to an uptick in anti-Muslim incidents as we’ve seen over the past two decades.    

“While everyone — even bigots — has the right to free speech, no one has the right to target religious minorities especially at their houses of worship with acts of perceived intimidation and harassment.  

“We call on local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate this incident and hold those responsible accountable. We also call on local officials to condemn this dangerous incident and the vile hatred that accompanied it in the strongest terms.”   

In a statement, the Director of the Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice Dr. Atif Nazir said:      

“Places of worship must be respected and treated as safe sanctuaries.    

“Provocative acts of intimidation that are meant to stoke fear cannot be tolerated, and we are calling on law enforcement officials to conduct a full investigation into this hateful incident.”     

In August, CAIR-NJ called on local leaders to rebuke the offensive use of a bulldozer – which in India symbolizes societal division and anti-Muslim sentiment – at the India Independence Day parade in Edison and Woodbridge, N.J.  

Earlier this year, CAIR released a report, titled “Still Suspect: The Impact of Structural Islamophobia,” documenting more than 6,720 complaints to CAIR offices nationwide involving a range of issues including immigration and travel, workplace discrimination, denial of public accommodations, law enforcement and government overreach, hate and bias incidents, incarceree rights, school incidents, anti-BDS/free speech, among other reported issues.          

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.            

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com    

 

CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners Rally in Trenton in Support of Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights

CAIR-NJ, Coalition Partners Rally in Trenton in Support of Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/23/2022) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) joined coalition partners, including Make the Road New Jersey, at the Capitol Building in Trenton on Monday, November 21st to call on state legislators to pass the Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights (A1474/S511).   

The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights provides certain protections and rights for temporary laborers and could play a crucial role in redressing racial and gender wage and employment discrimination. The bill of rights would also mandate equal pay for equal work and basic disclosures around rate of pay and hours.  

SEE: Assembly: Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

SEE: Senate: Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights  

Black and Latino workers make up an overwhelming majority of most temporary staffing work, according to the National Employment Law Project. While Black workers represent 12.1 percent of the overall workforce, they make up 25.9 percent of temporary workers. Similarly, while Latino workers make up16.6 percent of all workers, they represent 25.4 percent of temporary workers. Due to a lack of sufficient labor protections, temporary workers are subject to precarious employment status, low pay, lack of benefits, wage theft, and even health and safety risks.  

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Government Affairs Manager Madina P. Ouedraogo, MPA-PNP said:    

“The Temporary Workers’ Bill of Rights is critical legislation that will help ensure that New Jersey’s thousands of essential workers are guaranteed stronger protections within their workplaces. 

“From retail spaces to service industries, essential workers play an integral role in our daily lives. To call them essential without providing them the protections they need and deserve is inconsistent, and we join coalition groups in the exigent call for essential workers’ labor protection.”    

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.    

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksur@cair.com