For Immediate Release – July 10, 2016

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 100 organizations throughout New Jersey, we would like to express our sorrow at the most recent tragic deaths of two African-American victims of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota and the targeted killings of five police officers in Dallas.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of all of these victims and ask God to give them strength, patience, comfort and hope through this difficult time. We strongly affirm that all lives, regardless of background, are sacred and must be valued.

We reiterate the importance of recognizing the racial inequities of our law enforcement and judicial system as it relates to African-American and other minority communities.  We urge our political leaders to begin the important work of addressing these injustices so that every person is treated equally under the law.  We ask this so that we can make progress toward a “more perfect union” that our founders sought.  And we remind everyone of our nation’s motto: E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One.

With respect to the targeted attack against our police officers, we raise our collective voice to remind all that the overwhelming majority of officers protect and serve our communities with distinction.  They are our brothers and sisters, our neighbors, friends, sports coaches, mentors to countless young people and pillars in our community. There is absolutely no justification for such attacks against these brave men and women.

At the same time, we request law enforcement agencies to improve the training of their personnel so as to avoid targeting based on race. We also urge local police departments and faith communities across our nation to hold meetings to strengthen ties between local police departments and their communities and issue a common call for the peaceful resolution of all conflicts and restraint regarding the use of force.

For our part, we look forward to creating opportunities to educate, partner, and build on shared values and partnerships with law enforcement, faith groups, and other communities.

We encourage all mosques, churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations to join us in this statement and encourage Imams, Priests and Rabbis to address this issue in their sermons. We also urge those who wish to join protests to do so peacefully, committing themselves to non-violence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following contacts.


Dr. M. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge 908-672-1798

Asghar (Alex) Kharazi, Masjid-e-Ali  732-735-3371

Jimmy Small (Salaam), Muslim League of Voters of NJ  973-580-4798

James Sues, CAIR-NJ 908.267.3119

Mahmood Alam, American Muslims for Democracy 732-874-3705

Salaheddin Mustafa, Islamic Center of Passaic County 973-818-0313

Sameerah Diaab, Muslim League of Voters of NJ  908-531-9141

Sami Elmansoury, Muslim Public Affairs Council 201-953-3275

Farhat Biviji, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-428-5867,

Zahida Rachman, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-784-2738,


Reb Deb Smith, Rabbi Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Community, (908) 303-8374

Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Temple Beth El,  908-616-6995

Alan Respler. Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-4944,

Henry Maurer, Catholic Jewish Commission, 856-667-7285,

David Snyder, Jewish Community Relations Council of So. NJ, 856-673-2524,


Sharon Culley, Somerset Presbyterian Church,

David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church,

Patricia Sandrow, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-6059,

Fr. Joseph Wallace, Catholic Jewish Commission, 609-522-2709,

Interfaith advocates

Joe Ritacco, jritacco@comcast.net732-739-5282, the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, Monmouth County


List of Faith and Civic Organizations Supporting the Statement

Ahlul-Bayt Student Association

Al Hoda Islamic Center – Jersey City

Al Tawheed Islamic Center – Jersey City

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

American Arab Civic Org

American Coalition for Good Government

American Muslim Alliance – NJ

American Muslim Council PAC

American Muslim Union

American Muslims for Democracy

American Muslims for Hunger Relief

American Muslims for Palestine

Anjumane Nawjawanane Ali Akber

Bayonne Islamic Center

Bayonne Muslims

Baytul-Iman Academy

Bergen County Islamic Center

Blessed and Highly Favored, Inc


Catholic-Jewish Commission of So. NJ

Congregation Or Ha Lev

Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals

Cranford Alliance Church

Dar ul Islam

Elizabeth Islamic Center – Midland Park


Faith United Church of Christ

Fanwood Presbyterian Church

Franklin Reporter & Advocate

Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ)


Helping Hand for Relief and Development

Holy Cross Lutheran Church and  Ransom Writers & Speakers

Hudson County Brotherhood/Sisterhood Association

Hudson County Moslim Associations

Inspiring American Muslim Youth

Institute of Islamic Studies

Interfaith Clergy Association of the Great South Brunswick Area

Islamic Center of East Brunswick

Islamic Center of Jersey City

Islamic Center of Morris County

Islamic Center of Old Bridge

Islamic Center of Passaic County

Islamic Center of South River

Islamic Center of Union County

Islamic Circle of Mercer Country

Islamic Circle of North America

Islamic Council of Greater Trenton

Islamic Council of Hudson County

Islamic Council on Scouting of North America

Islamic Cultural Center

Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

Islamic Society of Central Jersey

Islamic Society of Essex County

Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey

Madinah Cultural Center -Kearny

Majilus Ashura of Essex and Union County



Masjid Al Wali

Masjid Ibrahim – Newark

Masjid Muhammad Atlantic City Inc.

Masjid Waarith ud Deen, Irvington


Masjidullah Inc. Plainfield

Mehfile Shahe Khorasan

Mehfile Shahe Khorasan / Sultan Karamali

Message of peace Inc/ Patan-e- Aman

Mohammadia English Program

Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought

Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought

Muslim American Society

Muslim Center of Middlesex County

Muslim Community Center of Union County

Muslim Community of New Jersey

Muslim League of Voters of NJ

Muslim Public Affairs Council

MUSLIM Society of Ridgewood

Muslim Students Association of NJIT

New Africa Educational Inst.

New Africa Excellence Enterprise LLC

New Brunswick Islamic Center

New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association

New Jersey Muslim Voter Project

NJ Sisterhood

NJ State Association of Jewish Federations

North Hudson Islamic Educational Center

Palestinian American Community Center

Plainfield Center for Islamic Enlightenment

Rutgers MSA

Sadaqa House Inc.

Shia American Relationship Council (SARC)

Shia Assn Of North America, Baitul Qaem

Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom


St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Sultan Karamali

Swasia Charity Foundation

Temple B’nai Abraham

Temple Sha’arey Shalom

Temple Sha’arey Shalom

The Building Blocks of NJ

The Citizens Foundation

The Indigo GLOW Foundation

The Islamic Center of Jersey City

The Islamic Council of Hudson County

The Muslim Network

The New Guidance Center

Townley Presbyterian Church

Tri State Imams Council

Turkish Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Universal Muslim Association of America

World Islamic Committee on Scouting

Zanabia New Jersey

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church