Hundreds Turn Out for CAIR-NY, NYIC ‘New York City Loves Muslims’ Rally, Show Positive Alternative to Anti-Islam Event
(NEW YORK, NY, 6/10/17) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) today partnered with other leading civil rights groups and grassroots activists to rally in support of the Muslim community, showcasing a pluralistic alternative to the white supremacist and Islamophobic "March Against Sharia" in Foley Square. The anti-hate rally and march, which drew almost 500 attendees according to organizers, ended peacefully without any disruptions by, or interaction with, ACT for America participants.
“We were gratified to see hundreds of participants support our message of solidarity and support for the Muslim community,” said CAIR-NY Legal Director, Albert Cahn. “We are happy that our rally concluded without any arrests or confrontations, from beginning to end a call for peaceful, non-violent, solidarity. We’re saddened to learn that there may have been violence and or injuries at separate, unaffiliated rallies.”
“The moral spirit of our nation has always been anchored by love of community, diversity, and inclusion, ” said New York City Loves Muslims co-founder, Mohammed Naeem. “In many small strokes, it is this love that eventually fills the canvas of our democracy.”
Today’s speakers included:
Mohammed Naeem, New York Loves Muslims
Jane Shlimovich, New York Loves Muslims
Afaf Nasher, Council on American Islamic Relations, New York
Albert Cahn, Council on American Islamic Relations, New York
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center New York
Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller
Talia Baurer, Jewish Social Justice Contingent
Sunita Viswanath, Sadhana
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Anika Ferdoush, Youth Activist
Rabbi Barrat Ellman, Fordham University
Aber Kawas, Arab-American Association of New York
Zena & Michelle, Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee
Carlene Pinto, New York Immigration Coalition
CAIR-NY is calling upon Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to the organization. Contact us by calling (646) 665-7599, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair-ny.org/incident-report/
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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