CAIR: NY Coalition to Mark 9/11 with Defense of Civil Liberties

Sep 08, 2011, 13:57 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

Rally to focus on recent allegations of NYPD spying on area Muslims

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, September 9, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) -- along with a coalition of elected officials, faith leaders, civil libertarians, and anti-war and community activists -- will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a news conference and rally in defense of civil liberties on the steps of New York's City Hall.

WHAT: Coalition to Defend Civil Liberties in Post-9/11 Era
WHERE: Steps of Manhattan City Hall, Broadway and Park Place, New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 3-4 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick, call/text: 203-206-6883, 212-870-2002, E-Mail:

Participants in the Friday event will urge the protection of civil liberties in the post-9/11 era and will highlight concerns about recent allegations that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is engaged in widespread religious and ethnic profiling and monitoring of Muslim communities and houses of worship in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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"It is extremely important that we use this somber anniversary as an opportunity to reject fear and intolerance, and to reaffirm our support for the Constitution and the protections it offers to Americans of all faiths," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick.

Tonight, CAIR-New York will join the interfaith anti-Islamophobia coalition New York Neighbors for American Values at a vigil, called "Our Diversity Is Our Strength," from 7-9 p.m. at Park Place and Church. On Sunday, September 11, CAIR-NY will join the "Rally for Unity & Solidarity" from 1-3 p.m. at Broadway and Park Place.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations