Mayoral Candidates Square off for the First-Time on Issues Affecting NY Muslims, Arabs and South Asians
Over 350 community members packed the room on Sunday, May 5th at a forum hosted by the Arab American Association of New York and the Islamic Center at New York University to hear from candidates vying to be the next mayor of New York City. Amidst one of the most contested mayoral elections in our recent history, candidates participated in the forum titled "NYC 2013: Electing the Right(s) Mayor" and were questioned by the event’s moderator, NY1’s Errol Louis, on issues facing American Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities including religious freedom, civil liberties, public safety, education and immigration. Some candidates condemned the NYPD’s spying program. All the candidates who attended, Sal Albanese, Adolfo Carrion, Jr., Bill deBlasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Erick Salgado, Bill Thompson, agreed on adding Muslim school holidays into the public school calendar!
Here’s some of media coverage of the event:
VIDEO: Mayoral Candidates at a Muslim and Arab Forum
Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Muslim Issues
Which NYC Mayoral Candidates Think Spying on American Muslims is Unconstitutional?
Liu: NYPD surveillance of Muslims is unconstitutional. Other Democratic mayoral hopefuls condemn practice. But controller goes further.
Through the work of AAANY and community organizations, our communities continue to become increasingly active in the civic process. In a recent article about the upcoming elections, the New York Times called Muslims a "long-neglected" community (See: http://nyti.ms/ZTUsn6). This candidate forum was a sign of the community's growing civic and political power. Our participation doesn’t end here. Don’t forget to vote on September 10 (primary) and November 5 (general)!
-Faiza N. Ali