During this post-election period of time, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have affirmed their commitment to supporting and working for all of NYC’s communities, including the New York Muslim community, through direct outreach with the community and through social media. Below, please see a list of information and resources provided by the mayor’s office.
Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan
On November 11, 2016, Mayor de Blasio visited the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan. Mayor de Blasio acknowledged the Muslim community’s pain and fears and emphasized that the city’s core values and commitments will not be changed by the election. Here is an excerpt:
“We gather tonight in a time of uncertainty. We gather in a moment when many, many people in the Muslim community and other communities are feeling pain and fear. We have to acknowledge that. We have to address it. I came here because I wanted to be a voice of support, and I wanted all members of the community to know that the values of New York City are strong and clear. I spoke on Wednesday to the whole city, and I said that what makes New York great – and has for generations – that doesn’t change because of the results of a single election, whether that’s here in the city or even nationally. Our true values, our true character remains the same. We are a city for all. We are a city built on the strength of generation after generation of immigrants. There is – I would say – no city in the world that is more identified with immigrants, with the strength of those who sought a different life – many who fled persecution or economic challenges, who sought something different and better. Generations upon generation built this city up.” Read the full transcript
#NotInOurCity: First Lady Chirlane McCray Denounces Hate Crimes and Violence
The First Lady has been actively affirming her support for Muslim women and others who have been the targets of hate crimes and violence post-Election.
- On November 10, the First Lady tweeted: “Muslim New Yorkers, this is your home. I call on the President-elect to join all of us in condemning this harassment.”
- On November 11, the First Lady tweeted: “No one should ever feel afraid to be their self, especially in NYC. To all our hijabi sisters, we’ve got your back.”
- On November 14, the First Lady tweeted: “Hate and violence will NEVER be welcome here. If you see harassment call 911. We won’t stand for it. #NotInOurCity”
Below, please find a list of some helpful resources provided by New York City.
NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force Brochure
- Definition of “hate crime”
- How to report a hate crime
- Contact information for the Hate Crime Task Force
- Available in English and Arabic
The NYC Commission on Human Rights Protections for Muslims
Fact Sheet can be downloaded in different languages and shared. You can also report discrimination by calling the Commission at (718) 722-3131.
NYC Well (Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7)
- The First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray recently launched a free, confidential, 24/7 mental health support line.
- Interpretation is available in more than 200 languages.
- 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355)
The Urban Fellows Program
- The 2017-2018 Urban Fellows Program application is now open.
- The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by The City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The program is designed to introduce America’s finest college students and graduates to local government and public services.