FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2016
Kenrick Ross, Executive Director
On June 1, 2016, 59-year old Guyanese-American Mohamid Rasheed Khan was viciously attacked in Queens Village shortly after leaving his mosque. Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. condemns this bias attack and calls on the New York City Police Department to investigate it as a possible hate crime. While Mr. Khan recovers from his serious injuries, we stand in solidarity with him, his family, and fellow community organizations in demanding justice and raising awareness of this and other acts of violence
against Guyanese-Americans in recent months.
On April 27th, a Guyanese-American teenager was brutally beaten in Astoria, Queens by three young men who shouted ‘ISIS’ as they punched him and threatened him with a metal pipe and bat. Over last Thanksgiving, the home of a Guyanese-American family in Woodhaven was desecrated when an assailant torched 50 jhandi flags in their front yard.
“Any kind of bias attack, no matter the specific target, is unacceptable. The perpetuators must be held accountable. Those who foment a climate of intolerance must also be held accountable,” said ICA Executive Director Kenrick Ross. “We as a community must also be vigilant and visible in demanding justice and not only in one particular case or for one particular group but justice for all. None of us are truly safe and secure in our communities until all of us are.”
ICA will continue to work with our partners in the community, our Indo-Caribbean Roundtable of community stakeholders, and our elected officials to ensure justice for Mr. Khan.
About Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc.
Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) is United States registered non-profit organization based in Queens, New York. It was founded in 2008 by three residents who wanted to organize their community to create the programs and services in the underserved Indo-Caribbean and South Asian enclaves in New York City. Our mission is to unify and advance Indo-Caribbean and South Asian interests by fostering joint and collaborative actions among different peoples, organizations and businesses. With a booming population,
especially in New York City, we act as a liaison and an advocate to government agencies, elected officials and other non-profit organizations to create specialized educational, arts and social service programs. ICA runs the only secular community center for the Indo-Caribbean community and provides a wider range of direct programs, services and advocacy.