For many it was the first time: politicians and community exchange views at Baitul Jannah Muslim community center

This was the first time a meeting of this nature has been organized at The Baitul Jannah Muslim Community Center on McDonald Avenue. On June 14 Assemblyman James F. Brennan, Councilmember Bill de Blasio were present and heard many Bangladeshis speak.

Helaluddin, a community member said, “Bangladeshis are the fastest growing community in New York, most of them live in Brooklyn, and a significant number are citizens or in the process of acquiring citizenship. There is a growing political awareness about the power of the vote.”

Nazmul Islam Chowdhury demanded of the politicians to act to rescind the anti-immigrant Bloomberg order.

Professor Aminul Haque and Dr. Rehan Choudhry said that Islam is a religion of peace. If anyone does any wrong using the name of Islam it’s ridiculous to hold all Muslims and their religion responsible.

Assemblyman Brennan remarked that Brooklyn and Queens pulsated with the energy of skilled and educated immigrants from South and Southeast Asia. He also stressed the need for Bangladeshi immigrants to join mainstream politics and enjoy their rights under the U.S. Constitution. According to him, 60 percent of immigrants have no health insurance but those who have an annual income of $30,000 and pay taxes have the right to family health insurance. He also stressed the need for cordial relations and the exchange of opinions among different communities at venues like the Baitul Jannah Muslim Community Center.

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