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Register Online for CAIR's Oct. 2-5 Banquet & Convention

Register Online for CAIR's Oct. 2-5 Banquet & Convention

Registration is now available online for
CAIR's 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet and Convention, October 2-5, in Washington, D.C.

TO REGISTER, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/convention2004 (Remember, CAIR dinners have all
sold out in the past, so reserve your tickets today!)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 6 P.M.-10 P.M. - 10TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET DINNER
Theme: "Building a Better America: A Decade of Dedication"
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington DC, Tel: 202-328-2000 Fax: 202-234-0015
Cost: $55 per person, $85 per couple
Limited babysitting available during the banquet: $10 per child

SUNDAY AND MONDAY, OCTOBER 3-4, 9 A.M.-9 P.M. - FIRST ANNUAL CAIR CONVENTION
Theme: "A Better America in a Better World"
Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike
Vienna VA, Tel: 703-448-1234 Fax: 703-610-8293
Convention Registration: $150 per person includes meals

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9 A.M.-NOON - MEETINGS WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS

TOPICS FOR CONVENTION:

o Building Bridges Between America and the Muslim World
o Elections 2004: Issues, Aspirations and Strategies
o Towards a Fair Portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the Media
o Civil and Human Rights in Times of War
o Reasserting the Mainstream Muslim Voice
o The Role of Faith in Promoting Peace, Harmony and Tolerance
o Muslim Contribution Toward Building a Better America
o America and the Muslim World-Strategic Partners for Peace

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. REGISTER ONLINE by going to:
http://www.cair-net.org/convention2004
For more information, call 202-488-8787 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
After you have filled out and submitted your registration information, you
will be sent an e-mail confirming that CAIR has received your information.

2. CAIR NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to help with preparations before and during the
Annual Banquet and Convention. Anyone interested in volunteering should
attend the first volunteer meeting this Saturday morning in our DC office
from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call
202-488-8787 ext 6050. (Contact CAIR if you would like to volunteer, but
cannot attend the meeting.)

Florida University Accomodates Basketball Player's Hijab

Florida University Accomodates Basketball Player's Hijab

The Florida office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that a female Muslim
athlete at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa will be allowed
to wear hijab on the basketball court. SEE: http://www.usf.edu

The 22-year-old Muslim convert left the USF basketball team and lost her
athletic scholarship last week after allegedly being told by her head coach
that she could not wear the religiously-mandated scarf during practices or
games.

In a meeting today between the basketball player, university officials and
a representative of CAIR-FL, it was agreed that the team would accommodate
her Islamic attire and reinstate her scholarship. The university also
agreed to work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on
any issues related to existing headwear policies.

"We thank the University of South Florida for its swift and decisive action
in resolving this issue," said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed
Bedier, who took part in today's meeting. "An athlete should not be asked
to choose between engaging in healthy sporting activities and her
deeply-held religious beliefs."

Ahmed noted that the Prophet Muhammad himself recommended that children be
taught activities such as swimming, horseback riding and archery.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the university to thank them for accommodating the Muslim athlete's
Islamic beliefs religious practices.

CONTACT:

Ms. Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.
President
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., ADM241
Tampa, FL 33620-6150
TEL: (813) 974-2791

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TX: Rep. Jackson Lee Condemns Anti-Muslim Hate

TX: Rep. Jackson Lee Condemns Anti-Muslim Hate

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee today called upon local,
state and federal officials to condemn and work against violence against
Muslims after yet another attack against the Muslim community in Texas. On
Friday afternoon, a man allegedly threw two makeshift firebombs at the
Islamic Center of El Paso. The man was arrested after allegedly throwing
two bottles of gasoline at the Islamic Center. Fortunately, the bottles did
not ignite, and no one was injured. Congresswoman Jackson Lee stated
today, "It is sickening to me to witness yet another hate crime committed
against a peaceful community simply because of their faith. It is
imperative that law enforcement authorities in the state of Texas work in
conjunction with the FBI and together bring an end to this string of
religious-based violenceā€¦It is truly saddening to me that in this day and
era there are still hate crimes being committed, but this bigotry will not
deter our nation from treating people of all faiths with equality and
dignity. Whether in the state of Texas or anywhere else crimes against
Muslims or any other religious group have no place in America," concluded
the Congresswoman.

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CONTACT: Assad Akhter, (202) 225-3816
http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov

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