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Last Day to Register for CAIR-DC Dinner

Last Day to Register for CAIR-DC Dinner

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/04) - Seats are going fast for CAIR’s 10th Annual
Fundraising Banquet, October 2, in Washington, D.C.

TO REGISTER online until 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org

You may also register by calling all 202-488-8787 or 202-646-6043, or
e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (CAIR dinners have sold out in the past, so
reserve your tickets today! No tickets will be sold at the door.)

A limited number of tickets will be sold at Friday prayers in the following
centers:

VA: Dar ul Hijrah, ADAMS (main center only)
MD: ICM (main center only, Gaithersburg), ISB-Masjid al Rahmah (Baltimore)

To inquire about seating after 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, you will have
to call 202-646-6043 directly. (No seats can be guaranteed at that point.)

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to attend
its 10th Anniversary Fundraising Banquet

BUILDING A BETTER AMERICA: "A DECADE OF DEDICATION"

with

Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader

and

James "Yusuf" Yee
Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now
"Muhammad: The Last Prophet" Animated Film Trailer
Auction of Items Including Signed Muhammad Ali Boxing Gloves
CAIR 10th Anniversary Video
CAIR 10th Anniversary Report

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2004
Registration begins at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Wardman Park Marriott Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets: $55/$85 per couple
No children please. (Limited babysitting with prior notice only - $10 per
child.)

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. REGISTER ONLINE by going to: http://www.cair-net.org

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 your registration.

2. LET OTHERS KNOW about the dinner. Contact Ibrahim Abusway at
202-646-6043 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to give a list of people who should be
contacted about the dinner.

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H.R.10 Viewed as Expansion of Patriot Act

H.R.10 Viewed as Expansion of Patriot Act

CAIR opposes some provisions of legislation (H.R.10) currently in the U.S.
House of Representatives aimed at reorganizing the U.S. intelligence
community. The chairman and vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission strongly
oppose the same provisions saying they: "…are controversial and are not
part of our recommendations…"

The Washington Post says the bill: "might be dismissed as an election-year
stunt were it not so dangerous."

Included among the suspect provisions:

* Imposition of what amounts to a national identity card. A similar measure
providing national standards for birth certificates and driver's licenses
was repealed in 2000.

* Alien removal procedures that bar courts from reviewing claims that the
deportee may be tortured upon returning to his or her country of origin.
The Supreme Court has previously found that an elimination of judicial
review in these cases raises serious constitutional question. Counsel to
the President Alberto R. Gonzales recently wrote that even the President
does not support this provision.

These provisions, along with some others, are viewed by CAIR as an
expansion of the Patriot Act. The ACLU shares this position.

SEE:
http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=16656&c=206&SubsiteID=58

Act today. This legislation is being fast tracked. Contact those persons
who work for you in Washington, DC and urge them to remove these provisions.

Act quickly. This bill is expected to go to vote on the House floor this week.

TO TAKE ACTION, GO TO:
http://capwiz.com/cair/issues/bills/?bill=6512691&alertid=6512696

TO READ THE ENTIRE BILL, GO TO:
http://thomas.loc.gov
Search for "H.R.10."

U.S. Mosques Urged to Reach out with 'Sharing Ramadan' Iftars

U.S. Mosques Urged to Reach out with 'Sharing Ramadan' Iftars

(WASHINGTON, DC - 10/7/04) - Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that
Ramadan "is the month of sharing with others." (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 614)
Based on that tradition and on the growing level of Islamophobia in
American society, CAIR is calling on Muslim communities nationwide to hold
"Sharing Ramadan" iftars and mosque open houses for people of other faiths
to help promote better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

Recent CAIR research has shown as many as 1-in-4 Americans hold anti-Muslim
views. That same research indicates that anti-Muslim prejudice decreases
when people have access to accurate information about Islam and relate to
ordinary Muslims.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/pollresults.pdf

"Since sharing and appreciation are essential components of Ramadan, we
hope local mosques, community centers and Islamic schools will take this
opportunity to invite their neighbors to join in an iftar meal," said CAIR
Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR is helping local communities organize what is hoped to become an
annual effort by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting a "Sharing
Ramadan" iftar. The "SHARING RAMADAN" RESOURCE GUIDE is available online
at: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc

'SHARING RAMADAN" KIT TABLE OF CONTENTS

* Welcome Letter from CAIR Director
* Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing an Iftar
* Sample Media Advisory
* Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking Brochure
* Ramadan FAQs
* Islam/American Muslims FAQs
* Sample Event Program
* Sample Newspaper Ad

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) FORM A 'SHARE RAMADAN' COMMITTEE in your community to help in this
effort. Once a "Share Ramadan" committee has been formed, please email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so CAIR can help and keep track of all the local
communities participating in this nationwide initiative.

2) COPY AND USE the materials in the "Sharing Ramadan" kit.

3) CONTACT A LOCAL CAIR OFFICE for help in organizing the iftar. To find
CAIR chapter contact information, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/chapters.asp

4) SEND CAIR photos and video of your event. (Also count the number of
attendees.)

5) BECOME A CAIR MEMBER or DONATE to help us carry out this important work.
GO TO: http://www.cair-net.org (Click on "support.")

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