CAIR's dinner in DC is sold out
Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), CAIR’s October 7 annual dinner with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) in Washington, D.C., is sold out. More than 1,000 tickets have already been sold, and more are being requested. (We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.) “This overwhelming show of support is an indication that Muslims appreciate the efforts of all of the Islamic organizations during this time of national crisis,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. Awad asked those who are unable to obtain tickets for the dinner to show their support by making a generous donation. (See form below.)
In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, CAIR worked to meet the needs of victims, their families and the Muslim community. On the day of the attacks, CAIR, as part of the American Muslim Political Coordination Council and along with other national Muslim groups, issued a strong condemnation and called on Muslims to offer any possible assistance. On September 12, CAIR's leadership participated in a press conference in front of George Washington University Hospital urging American Muslims to donate blood. At this same time, CAIR established a “Crisis Center” on its web site (www.cair-net.org) and initiated daily news updates to the community and the media. CAIR’s staff and budget are stretched to the limit.
As reports of anti-Muslim backlash began to surface, CAIR faxed letters to all members of Congress and to the president asking them to support American Muslims. CAIR also issued an alert recommending a variety of safety precautions for mosques.
On September 14, CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad attended the national interfaith service with President Bush held at the Washington Cathedral. CAIR’s Nihad Awad, along with other Muslim leaders, met with President Bush to discuss Muslim issues and concerns.
On September 16, CAIR printed a full-page ad in the "A" section of the Washington Post. This ad condemned the attack, offered condolences to the victims and their families, and applauded the efforts of relief workers. To date, CAIR's staff has processed more than 700 reports of anti-Muslim incidents since the attacks. This initial figure is more than two times the number of incidents CAIR receives in an entire year.
During the crisis, CAIR has been working non-stop with the national and international media. A partial list of media outlets that have interviewed CAIR National since September 11 includes: ABC Nightline, Newsweek, Associated Press, CBC Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Fox News, NBC, CBS, CNN, People Magazine, Gannett News Service, BBC, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, the Newshour with Jim Leher, Religion News Service, Bloomberg News, San Francisco Chronicle, US News & World Report, the Detroit Free Press, and dozens (perhaps hundreds) of other local and national print or broadcast media outlets. CAIR and other groups also called on mosques nationwide to hold open houses to present a positive image of Islam and the Muslim community.
Post Office to reprint poster that excluded Eid stamp
“The U.S. Postal Service today is reproducing its Holiday Stamp promotional posters in local post offices in response to recent concerns raised by the American Muslim community.
“Due to an oversight, an image of the Eid stamp, which commemorates two important Islamic festivals, was left off the promotional posters.
“The Postal Service deeply regrets the oversight and is reprinting the holiday posters depicting the Eid stamp image in local post offices. Eid stamps will be available for sale at post offices nationwide this Holiday season. These historic stamps are featured prominently on the Postal Service's web site and are available for purchase online at the Postal Store www.usps.com, or by calling toll free 1-800 STAMP-24.”
Congressman says "arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line"
Rep. C. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security and a candidate for the Senate, yesterday sought to play down remarks to Georgia law enforcement personnel suggesting they "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line."
In a letter to the Valdosta Daily Times, Chambliss contended that his comments were taken "out of context" and "should in no way be interpreted as my view of what should happen…If my remarks were offensive in any way, I apologize."
…Chambliss, according to sources in Valdosta, personally sought to persuade the reporter, Bill Roberts, to kill the story using his remarks, and asked the local sheriff to help block publication. An aide to Chambliss said he did not know what the congressman did in connection with the story.
Chambliss, in his letter to the Valdosta paper, said he agrees "wholeheartedly with remarks made by President Bush expressing the sentiment that this war is against terrorism -- not Muslims...I regret that any comments I made might have been misconstrued and misrepresented my true intentions and beliefs concerning this issue. Those of the Muslim faith or Arabic heritage are not our enemies. Terrorists are our enemy..."