CAIR launches billboard campaign to promote tolerance

On Friday, February 1, 2002, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Southern California chapter (CAIR-LA) will launch a billboard campaign designed to promote tolerance, unity and kindness. The first billboard, "Even a smile is Charity - a message from your Muslim neighbor," shows how the simple act of smiling can promote goodwill.

The billboards will be located along major freeways in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Two more billboards are scheduled in San Bernardino for February. Each month, a new positive theme will be displayed on the billboards.

Link: To see Billboard for February:

CAIR-LA has also initiated the "Library Project" in which books on Islam are donated to libraries across California to meet the public's demand for accurate information about Islam and Muslims. For more information on the Library Project, go to:

WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2002


Billboard 1: Hwy 5: Garfield exit on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway facing south.

Billboard 2: Hwy 55: Moulton Parkway exit on the Newport (55) Freeway facing north.

Billboard 3: Near LAX: Century Blvd. east of Aviation Blvd. facing west.

CONTACT: Sabiha Khan at CAIR-LA, Tel: 714-776-1847, [email protected]


Steven Emerson to be featured on CBS "48 Hours"

(CBS) Last December, Erin Moriarty was blindfolded and taken to a secret location somewhere in the Washington DC area. She was taken to the headquarters of the Investigative Project, where workers say they are tracking Islamic terrorists in this country. They say their lives would be in danger if their identities were known.

The group's leader is former journalist Steve Emerson, who runs this group of self-appointed terrorist hunters. He himself maintains a high profile, appearing on TV as a terrorism analyst…In an interview after the Oklahoma City bombing, Steve Emerson confidently pointed his finger at the wrong culprits at Muslim terrorists. As everyone now knows the bombing was the work of an American Methodist, Tim McVeigh.

"I've been chastened by that experience," he says. "Absolutely, I mean I learned my lesson…"


ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be firm, but POLITE.)

1) BEFORE THE PROGRAM, go to "Who is Steven Emerson" (link above) for background on Steven Emerson's Islamophobic views.

2) TAKE NOTES while watching the program.

3) CONTACT 48 HOURS to express your views.

E-MAIL: [email protected], [email protected]


    Ms. Susan Zirinsky

    Executive Producer

    CBS News 48 Hours

    524 W 57th St

    New York, NY 10019-2902

TEL: (212) 975-6472

FAX: (212) 975-5000


CAIR urges President Bush to promote freedom for all

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today sent the following letter to President Bush in anticipation of Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Dear Mr. President -

I hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirits.

First, I would like to thank you for your efforts to reach out to the Muslim community during this time of national crisis. Your meetings with Muslim leaders just after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11
were particularly appreciated.

While you prepare for your State of the Union address, I would like to offer suggestions that could serve to strengthen America's image and interests worldwide.

As you have stated repeatedly, we are not in a war against Islam or Muslims. Unfortunately, a perception seems to be developing that any demand for freedom by Muslims anywhere on earth is now viewed as a manifestation of terrorism. Muslims worldwide support freedom and human rights in Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir, China, and many other areas. Our nation's interests are best served by promoting the American values of liberty and justice for all people, including the Palestinians and Kashmiris.

American Muslims, along with many other citizens, also have grave concerns about the civil liberties implications of several government policies ostensibly designed to improve domestic security. These policies have specifically targeted American Muslims, thereby creating the impression that our entire community is suspect.

America's Muslim citizens and immigrants can serve as a bridge of understanding to the Islamic world. Carrying out this important duty is made more difficult when Muslims feel besieged by ethnic and religious
profiling, selective enforcement of laws and a "dragnet" approach to immigration policies. (CAIR has received more than 1600 reports of anti-Muslim backlash following the September attacks.)

As a candidate, you spoke out against the use of profiling and secret evidence. Your leadership is once again needed on these important issues.

I would respectfully request that you take these concerns into consideration while preparing your address.

Thank you for your kind attention.


Nihad Awad

Executive Director