CAIR Annual Dinner a Success
Sold-out crowd of almost 1,000 helps raise more than $1.2 Million
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/4/05) - Almost 1,000 people turned out last night for the annual fundraising dinner of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and helped raise a total of more than $1.2 million to support the group's civil rights and advocacy work on behalf of the American Muslim community. The sold-out dinner was the culmination of a $1 million fundraising campaign which began during the recent Islamic fast of Ramadan.
“We thank all those who contributed to our campaign and we pledge to work daily to earn the community’s continuing support,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.
CAIR DIRECTOR TO ATTEND OIC SUMMIT IN MECCA
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/05) - The head of a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group will attend an upcoming summit of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to be held later this week in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will take part in the two-day summit that organizers say is focused on restoring Islam's true image as a religion of moderation. (Awad will be available for media interviews during the summit. Contact Ibrahim Hooper at 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726.)
Other issues up for consideration at the summit include the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq, providing women a larger role in Muslim societies, Islamophobia, economic and social reform, problems faced by Muslim minorities in the West, and the creation of a fund for humanitarian relief.
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An OIC spokesman said a "Mecca Declaration," which contains the "true principles and common vision of a moderate Islam," will be submitted to the summit for approval. The Islamic leaders will also receive a report that includes input from a meeting of Muslim scholars and intellectuals held in Mecca last September. CAIR's Awad participated in that meeting.
Awad also represented CAIR at a U.S.-sponsored conference in Belgium, titled "Muslim Communities Participating in Society," that brought together American, Belgian and European Muslim leaders. The conference was sponsored by U.S. envoy to Belgium Ambassador Tom Korologos.
CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR's Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
CAIR Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship
1. Applicants must be enrolled in, or accepted by, a full-time undergraduate (12 or more credit hours), graduate (9 or more credit hours), or professional program of an accredited university in the United States majoring in a field that promotes civil rights, social justice and/or the peacefulresolution of conflicts.
2. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in issues related to civil rights, social justice and/or the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
3. Preference will be given to applicants with past employment or volunteer experiences relating to civil rights, social justice and/or the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
4. Preference will be given to those with a professional career goal of serving in fields that promote to civil rights, social justice and/or the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
5. Applicant's intended use of the scholarship funds will be considered, with preference for uses that contribute directly to his or her academic and professional development.
6. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above for undergraduate students or 3.5 or above for graduate students. Applicants, by applying, are authorizing the scholarship committee to review their academic files.An official transcript must be included with the application. High school transcripts will be required if the applicant has been accepted by a recognized university.
7. Considerable weight will be given to the applicant's ability to convey creative ideas through a well-organized, clear and thoughtful essay dealing with some aspect of civil rights, social justice or the peaceful resolution of conflicts.The essay must be typed, single-spaced, and three to six pages in length.Preference is given to an essay that is written specifically for this application, rather than a previously written class paper. The essay should demonstrate knowledge of the civil rights movement and how it relates to the American Muslim experience. The essay should also blend personal insight with the discussion of a relevant issue.
8. The strength of the applicant's two letters of recommendation will be an important part of the evaluation.
10. Two letters of recommendation are required. They should be on reference’s official letterhead, if applicable, or they may be submitted on plain white stationery. References should include the following points: