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Muslims Encouraged by Fox '24' Meeting


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/14/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today said that it is encouraged by a recent meeting in Los Angeles
with representatives of the Fox television network to discuss Muslim
concerns about the drama series "24." SEE: http://www.fox.com/24/

CAIR called for Wednesday's meeting to address the depiction of a "Muslim"
family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular program. The
Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is concerned that
the portrayal of the family as a terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow
of suspicion over ordinary American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic
stereotyping and bias.

At the meeting, which included representatives from CAIR's Southern
California office and from the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs
Council, Fox officials said they would distribute a CAIR public service
announcement (PSA) to network affiliates and ask that it be aired in
proximity to "24."

TO VIEW THE CAIR PSA, GO TO:
http://www.cair.com/default.asp?page=PSAJun2004

SEE ALSO: "US TV to Screen Pro-Muslim Spots"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4173647.stm

FOX also gave meeting participants assurances that the program will be
balanced in its portrayal of Muslims. Network representatives said that
they had already reviewed existing episodes and removed some aspects that
could potentially be viewed as stereotypical.

"We thank Fox for the opportunity to address the Muslim community's
concerns and for the willingness of network officials to take those
concerns seriously in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation,"
said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed. She added that CAIR
looks forward to working with Fox in the future.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim advocacy group, has 30 offices and chapters
nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam,
encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and
build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-National Spokesperson, Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or
202-439-1441; CAIR-LA Communications Director, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or
714-390-0334, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, 714-776-1847

 

U.S. Muslims Meet with State Department Officials


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/13/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) and several other Muslim and Arab-American groups met yesterday with
top State Department officials to discuss a number of issues related to
American foreign policy.

In that meeting, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad presented Assistant
Secretary Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Assistant Secretary Richard A.
Boucher and Ambassador William Joseph Burns with a proposal for cooperative
efforts to challenge both Islamophobia and anti-Americanism.

The CAIR proposal includes such measures as producing a report on the
growing phenomenon of Islamophobia, conferences in this country and in the
Muslim world to discuss both Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism and domestic
and international "goodwill ambassadors" who can speak about both topics.

CAIR's proposal stated in part: "By challenging anti-Muslim bigotry, we can
help reduce anti-American attitudes in the Islamic world. And by having
American Muslims speak out in support of their nation's values, while at
the same time maintaining essential credibility on issues of importance to
Muslims worldwide, we undercut growing Islamophobic views in our
society…CAIR stands ready to offer whatever help we can in decreasing
worldwide tensions and promoting an accurate image of America in the
Islamic world."

Awad described yesterday's meeting as "open and forward-looking."

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-NJ: Know Your Rights as a Traveler


CAIR'S New Jersey office (CAIR-NJ) will hold a "Know Your Rights as a
Traveler" workshop this Sunday at the Islamic Center of Passaic County.

LOCATION: Islamic Center Of Passaic County, 152 Derrom Avenue, Paterson, NJ
DATE/TIME: Sunday, January 16, 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Council on American-Islamic Relations, New Jersey Chapter, Tel:
973-785-3050, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mohamed Elfilali, ICPC at (973) 278-7070

 

Tenn. Muslim Student Allowed to Wear Hijab


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/13/05) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today announced that a Muslim student at East Ridge High School in
Chattanooga, Tenn., will now be allowed to wear her Islamic head scarf, or
hijab, in school. The student had previously been told she could not wear
her religiously-mandated head scarf because it was against the school dress
code.

The school's decision to allow the head scarf came after intervention by
CAIR's Civil Rights Department.

CAIR publishes a booklet, called "An Educator's Guide to Islamic Religious
Practices," designed to prevent just such incidents. The booklet is
available by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Include name, address and phone
number when requesting the booklet.)

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 30 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman at 202-488-8787, ext. 6033

 

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