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450 turn out for CAIR-SV's Second Annual Banquet

 

Chaplain James Yusuf Yee Addresses the Audience
Chaplain James Yusuf Yee
Addresses the Audience

(Sacramento, CA, 11/22/2004) – Some 450 elected leaders, government officials, civic and Muslim organizations leaders and community members turned out for the Second Annual Fundraising Banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) office on Saturday. Speakers included Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu, Muslim Student Association- National President Hadia Mubarak, and CAIR National Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

Keeping with the theme of "Restoring the American Dream", Keynote speaker Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the sponsors of the anti-hate crime legislation Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, "As California's top cop I will not allow it."

One of the highlights of the event, CAIR presented its annual Courage and Inspiration Award to Chaplain James Yee for his steadfastness and patience while being held for 76 days in a Naval prison. Yee was unjustly accused of spying, espionage while serving as a US Army Muslim Chaplain in at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

See: Ex-spy suspect receives award, hero's welcome

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/11526750p-12429407c.html

"“On behalf of CAIR-SV, I would like to thank all those who helped make the
banquet a success," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. "CAIR-SV
looks forward to working with our fellow Americans to help restore the American
Dream."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada.

 

California Attorney General Speaks at CAIR-SV Dinner

 

Chaplain James Yusuf Yee Addresses the Audience
Chaplain James Yusuf Yee
Addresses the Audience

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 11/24/2004) - Some 450 elected leaders, government officials, civic and Muslim organization leaders, and community members turned out for the Second Annual Fundraising Banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) on Saturday.
Speakers included Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu, Muslim Student Association-National President Hadia Mubarak and CAIR National Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.

In keeping with the theme of "Restoring the American Dream," keynote speaker California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the sponsors of the anti-hate crime legislation Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, "As California's top cop, I will not allow it."

CAIR presented its annual Courage and Inspiration Award to Chaplain James Yee for his steadfastness and patience while being held for 76 days in a military prison. Yee was accused of spying, espionage while serving as a US Army Muslim Chaplain in at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

SEE: EX-SPY SUSPECT RECEIVES AWARD, HERO'S WELCOME

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/11526750p-12429407c.html

"I would like to thank all those who helped make the banquet such a
success," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. "CAIR-SV looks
forward to working with our fellow citizens to help restore the American
dream."

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 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-SV Executive Director Basim El-Karra, 916-289-3748

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Sacramento Valley Chapter
717 K St., Suite 306, Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel: (916) 441-6269
Fax: (916) 441-6271

 

MSNBC Apologizes for 'Imus' Remarks

 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/23/04)- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
announced today that MSNBC cable television network has apologized for
anti-Arab/anti-Muslim remarks made on its "Imus in the Morning" program.

CAIR filed an FCC complaint over comments on a November 12th 'Imus’ program that
referred to Palestinians as "stinking animals" and suggested that they all be
killed.

SEE: Palestinians Called 'Stinking Animals' on MSNBC's 'Imus'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1331&page=NR

In a November 19th segment commenting on the apparent execution of a wounded
Iraqi in Fallujah by a U.S. Marine, a fictitious "Senior Military Affairs
Advisor" to the program justified the killing by referring to a "booby-trapped
raghead cadaver." The fictitious advisor also said the killing provided an
"Al-Jazeera moment" causing the "Muslim masses to respond with their routine
pack of rabid sheep mentality."

SEE: MSNBC 'Imus' Segment Refers to 'Raghead Cadaver'
http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=1334&page=NR

SEE ALSO: Imus anchor on Palestinians: "Stinking animals”
http://mediamatters.org/items/200411190009

In response to hundreds of e-mails prompted by CAIR action alerts, MSNBC stated
in part:

"The views expressed on the program are not those of MSNBC. Having said that, it
was unfortunate that these remarks were telecast on MSNBC. We sincerely
apologize to anyone who was offended by these remarks.”

CAIR National Communication Director Ibrahim Hooper thanked all of those who
took the time to express their dismay over the offensive comments made on
MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning" show.

Earlier this year, CAIR announced a "Hate Hurts America" campaign designed to
counter hate speech on talk radio.

SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/hatehurtsamerica/

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 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: 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.

 

Tennessee Muslims Denied Right to Cemetery

 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/22/04) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) is calling on elected officials in Fayette County, Tenn., to grant
local Muslims the right to construct a cemetery.

The Muslim Society of Memphis, which brought a proposal before the Fayette
County Planning Commission to rezone an area of land for an Islamic
cemetery, told CAIR that while the commission approved the rezoning, the
proposal was later rejected by the Fayette County Development Committee.
Tennessee Muslims believe that decision was swayed by a packed courtroom of
area residents who expressed anti-Muslim sentiment in their opposition to
the proposal.

One resident equated Muslims with Nazis. Another claimed that many people
he knew had been killed by Muslims.

SEE: "Committee Recommends Zoning Change Denial"
http://www.fayettecountyreview.com/articles/2004/11/10/news/news04.txt

"This seems to be the first time a similar planning commission
recommendation has been turned down by the development committee," said
CAIR Civil Rights Coordinator Khadija Athman. "The Muslim community's
proposal should not be denied because of the bigoted attitudes some
residents have toward the Islamic faith."

The Fayette County Commission will make a final decision on the proposal on
Tuesday, November 23.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 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.

 

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