The name of an FBI official was misspelled in a CAIR news release,
headlined "Sacramento Valley Muslims Meet with FBI," issued on Friday. The
official's correct name and title are: Special Agent In Charge Keith Slotter.
Leaders of the Sacramento Valley Islamic
community met yesterday with the FBI to discuss issues of concern to local
The meeting with Special Agent In Charge Keith Slotter, facilitated by
the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR-SV), addressed issues related to anti-Muslim hate crimes, racial
profiling, security in Sacramento, and the FBI's counterterrorism efforts.
Suggestions to improve communication between law enforcement and the Muslim
community were also discussed.
In the near future, CAIR-SV will hold town hall meetings between the Muslim
community and the FBI in other parts of the Sacramento Valley.
The meeting included leaders representing more than a dozen Islamic
organizations in the Sacramento Valley region, including members of
CAIR-SV, Farooqia Islamic Center of Lodi, Islamic Society of Folsom, Masjid
As-Sabur, Masjid Ibrahim, Masjid AnNur Islamic Center, Muslim Mosque,
SALAM, Qoba Foundation, South Sacramento Islamic Center, and the Davis
CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director, Basim Elkarra (916) 289-3748
Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along
with a number of other American Muslim leaders, met yesterday with House
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the U.S. Capitol.
Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Charles Rangel
(D-NY), and other congressional Democrats also took part in the roundtable
discussion, which focused on the defense of civil liberties.
"We appreciate the opportunity to interact with national leaders and to
share the Muslim community's concerns on issues of mutual concern," said
CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, who participated in yesterday's
meeting. CAIR Northern California Government Affairs Director Dahlia
Eltoumi was one of three participants selected to make a presentation to
the panel of elected officials.
Other national Muslim groups represented at the meeting included the
Islamic Society of North America, Indian Muslim Council, Muslim Public
Affairs Council, Muslim American Society, Association of Pakistani
Physicians of North America, Muslim Bar Association, National Association
of Muslim Lawyers, and the Universal Muslim Association of America.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-415-0799; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Congressman John
D. Dingell (D-MI), Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Congressman Charles
Rangel (D-NY), and other Congressional Democrats were joined yesterday by
national leaders of the Muslim American community in a roundtable
discussion on issues of mutual concern to Democrats and Muslim Americans.
The discussion centered on working together to defend civil rights and to
restore civil liberties.
"This discussion is only the first in an ongoing dialogue between
Congressional Democrats and Muslim Americans," Pelosi said. "We share a
fundamental principle - the belief that diversity is the backbone of our
communities. Generations of Muslims have made positive contributions in
every aspect of American life. We must now work even more closely to
navigate through the challenges we face as a nation."
"Since September 11th, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to
searches at airports and other locations based upon their religion and
national origin, without any credible information linking individuals to
criminal conduct," Pelosi continued. "Racial and religious profiling is
fundamentally un-American and we must make it illegal.
"When the Patriot Act was enacted, it was intended to be accompanied by
strong Congressional oversight to prevent abuses of our civil liberties.
That oversight has not occurred, particularly with the mass detention
campaign ordered by Attorney General Ashcroft, which to date has led to
more than 5,000 foreign nationals being detained since September
11th. Moreover, individuals' assets have been frozen on the basis of
secret evidence that they have no opportunity to confront or rebut, and
such processes are a fundamental denial of due process. We must correct the
Patriot Act to prevent abuses of our civil liberties."
Working with Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary
Committee, Democrats have introduced legislation to end racial profiling,
limit the reach of the Patriot Act, and make immigration safe and
accessible. Leader Pelosi is a proud cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling
Act, the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE), and the Safe, Orderly,
and Legal Visas Enforcement Act (SOLVE).
"These measures are long overdue, and we call on the Republican leadership
in Congress to bring them to a vote now," Pelosi said. "As we protect and
defend the American people, we must protect and defend the Constitution and
the civil rights that define our democracy. Ours is a country of great
diversity and we must stand together as one America."
The following Democrats also participated in the discussion: former
Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and
Congressman Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV).