The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Southern California (CAIR-LA) is
seeking applicants for its fall internship program (September 7- November
19). The program is open to Muslim college or university students age 18
and older who have legal status in the U.S. to receive a monthly stipend.
CAIR's internship program provides first-hand experience and training in
Community Outreach, Education, Governmental Relations, Lobbying, Public and
Legal and Civil Rights, Research and Leadership Training. The application
deadline is August 27, 2004.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today announced that it has joined with more than 70 other
faith-based, humanitarian and human rights groups in signing a "Unity
Statement and Call to Action" in response to the ongoing humanitarian
crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
The statement, issued by the Save Darfur Coalition, seeks to raise public
awareness and to mobilize North Americans and members of the international
community to help end the crisis in and around Darfur that threatens the
lives of two million people.
After outlining the suffering faced by the people of Darfur, the statement
calls for specific actions that include worldwide efforts to stop
population displacement and end crimes against humanity, governmental
humanitarian support and access to match the need, support for relief
organizations providing aid, the rebuilding of villages and the return of
those displaced, and the creation of a UN commission of inquiry.
"It is important that Americans of all faiths first understand the misery
felt by the people of Darfur and then act to help alleviate their
suffering," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper also
cautioned against portraying the crisis in terms of ethnic stereotypes or
allowing exploitation of the suffering to promote political or religious
CAIR has urged American Muslims to send donations to Islamic relief organizations working in Darfur.
Other Muslim groups signing the statement include the Islamic Circle of
North America, Islamic American Relief Agency, Muslim American Society
Freedom Foundation, and the American Sufi Muslim Association.
In addition to the statement, the Save Darfur Coalition is sponsoring a
national Interfaith Day of Conscience on Wednesday, August 25, in churches,
synagogues, mosques, and community centers nationwide.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today condemned bombings at five churches in Iraq that left
at least 11 people dead and many more wounded. The attacks were carried out
during Sunday evening services.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
"We condemn these vicious attacks in the strongest terms possible. The
identity of the perpetrators is not known, but their motive of creating
religious divisions is obvious. Harming those engaged in worship violates
the principles of all faiths. Religiously and historically, Islam mandated
the protection of churches and synagogues. The Prophet Muhammad and his
successors sought to protect houses of worship and the communities they
serve. We offer condolences to the families of those killed and injured,
and call for increased security measures at all religious sites in Iraq."
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.