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Florida Muslims Meet with Law Enforcement Officials

(MIAMI, FL, 7/30/04) - The Florida office of the Washington-based Council
on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) met Wednesday with the FBI's Miami
Division to discuss ways to promote better relations between law
enforcement and the state's Muslim and Arab-American Communities.

Officials from the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Broward Sheriff's
Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
and the Intergovernmental Bureau of Homeland Security also took part in the
meeting.

Acting Special Agent in Charge Mike Clements informed CAIR-FL that his
office will not tolerate any hate crimes against the Muslim community and
stressed that Americans of all faiths have the right to enjoy freedom and
must work together to protect America.

There was a broad agreement at the meeting that Muslim advocacy
organizations like CAIR-FL must be more involved in providing cultural and
sensitivity training to law enforcement officials. CAIR-FL and other
Islamic organizations represented at Wednesday's meeting pledged to do
their utmost in helping to make Florida and America more secure.

"We welcome the opportunity to do our share in protecting America," said
CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali. "Security need not be achieved at the
expense of civil liberties."

In a letter to CAIR-FL, City of Miami Police Department Commander Mario A.

Garcia wrote: "I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the
educational experience which you and the rest of the Muslim Americans
provide me with at yesterday's meeting. I was impressed with your
presentation, your convictions as well as the loyalty and devotion which
you and the rest displayed not only towards the Muslim faith but also your
love for America."

"In this period of heightened security because of an increasing terrorism
threat, the FBI is convinced that the cooperation of all Americans, of all
faiths, is vitally important to preventing the next act of terrorism
against our homeland. That cooperation must be based on mutual respect and
understanding," said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Frank Figliuzzi.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ahmed Bedier,
813-731-9506, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR-KY Meets with FBI, Police Chief

Representatives of CAIR's Kentucky office (CAIR-KY) recently met with the
Lexington FBI and the Chief of Lexington Police. The meetings focused on
how CAIR-KY can help protect and safeguard the community and what concerns
Muslims have about a variety of issues.

Participants in both meetings agreed in principal to attend a town hall
event with the Muslim community and law enforcement agencies in Kentucky.

CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky, Abdul Quayyum, 859-221-9081

 

California Muslims Decry 'Pressure Tactics' Used on Detainee

News Conference Picture: July 30/04
News Conference Picture
Jul 30/04

On Friday, July 30, the Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold a news conference to outline concerns about allegations that a local Muslim is being threatened with deportation as a "pressure tactic" to gain information about an Islamic charity.

The news conference, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-LA/OC), will be followed by an Islamic Friday congregational prayer (Jumah) and rally sponsored by the local Muslim community.

WHEN: Friday, July 30, 12:15 p.m. (Pacific), Prayer and rally begin at 12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Santa Ana Federal Building, 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334

Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, a 44-year-old resident of Buena Park, Calif., was
detained on Tuesday, the same day that several former officials of the
Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) were
arrested for allegedly funneling charitable donations to Palestinian
militants, a charge they consistently deny. Hamdan's family and attorney
say the 24-year U.S. resident, who has six U.S.-born children, is being
told he and his wife will be deported unless he offers information in the
HLF case.

SEE:
"Immigration Status Cited in Detention of Man Who Worked for Charity Under Probe"
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-me-hamdan29jul29,1,5606415.story

"Muslims Protest Man's Arrest"
http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2004/07/29/sections/local/local/article_183699.php

"Our legal and immigration systems should be used to punish criminals and
protect our borders, not as psychological thumb-screws to extract
information," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan.

Ban Al-Wardi, Hamdan's immigration attorney, said her client has cooperated
fully with federal officials on three separate occasions and has offered
any and all information he has on the HLF case. Al-Wardi is also president
of the ADC-LA/OC.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334;
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.

 

Washington: Mosques Participate in Voter Registration Project

On Friday, July 30, a dozen mosques throughout Washington State will
deliver a sermon with a common theme: Muslims should participate in the
political process in the United States. Imams in Lynwood, Mountlake
Terrace, Olympia, Seattle, Sea Tac and University Place will discuss the
need for Muslims to vote and to take an active role in their communities.
Volunteers will be on hand at each of these locations to register eligible
people to vote.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Seattle (CAIR-Seattle) and
Hate Free Zone Washington have sponsored this coordinated effort to
encourage Muslims to vote in the upcoming elections. These two
organizations have undertaken a voter registration project with a goal of
registering 10,000 Muslim voters before the November 2nd election. So far,
the group has registered over 1,500 new voters.

CONTACT: Michaela Corning (CAIR), (206) 321-5769; Mubarak Elamin, 425-417-0138

CAIR-Seattle
Council on American-Islamic Relations
12351 Lake City Way NE, Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98125
Tel: (206) 465-0977
Fax: (206) 774-0436
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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