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California Muslim Detained in Egypt

On Thursday, July 22, the Southern California
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold a
news conference at which it will call on American and Egyptian authorities
to offer information about the recent detention of a Muslim U.S. citizen in
Cairo.

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: CAIR-LA's Office, 2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F, Anaheim, Calif.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334, Hussam Ayloush,
714-814-4444

According to friends and family members, the 26-year-old resident of Culver
City, Calif., was detained on Friday at Cairo airport by Egyptian security
personnel. He had been in Egypt studying Arabic and was on his way home
when detained. (Family members of the detained man, along with local
community leaders, will attend the news conference.)

CAIR officials have contacted the U.S. Department of State, the American
embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C., but no
information about the man's detention has yet been released.

"We are concerned that an American citizen can be detained under mysterious
circumstances by a close ally, and that our own government is not able to
provide any answers," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
Ayloush said the American Muslim community needs to know why the man was
detained and who is behind his detention.

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

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Boston Islamic Community Hosts Muslim DNC Delegates

Muslims in the Boston area will host Muslim delegates from
across America who will be attending the 2004 Democratic National
Convention (DNC) in Boston during the last week of July. A reception will
be held on Tuesday July 27th, starting at 11:30AM, at the Islamic Society
of Boston's (ISB) mosque located at 204 Prospect Street, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. SEE: http://www.isboston.org

The 2004 DNC will be drawing over 5000 delegates from all 50 states across
the nation. The American Muslim population has been taking a greater role
in mainstream American politics for the past decade; there are about 40
Muslim delegates expected to participate in this years Convention.

Invitations for the July 27th reception have been sent to all the Muslim
delegates. In addition to the delegates, the Mayor of Cambridge, Michael
Sullivan and State Representative Alice K. Wolf will be in attendance at
the reception. There will also be participation from leaders of the greater
Boston area Muslim community.

The program will begin at 11:30 AM with presentations from the Muslim
community leaders and also from the various government officials in
attendance. After a break for prayers, the program will resume with a
luncheon for the delegates.

The reception will present a networking opportunity for Muslims leaders
from across the country to form stronger alliances through which they can
pursue common goals in a more organized, cohesive manner. American Muslims,
particularly first generation immigrants, face a severe lack of
representation in all facets of the American society. American Muslims are
making continuous efforts to dispel false images and stereotypes that tend
to overshadow the realities of Muslims and Islam.

This reception has been organized through the efforts of Muslims serving on
the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, Mushtaque A. Mirza, Hanif
Butt and also Parwez Wahid, Secretary of the Democratic Town Committee in
Framingham, Massachusetts. Salma Kazmi of the Islamic Society of Boston has
arranged to make facilities at the ISB available for the reception.

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PHONE: 617-876-4267

 

NJ Muslims Discuss Civil Rights With State Agency

Muslim and Arab-American leaders in New Jersey met
yesterday with representatives of that state's Division on Civil Rights
(DCR) to begin a dialogue on issues of concern to both communities,
particularly religious and ethnic discrimination.

The round-table discussion with the DCR, a state agency operating under the
office of the New Jersey Attorney General, was co-hosted by the Jersey
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ). It was the
agency's first formal meeting with Muslim and Arab-American leaders.

"Unlike hate crimes, discrimination is a subtler, yet more prevalent
phenomenon that negatively impacts members of many minority communities,
including Muslims and Arab-Americans," said CAIR-NJ Executive Director
Faiza Ali. "By its very nature, it is harder to detect but may ultimately
cause more damage to individuals and their families."

Ali welcomed the opportunity to work with the DCR to address religious
discrimination and the protection of civil liberties.

Groups that took part in the meeting included the New Jersey office of the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Human Rights and Education
Law Project, the Islamic Center of Passaic County, the Islamic Educational
Center of North Hudson, and the Islamic Center of Central Jersey. DCR
representatives included Director J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo and Assistant
Directors Gary LoCassio and Philip Freeman.

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

CONTACT: Faiza Ali, Executive Director, 908-209-7440, E-MAIL:
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CAIR-DC Hosts Middle Eastern Journalists

CAIR today hosted a delegation of journalists from the Middle East touring
the United States under the sponsorship of the Department of State Foreign
Press Center. The journalists are examining the American political system
during the 2004 elections.

 

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