The Arizona office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Arizona) and the American Civil Liberties
Union of Arizona (AzCLU) met Tuesday with representatives of the FBI to
discuss concerns about recent interviews of local Muslims, ongoing
counterterrorism efforts and ways to improve cooperation between law
enforcement and the American Muslim community.
Representatives of CAIR's New York office (CAIR-NY), along with other
Muslim community leaders, met with FBI Assistant Director in Charge,
Pasquale J. D'Amuro, Tuesday at the Muslim Youth Center in Brooklyn to
discuss issues of concern to the Islamic community. Topics of discussion
included the criteria used for opening an investigation, building trust in
the Muslim community and the possibility of sensitivity training for FBI
"Arizona's Muslim community, as well as other Muslim communities across the
country, are ready, willing and able to work with law enforcement
authorities for the safety and security of our nation," said CAIR-AZ
Executive Director Deedra Abboud.
"The Muslim community in New York wants to play a positive role in
protecting our nation's security, but that role is made more difficult if
the FBI is perceived as pursuing suspects much more actively than it is
searching for community partners," said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr.
Both meetings were part of CAIR's efforts to build constructive
relationships with local, state and national law enforcement agencies and
to voice the Muslim community's concerns about religious and ethnic profiling.
CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona, Deedra Abboud at 602-262-2247, E-Mail:
Alhamdulillah, (to God belongs all praise),
the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has
participated in two national conferences in June, and will feature
prominently in a third later this summer.
In June, CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee served as a panelist at
the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) held at
the University of Manitoba on June 5. Mr. Saloojee joined University of
Victoria political science professor Reg Whitaker to speak on the issue of
"Security vs. Liberty Post-9/11: Are We Losing Our Balance?"
The conference brought together over 90 associations and more than 6,000
scholars from the international academic community. It featured
interdisciplinary symposia, cultural events, public discussions and
attracted major media coverage.
In June, Saloojee was also panelist at the annual conference of the
Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), an
organization established to provide an effective communication link between
governmental agencies working in the field of protecting and promoting
human rights. Hosted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, this year's
conference theme was "The Everyday Work of Promoting and Protecting Human
Rights in Canada." Saloojee spoke on the issue of "Discrimination Prevention."
On Sunday, August 15, 2004, CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan will join Professor
Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies
at the University of Toronto, and broadcaster Ann Medina for the Opening
Panel of the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) annual conference, "Engaging
Communities: Human Rights in Context?"
The panel will be preceded by an opening address from UN Special Envoy
Stephen Lewis. (For more on the program, please visit:
The CBA Canadian Legal Conference and Expo is the premiere annual event for
legal professionals in Canada. The CBA represents some 38,000 lawyers,
judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada.
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A unique project that represents the history and dynamics of the
Canadian Muslim community, the three-part educational series was created by
producer Michael Milo at the Division of Media and Technology of University
of Saskatchewan. It is hosted by internationally-renowned singer/songwriter
Dawud Wharnsby Ali and written by educator Saira Rahman.
The three-part series chronicles the history, religious life and
contributions of Muslims in Canada's multicultural fabric.
"At any given mosque throughout the country, you might find up to fifty
different ethnic and cultural groups. The Muslim community in Canada is a
microcosm of Canada's multicultural make-up and the videos try to celebrate
that diversity," said producer Michael Milo.
"A New Life in a New Land fills a critical gap in providing a
well-researched and elegantly presented snapshot of the presence and
contribution of Canadian Muslims," added CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad
CAIR is asking for the help of local Muslim
activists to promote the distribution and broadcast of the "I am an
American Muslim" television public service announcement (PSA).
TO VIEW THE PSA, GO TO:
CAIR's 30 and 60-second PSA, which is designed to challenged anti-Muslim
bias, features American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic,
and Native American heritage. Each person in the PSA states how they and
their families have served America and ends by saying, "I am an American
Muslim." (See the INCITEMENT WATCH below for an example of Islamophobic
The PSA was first distributed by satellite to television public service
directors in June. It will be rebroadcast to television stations nationwide
on Wednesday, July 14.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
1. Please call each of your local television stations and ask to speak to
the person who handles public service announcements.
2. Explain to that person why it is important to help reduce anti-Muslim
bias in our society and how this PSA could assist in that goal.
3. Ask that the PSA be recorded from the following satellite feed:
DATE: Wednesday, July 14th
TIME: 2:00pm - 2:15pm ET (11:00am - 11:15am PT)
SATELLITE COORDINATES: C-BAND, AMC 9, Transponder 22, D/L 4140 H
if the public service director requires a hard copy of the PSA or if you
need more information about the campaign.
Incitement Watch: 'Islam is Rife with Cruelty'