(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 11/7/2013) – A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday participated on a panel discussion at the University of Michigan - Flint about civil rights challenges and Islamophobia facing American Muslims after 9/11.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid spoke about the importance of coalition building in regards to confronting the erosion of civil liberties and responding to anti-Muslim bigotry. Walid gave examples of how civil rights and interfaith activists responded to concerns of FBI informants infiltrating houses of worship as well as anti-Islam groups which regularly visit Dearborn.
Also speaking on the panel were ACLU-Michigan Deputy Director Rana Elmir and University of Michigan - Dearborn Arab-American Studies Professor Sally Howell.
"We welcome such opportunities to engage university students about contemporary issues of discrimination, which have negative consequences upon our entire society," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.