WHAT: Muslims of the greater San Francisco Bay Area will join the Coalition
to Preserve Human Dignity, and host the Bay Area’s 1st Annual Humanitarian
Day for the Homeless on Saturday, November 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the
Salvation Army building located at 405 N. 4th St. in downtown San
Jose. The organizations will provide food, water, t-shirts, blankets, and
hygiene packages to the homeless community.

The Coalition selected the holy month of Ramadan as a global observance
that transcends race and gender in a spirit of love, equality, and respect
for each other and all of humanity. Last year the Coalition successfully
served nearly 3,000 individuals in the Los Angeles area. The goal this year
is to replicate those efforts and serve over 1,000 homeless in San Jose on
Saturday and assist more than 4,000 homeless people in the Los Angeles area
in a similar undertaking on Sunday.

Homelessness is a national epidemic in America. It is a condition that does
not discriminate and it can affect anyone at anytime. The Humanitarian Day
is a day for the homeless to access multiple services without leaving their
own precincts of the downtown community.

“Ramadan is a time of increased compassion and caring for others. Our goal
is to give the homeless community hope and relief to ease their struggle,”
said Habibe Husain, founder of the Rahima Foundation in Santa Clara.

WHEN: Saturday, November 6th, 2004 from 10 AM to 2 PM

WHERE: Salvation Army, 405 N. 4th St. (just north of Julian Ave.), San Jose

Event Sponsors: Rahima Foundation, Muslim Community Association (MCA),
South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB),
Islamic Center of Fremont (ICF), Masjidul Waritheen, Masjid Al-Islam,
Zaytuna Institute, Muslim American Society (MAS) – Bay Area, Islamic
Networks Group (ING), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Bay
Area, Hidaya Foundation, Granada Islamic School, Stanford Islamic School,
Latino Muslims of Bay Area, Food not Bombs, Muslim Students Association
(MSA) – Bay Area, Generation M (Bay Area), Indian Muslim Council (IMC) –
USA, Halal Meats and American Muslim Voice (AMV)

Contact: Dahlia Eltoumi, CAIR SFBA, (408) 206-1207 (Cell), dahlia@cair.com
or visit www.dignitycoalition.org


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