June 4, 2010 marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s speech made in Cairo, Egypt regarding relations between Muslims and Americans. Obama made statements like, “American Muslims have enriched the United States.” And “Islam is a part of America.” He touched upon violent extremism, the Israeli/Palestine conflict, and democracy, among other topics. He ended his speech quoting both the Koran and the Bible.
The Council on American Islamic Relations – NY (CAIR-NY) gathered in a round table discussion on June 4, 2010 with a group of prominent members of the New York Muslim community to discuss whether they believe there is evident progress made by the Obama Administration thus far.
CAIR-NY is one division of CAIR, which is spread throughout the US in 19 states. It is a nonprofit organization and the biggest Muslim civil rights group, “dedicated to empowering the NY Muslim community through relentless advocacy, media engagement, coalition building and grassroots mobilization,” cair-ny.org.
“I helped elect the current president,” said Faiza Ali, Community Affairs Director at CAIR-NY. “I want to be able to at least have a discussion to see where we are,one year after the many commitments that were made in his Cairo speech.” (More)