(COLUMBUS, OH, 3/27/07) – Representatives of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) met recently with Earl Smith, president of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.

The meeting was part of a continuing effort to build positive relationships with and dialogue between Ohio’s Muslim community and law enforcement agencies. The meeting came at an important time for central Ohio’s Muslim community following a recent murder of a local Muslim resident and storeowner.

“Small business owners in our community are concerned because they feel they are being targeted by criminals,” said CAIR-Ohio (Columbus) Director Adnan Mirza. “We wanted to take this opportunity to discuss security measures that can be put in place to deter criminal activity and promote security and safety for the shopkeepers and their neighborhoods.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

CONTACT: Adnan Mirza, 614-451-3232, E-Mail:


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