(COLUMBUS, OH, 9/20/2003) – The Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) has been selected to receive the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio’s (ACLU-Ohio) annual Liberty’s Flame Award for contributions to the advancement and protection of civil liberties.

The award will be presented at a program and reception on Saturday, October 25, in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Mark Brown of Capital University will be the keynote speaker.

“It is a privilege and honor to be recognized by an organization with such a long history of defending civil rights,” said Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of CAIR-Ohio. “This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of CAIR-Ohio’s staff and volunteers.”

CAIR-Ohio and the ACLU of Ohio have been working together on projects defending the constitutional rights of Muslims.

There are an estimated 150,000 Muslims in Ohio, 7 million in the United States, and 1.2 billion worldwide.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 offices nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Mr. Jad Humeidan, Executive Director, 614-451-3232, jad@cair-ohio.com; Ms. Chris Link, Executive Director, ACLU of Ohio, 216-472-2220


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