Extensions of Remarks – In Recognition of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Congressional Record, 4/16/08
110th Congress – Second Session
HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH of Ohio in the House of Representatives
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Mr. KUCINICH: Madam Speaker, I rise today in order to recognize the achievements of Cleveland’s Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chapter on the occasion of their sixth annual banquet. For the past 6 years, CAIR has played an instrumental role in bridging the divides between Greater Cleveland’s diverse communities.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a nation wide nonprofit organization whose 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 staff of Ohio has worked tirelessly to ensure that this vision becomes a reality and I thank every member of the organization for their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of the Cleveland area.
Together with the organizers of CAIR’s sixth annual banquet, titled “Let the Conversation Begin,” I also stand in recognition of the distinguished speakers; Dr. Christopher Pyle of Mt. Holyoke College and Imam Johari Abdul Malik of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center. Dr. Christopher Pyle is currently a Professor of Politics at Mt. Holyoke College and an award winning investigative journalist, scholar, teacher and historian. Imam Johari Abdul Malik is the head of Muslim Chaplains in Higher Education, Government Relations Chair for the Muslim Alliance in North America and President of the Muslim Society of Washington, Inc. I commend their efforts and work in speaking out on important issues and promoting social justice.
Madam Speaker and colleagues, please join me in recognizing the Council on American-Islamic Relations for their truly outstanding achievements. The work of CAIR is vital in an ever changing, diversifying and growing community. May their efforts to promote dialogue and create a more inclusive world endure for years to come.