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CAIR-FL Trains FBI Agents on Islam and Muslims

(ORLANDO, FL, 05/05/06) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today held a diversity training workshop on Islam and the American Muslim community at the University of Central Florida’s downtown Orlando Ying Academic Center. Approximately 15 law enforcement agents, including members from the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, attended the workshop that examined basic Islamic beliefs and concepts, common stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, and ways in which

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CAIR-NJ: Muslims Teens Killed By Drunk Driver

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/9/2006) – On Wednesday, May 10, the New Jersey office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) will hold a press conference to call on the Morris County prosecutors to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law a drunk driver who killed two Muslim teens. The two cousins, Mayada Jafar, 15, and Athear Jafar, 16, were both killed in April while they were walking on the sidewalk

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Muslims Urge Wachovia to Explain Account Closures

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MUSLIMS URGE WACHOVIA TO EXPLAIN ACCOUNT CLOSURES (WASHINGTON, DC, 5/8/2006) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the MAS Freedom Foundation today announced a campaign urging Wachovia to explain and reverse its decision to close the accounts of the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH) – a small, Northern Virginia charity that provides assistance to people of all faiths. In

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CAIR Welcomes Darfur Peace Accord Brokered by State Dept.

CAIR WELCOMES DARFUR PEACE ACCORD BROKERED BY STATE DEPT.Letter to Dep. Sec. of State Zoellick ‘commends’ his brokering of peace accord (WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/5/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the announcement of the peace accord between the major parties involved in the tragic Darfur conflict. In a letter to United States Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who brokered three days leading to the peace accord, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad

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PA: Criticism of Saudi Students Sparks Protests

WILKES-BARRE – A letter to the editor in Sunday’s Times Leader blasting Saudi Arabia and criticizing the paper’s decision to run a story about Saudi Arabian international students at Wilkes University sparked a protest at the college Wednesday. Salmon Punekar, a Wilkes University business student, organized a protest of a recent letter to the editor in the Times Leader. The letter, written in response to an article, pointed out that most of the Sept. 11

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CAIR-AZ Interfaith Event A Success

(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/4/2006) – On Tuesday, May 2, the Arizona office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ), in cooperation with the Islamic Community Center (ICC) of Tempe, hosted an interfaith event, “A Day of Discovery: Building Bridges to Islam.” Over 50 members of Elderhostel, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities for people 55 and over, attended the event. It was the first of a series that will be held throughout May and June.

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