(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 3/23/09) – Some 1000 people turned out yesterday for the 9th annual fundraising dinner of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) in Dearborn.
Attendees included community activists, elected officials, interfaith leaders, and media representatives. Jameel Jaffer, national litigator of the ACLU, was the keynote speaker at the event.
Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim female elected as state legislator in Michigan, was given CAIR-MI’s Community Service Award, and four students were awarded CAIR-MI’s annual Rosa Parks scholarships.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Hamtramck “in recognition of his service in the Cause of Justice and Equality for Muslim Americans as a regional director of Council on American-Islamic Relations.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Outreach Coordinator Raheem Hanifa, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: email@example.com