(CHICAGO, IL, 4/12/10) — A record 1500 people attended the sixth annual banquet and fundraising dinner of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) on Saturday, April 10.
Speakers for the program included Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
“The size and diversity of the crowd at the sold-out event represented the breadth and depth of the Chicago Muslim community and neighboring states,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago. “The evening’s uplifting theme focused on how we could be the subjects of our own history, rather than the victims.”
CAIR-Chicago received more than 20 letters of support from elected officials, including letters from Chicago’s mayor, Illinois’ governor, members of the U.S. House and Senate, and local public officials, some of whom were in attendance.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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 understand.
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