(COLUMBUS, OH 6/13/05) – The Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today said that more than 400 people turned out for its eighth annual dinner in Columbus this past weekend. The event, themed “Promoting Civil Rights and Harmony for a Better America,” was attended by more than 20 public officials, as well as local religious leaders and community activists. Speakers at the event included former Gunatanamo Bay US Army Chaplain James Yusuf Yee, CAIR-National Executive Director Nihad Awad, Islamic Society of Greater Houston President Rodwan Saleh, and CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras. I-CAIR Awards were presented to community activists and youth who made a difference in the Muslim community. CAIR-Ohio has offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.
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