(Sacramento, CA, 11/22/2004) – Some 450 elected leaders, government officials, civic and Muslim organizations leaders and community members turned out for the Second Annual Fundraising Banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) office on Saturday. Speakers included Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu, Muslim Student Association- National President Hadia Mubarak, and CAIR National Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.
Keeping with the theme of “Restoring the American Dream”, Keynote speaker Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the sponsors of the anti-hate crime legislation Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, “As California’s top cop I will not allow it.”
One of the highlights of the event, CAIR presented its annual Courage and Inspiration Award to Chaplain James Yee for his steadfastness and patience while being held for 76 days in a Naval prison. Yee was unjustly accused of spying, espionage while serving as a US Army Muslim Chaplain in at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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““On behalf of CAIR-SV, I would like to thank all those who helped make the
banquet a success,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “CAIR-SV
looks forward to working with our fellow Americans to help restore the American
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada.