(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/10/08) – Some 600 people turned out on Saturday for the fourth annual Entertainment Night for Civil Rights hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim, Calif.
CAIR-LA President Fawad Yacoob welcomed attendees to an evening of clean, fun entertainment that offered the Southern California Muslim community a chance to relax and enjoy comedy and other performances while supporting CAIR’s civil rights work.
Comedians Preacher Moss, Azeem, Omar Regan, and Joe Recca offered a humorous look at the day-to-day challenges many Muslims face living in the U.S. post-9/11. The evening also featured a performance by turntablist Kidragon, and was emceed by Sam Pierstorff, the poet laureate of Modesto, Calif.
CAIR honored three local young people with Muslim Youth Activism Awards for their outstanding efforts in civil, social and religious activism, and recognized journalists Samir and Pat Twair and young filmmaker Lena Khan for their extraordinary efforts in building bridges and correcting stereotypes about Muslim- and Arab-Americans.
The night also included brief remarks by CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush on the status of Muslim civil rights in the U.S.
“It is easy to feel disheartened during difficult times, especially for Muslims who endure continued Islamophobia and challenges to their civil rights,” said Ayloush, commenting on the choice to combine comedy and civil rights. “Such an entertainment night helps lift the Muslim community’s spirits and boosts its morale.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties 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.