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CAIR-CA: Community Forum in Memory of Alia Ansari


(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/01/06) – On Friday, November 3, The Council on American-Islamic Relations of the San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) will host an open community forum in response to the shooting of Alia Ansari.

The forum will bring together religious leaders, public officials, law enforcement officials, and community members. Speakers at the event will include Craig Steckler, Fremont Chief of Police; Steve Cho, Vice Mayor of Fremont; and Carol Russo, Conciliation Specialist with the Community Relations Service, US Justice Department. Prominent community members will also be present.

Due to growing interest and to accommodate a larger audience, the venue has been changed to the Los Cerritos Community Center (see address below). The event has been co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) and the Afghan Women’s Coalition.

The program will include updates from the police on their investigation, the measures they are taking to keep the community safe, and the resources available to the public in case of such a tragedy. Following the statements there will be an open Q&A session for community members to ask questions and voice their concerns surrounding the shooting.

“Such a crime affects the entire community, and people are obviously concerned about their own safety, as well as about how to respond. We are holding this forum so it can serve as a platform for people to express their concerns to the officials, as well as for the officials to update and reassure the community on their part,” said Safaa Ibrahim, CAIR-SFBA Executive Director.

“It’s an effort through which we can together come up with constructive ways to address such a tragedy, and work together to keep our society safer,” Ibrahim added.

Alia Ansari was shot on October 19 in Fremont, at 2:40 p.m., while on her way to pick up her children from school. Fremont police have a “person of interest” in custody under a parole violation, but they have not charged him with Ansari’s shooting.

WHAT: “Community Open Forum” – In Memory of Alia Ansari
WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2006; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Los Cerritos Community Center, 3377 Alder Avenue, Fremont, CA 94536
CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator; Phone: 408-986-9874; Email:


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