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CAIR-CA Hosts Islamophobia Forum


(SANTA CLARA. CA, 6/29/07) – The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) yesterday held an orientation on Islamophobia for interfaith leaders at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara.

The program aimed to orient the audience, composed of members of Interfaith Witness for Peace (IWP), on various aspects of Islamophobia. CAIR-SFBA staff gave presentations on the historic roots of the phenomenon, the status of American Muslim civil rights, and the manifestations of Islamophobia in different areas such as media, rhetoric from public officials and religious leaders, and hate crimes.

“There is a dire need to recognize that Islamophobia is real, is on the rise, and must be condemned as a form of racism,” said Safaa Ibrahim, CAIR-SFBA executive director. “We hope that through such events we can collectively undertake effective steps to address this serious problem.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.

CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, Media Relations Coordinator, 408-986-9874,


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