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CAIR-CA to Hold Community Empowerment Workshop


(SANTA CLARA, CA, 11/16/06) – On Saturday, November 18, the Council on American Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CAIR-SFBA) will hold its 8th Community Empowerment Workshop (CEW), at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) in Santa Clara.

The workshops are part of an educational initiative conducted by CAIR-SFBA, in collaboration with the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers (BAAML) and Catholic Charities, aimed at engaging the community in civic, social and political activism.

Guest speakers at the 8th CEW will include BAAML representatives Marwa Elzankaly, who will address issues regarding the FBI, searches and warrants, and Shah Peerally, who will inform the community on immigrant rights. Also speaking will be Robert Yabes from Catholic Charities, who will brief the community on available immigrant resources. Finally, CAIR-SFBA staff will discuss the status of civil rights in America, their effect on the Muslim community, and the resources CAIR has to offer.

“Through our partnership we’ve reached individuals across the greater Bay Area, and equipped them with the tools necessary for them to advocate for themselves, should their rights be violated,” said Safaa Ibrahim, CAIR-SFBA Executive Director.

She added: “We’ve also addressed the current domestic, social and political climate relating to misconceptions about Islam and the status of Muslims in America today.”

Seven workshops at various locations across the Bay Area have already been conducted successfully. The workshops are free and open to the public.

WHAT: Community Empowerment Workshop #8
WHEN: Saturday, November 18, 2006, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Muslim Community Association, Women’s Lounge; 3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA, 95054

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Shazia Jafri, CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator; Phone: 408-986- 9874; Email:


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