(CHICAGO, IL, 3/5/09) – On Saturday, March 7, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will commemorate its work in championing civil rights and advocating on behalf of Muslim Americans with its fifth annual banquet, themed “Beyond Islamophobia: The Opportunity in the Challenge.”
The event will feature internationally renowned Muslim American scholar Hamza Yusuf, award presentations in the categories of Media, Community Service and Courage, and a short film premiere showcasing CAIR-Chicago’s work.
Community leaders and activists from every sector of Chicago’s Muslim American community will join government officials, elected representatives and other honored guests at the banquet. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend.
WHAT: CAIR-Chicago’s Fifth Annual Banquet
WHEN: Saturday March 7, 2009, 6 p.m. reception
WHERE: Brury Lane Banquet Hall, 100 Drury Ln, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Hamza Yusuf, author, scholar, and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA and “arguably the west’s most influential Islamic scholar.” (Guardian)
AWARD RECIPIENTS: CNN Journalist Roland Martin, Media Award; Ahlam Jbara, Community Service Award; Dr. Imran Qureshi, Courage Award.
CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, (312) 212-1520, (202) 870-0166 E-Mail: email@example.com; Reem Rahman, Communications Coordinator, CAIR-Chicago, (217) 493-0912 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAIR-Chicago serves one of the largest and most diverse Muslim populations in the United States.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group and has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, and empower American Muslims