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CAIR-Cleveland to Hold Annual Banquet

(CLEVELAND, 3/3/05) – On March 26, the Cleveland office of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will hold its Third Annual Dinner and Fundraiser, with the theme “Standing for Mercy, Kindness and Justice.”

Michael Ratner, renowned international human rights lawyer and President of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, will speak about the Guantanamo Bay detainees’ legal challenges to detention, the government “rendition” program, Abu Ghraib abuses, and the work of the center.

WHAT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Office, 3rd Annual Dinner & Fundraiser

WHERE: Saturday, March 26, 2005 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, Ohio

CAIR’s National Executive Director and co-founder Nihad Awad will give a briefing on the state of civil rights for Muslims in America and CAIR’s vision and mission for the coming years. Art and Peggy Gish of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) will receive an I-CAIR Justice Award for their peace and justice work in Iraq and the West Bank.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail:;
Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916


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