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CAIR Co-Hosts Convening of Civil Rights Activists in Cleveland

Cleveland-activists(CLEVELAND, OH – 2/25/13) — The Cleveland Chapter on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, along with other groups, recently convened an organizing forum for more than 50 community activists from across the greater Cleveland area.

Topics ranged from effective strategies for building coalitions and grassroots power to racial profiling legislation and plans for direct action related to the fatal Cleveland police shooting of two unarmed African-Americans.

The convening was the second in a series of ongoing organizing events to build power for collective action in Cleveland.

Leaders from a broad spectrum of the community participated in the forum, including activists from the American Friends Service Committee; the Social Justice Institute of Case Western Reserve University; St. Paul's Church; Black on Black Crime; United Church of Christ; Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; NAACP; ACLU; Dream Activists; Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network; Carl Stokes Brigade; Audacity of Hope Foundation; Imperial Women; Food Not Bombs; Oppressed People's Nation; Coalition for a Better Life; Masjid IRM; CAIR and many others. The meeting was facilitated by nationally-known civil and human rights organizer, George Friday, National Field Organizer of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee based in Washington, D.C.

“The purpose of these events is to bring together various civil and human rights leaders and organizations to form a more united front to work on social justice issues together,” CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia A. Shearson said.

The next forum will be held on May 18, 2013 and will be co-hosted by the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and others.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OH Communications Coordinator Hanna Tyler, 614.451.3232,; Bill of Rights Defense Committee Communications Specialist Samantha A. Peetros, 413.582.0110,

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