(COLUMBUS, 3/15/18) – On Sunday, March 11, more than 400 people turned out for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Columbus chapter’s (CAIR-Columbus) 21st Annual Banquet to support the advocacy organization’s civil rights work.
Guest speakers included Dr. Altaf Hussain, Imam Suhaib Webb, and comedian Jeremy McClellan.
CAIR-Columbus received documents of recognition from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Columbus City Council, Columbus City Mayor Andrew Ginther, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, and Ohio State Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko.
Senator Brown also recorded a message for the occasion which can be viewed here.
“Our event signaled that despite the challenges faced by the American Muslim community in today’s climate, we will remain resilient and continue to stand for what is right,” said CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Jennifer Nimer. “Our guest speakers spoke to the current concerns of the Muslim community and inspired the audience to continue working hard to help restore unity in our nation.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
The CAIR-Ohio affiliate has three chapters in Ohio – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.