(KANSAS CITY, KS, 11/03/17) — On Saturday November 4, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) will hold its First Civil Rights Banquet, with the theme “Living Our Faith — Defending Freedom” at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. The banquet has sold out and no tickets will be sold at the door. Some 400 Kansans of different faiths and backgrounds signed up to attend the event.
Banquet speakers include Nihad Awad, CAIR-National Co-Founder and Executive Director; Dr. Altaf Hussain, VP of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and keynote speaker Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain and Purple Heart recipient Humayun Khan, one of a number of American Muslim “Gold Star” parents nationwide.
At the event, CAIR-Kansas will also present the MVP (Most Valuable Partner) award to Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA) a statewide, multi-faith issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues, in recognition of the organizations work for justice throughout the state and its outstanding support of the Muslim community, helping breakdown stereotypes and building friends and allies across traditional divides.
“Kansas Muslims face a host of challenges in today’s environment, including hate speech, hate crimes and sometimes government-sanctioned discrimination,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, board chair of CAIR-Kansas. “This is the time for all Kansans of all faiths to stand together in support of civil rights organizations dedicated to protecting targeted communities.”
WHAT: CAIR-Kansas, Inaugural Civil Rights Banquet
WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210
“This unique event will be a rallying cry to all who believe in religious freedom for Muslims and Americans of all faiths,” Elbayoumy. “CAIR-Kansas is hosting this event not only as a fundraiser, but as a launching pad to its new campaign to activate its Kansas volunteers in the fight against bigotry and hatred.”
CAIR is America’s largest civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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