(BAKERSFIELD, CA, 3/25/08) – On Saturday, March 22, the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), in cooperation with the Islamic Shura Council of Bakersfield, held a community forum with Bakersfield Muslims. The forum was held at the Islamic Center of San Joaquin Valley.
CAIR-LA speakers at the event included: Chapter President Fawad Yacoob, Executive Director Hussam Ayloush, Executive Committee Member Dr. Ahmed Soboh, and Civil Rights Coordinator Affad Shaikh.
Speakers stressed the importance of civic and media activism, and that standing up for Muslim civil rights ensures the rights of all Americans. Bakersfield Muslims were also assured that they are not alone in their struggles and that Americans of all faiths stand together with American Muslims targeted by hate or bias.
In a recent incident, vandals smashed car windows and attacked worshipers at the Islamic Center. A Bakersfield middle school student was also reportedly harassed by fellow students when she began wearing an Islamic headscarf.
“The goal of the community forum was to reach out to Bakersfield Muslims and offer them CAIR’s support in continuing their efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, political empowerment and mutual understanding,” said Fawad Yacoob.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Munira Syeda, Tel: 714-776-1847, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org