(BETHESDA, MD, 6/6/05) – The Maryland and Virginia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) said today that more than 600 people turned out on Saturday for its third annual fundraising dinner. Keynote speakers for the event included Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. Other speakers included Georgetown law professor David Cole and former military chaplain James Yusuf Yee. CAIR has 31 offices and chapters 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-MD/VA Civil Rights Director Shama Farooq, 301-343-2924; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org