(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 6/15/09) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) recently held a successful town hall forum at the Islamic Center of Detroit to discuss pressing civil rights issues impacting American Muslims and Arab-Americans.
Brief presentations given at the “Community Rights Town Hall” focused on concerns regarding agent provocateurs and informants spying in houses of worship, detentions during re-entry to the country and border laptop seizures, and the chilling effect on Muslims paying zakat (mandatory charitable donations) to Islamic charities.
Speakers at the event included Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, Wayne State University Criminal Justice Professor Irshad Altheimer, ACLU-MI Field Director Mary Bejian and ADC-MI Advisory Board Member Ihsan Alkhatib.
Also in attendance were representatives from the faith relations office of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Some 150 community members attended the forum.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, firstname.lastname@example.org