(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/1/09) – A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday participated in a panel discussion on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009 at St. Peter AME Zion Church in Hamtramck.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), who is the author of the act, discussed the need for broader federal intervention in hate crimes investigations against targeted groups.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid spoke about the rise of hate crimes against American Muslims and others who are perceived to be Muslims, including Arab-American Christians and Sikhs, and the need for federal jurisdiction in assisting local and state hate crime investigations outside of federal property.
The panel, which was organized by the Hamtramck branch of the NAACP, also had as speakers Hamtramck NAACP President Kamal Rahman, Detroit NAACP Executive Director Hester Wheeler and ACLU-MI Attorney Jay Kaplan.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, Tel: 248-559-2247, E-Mail: email@example.com