(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/18/08) – A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday spoke on a panel discussion about the status of civic participation within the American Muslim community at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
The panel discussion, titled “American Muslim Civic Participation,” was part of the “Covering Islam” theme for the first day of the 59th Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) Conference.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid gave a presentation and answered questions concerning the evolution of civic participation among African-American Muslims from the 1920’s till the present and top voter issues within the general American Muslim community.
Other panelists included Farid Senzai (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding), Edina Lekovic (Muslim Public Affairs Council), and Zeenat Rahman (Interfaith Youth Corp).
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, Tel: 248-559-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org