(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/18/2005) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations today said some 450 people, including dozens of officials and community leaders, turned out for the annual fundraising banquet of its New York office (CAIR-NY) on Saturday. Speakers and attendees at the event included New York City Councilperson John Liu, Georgetown University professor and author David Cole, National Lawyers Guild of New York President Martin Stolar, and former Army chaplain James Yee. Awards were presented to the Center for Constitutional Rights for its defense of civil rights and to Muslims Weekly for its work in journalism. Debbie Almontaser, Abdullatif Castrillo, Omar Mohammedi, and Ghazi Khankan also received awards for the numerous contributions they have made to the protection of civil liberties.
“We would like to thank our friends and supporters who made Saturday’s dinner such a success,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr. “Through their generosity, we will be better able to expand our civil rights and educational efforts and continue our proactive approach to promoting an accurate image of the American Muslim community and Islam.” Nasr added that attendees received an annual civil rights and financial report. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, 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.
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