(NEW YORK, N.Y., 10/18/07) – On Sunday, October 21, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) will host a panel discussion entitled “Islamophobia: Institutionalized Racism?” The event is part of a series of discussions scheduled around the nation, addressing the issue of “Islamophobia,” or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims.
The New York event will seek to explain the historical context of Islamophobia and provide resources for gaining a better understanding of the negative impact anti-Muslim bigotry has on individuals and organizations throughout the United States.
WHAT: Panel Discussion – “Islamophobia: Institutionalized Racism?”
WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Center at NYU, at New York University, 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY
“Given the lamentable state of our nation’s international image, it is imperative that American Muslims analyze the situation and advocate solutions that will help remove the perception that we, as a nation, are at war with the faith of Islam,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed, who is one of the panelists.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates 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: Faiza N. Ali CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director, 212.870.2002 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 732-429-4268, E-Mail: email@example.com