(NEW YORK, NY, 10/23/07) – Some 100 people turned out Sunday for a panel discussion entitled “Islamophobia: Institutionalized Racism” hosted by the New York chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) at the Islamic Center at New York University.
Speakers on the panel included CAIR-NY President Omar Mohammedi, Esq., CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed, Professor Lawrence Davidson of West Chester University, and Christian ethicist and author Dr. Lucinda Mosher.
“There are many, many people in this country who have been subject to the same kind of injustices and have been fighting this same fight the Islamic community now confronts,” said Dowoti Desir, executive director of The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.
Similar discussions on Islamophobia, or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims, are being organized by CAIR chapters across the nation.
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.
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