(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/22/09) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization announced today that its new public service announcement (PSA), called “I am Muslim, I am American,” began airing this morning on the CBS Super Screen in New York City’s Times Square.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said its New York chapter (CAIR-NY) produced the 15-second PSA, which will air every hour for 18 hours each day through January 16, 2010, on the 26-foot by 20-foot full-motion screen. More than one million people pass through Times Square each day.
CAIR-NY’s PSA features an American Muslim NYPD sergeant, as well as a Muslim Little League all-star, a human rights activist, a doctoral candidate, and an attorney. It begins with the statement, “Building Community, Serving Country.” Viewers are encouraged to visit CAIR’s web site.
To view the PSA, go to:http://www.cair.com/ny
“This public service advertisement features ordinary American Muslims whose everyday lives are dedicated to building community and serving country,” said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. “This initiative is part of our ongoing effort to ensure that a fair and accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims is presented to the American public.”
Ali added that the PSA will air during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, when up to one million people turn out to watch the ball drop at midnight.
“We hope that the millions of people from around the nation and the world who view this public service announcement will return home with enhanced understanding of Islam and the American Muslim community,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Our PSA shows that American Muslims are a vital part of our nation’s social and religious fabric.”
Awad noted that a 2007 study by the Pew Research Center described American Muslims as “middle class” and “mainstream.” The first-ever nationwide study said American Muslims are “largely assimilated, happy with their lives, and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.”
SEE: Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com