(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/8/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered sincere condolences to the family of Marwan Burgan, a respected community activist who passed away Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Burgan was the founder and president of the Project for American Civic Engagement (PACE), an organization that aims to involve minority populations in the U.S. political process. Before that, he served as chief of staff to Congressman Mervyn Dymally (D-CA). In his political career, Mr. Burgan was instrumental in the passage of amendments to hate crime laws that specifically protect Muslims and mosques.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Burgan family at their time of loss,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We are grateful for Marwan’s dedication to the important causes he believed in and supported even in the last days of his life. He will be missed in our community.”
Mr. Burgan will be buried in his native Jordan, but memorials are scheduled in the Washington, D.C. area.