(Columbus, 5/2/05) – The Ohio Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) held its 2005 Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 30. The conference, held at Sunrise Academy in Columbus, drew approximately 60 attendees from various cities across the state of Ohio. The event featured distinguished speakers such as Daniel Tokaji, Ohio State University Professor of Law; Kris Long, Ohio Senate Minority Chief of Staff; Bob Fitrakis of the Free Press; Mike Curtain, President & CEO of the Columbus Dispatch; Steve Abbot, Communications Professor at Columbus State Community College; and Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR-Southern California. “The objective of the conference was to motivate participants to become more active on issues of concern to the Muslim community through communicating with elected officials and the media, building and organizing coalitions, and a more thorough understanding of civil rights,” said CAIR-Ohio President, Ahmad Al-Akhras.
“I am confident that events such as these will make the Muslim community more assertive in exercising their rights and making their voices heard in the political arena.” Similar events will be held in the coming months at the Cleveland and Cincinnati offices of CAIR-Ohio. For more information, see www.cair-ohio.com. 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.