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CAIR-OH: Forum on Profiling, Detentions

Terror watch lists lead to unnecessary detentions of law-abiding Americans

(CLEVELAND, OH, 4/12/07) – On Sunday April 29, a community panel discussion sponsored by a broad coalition of organizations will be held to address the so-called “terrorist watch lists” and the increase of racial profiling and detentions of US Citizens at the US/Canada border. The panel discussion will include personal testimonies and legal analysis by experts.

WHAT: Public Forum on Border Detentions of US Citizens
WHEN: Sunday April 29, 2007 at 5:30
WHERE: AACCESS-Ohio Building, 11555 Lorain Avenue 44111, near West 117th Street

Panelists include: Harvey Grossman, Esq., ACLU-Illinois Legal Director and lead counsel in Rahman v. Chertoff, a class action challenging policies of the FBI Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) and Customs and Border Protection; Abed Ayoub, Esq. American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC, Michigan Chapter); Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, Vice Chair, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Detainees from Michigan and Ohio will be present to give testimony, including Abe Dabdoub, engineer and plant manager; Zakariya Reed, Toledo firefighter and Ohio Air National Guard veteran; Dr. Sharif Gindy, engineer and inventor; Taleb Salhab, prominent Arab American community leader; Julia A. Shearson, Executive Director, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter.

See: Do Guards at the Border Cross a Line? Americans Come Home to Unwelcome

See: Terror Database Has Quadrupled in Four Years: U.S. Watch Lists Are
Drawn from Massive Data Clearinghouse

The Event is co-sponsored by the Rights Working Group “Liberty and Justice for All” Campaign; American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU of Ohio); National Network for Arab American Communities; Arab American Institute (AAI); American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); and CAIR-Ohio.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail:; Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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