(CLEVELAND, OH, 9/6/05) – Leaders of the Northeast Ohio Muslim and Arab-American communities met recently with federal law enforcement officials from Michigan and Ohio to discuss ongoing civil liberties and immigration concerns.
The leadership roundtable included top local officials from the Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Senior officials from the Office of Investigations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were also present.
At the meeting, Muslim leaders voiced strong concerns about continued erosion of civil rights for Muslims in America. Muslim leaders reiterated their absolute condemnation of terrorism, stating that it is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to partner with policy-makers and law enforcement to defeat terrorism.
The meeting was co-hosted by law enforcement and a local Muslim community advisory group formed in 2004. The group meets regularly with law enforcement agencies to discuss issues of mutual concern, as well as to be prepared in the event of a crisis. Future meetings will focus on plans for a wider town hall forum.
Muslim and Arab-American groups represented at the meeting included the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, Islamic Center of Cleveland, First Cleveland Mosque, Uqbah Mosque Foundation, Peace in the Hood, AACCESS, and the Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH).
CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247,
E-Mail: Julia@cair-ohio.com; Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail: