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CAIR-OK to Honor Aware Tulsa at 2017 Celebration Gala

(TULSA, OK, 10/4/2017) – On Friday, October 6, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will honor Aware Tulsa as a leader in social justice advocacy during its 2017 Tulsa Celebration Gala.

CAIR-OK’s gala will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Warren Place, 6110 S. Yale Avenue, Tulsa, Okla., from 7-9 p.m. on October 6. Tickets start at $40 and may be purchased online at:

“We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of the Tulsa Muslim community with so many of our friends and neighbors. The evening’s focus on interfaith partnership, social justice, and community strength will hopefully inspire the Tulsa Muslim community to push forward without fear in these difficult times,” said CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Anna Facci.

Banquet speakers will include the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church; Shiekh Nuredin Giayash, Director of Peace Academy Institute; and Imam Imad Enchassi, Senior Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Usama Canon, one of the most dynamic Muslim speakers in the West, who is founded on a deep understanding and scholarship of Islam through traditional study of the Holy Qur’an and the Life of the Prophet Muhammad. Usama is the Founding Director of Ta’leef Collective, a community based non-profit focused on assisting converts to Islam and creating healthy social and sacred spaces. He is also a spiritual advisor to the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), visiting Chicago monthly in this capacity.


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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853,; CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Anna Facci, 918-269-7924,; CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877,


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