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CAIR Releases 2020 End-of-Year Publication Marking Highlights in Maryland, Pays Tribute to Frontline Workers, Officials and Volunteers Who Tirelessly Served Marylanders Throughout Pandemic

(BALTIMORE, MD, 12/22/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a COVID-19 Special Edition of its annual year-end publication marking highlights since January, and paid tribute to front line workers, officials and volunteers who have sacrificed and worked tirelessly to serve Maryland’s diverse communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic this year. 

SEE: CAIR Office in Maryland 2020 Highlights

“This extraordinary year has tested us like never before,” said CAIR’s Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “But the work we do at CAIR has continued. With your support, we successfully rose to the challenges, countered bigotry, fought for justice and protected civil liberties. In this publication, readers will find examples of some of the progress we’ve made together. As the chapter closes on 2020, CAIR thanks you for entrusting us to defend civil liberties and champion justice in our state especially in these trying times.” 

The year’s milestones include the following: 

  • Americans decisively voted a new president into office in an election that saw an unprecedented voter turnout. According to CAIR’s online exit poll conducted in Maryland, over 97 percent of our state’s Muslim registered voters who responded reported that they voted in the 2020 general election. 
  • CAIR’s legal team won significant victories and gained ground in defending civil liberties, including welcoming a Maryland federal court’s decision to advance our broadest challenge to the unconstitutional terror watchlist to date. 
  • Following the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, nearly 40 Muslim organizations and mosques in Maryland united in a historic display of solidarity with African-American communities against anti-Black racism. 
  • CAIR prompted curriculum changes in multiple school districts after reports that Islamophobic instructional content and assignments were given to students. 
  • CAIR partnered with the United Maryland Muslim Council and local countywide Muslim councils to successfully hold the largest ever statewide Muslim Lobby Day in Annapolis before the pandemic prompted a statewide shutdown. 

The civil rights group acknowledged the hard work of dedicated mosques and Muslim organizations including the Islamic Center of Maryland, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, ICNA Relief, Islamic Relief USA, HHRD, and Muslim Social Services Agency, among many others, who stepped up to hold food drives and provide services to interfaith communities impacted by COVID-19. 

CAIR is urging supporters to give generously to help meet its year-end goal of $850,000. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: All donations to CAIR are tax-deductible/zakat-eligible (Tax ID# 77-0646756). Consider giving $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can. 

Contributions may be made online at or mailed in to CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Donation envelopes must be postmarked by December 31st to claim a deduction for 2020. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.     

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     


CONTACT: CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, 

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