(SAN DIEGO, CA, 3/25/09) – A representative from the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) offered a presentation yesterday at the University of San Diego (USD) about “Islam, Social Justice, and Islamophobia” for an ethnic studies class.
“Social justice is part of the core of Islam’s teachings,” said CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, who was invited as a guest speaker for the class. “Like the religious and ethnic minorities that came before it, the American Muslim community has also been the target of hate and intolerance. That is why it is important to take these experiences from communities of the past and use such lessons to create a more tolerant future for all.”
The lecture was part of a series showcasing various religious and ethnic traditions that deal with social justice and discrimination in the United States.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida, 619-913-0719 or 858-278-4547; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org