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CAIR-SFBA Director Speaks at Asian-Pacific Islander Group Reception

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 7/1/10) – On Wednesday, June 23, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo, spoke at the 20th Anniversary Reception of the Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) at the Renwick Gallery, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The event which was attended by more than 200 guests from various parts of the country included a private tour of the Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese Internment Camps.

Billoo’s remarks focused on the ongoing civil rights struggle of American Muslims, including allegations of FBI harassment and employment discrimination. She shared stories of actual complaints CAIR California offices had received over the last year. The discussion also shed light on the parallels between the World War II internment of Japanese Americans and the ongoing targeting of American Muslims.

“It was an honor to be able to join AAPOP in celebrating their support of targeted communities,” Billoo said.

AAPIP, based in San Francisco CA, was founded in 1990 and is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPIP has been supporting the work of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities in the Bay Area through its Civic Engagement Fund since 2006.

For more information on AAPIP, visit:

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo, 408.986.9874 or E-Mail at


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