(SACRAMENTO, CA, 11/24/2004) – Some 450 elected leaders, government officials, civic and Muslim organization leaders, and community members turned out for the Second Annual Fundraising Banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) on Saturday.
Speakers included Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu, Muslim Student Association-National President Hadia Mubarak and CAIR National Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.
In keeping with the theme of “Restoring the American Dream,” keynote speaker California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the sponsors of the anti-hate crime legislation Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, “As California’s top cop, I will not allow it.”
CAIR presented its annual Courage and Inspiration Award to Chaplain James Yee for his steadfastness and patience while being held for 76 days in a military prison. Yee was accused of spying, espionage while serving as a US Army Muslim Chaplain in at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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“I would like to thank all those who helped make the banquet such a
success,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “CAIR-SV looks
forward to working with our fellow citizens to help restore the American
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim El-Karra, 916-289-3748
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Sacramento Valley Chapter
717 K St., Suite 306, Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel: (916) 441-6269
Fax: (916) 441-6271