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DC: Amesty Board Chair To Speak At CAIR Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/9/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that Amnesty International USA Board Chair Chip Pitts will speak at a Saturday luncheon during its “Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies” conference this weekend in Washington, D.C. SEE:

Other keynote speakers at CAIR’s conference include former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Anwar Ibrahim (Saturday evening banquet) and Professor Cherif Bassiouni (Friday evening dinner), an internationally-acclaimed law professor who was until recently the United Nations’ top investigator on human rights in Afghanistan. To view a complete conference program or to register online, go to: (Online registration ends Thursday. There will be no on-site registration.)

WHEN : Conference begins Friday, May 13, and lasts until Sunday, May 15, 2005

WHERE : Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike ~ Vienna , VA

CAIR’s 2005 conference brings together scholars, researchers, religious leaders, and community activists to discuss issues related to the twin phenomena of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in the West and increasing anti-American sentiments in the Islamic world.

Conference participants will take part in sessions focusing on:

Ӣ Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism in the Media
Ӣ The Impact of Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism on Civil Rights and Policy-Making
Ӣ Anti-Americanism and U.S. Foreign Policy
Ӣ Islam and American Relations with the Muslim World
Ӣ Misconceptions about Christians and Muslims in Public Discourse
Ӣ Reasserting Mainstream Religious Values

CAIR, America ‘s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission , Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT : Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET , receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.



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