(HARTFORD, CT, 4/28/17) — On Saturday, May 6, Gold Star Father Khizr Khan will be the featured speaker at a fundraising lunch hosted by the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT). The event will take place between noon and 2 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn. He is available for selected telephone and Skype interviews during the week of May 1. He will also be available on May 6. A full biography of Mr. Khan is available on request.
Khan rose to national prominence when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 in opposition to the candidacy and Islamophobic statements of then Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
“Thomas Jefferson reminded us “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” said Khan. “With a President who has shown contempt for our founding document it’s incumbent on ordinary citizens to become activists and exercise their fundamental rights.”
Farhan Memon, chairperson of CAIR-CT, said that Khan’s visit is an opportunity for Connecticut Muslims and their allies to unite together to defend the civil rights of all groups.
Memon added: “During the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency we have seen an assault on the civil rights of Muslims through attempted travel bans, immigration raids on Hispanic communities, and an attempt to deprive millions of Americans of affordable healthcare. We are proud to host a gentleman who was one of the first to resist the President and who is continuing to build bridges between communities.“
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, (860) 514-8038, Mdhaouadi@cair.com; CAIR-CT Board Chair Farhan Memon, (203) 517-6526