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MI Workout Chain to Accommodate Muslim Privacy Concerns

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHIGAN WORKOUT CHAIN TO ACCOMMODATE MUSLIM PRIVACY CONCERNS
CAIR-MI welcomes company’s ‘accommodation for customers of all faiths’

(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 4/26/06) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today welcomed a decision by the West Bloomfield-based Fitness USA workout chain to provide separate exercise times and areas for women and men. SEE: http://www.fitnessusa.com

CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid and a Muslim gym member met recently with Fitness USA Vice President James Hoppin and Administrative Director Jodi Berry to discuss complaints that the company changed its policy of providing specific days and areas for gym and pool privacy for female members. Many Muslim women said their sole reason for joining Fitness USA was to take advantage of the privacy accommodations.

SEE: Muslim Women Fight to Exercise Away from Men (Detroit Free Press)
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060421/NEWS05/604210355/1007/NEWS05

In an effort to accommodate privacy concerns, Fitness USA has agreed to place partitions between the co-ed area and the main gym area at its facility in Lincoln Park, Mich. Other Fitness USA facilities in Westland, Dearborn, Harper Woods, and Royal Oak, will continue to accommodate privacy concerns.

“We welcome Fitness USA’s decision to continue providing a gender privacy accommodation for customers of all faiths,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: director@cairmichigan.org; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

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CAIR
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-mail: cair@cair-net.org
URL: http://www.cair-net.org

 

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