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Sold-Out CAIR Banquet Celebrates 15 Years of Civil Rights Work

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/26/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) celebrated 15 years of civil rights and advocacy work Saturday with a sold-out banquet in Arlington, Va.
At the banquet, some 750 Muslim community members and activists, interfaith leaders and diplomats from Muslim-majority nations heard addresses by CAIR Board Chairman State Senator Larry Shaw (N.C.), Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Congressman Paul Findley, Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs of Progressive Faith Foundation, Imam Mahdi Bray of MAS-Freedom, and Dr. Agha Saeed, chair of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT).
“We thank all those who made CAIR’s 15th annual banquet such a success and we now rededicate ourselves to serving both the American Muslim community and our great nation,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, who also spoke at the banquet.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail:


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