(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/16/13) — Some 400 people turned out on Saturday for the 6th annual banquet of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
The event, themed “Upholding the Constitution, Defending Civil Liberties,” included a silent auction, a networking social, an awards ceremony, and an opportunity to learn about CAIR-MNâ€™s accomplishments in defense of civil rights over the past year.
In her welcome remarks, CAIR-MN Chair Ramla Bile spoke of CAIR-MNâ€™s vision in creating a society in which all Americans are treated with respect and dignity. Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) were special guest speakers. Iowa state Representative Ako Abdul-Samad was the keynote speaker for the event.
The master of ceremonies was Phil Duran, incoming President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The Courage Award was presented to community activist Dr. Richard Johnson and the Justice Works award was presented to attorney Jordan Kushner.
Banquet attendees included community members, leaders of mosques and Muslim organizations, business executives, and interfaith partners. This yearâ€™s banquet included 12 sponsors and over 20 table sponsors from local corporations, small businesses, law schools, and nonprofit organizations.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com