On Wednesday, June 16, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to launch a nationwide television and radio public
service announcement (PSA) campaign, called “I am an American Muslim,”
highlighting the Muslim community’s support for religious diversity and
service to the nation. The spots are part of CAIR’s ongoing efforts to
challenge anti-Muslim discrimination and intolerance.
WHAT: PSA Campaign Launch News Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue S.E.,
SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION: The PSAs will be distributed by satellite on
Wednesday, June 16, at 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (11:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m. PT),
on C-BAND, Intelsat Americas (IA) 6, Transponder 15, D/L: 4000 V. They will
also be available on CAIR’s web site (www.cair-net.org) following
Wednesday’s news conference.
At the Capitol Hill news conference, CAIR will present 30 and 60-second
PSAs featuring American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic,
and Native American heritage. Each person in the PSAs states how they and
their families have served America and ends by saying, “I am an American
Muslim.” VHS and BETA copies of the PSAs, produced by West Glen
Communications, will be available at the news conference.
The PSA launch comes following release of CAIR’s annual report on the
status of American Muslim civil rights that revealed a disturbing 70
percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide during 2003. That
report blamed Islamophobic stereotyping for much of the sharp jump in
“American Muslims celebrate our nation’s rich ethnic and religious heritage
and its tradition of service,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. “We
believe Islamophobic stereotyping and bias will decrease when ordinary
Americans of all faiths learn more about their American Muslim neighbors.”
Ahmad said that the PSA campaign ties into CAIR’s recent “Not in the Name
of Islam” online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam
from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and