Unite Humanity Campaign Overview
In response to the work of Islamophobes and others to divide our communities along racial, religious and ethnic lines, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has developed this initiative to show, through positive action, that our collective national ideals of valuing diversity and uplifting our communities are more powerful than the voices calling for division.
The objective of CAIR’s Unite Humanity campaign is to facilitate and raise awareness of interfaith and/or community-based partnerships between groups representing diverse beliefs and backgrounds by highlighting the service projects they are doing together. This will be primarily accomplished through a community calendar, a social media campaign, and a series of services CAIR will offer to help connect groups doing community service with each other and the media. Though this, we hope to increase public awareness of Muslims and their community partners and to assist communities in organizing and launching cooperative public service projects.
By bringing community partners together to overcome negative narratives, this campaign will help provide an alternative and collective voice rooted in service, showing that our communities are more united now than ever before.
CAIR is not responsible for the accuracy or content of the events and people are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations for more information and to check the accuracy.
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Groton, CT 06340
P.O. Box 942134
Atlanta, GA 30341
5000 First Ave #195
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
P.O. Box 910831
Lexington, KY 40513
1505 Bethel Road, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43220
801 N. Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
3358 Tavern Oaks
San Antonio TX 78247
CAIR's annual Sharifa Alkhateeb Memorial Community Service Scholarship honors the life and work of local and international community activist Sharifa Alkhateeb. This year's winner of the $1000 scholarship will be announced at CAIR's 20th anniversary banquet on Saturday, September 27th in Arlington, Va. The winner of the scholarship must be present to accept the award.
Applicants must respond to the following essay prompt in 500 words or less:
Describe your vision/approach to effective community building. Drawing from personal community service experiences and/or future goals, you may address what worked well, what didn't work, and what makes your approach unique.
In order to qualify, applicants must:
- Be Muslim
- Be a resident of the DC, Maryland or Virginia area
- Be able to attend CAIR's 20th anniversary banquet on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Arlington, VA to receive the award in person. Note: CAIR will not be covering any travel expenses related to your attendance. Please consider your ability to attend when determining whether or not to apply!
- Answer the essay question above in 500 words or less.
- Be enrolled in, or accepted to, a full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional program of an accredited college or university in the United States for the fall 2014 semester.
- Submit a resume demonstrating a commitment to social work, conflict resolution or be working on behalf of diversity issues and community building.
- Submit a bio (150 words or less)
- Submit one letter of recommendation.
- Submit a complete application via email no later than August 1, 2014.
Application deadline: August 1, 2014
We greatly appreciate your continued support.
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Since our founding in 1994, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has worked tirelessly to provide a Muslim voice on local and national issues and to empower American Muslims. Today, CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, with chapters in 20 states across the country.
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- Civil rights cases: Every year, CAIR attorneys and civil rights staff help thousands of American Muslims with cases of discrimination in the workplace, in schools, at airports, and with government agencies.
- Communications: To address public misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, CAIR representatives regularly appear on or are quoted in local, national and international media outlets. CAIR produces public service announcements to help our fellow Americans understand Islam and the American Muslim experience.
- Educational programs: CAIR has carried out educational campaigns to enhance the public's understanding of Islam and American Muslims, including our "Explore the Quran" campaign that distributes free copies of the Quran to people of other faiths, our library project that provided materials on Islam to more than half of all US public libraries, and our media education initiative that distributed our Journalist's Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims to tens of thousands of media professionals.
- Political advocacy: We advocate for justice in U.S. policies by engaging local, state and federal officials on a variety of important policy questions.
- Youth empowerment: Through our popular Muslim Youth Leadership Program, CAIR prepares future leaders of the American Muslim community in the fields of media, law, government, public relations, philanthropy, and other spheres in which American Muslims are underrepresented.