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Executive Director
Ahmed Rehab

Civil Rights Director
Christina Abraham

Outreach Coordinator
Gerald Hankerson

Communications Coordinators
Amina Sharif
Lyndsey Stemm

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Kevin Vodak, Esq.

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Hiba Hammadi

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Mazen Kudaimi, MD - President

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Prof. M Cherif Bassiouni - Honorary President


 

FOX News: Ahmed Rehab on Glenn Beck debating Zuhdi Jasser on Pakistan and torture
FOX News | May 10, 2011
“The difference between us and those that we fight, in the form of Al-Qaeda and other militant radical groups is that we are a nation of values. We’re a nation of laws. In the fight to maintain the upper hand we can’t loose our souls. We can’t loose our principles and our values that make us worth fighting for. At the end of the day torture is torture,” said Rehab.


FOX Business: Ahmed Rehab on How Bin Laden’s Assassination Highlights Flaws in Our ‘War on Terror’
FOX News | May 2, 2011
“We’ve politicized 9/11, we’ve had costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with surges, military personnel, with trillions of dollars spent. And then at the end of the day it takes what we’ve been saying all along – good, hard intelligence and a committed group of surgical strikes,” says Ahmed Rehab.


Ahmed Rehab to Speak at ICIRR Democracy Luncheon May 12th 2011
CAIR-Chicago | May 10, 2011
Join CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab at a luncheon as he gives a first hand recollection of his experience in Egypt


Gerald Hankerson and Amina Sharif Present at Northwestern University
CAIR-Chicago | April 29, 2011
Gerald Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, and Amina Sharif, the Communications Coordinator, presented to a religion and culture class at Northwestern University on Thursday, April 21. The two discussed the role race and ethnicity play in the American Muslim experience.


Ahmed Rehab to Speak at DePaul on “New Age Revolution: Information Technology and Democratization” – May 13th 2011
CAIR-Chicago | May 11, 2011
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will speak at DePaul University this Friday to share his experience participating in the Egyptian revolution. He will also discuss what factors led to masses revolting after decades of dormancy and apathy and the role of information technology.


ACTION ALERT: Call Office of Foreign Assets Control, demand they unfreeze bank accounts of activists
CAIR-Chicago | May 11, 2011
The U.S. government has frozen the bank accounts of human rights activists Hatem Abudayyeh and his wife, Naima. This unwarranted attack on a leading member of the Palestinian community in Chicago is the latest escalation of civil rights violations of anti-war and Palestinian human rights activists by the FBI.


Executive Director Ahmed Rehab Keynotes Northwestern McSA Event
CAIR-Chicago | May 10, 2011
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab spoke at the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Students Association luncheon for parents and alumni on Saturday, May 7th. Rehab spoke to over one hundred attendees on how they can serve social justice causes to better their community, their country, and the world.


Houston Chronicle: National Day of Prayer prompts reflections on the practice
Houston Chronicle: | May 4, 2011
“In Islam, people may pray for “justice, prosperity, for the nation and its leaders,” said Ahmed Rehab. “Getting people from different faiths to pray together for the common good, the good of our nation, is positive.”


Ahmed Rehab Keynotes MECCA Dinner alongside Rep. Keith Ellison
CAIR-Chicago | May 11, 2011
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab delivered the keynote speech at a fundraising dinner for the Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of America (MECCA) on May 8th alongside Congressman Keith Ellison.


Read below to see more of CAIR-Chicago's commentary on the death of Osama bin Laden and the Obama Administration's handling of the 'War on Terror'



NBC 5: CAIR-Chicago Welcomes New Begining After bin Laden’s Death
NBC 5 | May 2, 2011
“I’m just waiting to see if this is going to change anything in terms of our foreign policy, our strategy in Afghanistan and the war of terror, and if it will change anything in Muslim-West relations,” said Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif.


Chicago Tribune: How bin Laden’s demise could bring a new era in U.S.-Muslim relations
Chicago Tribune | May 5, 2011
Bin Laden’s death marks a key historical juncture, in that it offers us an opportunity to break away from the polarizing, divisive atmosphere he helped ignite and the paranoia and fear-mongering we unfortunately allowed to ensue in our culture as a result of it. For almost a decade, we have played into bin Laden’s hands by allowing him and his outfit to dominate our national discourse on Islam and Muslims.


FOX Chicago News: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Impact of Death of bin Laden
FOX Chicago | May 3, 2011
“The American Muslim community was relieved, there’s a sense of vindication. This has been a long time coming,” said Rehab.

“I really appreciate President Obama’s statement that bin Laden is not a Muslim leader. He does not represent the Islamic community, and truly that is the case. He’s an enemy of our country, but also, he’s the single most damaging individual to the image of our faith; there’s a double edged problem with bin Laden for American Muslims” said Rehab.


ABC 7: Ahmed Rehab talks to Hosea Sanders and Judy Hsu about bin Laden’s Assassination
ABC 7 | May 4, 2011
CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab appears as a live, in-studio guest on ABC7 News This Morning to talk to Hosea Sanders and Judy Hsu about the death of Osama bin Laden.


Chicago Tribune: From quiet relief to open rejoicing
Chicago Tribune | May 3, 2011
Amina Sharif, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, sought to distance Islam from bin Laden during a news conference Monday.
“Bin Laden never represented Islam and was never seen as a Muslim leader,” Sharif said.


FOX Chicago: Ahmed Rehab Discusses the Role of Torture in Interrogations
FOX Chicago | May 4, 2011
“I don’t think anything justifies torture. We as a civilized nation should be anti-torture. Many governments in the Western world, and the world in general are against torture. We don’t want to be known as the ones who are employing a Spanish Inquisition torture technique to keep ourselves safe,” said Rehab.


CBS2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses the President’s Decision About bin Laden Photo
CBS 2 | May 3, 2011
“Bin Laden was a major figure, and his death was a major world event. You need to address that in a public manner with evidence and not just hearsay. It’s all about the DNA,” said Rehab.


FOX Chicago: CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab discusses whether photos of bin Laden should be released
FOX Chicago | May 3, 2011
“I think Obama should issue proof to the public that this was indeed bin Laden. We don’t need to see gory photos. We don’t need to put ourselves in a worse spot in terms of our national security, and so the DNA report, rather than the photos, can accomplish that,” said Ahmed Rehab.


Aljazeera: Fomenting nationalism with murder
Aljazeera | May 3, 2011
“It [Bin Ladens' death] brings closure for the families of 9/11, and all Americans, and hopefully brings closure on an era,” said Rehab. “I hope now we can usher in a new era that focuses more on the Arab Spring which is the reality now, and less on the so-called War on Terror.”


WGN : CAIR-Chicago Comments on Death of Osama Bin Laden
WGN | May 2, 2011
CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif shares her reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden and responds to President Obama’s message of religious tolerance in his address to the nation Sunday night:


ABC 7: Local Muslim Leaders Respond to bin Laden’s Death
ABC 7 | May 2, 2011
“We are optimistic; we are looking forward to a better day in which we can cooperate together for justice,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago.


FOX Chicago: CAIR-Chicago Thanks Obama for Ridding the World of bin Laden
FOX Chicago | May 2, 2011
“I wish it would have happened sooner, so as to save trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. But nonetheless justice delayed is better than justice denied. We’re very thankful for the fact that this man has been apprehended and eliminated,” said Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago.


The Daily Herald: Suburban Muslims feel closure
The Daily Herald | May 3, 2011
Like many fellow Americans, Muslims also are eager to see an end to America’s ongoing military involvement in the world, said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago.

“This incident shows what we’ve been saying all along that it’s good intelligence and surgical strikes that are most effective in dealing with terrorists and not military occupation, certainly not the war in Iraq or the curbing of civil liberties and civil rights domestically,” Rehab said.


CLTV: CAIR-Chicago Welcomes News of bin Laden Elimination
CLTV | May 2, 2011
I sincerely appreciate that President Obama made that statement, and wholeheartedly agree that Osama bin Laden isn’t an Islamic leader; that in fact, he’s a mass murderer of Muslims,” said CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif.




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