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Gov. Quinn Appoints Ahmed Rehab to Muslim American Advisory Council
Gov. Quinn Press Office | September 1, 2011
Gov. Quinn named members to serve on the Muslim American Advisory Council, which will help ensure Muslim American participation in state government. Quinn announced the new council during “Eid,” the close of the holy month of Ramadan.


ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago takes issue with anti-Muslim coloring book
ABC 7 | August 31, 2011
"I think it's very clear that the book has an agenda and is anti-Muslim," Amina Shariff, CAIR Chicago, said. "If they are trying to imply subliminally some kind of Christian-Muslim conflict here, I think that that is very dangerous and completely inappropriate."


MSNBC: 9-11 coloring book draws controversy
MSNBC | September 1, 2011
Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Chicago Tribune that the book fails to separate extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.


The Atlantic Wire: Bin Laden’s Human Shield Now in 9/11 ‘Kid-Friendly’ Coloring Book
The Atlantic Wire | August 30, 2011
The book allows children to color scenes like Navy SEALs raiding the Bin Laden’s compound, Osama bin Laden using a veiled woman as a human shield, and the World Trade Center Towers burning. The Chicago communications director of CAIR told the Tribune that the book shows 9/11 and its aftermath “in a ‘slanted’ manner,” painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims.


Chicago Tribune: Critics say 9/11 coloring book crosses the line
Chicago Tribune | August 29, 2011
Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the book depicts the events of 9/11 and the aftermath in a “slanted” manner, painting Muslims in broad strokes and failing to distinguish extremist radicals from the majority of Muslims. “It’s hateful, inflammatory and completely inappropriate for children or anyone for that matter,” Sharif said.


Metro Networks: Islamic Group Doesn’t Like 9-11 Coloring Book
Metro Networks | September 2, 2011
Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif says she was offended by the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt anti-Muslim imagery displayed in the book, “it’s dangerous to put it in the hands of children,” she says, “this book gives them the false impression that Muslims are terrorists or paranoid conspiracy theorists.”


Civil Rights Vlog #6: Clement Yu on the Secure Communities Program
Clement Yu, Government Affairs Intern | August 18, 2011
Government Affairs Intern Clement Yu discusses the controversial Secure Communities program, enforced by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)


Civil Disobedience at the Secure Communities Hearing
Ben Small, Communications Intern | August 29, 2011
On Wednesday, August 17th 2011, CAIR-Chicago staff attorney, Rabya Khan, and communications intern, Becky Fogel, attended a public hearing held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss the Secure Communities program. The event ended in civil disobedience led by local youth and the arrest of six attendees.


Civil Rights Vlog #7: Becky Fogel discusses ICE rally reaction
Becky Fogel, Communications Intern | August 30, 2011
Communications Intern Becky Fogel discusses the overblown reaction to a rally at the ICE hearing last week.


DePaul Class Visits CAIR-Chicago
CAIR-Chicago | September 2, 2011
A group of DePaul students visited CAIR-Chicago’s downtown office this past Monday to learn about the organization’s services for immigrant communities. This visit was a part of DePaul’s course, “Discover Chicago: Immigrant Youth in Chicago.”


WJBC: Illinois Muslims hope for tolerance as 9/11 approaches
WJBC | September 1, 2011
As many Americans gear up to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, one Chicago-based Muslim group warns people should be careful not to give all Muslims a bad rap for the attacks. In the days following 9/11 there were reports across the U.S. of violence toward Muslim-Americans. The group American-Islamic Relations hopes the public has learned more about the Islamic faith’s message of peace since that time.


Gerald Hankerson to participate in 9/11 Primer – The Epoch of the Peacemakers
CAIR-Chicago | September 2, 2011
Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson will participate in an event that will present speakers, spoken word performers, music and art. The event will weave together the history of peacemakers, incorporate readings of works from Thoreau, Tolstoy, Jane Addams, Gandhi, King, Ikeda, and more.


Documentary Koran by Heart offers insight into Muslim tradition and values
Jenn Schanz, Communications Intern | August 29, 2011
Koran by Heart, a documentary film by Greg Barker which covered the 2009 Koran recital competition in Cairo where children from around the world gather to compete, aired on HBO.




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