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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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Mohamed Abdelati

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Rabya Khan

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Sufyan Sohel

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Mazen Kudaimi, MD - President

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Prof. M Cherif Bassiouni - Honorary President


 

Muslims Reflect on 9/11 on 10th Anniversary – A CAIR-Chicago Film
CAIR-Chicago | September 9, 2011
CAIR-Chicago staff members look back on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, share their stories, and explain how we as a nation can move forward after 10 years.


You’re Invited! Gallery Grand Opening – This Thursday
CAIR-Chicago | September 14, 2011
CAIR-Chicago is having an open house this Thursday, September 15th, to mark the grand opening of our Gallery, a new center in downtown Chicago. We encourage you to drop by and take a tour anytime between 12pm-7pm. Come meet the staff, law clerks, and interns and enjoy the Gallery’s beautiful lake view. Food and refreshments will be served.


ACTION ALERT: Take Survey on the Impact of Discrimination on Muslim Americans
CAIR-Chicago | September 13, 2011
CAIR-Chicago is partnering with Wesleyan University to conduct an important study on the psychological effects of discrimination against Muslims since the events of 9/11. This study is the first of its kind and CAIR-Chicago urges the Muslim community to participate.

If you would like to take the survey, email patricia.rodriguezmosquera@wesleyan.edu

***The survey is meant for the Muslim Community as this group is underrepresented in research

***The survey is anonymous


Intern with CAIR-Chicago this Fall!
CAIR-Chicago | September 13, 2011
CAIR-Chicago is looking for more fall interns- find out how you can contribute! Internships at CAIR-Chicago offer students and activists a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment.


Ahmed Rehab to Moderate AIC Islam, Democracy & American Muslims Event
CAIR-Chicago | September 8, 2011
On September 17th, AIC and OIC is will host it’s 2nd annual conference, entitled “Islam, Democracy, and American Muslims”. The day will be filled with many panels, addressing topics such as foreign policy and the democratic movement in the Muslim World.


Join CAIR-Chicago in Support of “Fordson” Movie
CAIR-Chicago | September 7, 2011
CAIR-Chicago encourages you to support “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football,” an inspirational, award winning film! Click HERE to learn more and find your local movie times.


Attend ‘The Conference on Islam in America’ – Sept. 23-24
CAIR-Chicago | September 2, 2011
CAIR-Chicago is sponsoring ‘The Conference on Islam in America’, hosted by DePaul University. The event aims to look at Islam in America through different lenses, such as anthropology, sociology, political science as well as historically.






9/11 Media Digest



CBS 2: Ahmed Rehab Discusses Islamophobia Post 9/11 and How to Move Forward



WATCH

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, joins CBS 2's Jim Williams to talk about the effect of 9/11 on American Muslims





WGN: Council on American-Islamic Relations calls for end to scapegoating in wake of 9/11



WATCH

The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives including Muslims, Christians, and Jews say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.





NBC 5: Muslim gather to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11 and call for the country to move forward together



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Members of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined leaders from different faiths and backgrounds to reflect on 9/11 and call for an end to the fear and discrimination against the Muslim community in the wake of those attacks.





ABC 7: Muslims, religious leaders honor 9/11 and discuss principles of religious tolerance and pluralism



WATCH

Muslim, Jewish and Christians leaders gathered to honor the victims of 9/11 and to address the increase in anti-Muslim discrimination post-9/11.





CLTV: Muslims gather to honor victims of 9/11, discuss how to move forward



WATCH

The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hopes Americans can move forward 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. Representatives, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, say its time to quit feeding into fear and embrace the principles America was founded on.





The John Williams Show, CBS Radio:Ahmed Rebab discusses Muslim relations before and after 9/11 on John Williams radio show



LISTEN

Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago talks to John Williams about his 9/11 experience and his thoughts on how to move forward.





WBEZ, NPR: Chicago Muslim group combats 'Islamaphobia' in a post-9/11 world



LISTEN

A Chicago-based Muslim advocacy group says "Islamaphobia" has gotten worse in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.





Vocalo, Chicago Public Media: Amina Sharif Talks Live In Studio About 9/11 and Islamophobia



LISTEN

In the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Vocalo Overdrive team, Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison, asked Amina Sharif of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about the perception of Muslims in America. Check out what she had to say.





WBBM: Islamic-American Group: Link Between 9/11, Muslim Religion Must Stop



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Ahmed Rehab of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.





Vocalo, CAIR-Chicago Audio-Documentary: The Media and Islamophobia



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CAIR-Chicago intern, Becky Fogel, created this audio documentary for Vocalo and Chicago Public Media on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to share perspectives on the media’s role in harboring Islamophobia. Becky interviewed civil rights activists in the Muslim community and had them share their thoughts on how public perception of Muslims has changed since 9/11.





WJBC: Illinois Muslims hope for tolerance as 9/11 approaches



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As many Americans gear up to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, one Chicago-based Muslim group warns that 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, the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, hopes the public has learned more about the Islamic faith’s message of peace since that time.





WDCB News: Area Islamic Group Also Remembers 9/11



LISTEN

For Muslim Americans, Sunday wasn’t just the anniversary of a terrorist attack on their country. It was also the anniversary of the day that public opinion of the community changed. The Council of American-Islamic Relations in Chicago wants to erase the link between the Muslim faith and the terrorist attacks. CAIR-Chicago’s Amina Sharif spoke with WDCB News reporter Brian O’Keefe.





Today: Interfaith action can make a change



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With the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the United States has been concerned about its image and its relations with the Muslim world.





ABC 7: CAIR-Chicago takes issue with anti-Muslim coloring book



WATCH

“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.”





Chicago Tribune: Critics say 9/11 coloring book crosses the line



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Amina Sharif, communications director for the Chicago Office 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



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Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif says she was very offended by the sometimes subtle and 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.”





Arab News: 9/11 children’s coloring book sparks controversy



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As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy approaches, Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. of Clayton, Missouri, US, has released what he calls a “memorial tribute” coloring book. “We shall never forget: The kids’ book of freedom,” is being described by Bell as a “graphic coloring novel on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.” According to ABC 7 News in Chicago, the coloring book contains the phrase “radical Islamic Muslim extremists,” at least 10 times.





Le Nouvel Observateur: Les musulmans, des Américains plus comme les autres



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La mort du djihadiste ne lui a fait ni chaud ni froid. ” Mais maintenant on va peut-źtre pouvoir passer ą autre chose “, dit-il. ” Ben Laden a été utilisé pour nous diviser et permettre l’émergence de cette islamophobie “, ajoute Ahmed Rehab, directeur de Cair.





Welingelichte Kringen: 9/11 kleurboek doet veel stof opwaaien



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Met ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11. The Kids’ Book of Freedom’, bereikt de Amerikaanse trend van kleurboeken met een politieke boodschap een cynisch hoogtepunt. Volgens uitgever Really Big Coloring Books moet dit informatieve kleurboek jonge kinderen die geboren werden na 11 september 2001, uitleggen hoe belangrijk de gebeurtenissen van die dag wel zijn voor Amerika en de Amerikanen.





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