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Executive Director
Ahmed Rehab

Civil Rights Director
Christina Abraham

Outreach Coordinator
Gerald Hankerson

Communications Coordinators
Amina Sharif
Lyndsey Stemm

Litigation Director
Kevin Vodak, Esq.

Operations Coordinators
Mohamed Abdelati

Staff Attorney
Rabya Khan

Deputy Director
Sufyan Sohel

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Mazen Kudaimi, MD - President

Advisory Board
Prof. M Cherif Bassiouni - Honorary President


 

Litigation Director Kevin Vodak Presents on Hate Crime Prosecution to Law Enforcement Officials
CAIR-Chicago | September 26, 2011
CAIR-Chicago Litigation Director Kevin Vodak presented the “Hate Crime and Bias Awareness” conference on September 15th, 2011 to discuss the ways in which law enforcement agencies can improve their procedures and techniques in addressing hate crimes.


Ahmed Rehab Speaks on Interfaith Panel at Orland Park Church
CAIR-Chicago | September 20, 2011
CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab spoke on an interfaith panel at St. Michael Parish church in Orland Park on September 18th. The event, entitled “Extremism and Violence in the Name of Religion,” featured Christian, Muslim, and Jewish speakers.


Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson Speaks at the Chicago Fringe Festival, Reflects on 9/11
CAIR-Chicago | September 26, 2011
Gerald Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, spoke about civil rights and social justice at the 9/11 Primer, a civic engagement event created by HumanThread, held at the Meridian Stage in Pilsen.


CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaks at AIC conference on Islam and Muslims in America
CAIR-Chicago | September 26, 2011
The main focus of the conference was Islam and democracy. CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, moderated a panel entitled “Winds of Change in the Muslim World: Implications for Democracy” and gave a speech about the issue.


CAIR-Chicago Hosts another Successful Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) – SEE PHOTOS!
CAIR-Chicago | September 28, 2011
CAIR-Chicago sponsored the eighth session of the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) this past Saturday, September 24th. Over 50 youth participants attended and listened to presentations by five local Muslim leaders and professionals. The symposium highlighted topics related to self-identity, media effects, activism and leadership.


CAIR-Chicago Takes Action to Expedite Muslim Men’s Naturalization Process
CAIR-Chicago | September 28, 2011
The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) recently filed two complaints on behalf of Middle-Eastern men who alleged the USCIS has unlawfully delayed the processing of their citizenship applications..


The New York Times: Congressman’s Remarks Stir the Blogosphere
New York Times | September 26, 2011
Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the Internet and cable TV. Mr. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the way he surfaced at a conference held by the American Islamic College. It was a quick in-and-out, with remarks to perhaps 100 attendees about the strengths of American pluralism, the sort he makes to many groups.


ACTION ALERT: Thank Congressman Quigley for Condemning Islamophobia
CAIR-Chicago | September 21, 2011
Please take a moment to thank Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5th)for standing up against Islamophobia. His bold voice calling a spade a spade is welcome given that there are some in this country who are attempting to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that Islamophobia does not exist


FOX, O’Reilly Factor: Ahmed Rehab Debunks O’Reilly’s Denial of Islamophobia
Fox News, O'Reilly Factor | September 20, 2011
CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly discuss Congressmen Mike Quigley’s apology for Islamophobia in the U.S. as O’Reilly goes on to deny that Muslim Americans face discrimination. Rehab provides several statistics and examples that prove O’Reilly is blatantly wrong.


Aljazeera: Arabs and Muslims carve a place in the US
Aljazeera | September 15, 2011
“For Amina Sharif, communication director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the mainstream interest in Islam and Muslims began after September 11, but the negative feelings were always there.

“For Sharif much of the blame lies with the media and popular culture in the US, which she says is often “orientalist and slanted” in its depiction of Muslims and Islam.”


The New York Times: Pa. School Pulls ‘Kismet’ After 9/11 Complaints
New York Times | September 20, 2011
A Pennsylvania school district has decided not to stage a Tony Award-winning musical about a Muslim street poet after community members complained about the timing so soon after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack. Ahmed Rehab, a spokesman for the CAIR-Chicago, said that literature and the arts are some of the best ways to bridge gaps between people.


CAIR-Chicago Seeking to Hire Communications Coordinators – APPLY TODAY!
CAIR-Chicago | September 18, 2011
CAIR-Chicago is now seeking two Communications Coordinators who will be responsible for meeting the communications needs of CAIR-Chicago. The Communications Department adds vital perspective to public discourse, publishes in a variety of mediums, creates research reports and produces the latest in new-media including audio, video, graphic design, web design, blogs, and other multimedia. See the responsibilities and necessary requirements HERE


Two Movies. Different Focus. One Message.
Dima Ansari, Communications Intern | September 28, 2011
Two Muslim American movies discuss one message: the negative impact of 9/11 on Muslims in America. They use two different approaches: Fordson focuses on a Muslim community’s unity, while Mooz-lum focuses on one individual’s struggle.


CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator to Present at Wheaton College
CAIR-Chicago | September 29, 2011
Communication’s Outreach Coordinator, Gerald Hankerson, of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), will present to a upper-level Political Science class at Wheaton College on Wednesday, October 5.








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