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Fox Airs '24' Disclaimer

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said that the Fox television network aired a disclaimer Monday night during its drama series "24" stating that American Muslims reject terrorism.


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    CAIR-Chicago Takes on Muslim Basher on WLS 890 AM

    Friday morning, on one of Chicago's main talk radio stations - WLS 890 AM (ABC) - CAIR-Chicago’s communications director, Ahmed Rehab, took on Eileen Byrne, a talk show host whose show precedes the Rush Limbaugh show. Eileen and her callers were throwing accusations and condemnations of Muslims - CAIR in particular - in lieu of CAIR's condemnation of General Mathis' "it's fun to kill" quote.


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    CAIR-Chicago Discusses Muslim Charities with Local Community Organizations

    Fadi Farhan, Director of Governmental Affairs Director for CAIR-Chicago met with leaders of several prominent community organizations spanning all of Chicagoland on Monday, February 7 to discuss, amongst other issues, the rights of Muslims to contribute to Muslim charities as part and parcel to their faith. Since 9/11, Muslims have feared that they might inadvertently contribute to a charitable organization deemed by the federal government to be connected to terrorism.

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    CAIR-Chicago Participates in a Press Conference on the Sensenbrenner bill

    CAIR-Chicago’s executive director, Yaser Tabbara, made a statement today at a telephonic press briefing held by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). The purpose of the press briefing was to inform and take questions from the media regarding the anti-immigrant bill proposed by U.S. Representative Sensenbrenner (“REAL ID” HR 418).

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    CAIR-Chicago Co-Sponsors Coalition on Community Building

    CAIR-Chicago is working in conjunction with several community organizations including United Power for Action and Justice and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to bring attention to three crucial Chicago area community concerns: gun sales to criminals, immigration reform, and civil rights and liberties.


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    CAIR-Chicago Meets with DePaul University President, and Vice-President of Student Affairs

    CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Yaser Tabbara, and CAIR-Chicago Director of Communications, Ahmed Rehab met February 1st with DePaul University President, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, and DePaul University Vice President of Student Affairs, James R. Doyle.

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    CAIR-Chicago Co-Sponsors Tsunami Relief Benefit

    Featuring top Arabic musicians performing with the Arab Classical Music Ensemble, Al-Sanabel Palestinian Folkloric Dance Troupe, Sons of Hagar Hip-hop Group, and individual poem performers.


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    Executive Director participates in Tsunami Remembrance

    Yaser Tabbara participated today along with Chicago Muslim community leaders in an assembly for the remembrance of Tsunami victims. The event was sponsored by The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).

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    CAIR-Chicago Hosts Annual Event 2005
    February 26, 2005

    CAIR-Chicago will host its annual event and dinner for 2005 at the Islamic Foundation of Villa Park on February 26th at 6:30 pm. Keynote Speaker will be Professor Cherif Bassiouni.

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    CAIR-Chicago Organizing Lectures On Islam
    February 9, 2005 - Ongoing

    CAIR-Chicago is organizing a series of introductory level lectures on Islam with Elderhostel on a program titled Building Bridges to Islam. The goal of this series is to offer citizens of the Chicagoland area an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Islam, as well as to interact with members of their local Muslim communities.


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    Next lecture on Islam is tomorrow, Wednesday February 9, 2005 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northbrook.



    Voice Your Concern Over "Real Id Act"
    February 3, 2005

    CAIR is urging all persons of conscience to voice their concern over the recently-introduced REAL ID Act. House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) bill is composed of provisions that were deemed too controversial and stripped from last year's intelligence reform bill.

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    Muslims Call for Pentagon Action over General's Remarks
    February 3, 2005

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Pentagon to discipline a top general who earlier this week said it is "fun to shoot some people."


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    Thank Sens. Kennedy, Feinstein for Rejecting Torture
    February 2, 2005

    CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to thank Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for their principled stance against the use of torture in U.S. detention centers around the world.

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    Learn how to register to vote in Illinois, check out Fadi Farhan’s thoughts on the Palestinian election and the Orland Park organizing project, and post your comments to the Chicagoland Muslim community. Let your thoughts be known.


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    Executive Director
    Yaser Tabbara

    Director of Communications
    Ahmed Rehab

    Director of Governmental Relations
    Fadi Farhan

    Operations Coordinator
    Ahmed Zedan

    Project Coordinator
    Nosherwan Yasin

    Board of Directors
    Susan Janaan Hashim - Treasurer
    Shakeela Hassan, MD
    Alim Elliott Khan
    Kamran Memon, Esq.
    Ahmed Rehab
    Zaher Sahloul, MD
    Abdullah Salah, Esq. - Vice President
    Yaser Tabbara, Esq. - Secretary
    Safaa Zarzour, Esq. - President





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