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CAIR-Chicago Calls for the Creation of a "White List" of Muslim Charities with Six Chicago Congressional Staffers in Washington

On Monday, March 21, Fadi Farhan, CAIR-Chicago’s Director of Governmental Relations met with staffers from the following congressional offices: Congresswoman Judy Biggert (13th District-IL), Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th District-IL), Congressman Rahm Emanuel (5th District-IL), Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (4th District-IL), Congressman Daniel W. Lipinski (3rd District-IL), and Congressman Bobby Rush (1st District-IL). He discussed two issues of concern to American Muslims living in the Chicagoland area: the need for a "white list" of Muslim charities to which citizens can contribute charitable funds without fear of retribution by governmental agencies, and the discriminatory closing of American Muslim and Arab-American bank accounts nationwide. CAIR-Chicago wishes to thank all the congressional staffers with whom meetings were held and hopes to work closely with them to resolve these issues.

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CAIR-Chicago encourages llinois Muslim students to help the media project an accurate image of Islam

CAIR-Chicago participated in MSA-Illinois’ second annual Leadership Training Program this last weekend at Northwestern University. CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Director, Ahmed Rehab lead a workshop on Media Relations, addressing the importance and methods of building and maintaining healthy relations with the press.

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CAIR-Chicago asks local journalists to uphold higher standards of research and reporting on Muslims

CAIR-Chicago's Director of Communications, Ahmed Rehab participated in a repeat of 2004's successful roundtable dialogue about the ways local media succeed and fail in covering Chicago's Arab and Muslim communities. Last year's panelists included Genevie Abdo, Ray Hannania, Susan Sanders, Dan La Voie, and Omer Mozzafer, in addition to Rehab. This year's panel was again a selection of Chicago's top journalists. This event was made possible by a grant from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Daily Herald. The Chicago Tribune's Steve Franklin moderated.

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The following cases were reported to CAIR-Chicago within the past two weeks:

Government:

  • A Muslim woman coming to the U.S. for a major surgery with a valid entry visa was detained then deported without any clear explanation. She was returned on the same aircraft she came on.

  • A Palestinian male was contacted by the FBI who asked him for some documents. As he delivered the requested documents at the FBI office, he was arrested. Meanwhile, a team of agents were sent to his home in search of some other materials as his wife and small children witnessed.

    Employment:

  • An individual wearing a headscarf was hired for a position at a private company. On her first day of work, she was told that she could not start because of the "thing on her head" (referring to the hijab) referencing a company policy.

  • A Muslim man was discharged from his job and denied unemployment benefits due to questionable accusations made by co-workers, who had made previous comments to him regarding the Arab and Muslim community.






    CAIR-Chicago Co-Sponsors The Ubiquitous Dot in Cosmic Justice
    April 9, 2005

    The Geometrical Knowledge as a Catalyst for Spiritual Consciousness

    Artist - Ahmed Mustafa

    WHERE - Islamic Foundation - 300 W. Highridge Road, Villa Park, IL 60181

    WHEN - April 9, 2005 @ 6.30PM

    Tickets $30 per person. You can find more information on the artist and the event here.










  • CAIR-Chicago is planning to launch its new Media Response System and Interactive Volunteer Center on Monday, March 28th. The MRS will allow users to report unfair coverage of Muslims in the local media. It will also provide for a mechanism through which volunteers can act appropriately. The Volunteer Center will include a form through which users can select their area of interest and expertise and sign up for a specific volunteer area. The center also will manage communication with the volunteers, organizing efforts in a way that targets optimum efficiency and enjoyment.











    Executive Director
    Yaser Tabbara

    Director of Communications
    Ahmed Rehab

    Director of Governmental Relations
    Fadi Farhan

    Civil Rights Coordinator
    Christina Abraham

    Operations Coordinator
    Ahmed Zedan

    Volunteer Coordinator
    Nosherwan Yasin

    Board of Directors
    Susan Janaan Hashim - Treasurer
    Shakeela Hassan, MD
    Alim Elliott Khan
    Mazen Kudaimi, MD
    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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