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45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

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Join CAIR-LA for a Trip to Manzanar

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) invites you to join the Manzanar Committee on April 26, 2014 for a one-day visit to Manzanar, where about 10,000 Japanese Americans were interned based on their heritage during World War II.

The program includes:

12:00PM - 2:30PM
* Talks by former internees
* Interfaith prayer service

2:30PM - 5:00PM
* Walking Tours
* Museum Exhibits

5:00PM - 8:00PM
* “Manzanar at Dusk” group session with internees

Bus reservations are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information call (714) 776-1847 and speak to Programs Coordinator, Zienab Abdelgany. To reserve a bus seat, please fill out the registration form below. The non-refundable fare is $20.00 per seat for adults/$10.00 per seat for children.

Pilgrimage participants are advised to bring cash and/or their own lunch, drinks and snacks as there are no meals provided on the trip. Light snacks and water will be made available to all attendees, and stops will be made en route and in Lone Pine for guests to purchase an early lunch and late dinner from local restaurants and fast food outlets.

We will be leaving from the CAIR office promptly at 6:30AM. Please be sure to arrive thirty minutes early so as to allow adequate time for boarding the bus for departure.

To reserve a bus seat, please fill out the appropriate registration form below:
Register a Group (for group leaders who are registering a family, MSA, halaqa, or youth group)
Individual Registration (you do not need to fill this out if you are part of a registered group)

If you are attending, you must print, sign, and bring the below forms on the day of
Image Release Form
Release of Liability Form

Muslim Day at the Capitol 2014

Be a part of this 3rd annual event!


The 3rd annual California Muslim Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd in Sacramento.

Community members from across California will have an opportunity to meet State Legislators to discuss issues pertaining to education, immigration, healthcare, and civil rights and help bring about positive social change

LIMITED SPOTS.

If you’re interested, please reserve your spot immediately. A $25 registration fee, which will cover meals and materials, applies. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. A CAIR-CA representative will be in touch with you once you complete your registration.

If you have additional questions, or would like to request a need-based fee waiver, please contact CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai.

Or visit the official CAIR Capitol Day website for more information: www.caircapitolday.com

CONTACT

Haroon Manjlai
Public Affairs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

CAIR-LA to Host Citizenship Information Sessions, Clinic to Follow

Sessions will take place in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Inland Empire.

CAIR-LA’s new Immigrants’ Rights Department will host a series of citizenship information sessions across the Southern California region at the following mosques:

Islamic Society of Orange County

1 Al-Rahman Plaza, Garden Grove CA 92844
Sunday, March 23 at 10:30 am

Islamic Society of Corona-Norco
465 Santana Way, Corona CA 92881
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm

Islamic Center of Glendale
700 S Adams St., Glendale CA 91205
Saturday, March 29 at 7:15 pm

RECENTLY ADDED:

Islamic Center of Southern California
434 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Sunday, April 6 at 12 pm

Citizenship Clinic to Follow

After attending an information session, those interested in applying for naturalization will receive information for CAIR-LA’s upcoming Citizenship Clinic scheduled for Saturday, April 12, where specialized legal assistance on completing the naturalization application will be provided. In light of the forthcoming changes to the citizenship application process, which go into effect May 2, we encourage all eligible persons to apply now.

For details on the clinic, please call (714) 776-1847 or email the Immigrants’ Rights Department at irdla@cair.com.

 

CAIR-LA’s new Immigrants’ Rights Department seeks to empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American society. The department’s services include: naturalization & citizenship preparation, adjustment of status (green card application), family petition, asylum, temporary protected status, t-visa and u-visa applications, and the Violence Against Women Act self-petition.

Anaheim Redistricting Teach-in

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Teach-in at prominent Anaheim mosque aims to educate community members on a ballot proposition that would pave the way for district elections.

The Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) invites Anaheim residents to a teach-in that aims to shed light on a November ballot measure that would pave the way for a new elections system in that city.

Where: Islamic Institute of Orange County | 1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim CA 92806
When: March 7, 2014 | 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Who: Shaykh Mohammed Faqih, Andrew Hausermann & Cynthia Sanchez from OCCCO (Orange County Community Congregation Organization)

This event is part of a campaign—led by OCCCO, IIOC and CAIR-LA—that aims to educate members of the area’s Muslim community on the district elections system.

SEE: CAIR-LA Welcomes Decision to Vote on District Elections System

This event is sponsored by the Islamic Institute of Orange County, CAIR-LA, and OCCO.

CAIR-LA at USC MSU’s Islam Awareness Week

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The University of Southern California's Muslim Student Union will host a weeklong series of events aimed at educating the broader campus community on Islam and Muslims in America.

One of those events, titled “Hijab Day” featuring CAIR-LA’s Youth Development Coordinator Zienab Abdelgany, intends to shed light on an oft-misconstrued aspect of Islam—the hijab. The hijab, which translates to veil, is currently used to refer to the scarf that many Muslim women wrap around their heads, draping over their ears and neck. Zienab will discuss the significance of the hijab, and the role of modesty in Islamic practice. 

Fatima Dadabhoy to keynote NASALSA banquet

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CAIR-LA's Civil Rights Manager to speak at NASALSA 16th-annual banquet.

The North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing the interests of South Asian law students and legal professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Its 16th-annual conference titled “South Asian American Leadership in the Legal Field: Bringing Bold New Perspectives” will be held on February 28th and March 1st, 2014* in Los Angeles at USC Gould School of Law.

The conference will be followed by a banquet on March 1, in which Fatima Dadabhoy will deliver the keynote speech.

For more information, visit http://nasalsa.org/.

Hate Crimes in Orange County

CAIR-LA's Civil Rights Coordinator will join an interfaith panel on hate crimes in Orange County.

This February 19, 2014, the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council luncheon meeting, being held at Irvine United Congregational Church, will center on Hate Crimes in Orange County. Jim Armendaris from OC Human Relations will talk about the types and frequency of hate crimes and hate incidents in our county and will then moderate a panel that includes Rev. Everett Bell, National Organizer for PICO National – Life lines to Healing Campaign; Kevin O’Grady, Executive Director of The Center OC, and Sammar Miqbel from the civil rights department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The church is located at 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 92604. The meeting is open to the public. Registration begins at 11:45, lunch at 12:05, and the program itself at 12:50 with adjournment by 1:30. The meeting, including lunch, is $12 with reservation and $15 without reservation. Register and pay on line with a credit card at www.nmiinterfaith.org or email your reservation to nmiinterfaith@aol.com. For further information, contact the Council at nmiinterfaith@aol.com or by phone at (760) 641-0301.

The Challenges of State Court Judicial Elections

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A meet-and-greet with Judge Halim Dhanidina

Meet Judge Dhanidina - the first Muslim to ever be appointed judge in California - at this event hosted by the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California.

Need help applying for TPS?

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Application deadline coming up on December 16.

Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for Syrian nationals through March 31, 2015. In light of the application deadline on December 16 and to encourage eligible Syrians to register or re-register, CAIR-LA civil rights attorneys will assist qualifying Syrian nationals with their applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) free of charge.

WHEN: Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 14, 2013
WHERE: CAIR-LA Office, 2180 W Crescent Ave, Anaheim CA 92801

To schedule an appointment, call CAIR-LA’s civil rights office at 714.776.1177.

Click here for more information on Temporary Protected Status.

Faith in Freedom

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CAIR-LA 17th Annual Banquet

Seventeen Years of Success

Join us as we reflect on our past year’s endeavors, honor inspirational figures, and embrace a more tolerant, inclusive and just future for all.

FEATURING

Glenn Greenwald
Political Commentator, Lawyer, Author
The Guardian Newspaper

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Religious Director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York
Leader of Muslim Alliance in North America

Rohina Malik
Playwright and Performance Artist

Children’s CAIRnival
* Games, prizes and much much more!


SPONSORED BY

Amana Mutual Funds, Dr. Hameed Khan, Muslim American Society - Greater Los Angeles Area, Qatar Airways

DATE

11.16.2013


TIME

5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Dinner & Program


VENUE

Anaheim Hilton Hotel
777 W Convention Way
Anaheim,CA 92802

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CONTACT

Cecilia Peralta
Operations & Development Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

Growing up Muslim in America

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The journey, the struggle and the pay off

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater LA Area office and the Afghan American Muslim Outreach (AAMO) invite you to a one-of-a-kind event that will address various challenges of growing up Muslim in America. These challenges include, but are not limited to: balancing Islamic values in an American context, differentiating between cultural traditions and religion, and reconciling multiple identities—ethnic, religious and national.

In this event, the participants will engage in two-way conversations with the speakers during the conference and will have the opportunity to ask questions about Islam and the struggles they face as American Muslims. Group discussions, optional quizzes on Islamic issues with prizes for the winners will be part of this program.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Encourage your friends & peers to attend this event that will not only enrich your knowledge and wisdom, but also give you a great opportunity to expand your network of friendship.  Due to limited space, first come, first serve policy will be implemented

This event has endorsed and sponsored by Muslim American Society (MAS - Greater Los Angeles), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR - Greater Los Angeles Area) and Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

More info:

Theme of the Conference: “Growing up Muslim in America: The journey, the struggle and the pay off”
Speakers: Shaikh Alauddin El Bakri & Dr. Ahmed Soboh
Date and Time: Sunday Nov. 10, 2013 (1PM - 8 PM)
Location: Sheraton Hotel at 12221 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Ticket Price: $ Only $10 / person - To purchase your ticket go to:
http://www.aamo-usa.com/shop/aamo-youth-conference/
Free parking

Free TPS Legal Clinic for Syrians

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CAIR-LA and the Syrian American Council LA chapter are hosting a free legal clinic for Syrian nationals who may qualify for temporary protected status.

Call CAIR-LA’s civil rights office at 714.776.1177 for more information.

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture

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CAIR-LA joins a coalition of organizations in celebrating Palestinian culture.

CAIR-LA, the Bright Stars of Bethlehem, the California Charitable Foundation and the Levantine Cultural center invite you to a weeklong series of events honoring Palestinian arts and culture.

From September 30 through October 6, Palestinian artists will share their personal stories of the Holy Land though film, photography, dance and music. This week aims to diversify and widen the narrow lens through which Palestinians are oft-portrayed in media and Hollywood by shedding light on the richness and complexities of both modern and traditional Palestinian culture. The events will take place throughout Los Angeles and Irvine.

SEPT. 30, 6-9 pm—We Are Palestine, reception for 16 new works of painting, photography and multimedia from West Bank artists. Art opening, Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035-2657. Tel. 310.657.5511.

OCT. 1, 7 pm—IT’S BETTER TO JUMP, Los Angeles premiere, directors’ screening with Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone, Mouna Stewart. Film, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Tel. 323.851.4900.

OCT. 2, 7 pm—UNDER THE SAME SUN Los Angeles premiere, director’s screening with Sameh Zoabi. Films, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Tel. 323.851.4900.

OCT. 3, 7 pm—THE STONES CRY OUT & RESTORED PICTURES Los Angeles premieres, directors’ screenings with Yasmine Perni, Mahasen Nasser-Eldin. Films, panel and reception, Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Tel. 323.851.4900.

OCT. 5, 2:30 pm—Matinee performance, Diyar Dance Theatre, Los Angeles premiere! Films 4-6 pm. 7:30 pm, evening performance, Diyar Dance Theatre. 9 pm DAM Hip Hop concert. Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. Tel. 323.851.4900. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

OCT. 6, 11:30-1:30 pm—VIP luncheon. 1:30-2:45 pm, Diyar Dance Theatre, Orange County premiere! Films and discussion, 4:00-5:30 pm. 5:30-6:30 reception with audience to meet dancers/filmmakers. 6:30-8:00 pm DAM Hip Hop concert. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4199 Campus Dr., Irvine, CA 92612. Tel. 949.854.4607. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

For up-to-date information and event tickets, visit celebratepalestine.org, brightstarsbethlehem.org or levantinecenter.org.

Ameena Qazi to be awarded at Beacon of Light Celebration

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CAIR-LA's Deputy Executive Director will be recognized for her efforts to promote justice.

The Fairview Community Church will recognize CAIR-LA’s Deputy Executive Director and lead civil rights attorney Ameena Qazi in its inaugural Beacon of Light Celebration.

In an effort to show appreciation and educate the greater community about local efforts to promote social justice, the church will recognize other transformative Orange County leaders and organizations including Norberto Santana, Jr., editor of Voice of OC, and the City of Costa Mesa Employees Association.

For program details, click here.

OC MLK 50th Anniversary March & Rally

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CAIR-LA's Hussam Ayloush to speak at Orange County MLK rally

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C. will be commemorated with a march and a rally on September 1 from 2-6 pm at Sasscer Park, located at 5th and Ross St. in Downtown Santa Ana. CAIR-LA’s Executive Director Hussam Ayloush will speak at the rally, alongside other community leaders.

For more information and a complete list of endorsers, please click here.

CAIR-LA presents at MSA West Leadership Summit

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Muslim student leadership on college campuses learned about effective activism.

In a weekend-long leadership summit, hosted by Muslim Students Association West (MSA West), CAIR-LA’s Youth Development Coordinator Zienab Abdelgany and volunteer Kifah Shah engaged around 130 MSA leaders and board members in various workshops that aimed to develop organizational leadership skills. 

MSA West, an umbrella organization that represents Muslim student organizations on the West Coast, turned out attendees from over 20 schools including campuses from the University of California and California State University.

Students participated in 15 interactive workshops and sessions that ranged from leadership development to effective communication. Abdelgany and Shah led four workshops on campus activism, building effective campaigns around important issues, and navigating community diversity.

“College students have a quick turnover rate,” Abdelgany said. “By the time you figure out what you’re doing in your MSA, you’re ready to graduate. It’s essential that alumni and community organizations like CAIR help build institutional memory and provide professional training that will elevate the leadership and organizing experience of each generation of young activists.”

Students took away many valuable lessons from the summit.

“Masha’Allah (As God has willed), this summit was definitely worth attending!” Engie Salama, president of the Muslim Student Union at the University of Southern California for the 2013-2014 academic year said. “I felt humbled to be around so many amazing leaders from around California, all of whom had great ideas that encouraged me to work harder and think more creatively to improve our MSU.”

Teach-In: Race & The Criminal Justice System in America

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Join MAS and CAIR-LA as we examine the historical inequities which impact racial/ethnic minorities and draw connections between the experiences and hyper-criminalization of the African American, Latino/Chicano, and Muslim American communities.

Muslim American Society - Greater Los Angeles Chapter and CAIR - Greater Los Angeles Chapter are joining forces to examine the historical inequities which impact racial/ethnic minorities and draw connections between the experiences and hyper-criminalization of the African American, Latino/Chicano, and Muslim American communities. Check out the event on Aug 29 at 7pm!

The event will be live streamed.

Local Congressional Advocacy Training for Syria

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CAIR-LA's Hussam Ayloush conducted a congressional advocacy training.

On August 20, 2013, the Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council (SAC-LA) collaborated with CAIR-LA to conduct an intensive training on how to influence a congressional representative. The training came at an especially relevant time, with the U.S. Congress currently on recess until early September.

Community members gathered in the CAIR-LA conference room as Executive Director Hussam Ayloush discussed essential tips and strategies for holding an effective meeting. A representative from SAC-LA discussed U.S. policy, current trends in Syria, and talking points.

CAIR-LA & The South Asian Network To Host Immigration Clinics

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CAIR-LA and SAN attorneys aim to educate Muslim members of the immigrant community.

With immigration reform up for debate, the time is now to voice our concerns. Join the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area branch (CAIR-LA) and the South Asian Network to discuss the proposed bill and its effect on the Muslim members of the immigrant community. In addition to a lecture, there will be a citizenship clinic where participants will receive free application review and legal consultation regarding their naturalization application. Immigration clinics will be hosted at the following mosque venues: 

Islamic Society of Orange County
1 Al Rahman Plaza Garden Grove 92844
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Citizenship Application Workshop (by appointment only): 10 am—1 pm
Immigration Reform Session (open to public): 1—2 pm

Islamic Society of Corona-Norco
465 Santana Way, Corona 92881
Friday, June 28, 2013
Citizenship Application Workshop (by appointment only): 5:30—8 pm
Immigration Reform Session (open to public): 8:15—9 pm

Services will be offered in Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati and Punjabi.

CAIR-LA Valley Dinner: Writing Our Narrative. Defining Our Legacy.

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Join us for a special evening event in which we will examine how to redefine and reshape our legacy.

Join CAIR-Los Angeles alongside civic and community leaders as we redefine the American Muslim legacy and discuss the opportunities which lie ahead to protect our civil liberties and promote positive and meaningful engagement with society at large.

Stephen Rohde, Chair of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California & President of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

Imam Suhail Mulla, Assistant Religious Director at the Islamic Society of Orange County

Omar Jubran, Executive Committee Member of CAIR-LA

Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director at CAIR-LA

Ameena Mirza Qazi, Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney at CAIR-LA

DATE: Saturday, June 15, 2013
TIME: 5:30 p.m. Registration | 6 p.m. Dinner & Program
VENUE: Hilton Woodland Hills, 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
TICKETS: $30 per person, $5 for children’s program (6 months - 12 years old)

Understanding The Terror Factory

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A speaking tour on Muslim Entrapment.

Join the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles office as we host award-winning author Trevor Aaronson for a local speaking tour.

Aaronson is the author of “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism,” which is one of the most important, published books to date that analyzes the use of informants in the American Muslim community as part of the FBI and Department of Justice’s problematic “counterterrorism” program. Aaronson’s work is instrumental in informing our strategy to defend the civil liberties and protect the image of the American Muslim community.

Read more about his work here

Islamic Institute of Orange County
1220 N State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806
Friday, June 7
8 pm - 9:30 pm

Islamic Community Center of Redlands
24769 Redlands Blvd Suite A, Loma Linda, CA 92354
Saturday, June 8
3 pm - 4:45 pm

Islamic Center of Hawthorne
12209 Hawthorne Way, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Saturday, June 8
8 pm - 9:30 pm

Aaronson is co-director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He was a 2010-11 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he produced an award-winning project about FBI counterterrorism operations for Mother Jones. In his new book, Aaronson writes “ever since 9/11, counterterrorism has been the FBI’s No. 1 priority, consuming the lion’s share of its budget—$3.3 billion, compared to $2.6 billion for organized crime—and much of the attention of field agents and a massive, nationwide network of informants.” Aaronson reports that the bureau now maintains a roster of 15,000 spies, many of whom are tasked with infiltrating Muslim communities in the United States.

This event is co-sponsored by the following organizations: American Muslims for Palestine, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Orange County chapter, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Muslim American Society Greater Los Angeles chapter, and the Muslim Legal Fund of America, Islamic Center of Hawthorne, Islamic Center of Redlands and Islamic Institute of Orange County

“The Other Son” Film Screening

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"The Other Son" is a tale of two young men who discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

In this story, two young men—one Israeli, the other Palestinian—discover they were accidentally switched as newborns. The revelation turns the lives of both their families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs.

WHAT: “The Other Son” Film Screening & Discussion
WHEN: Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Info line 949.707.2680
TICKETS: $10 advance, $8 members/students, $12 at the door. For reservations, call 323.413.2001 or visit levantinecenter.org

The screening will be followed by a public conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

Visit here for more information about the film.

TRAILER: “The Other Son”

This screening is consponsored by Ms. Bana Hilal, Souhail Toubia, MD, the Council on American Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles and the Cousins Club of Orange County.

Global Qiyam (all-night prayer) for Syria

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The Muslim American Society will host a night of prayer for Syria.

The Muslim American Society Greater LA area chapter and the Syrian American Council present a…

Global Qiyam for Syria at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove.

Friday, May 17, 2013
9:30 pm - 12:30 am
ISOC, Masjid Al Rahman (Garden Grove)

For more information, contact info@masgreaterla.org

#GlobalQiyam4Syria

This event is co-sponsored by Islamic Relief, MPAC, MSA West, CAIR-LA, the Islamic Center of Irvine and the Islamic Society of Orange County.

Islamic Relief Invites You to a Benefit Dinner for Syria

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Islamic Relief USA will raise money to aid victims of the civil war in Syria. CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush will deliver the keynote speech.

An estimated seven million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria as the civil war rages on. More than 1.3 million Syrian nationals have fled to neighboring countries and an overwhelming majority of them are women and children.

WHAT: A fundraiser to support humanitarian relief efforts for victims of the Syrian civil war. Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA will deliver the keynote speech. 
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: 777 Convention Way, Anaheim Calif., 92802
Click here to purchase tickets.

This event is sponsored by the Syrian American Council, Shura Council of Southern CA, MAS-Greater LA, CAIR-LA, and AAMO.

Muslim Day at the Capitol 2013

Be a part of this 2nd annual event!


The 2nd annual California Muslim Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, April 30th in Sacramento.

Community members from across California will have an opportunity to meet State Legislators to discuss issues pertaining to education, immigration, healthcare, and civil rights and help bring about positive social change

LIMITED SPOTS.

If you’re interested, please reserve your spot immediately. A $25 registration fee, which will cover meals and materials, applies. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. A CAIR-CA representative will be in touch with you once you complete your registration.

If you have additional questions, or would like to request a need-based fee waiver, please contact CAIR-LA California Policy & Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed.

Or visit the official CAIR Capitol Day website for more information: www.caircapitolday.com

CONTACT

Adel Syed
California Policy & Government Relations Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

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Join CAIR-LA for a Trip to Manzanar

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) invites you to join the Manzanar Committee on April 27, 2013 for a one-day visit to Manzanar, where about 10,000 Japanese Americans were interned based on their heritage during World War II.

The program includes:

12:00PM - 2:30PM
* Talks by former internees
* Interfaith prayer service

2:30PM - 5:00PM
* Walking Tours
* Museum Exhibits

5:00PM - 8:00PM
* “Manzanar at Dusk” group session with internees

Bus reservations are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information call (714) 776-1847 and speak to Programs Coordinator, Zienab Abdelgany. To reserve a bus seat, please fill out the registration form below. The non-refundable fare is $20.00 per seat for adults/$10.00 per seat for children.

Pilgrimage participants are advised to bring cash and/or their own lunch, drinks and snacks as there are no meals provided on the trip. Light snacks and water will be made available to all attendees, and stops will be made en route and in Lone Pine for guests to purchase an early lunch and late dinner from local restaurants and fast food outlets.

We will be leaving from the CAIR office promptly at 6:30AM. Please be sure to arrive thirty minutes early so as to allow adequate time for boarding the bus for departure.

To reserve a bus seat, please fill out the appropriate registration form below:
Register a Group (for group leaders who are registering a family, MSA, halaqa, or youth group)
Individual Registration (you do not need to fill this out if you are part of a registered group)

If you are attending, you must print, sign, and bring the below forms on the day of
Image Release Form
Release of Liability Form

CONTACT

Zienab Abdelgany
Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714-776-1847

CAIR-LA & Indian Film Festival Invite You to “Shahid” Film Screening

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Shahid Azmi’s fearless idealism defied his status and challenged a nation as he devoted his life to fighting for justice.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA) is pleased to co-present “Shahid” at the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival 2013. The film premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Hansel Mehta, the film is based on true events in the life of Shahid Azmi, a defense lawyer and human rights activists who was murdered in 2010 at the age of 32, in retribution for his defense of a Muslim man accused in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Raised in an impoverished Mumbai neighborhood plagued by inter-communal violence, young Shahid reluctantly joins a militant training camp in Kashmir, only to reject its message of violence. After finding himself defenseless against a rigid judicial system that falsely accuses him of terrorism, Shahid single-handedly undertakes a spirited fight to give voice to those that India’s draconian, anti-terrorism laws fail to protect, risking his own life in the process.

WHAT: CAIR-LA Co-presents “Shahid” at the LA Indian Film Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 13 at 9:15 p.m.
WHERE: ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
TICKETS: Buy tickets for $14 here.

Watch the official trailer here
Read this BBC interview with director Hansal Mehta here.

“By encouraging Southern Californians to attend this film screening, we hope to not only shed light on the bold efforts of filmmaker Hansal Mehta, but aim to support films that show the triumph of good over distrust, paranoia and prejudice,” said CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Yasmin Nouh.

For more information on the film festival, click here.

CAIR-LA is proud to partner with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, whose rich mix of film programs often highlight incidents of ethnic, religious and gender oppression, as well as social justice movements that seek to address these injustices. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Muslim Charities Awards

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CAIR-LA is honored to be recognized by Madinah Islamic Center alongside other Muslim advocacy groups.

Madinah Islamic Center and Muslim Charities Association of SoCal hosts its annual award ceremony to honor individuals and organizations serving Muslim communities in Southern California, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area office. 

WHEN: Sunday, March 17 at 6.30 PM
WHERE: Guest House Hotel, 12500 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650
This event is free. RSVP at (562) 676-7351 or (909) 625-7759  

30 year anniversary of the Indo-Chinese Muslim Community

This event marks the 30-year milestone of the Indo-Chinese Muslims with the theme “Journey of 30 years in America”.

WHAT: CAIR-LA Executive Committee member Hafez Hafez will deliver a talk on establishing foothold in America at the Indo-Chinese Islamic Center (ICIC) as it celebrates its 30 year anniversary. 
WHEN: Sunday - March 17, 2013 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Delhi Center, 505 East Central Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92707. Call at (714) 481-9600.

CAIR-LA joins Syrian community in solidarity to mark two-year anniversary of the revolution

Local Syrian Community Marks two-year Anniversary of the revolution this weekend.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council, the nation’s largest Syrian American advocacy group, is commemorating the two-year anniversary of the Syrian Revolution this weekend with two events.

On Saturday, SAC-LA will host a panel of experts and Syrian human rights activists, including blogger Razan Ghazzawi who recently joined the LA Syrian community. Detained twice since since the start of the revolution due to her work with the Syrian Center for Media Freedom, Razan received a Front Line Defenders award in 2012. She was among those who sent updates on demonstrations happening across Syria using her real name when the revolution started.

WHAT: Commemoration of the Syrian Revolution’s Second Anniversary
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Crown Plaza Hotel, 12021 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840

Also speaking this Saturday is opposition figure Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, an expert in human rights and international law. He has taken a lead role in working with NGOs on the issue of Syria, and recently convened a conference of 170 representatives of organizations who are providing medical support for Syria. Dr. Ziadeh is the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria and the co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington D.C.

On Sunday, the LA community will “Walk for the Children of Syria” in a nationwide event that aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Syria; the event also aims to raise funds for children in Syria that are currently suffering under the dictatorship of Assad.

WHAT: Walk for the Children of Syria
WHEN: Sunday, March 17 2013 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Founded in 2005, the Syrian American Council (SAC) is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting educational, civic, economic, and human development, as well as advancing civil liberties and human dignity in Syria. It also aspires to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between American and Syrian people and institutions.

Racism & Unjust U.S. Detentions from Guantanamo to Pelican Bay

A short new documentary details the injustices of some U.S. detentions and prosecutions.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and CAIR-LA, this event will consist of a special screening of “ISN 310: Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantánamo,” a new documentary that tells the story of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian man and client of the Center for Constitutional Rights, cleared in 2008 and detained since 2002 without charge. A panel discussion following the screening will examine the broader issue of unjust U.S. detentions and prosecutions whether at domestic prisons or abroad, and explore how racism and anti-Muslim propaganda are being utilized to enable and normalize such actions.

WHAT: Film Screening of “ISN 310: Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantánamo” & Panel Discussion featuring Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Vincent Warren, CAIR-LA staff attorney Ameena Qazi, and Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California Ahilan Arulanantham.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: United University Church at the University of Southern California, 817 W 34th Street, Los Angeles CA 90089.
*For parking, use USC Gate 5 (Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave.) and say you are going to the church.
**This event is free and open to the public.

Serving the Community Through Law

Join us for a panel discussion about serving the public interest through the law.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area office, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the South Asian Bar of Southern California jointly ask how can you serve the South Asian community through the law? 

• Has the country already forgotten about the Oak Creek, WI massacre?
• Did the FBI need to send agent provocateurs to investigate Orange County mosques?
• Does the law make assumption and put barriers in front of South Asians?
• Are South Asian uniquely discriminated against in ways other groups aren’t?
• What does it mean to be a South Asian lawyer working for the public interest?
• Is there a way for civil attorneys, employment attorneys, criminal attorneys, attorney to help? Can I assist with pro bono work?

WHAT: An evening panel with public interest lawyers from two prominent civil rights organizations, SALDEF’s Western Regional Director Bhupinder Kaur and CAIR-LA attorney Ameena Qazi. 
WHEN: February 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: 801 S Grand Ave, 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. There is no cost for this event.  Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP by emailing: Ricky.S.Shah@gmail.com. 

CAIR-CA Representatives to Speak at MSA West Conference

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CAIR-CA representatives will speak at the 2013 MSA West Conference.

CAIR-CA representatives will attend the 15th annual MSA West Conference, the largest Muslim student conference on the West Coast, to engage youth in an array of workshops touching upon issues from immigration reform and ethical consumerism to establishing alumni associations.

Executive Director of CAIR-San Francisco Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR-Sacramento Basim Elkarra, CAIR-LA’s Director of Statewide Policy and Government relations Adel Syed, and Programs Coordinator Zienab Abdelgany will attend the conference, which will be held from Feb. 15 - 17, 2013 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Additionally, CAIR-CA in partnership with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and Muslim American Society (MAS) will also unveil its new “Building Allies, Breaking Barriers” challenge grant for MSAs to engage in social justice advocacy work and campus coalition building around the issue of Palestine.

This year’s conference aims to provide attendees with a tangible plan—action items one can take home and implement to improve their personal lives, their MSA, and their community at large. Through its programming this year, the MSA West conference seeks to help strike the balance and mutual understanding between spirituality, activism, and everything in between. Spirituality is the foundation, providing roots for activism; activism is actualized when produced by a sound spiritual community.

For more information on the conference, click here.

Bridging Communities 2013 Program Registration



Bridging Communities 2013
CAIR, JACL, NCRR, and Kizuna

Email zabdelgany@cair.com for more info or for this year’s application.

The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League – Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, and Kizuna – Uniting Nikkei for the Future, are proud to present the 5th annual Bridging Communities Program.

The Bridging Communities Program seeks to connect Japanese American and American Muslim youth by synthesizing the differences and commonalities that bind us together. In past years, participants engaged in workshops and discussions and visited sites to broaden their perspectives. This year’s program is especially unique—all invited participants have been selected from past groups based on their inclination towards activism and will be given the tools and opportunities to exercise their skills, to find growth as young activists in their communities.

Session dates
1- Feb. 9 (JACCC) - 9:00AM - 1:00PM
2- March 2 (Islamic Society of Orange County) - 9:00AM - 1:00PM
3- March 30 (JACCC) - 9:00AM - 1:00PM
4- April 13 (CAIR) - 9:00AM - 1:00PM
5- April 27 (MANZANAR) - One Day Trip
6- May 11 (JACCC) - 9:00AM - 1:00PM
7-    June 8 (Culmination at Islamic Society of Orange County) - 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Fee: $150 (please pay for fee as “ticket” on the left)
Download the application here
Due January 18, 2013

CONTACT

Zeinab Abdelgany
CAIR-LA Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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Emily Nishida
Bridging Communities 2013 Intern,
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The Tortured: Stories of Survival

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A documentary chronicling the journey of five survivors of torture.

Co-Hosted by CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Office (CAIR-LA) and Cal State Fullerton MSA:

Zahra Pictures Presents “The Tortured: Stories of Survival”—a documentary chronicling the journey of five survivors of torture. Come hear from one of the survivors directly at the follow-up panel discussion.

Titan Theater at Cal State Fullerton (*Directions below) 
800 N. State College, Fullerton, CA 92834
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
The screening begins promptly at 6 p.m. For 18 and above only due to violence. 

Send your RSVP to CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Yasmin Nouh at ynouh@cair.com.

*Directions: Titan Theater is located in the Titan Student Union (TSU).

From the North
• Take the 57 Freeway South and exit at Yorba Linda Blvd.
• Turn right (west) onto Yorba Linda Blvd.
• Turn left (south) onto State College Blvd.
• Turn left on Arts Drive
• Nutwood parking structure is on the right. (Free parking).
• The Titan Student Union will be located in front of you when you exit the parking structure.

From the South
• Take the 57 Freeway North and exit at Nutwood Ave.
• Turn left (west) onto Nutwood Ave.
• Turn right (north) onto State College Blvd.
• Turn right onto Arts Drive
• Nutwood parking structure is on the right.

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Our co-sponsors include:
American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU-SC) | Amnesty International – USA | American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) | Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) | Irvine United Congregational Church (IUCC) | Jewish Voice for Peace - LA Chapter (JVP-LA) | National Lawyers Guild - LA Chapter (NLG-LA) | Program for Victims of Torture - LA | Syrian American Council (SAC) | Uniting Peace with Actions Respect and Dignity (UPWARD) | Villa Park Peace Coalition

CONTACT

Yasmin Nouh
Communications Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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Upholding Our Constitution | Defending Our Faith

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CAIR-LA 16th Annual Banquet

ONLINE SALES CLOSED. Tickets Available at the Door: $85

Sixteen Years of Successes

Join us as we honor our inspirational heroes, reflect on our past year’s endeavors, and embrace a promising future.


FEATURING

Michael Ratner, Esq.
Center for Constitutional Rights

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Religious Director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York
Leader of Muslim Alliance in North America

Children’s CAIRnival
* Games, prizes and much much more!


SPONSORED BY

GOLD Wells Fargo; Aleem Syed, M.D; Syed A. Rizvi,M.D
SILVER Amana Mutual Funds Trust; Hussain Al-Darsani, M.D; Soboh Dental, Muslim American Society - Greater Los Angeles Area
BRONZE Hameed Khan, M.D; Southern California Gas Company; Islamic Relief
SUPPORTING SPONSOR Turkish Airlines

DATE

11.3.2012


TIME

5:30 PM Registration
6:30 PM Dinner & Program


VENUE

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim,CA 92802


CAIR-LA on facebook | CAIR-LA on Twitter | CAIR-LA on YouTube

CONTACT

Alia Aboul-Nasr
Special Events Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

ICUJP Presents: The George Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award Event

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We encourage you to join us in helping to honor one of the most significant peace activist leaders, as ICUJP celebrates the extraordinary lifetime achievements of the Reverend James Lawson, and as we prepare to train an upcoming generation of peace activists

CAIR-LA is one of the Peacemaker participants and Executive Director, Br. Hussam Ayloush has agreed to serve as one of the Honorary Co-chair for 2nd Annual George Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award.  This year ICUJP will be Honoring The Reverend James Lawson.

We encourage you to join us in helping to honor one of the most significant peace activist leaders, as ICUJP celebrates the extraordinary lifetime achievements of the Reverend James Lawson, and as we prepare to train an upcoming generation of peace activists.

ICUJP IS HONORED TO PRESENT THE GEORGE REGAS COURAGEOUS
PEACEMAKER AWARD TO THE REVEREND JAMES LAWSON

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. (free event)

‘Enemy Alien’ Film Screening, Discussion

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Documentary draws parallels between American Muslim and Japanese American experiences.

Filmmaker Konrad Aderer finds echoes of his own family’s World War II incarceration in post-9/11 detentions of Muslim immigrants and joins the fight to free Farouk, a Palestinian activist who organizes resistance among his fellow detainees.

WHAT: ‘Enemy Alien’ Film Screening & Discussion
WHEN: Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif. 90012
TICKETS: $9 per person

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Aderer and CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena Mirza Qazi.

TRAILER:Enemy Alien
 
Event is co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Greater Los Angeles Area.

KPCC.org will live blog tonight’s ‘Muslim American Identities’ event

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Nearly a million Muslims live in Southern California and, as with most faiths, there are all kinds. To explore the many different facets of Muslim experience, KPCC’s Ruxandra Guidi takes our Crawford Family Forum on the road to the Cerritos Public Library this evening for a live program on “Muslim American Identities.”

Nearly a million Muslims live in Southern California and, as with most faiths, there are all kinds.

To explore the many different facets of Muslim experience, KPCC’s Ruxandra Guidi takes our Crawford Family Forum on the road to the Cerritos Public Library this evening for a live program on “Muslim American Identities.”

We’ll hear from a diverse panel of Southland Muslims, and we’d like to hear from you. The event is free, but you must RSVP first at KPCC.org/forum.

If you can’t make it we’ll have a live blog of this event , as it happens, at kpcc.org.

If you would like to see the discussion it will take place at the Cerritos Public Library, Skyline Room which is at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue Cerritos, CA 90703

Check-in is at 7 p.m. The program will go from 7:30 p.m. through 9 p.m.

A Summer Night For Civil Rights

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ALL TICKET SALES MUST BE MADE AT THE BOX OFFICE. WE’LL SEE YOU TONIGHT AT THE REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.


  • Stand-Up Comedian Dean Obeidallah From the upcoming documentary, “The Muslims Are Coming!”
  • Spoken Word Poet Amir Sulaiman The master of the microphone. The prince of poetry.
  • Hip-Hop Artist Omar Offendum Fresh off the release of his hard-hitting single, “#SYRIA”


Tickets available exclusively online


Seating Chart


VIP Seating | $100 -> Includes access to front-row seating and admission to a private VIP reception with the entertainers

Orchestra Seating | $30 -> Includes access to preferred Orchestra seating

Terrace Seating | $20 -> Includes access to prime Terrace seating


NOTE : All tickets available exclusively online. Please bring your printed receipt and valid ID (bearing the purchaser’s name) to the box office for admission.

CONTACT

'Atif Butt
Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

1st Annual Women’s Leadership & Development Luncheon

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The First Annual Women's Leadership & Development Luncheon

With Speakers
Ameena Mirza Qasi (Deputy Executive Directer, Esq. - CAIR-LA)
Samar Aziz (Pharmacist, PSI [Certified]; Women’s Leadershop Trainer)

June 9th, 2012
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Chino Valley Islamic Center
5565 Daniels Street, Chino, 91710

http://www.CVIslamicCenter.org

Tickets only $15
A sisters only luncheon. For 12 years old and above. Buy your ticket today, tickets will not be sold at the door. Sorry, no babysitting provided.

CPR Certification Training & Post-Trauma Intervention Training

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The ongoing crisis in Syria has reminded us for the need to become trained and prepared in such unfortunate circumstances.

The ongoing crisis in Syria has reminded us for the need to become trained and prepared in such unfortunate circumstances.

To register for the CPR Certificate Training, Click here
Registration Deadline: Saturday, May 26th
$25 Payment Deadline: Tuesday, May 29th

The CPR Certificate training is provided by Life Support Services.
The training meets or exceeds OSHA standards and are approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority. You will receive a certification card that is valid for two years.

To register for the Post Trauma Intervention Training, Click here
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 30th
$30 Payment Deadline: Saturday, June 2nd

The Post Trauma Intervention training is provided by the Stephan Center.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of the training.

Course Objectives:
Explore the impact of long term trauma
Understand survival actions and behaviors
Learn the results on children’s development
Develop methods of supporting victims

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Payment Details:
Cash or Check Only
Make Checks payable to SAC-LA
Mail payment to Nada Hashem at 3740 Paraiso Way La Crescenta, CA 91214

Additional Details:
This event is only for women 18 years of age and older.

Each training course is independent, so you can attend either training course or both.

Please arrive at 8:30 am to check-in. Entry is not permitted after 9:00 am.

These events are sponsored by SAC-LA and co-sponsored by CAIR California and the Islamic Institute of Orange County. The address is 1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim CA 92806.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Nada Hashem at nadahashem@gmail.com or call Rana Dandashi at (951)259-2598 or Hanadi Alwan at (909)532-0651.

InFocus News & One Legacy Radio Fundraiser

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InFocus News & One Legacy Radio Fundraiser Support SoCal's Muslim Voice / Friday, June 22.

TIME: 6:30pm, Dinner will be served at 7pm
Chinese Cultural Center
9 Truman St, Irvine, CA 92620

Imam Zaid Shakir
Hussam Ayloush
Ustadha Maha Hamoui
Hosted By: Yasmin Mogahed

TICKETS
$40 per Adult
$5 per Child (12 & Under)*
$350 per Table of 10

*Childcare will be provided

For more info contact
www.InFocusNews.net
(909) 728-0120

CAIR-LA & Asian Pacific Film Festival Invite You to “Valley of Saints” Film Screening

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Q/A with Writer/Director Musa Syeed will follow the screening.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA) is pleased to co-present the film, “Valley of Saints,” an International Centerpiece Presentation at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2012. The film was also a 2012 Sundance Film Festival official entry.

Written and directed by Musa Syeed, the film is a blend of fiction and documentary revolving around two childhood friends who plan to escape the military-occupied Srinagar (Kashmir) for a better life but are temporarily challenged by the military curfew imposed on the locals. The film sheds light on Kashmiris’ daily life and culture, and the Dal Lake - the region’s crown jewel that has gradually deteriorated because of communal neglect, pollution and building of homes.

Syeed received the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Production Award for his film’s screenplay and also won the Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic competition. 

Read this HuffPost interview with the director: http://huff.to/x5A3gj


A Q/A with Syeed will be held after the screening.


“By encouraging Southern Californians to attend this film screening, we hope to not only shed light on the bold efforts of an American Muslim filmmaker but aim to educate audiences about an oft-misunderstood or forgotten region in South Asia filled with beauty and Islamic culture,” said CAIR-LA Communications Manager Munira Syeda.

WHAT: CAIR-LA Co-presents “Valley of Saints,” the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival’s International Centerpiece Presentation

WHEN: Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Directors Guild of America, Theater 1, 7920 Sunset Blvd.,
Hollywood, CA 90046

TICKETS: Buy discounted tickets, $10 each, by visiting this link (Use code: CPCAIR12). Tickets not picked up at will call 15 minutes before the film screening may be sold to those on the waitlist.

CONTACT: Munira Syeda, 714-776-1847, info@losangeles.cair.com

MORE INFO. ON THE FILM FESTIVAL: www.vconline.org/festival

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

REGISTRATION CLOSED: California Muslim Day at the Capitol

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Be part of this historic event!

The first-ever California Muslim Day at the Capitol will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Sacramento.

Community members from across California will have an opportunity to meet State Legislators to discuss issues pertaining to education, immigration, healtcare, and civil rights and help bring about positive social change.

LIMITED SPOTS.

If you’re interested, please complete the following registration form. A $50 registration fee applies. A CAIR-CA representative will get back to you once you complete the form below. 


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


For more information, please feel free to contact a CAIR-CA representative.

CONTACT

Adel Syed
Government Relations Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714-776-1847

National Muslim Business Conference 2012

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It is with the highest regard and great pleasure that the National Muslim Business Council (NMBC) continues to dedicate the Annual NMBC Conference to the legacy of the great leader and servant of Almighty G-D, Imam W. Deen Mohammed (AS).

It is with the highest regard and great pleasure that the National Muslim Business Council (NMBC) continues to dedicate the Annual NMBC Conference to the legacy of the great leader and servant of Almighty G-D, Imam W. Deen Mohammed (AS).

The Collective Purchasing Conference (CPC) was established by the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed in 1996, designed to allow small business people opportunitiesto compete in the larger business markets by using the, leverage and power of “collective purchasing.”

Imam W. Deen Mohammed (AS)

October 30, 1933 ~ September 9, 2008

United We Stand for a Free Syria

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Commemoration of the first anniversary of the Syrian Revolution

United we Stand for a Free Syria

Commemoration of the first anniversary of the Syrian Revolution

Sunday, March 18 2012 2:00-5:00 p.m

Anaheim Hilton, 777 Convention Way
SAC will honored to host our distinguished speakers

The Honorable Robert Ford, US Ambassador to Syria
&
The Honorable Maxine Waters, Member of Congress

Show your solidarity with the oppressed people of Syria who stand for freedom & democracy

$10 TICKET ADMISSION
No children allowed please

Media Relations 101

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Islamic Center of South Bay presents: Media Relations 101 workshop

Islamic Center of South Bay & Islamic Shura Council of Southern California present a workshop on: “Media Relations-101”

WHAT: All About Media Relations

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

WHERE: Islamic Center of South Bay 25816 Walnut Street Lomita, CA 90717

WHO: Munira Syeda Communications Manager CAIR-Greater Los Angeles

For more info call (714) 239-6473 or E-mail Br. Malek at malek@shuracouncil.org

CAIR-LA & ICUJP Invite You to a Special Benefit Performance of “Sarah’s War”

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Fictional play based on real life experiences of Peace Activist Rachel Corrie.

We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 11 to see a very special benefit performance of “Sarah’s War,” a fictional play based on the real life experiences of late American peace activist Rachel Corrie.

The play portrays Sarah as an idealistic 23-year-old who decides to join members of the International Solidarity Movement in the Palestinian Territories under Israeli military occupation. Applying nonviolent protest tactics of Dr. King and Gandhi, she tries to save a Palestinian home from being razed, but is crushed by an IDF bulldozer.

After the play, join us for a talkback with playwright Valerie Dillman and the cast of “Sarah’s War.”

“Sarah’s War” made LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week and Back Stage Critic’s Pick.

Read more about the play online

WHAT: CAIR-LA & ICUJP co-sponsored benefit performance “Sarah’s War” and talkback with Valerie Dillman

WHEN: Sunday, March 11 at 3 P.M.

WHERE: Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. Street parking and valet parking $5.


“Sarah’s War” is directed by Matt McKenzie and produced by Jordan Elgrably for Freedom Theatre West, a project of the Levantine Cultural Center

CONTACT

Munira Syeda
Communications Manager, CAIR-LA
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T 714-776-1847

Emergency Fundraising Dinner for Syrian Refugees

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Islamic Relief USA Presents

SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN

An EMERGENCY Fundraising Dinner


Speakers

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of Shura Council of So Cal

Br. Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR-LA

Shaykh Mohammad Faqih, Imam of Masjid Omar AlFarouk


Saturday, March 10, 2012
6:00pm
Hilton Anaheim Hotel
777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802


Tickets
$40 ($45 at the door)
Table of 10 Seats: $400
Childcare (ages 3yrs-10yrs) $10 per Child
Food Provided

Purchase Tickets online: http://syriaOC.eventbrite.com/

For more info Contact: 714-676-1291, sw@irusa.org
www.IRUSA.org

Day of Remembrance

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70 years after EO 9066

Celebrate the public unveiling of the Museums’ newest online initiative the Remembrance Project. In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of E.O. 9066, the Project is a new website featuring stories about those affected by the events surrounding the Japanese American World War II experience.

Through written Tributes submitted by individuals, families, and friends, this evovling three-year project will allow the Museum to present these important first-person stories to newer, younger, and more diverse audiences and will continue to make these stories accessible to future generations.

USC Muslim Student Union Presents: The Hijab

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Personal identity and stereotypes unveiled.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to wear a headscarf yourself?
Discussion moderated by CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena Qazi and USC Muslim and non-Muslim student panelists.

Know Your Rights Community Workshop

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Empowering Your Community Workshop

Led by, Ameena Qazi
Deputy Executive Director, Staff Attorney

CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO NOW!

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This international day of protest marks the 10th anniversary of the Guantánamo prison and the human rights violations it represents, including torture, detention without charge, unfair trials, Islamophobia, and impunity for crimes by US government officials.

Downtown LA Federal Building
(Temple and Los Angeles Streets)
9 AM
Silent Vigil and Tableau

10 AM
Press Conference

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Westwood Federal Building
(Wilshire and Veteran) 
4 – 5:30 PM
Vigil and Rally

Special Film Screening & Panel Discussion hosted by The Levantine Center

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London River: A Film by Rachid Bouchareb

ABOUT THE FILM:
Set against the backdrop of the July 7th terrorist attacks in 2005, LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter.  Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all, by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her daughter lived. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam as she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Berlin’s Silver Bear winner, Sotigui Kouyaté), a West African who has come from France to find his missing son.

PANELISTS:
Munira Syeda, CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area
Shakeel Syed, Shura Council of Southern California

READ a review of the film here

CAIR-LA and IslamiCity Invite You to “Journey to Mecca:  In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta”

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Saturday, Dec 10th 2011 & Sunday, Dec 11th 2011 6:30 p.m & 7:45 p.m.

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.

His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Ibn Battuta’s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world.

Seating for this special showing is limited and tickets are only available online. BUY TICKETS NOW

WATCH THE TRAILER

CAIR-LA is the media sponsor for this event.

CAIR-LA Presents: STEP Empowerment Workshop

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Ameena Qazi with CAIR-LA

Friday November 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley

Making Democracy Work (SOLD OUT)

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CAIR-LA thanks you for your tremendous support. If you have an open seat at your table or will no longer be able to attend the Gala, please contact the CAIR office to allow others to purchase a ticket and/or take your place.




Fifteen Years of Service | One Evening of Celebration

Join us as we honor our inspirational heroes, reflect on our past year’s endeavors, and embrace a promising future.


FEATURING

Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Religious Director of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York
Leader of Muslim Alliance in North America

Aasif Mandvi
2011 “Courage in Media” Award

Malek Jandali
2011 “Freedom of Expression” Award

ACLU of Southern California
2011 “Champions of Liberty” Award

Children’s Eid CAIRnival
* Face painters
* Illusionist
* Photo station
* Cotton Candy
* Popcorn
* Eid prizes
* Much much more!


SPONSORED BY

GOLD Dr. Syed A. Rizvi | Wells Fargo | Turkish Airlines
SILVER CFO Tax | One Legacy Radio | Islamic Relief
BRONZE Syrian American Council | Dr. Hameed Khan | Amana Mutual Funds | Saba Homes | Zaki & Associates Allstate Insurance Agency | Soboh Dental
MEDIA InFocus News


DATE

11.5.2011


TIME

5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Iftar
6:15 PM Dinner & Program


VENUE

Hilton Anaheim
777 Convention Way
Anaheim,CA 92802


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CONTACT

'Atif Butt
Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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T 714.776.1847

10 Years After the PATRIOT Act: Where do we go from here?

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This October 26 marks the 10th anniversary of the passage of the PATRIOT Act. Join us for an important panel discussion on how our communities’ lives, rights and liberties have been impacted in the post September 11th world and what you can do about it.

The discussion will be moderated by Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. Panelists include UCLA School of Law Professor Hiroshi Motomura, Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), George Friday, National Field Organizer of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) and Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU/SC.

View the event flyer here.

Please RSVP to (213) 977-5293. RSVPs are requested, but all are welcome to attend.

CAIR-LA presents: STEP (Stand and Engage Project) Training Program

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STEPping Up: Empowering Your Community Workshop

Stand and Engage Project
Led by Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director/Staff Attorney
Guest Speakers:
Kathy Masaoka and Jim Matsuoka, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress

CAIR-LA presents: STEP (Stand and Engage Project) Training Program

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STEPping Up: Empowering Your Community Workshop

Stand and Engage Project
Led by Ameena Qazi, Deputy Executive Director/Staff Attorney
Guest Speaker:
Tamia Pervez, South Asian Network

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace present: “STOP the WARS! FUND JOBS!”

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Join people of faith and conscience in protest of perpetual war by engaging in reflection, demonstration and nonviolent civil disobedience organized by ICUJP this Friday, Oct. 7.

9 a.m.          Interfaith gathering at La Placita Church - Olvera Street
                535 N. Main Street, Los Angeles

9:45 a.m.        Interfaith procession to Federal Building - downtown L.A.


10:30 a.m.      Rally and Civil disobedience at Federal Building

We call for a withdrawal of all troops and private contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan this year!

Stop torture abroad and at home!

End drone attacks targeting civilians in Pakistan and elsewhere!

For more info, visit: “STOP the WARS!  FUND JOBS!”

American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley Presents: Islam in the Modern World Forum

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Come join a forum discussion with esteemed panelists, discussing the beliefs and practices of Muslims and how they relate to the world we live in.

Islam In the Modern World


Introduction

Gloria Dizmang   Master of Ceremonies

Welcome

Kamal Al-Khatib             President - American Islamic institute of Antelope Valley
   

Quran recitation opening
Dr.Sayed Jumaa   Al-Ameen TV      

Introduction of Panelists

Munira Syeda         Communications Manager - CAIR-LA
   

Dr.Sayed Jumaa         Al-Ameen TV Founder/Anchor

Imam Abdulwahab Omeira   Imam and activist

Kamal Al-Khatib   President - American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley

Disney Hotel Workers Community Briefing

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On September 27th, there will be a community briefing for Disney Hotel workers, addressing the company's rigidity in its healthcare plans. Please join and support the effort for a just resolution.

For more information, please visit: Disney Workers Community Briefing

To RSVP, visit: RSVP for Community Briefing

The Role of Muslims in America

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Sponsored by Orange Coast College Muslim Student Association, Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of Orange County

Event will take place Thursday, September 22nd at the Robert B. Moore Theater 5-8 p.m

Speakers include:

Imam Suhail Mulla (Garden Grove Masjid)

Maryam Amir-Ebrahimi (Womens Right’s activist)

Adel Syed (CAIR)

Yalla Walk Pink!

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Register for the Orange County race for the cure for breast cancer.

Steps To Register Online:


1. Go to the following website: http://www.komenoc.org/race

2. Click on the button entitled: Register Here

3. Read the waiver & and if you agree click on: I agree

4. Select the option: Join a Team

5. Under Join an Existing Team, you will find a drop down menu asking you to select an existing listed team to join.  Select Yalla Walk Pink #2982. Then click Continue.

6. Fill out the registration form completely and select the 9:45am walk.

Important Note: Your T-shirt and bib will be available for pick up on the race day at the Yalla Walk Pink/Access California Services booth in the Teamland area.

Please arrive by 9:00am so you can be on-time for the race start time.

MORE DETAILS HERE: Yalla Walk Pink!

The Urgency of 9/11/11: Challenging U.S. War-making

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A conversation with Faith Leaders on the promotion of war and violence in the last decade.

Speakers:

Hussam Ayloush, CAIR-Los Angeles Area Executive Director

Rev. Carissa Baldwin, Peace and Justice Associate, All Saints Church

Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles

Reverend Louis Chase, Pastor, Hamilton United Methodist Church

Rabbi Laura Geller, Temple Emmanuel, Beverly Hills

Aziza Hasan, Government Affairs Director, MPAC

Moderated by Rev. Dr. George F. Regas, Founder of ICUJP & Rector Emeritus of All Saints Church

 

9/11 Service at Fish Interfaith Center

Join Chapman campus community for a remembrance of lamentation and hope.

Sunday, September 11, at 6 pm

Fish Interfaith Center
Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange, Calif. 92866

9/11 Interfaith Remembrance

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Service sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council.

9/11 Interfaith Remembrance

Sunday, September 11, 2011

4:00 p.m.

The South Coast Interfaith Council, which has worked for many years, especially since 9/11, to create a world of understanding, acceptance, respect, dignity and peace for all, invites you to an interfaith community-wide gathering to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11. 

This will be an event to draw together members of our faith and civic communities.  We will remember those who lost their lives and look toward a new future where our common humanity is honored. 

As we stand together on this day, may we make this an opportunity to focus on our sense of unity and redouble our efforts to build communities, a country and a world worthy of the lives lost that day and since.

Please join us as we witness our community’s strength and lift our hopes for a better world.

CAIR-Los Angeles EC President Fawad Yacoob will participate in the event.

For more information, please contact the SCIC at southcoastinterfaith@gmail.com or call 562-983-1665.

Interfaith Walk for Hope and Peace

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People from various walks of life will participate.

Sunday, September 11, 2001
Program begins at 2 p.m. 

CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena M. Qazi will participate and give a short address at the walk.              

2 pm     City of Knowledge School, (Foothill & Garey)
2:45 pm Temple Beth Israel (3033 N. Towne Ave,)
3:30 pm Claremont United Church of Christ (Harvard & Harrison)
4:00 pm Rally for Hope & Peace & Remembrance Program
(Memorial Park, Claremont) Incl. Live Music, Community Religious & Civic Leaders, Ice Cream Social

“Finding Hope in the Holy” Interfaith Event to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary

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Event is sponsored by the Guibord Center.

Eight religious leaders from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Indigenous, Muslim and Sikh faiths will come together to participate in the spiritual event that focuses on the faith that unites us rather than the politics that too often divide us.
The ceremony will begin with sung lamentations followed by readings of hope from the sacred texts of each of the eight faith traditions. Eight children born since 9/11 into the communities of faith represented will be given a sapling to take back to their communities to be planted as a commemoration of this event.

The ceremony will conclude with prayer followed by Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Cathedral
        514 West Adams Blvd.
        Los Angeles, 90007

Faith Leaders: Baha’i, Randolph Dobbs;  Buddhist, Venerable Miao Hsi; Christian, Bishop Mary Ann Swenson; Hindu, Rajshree Patel; Jewish, Rabbi Neil Comess- Daniels; Indigenous, Cindi Alvitre; Muslim, Imam Jihad Turk; Sikh, Ravinder Singh Khalsa. (All are members of The Advisory Council of The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out.)

CAIR-Los Angeles Community Relations Manager Sherrel Johnson will participate in the event.

City of Anaheim to Hold 9/11 Observance

Brad Burlingame, brother of American Airlines Flight #77 pilot Chic Burlingame, will share his thoughts and remembrances of the day.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2011)—Most of us remember where we were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when we heard about the attacks on our country.

For former Anaheim residents Brad Burlingame and his siblings, their world came to a stop.

“My brother Chic (Charles Burlingame) was the pilot for American Airlines Flight #77, which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon,” said Brad. “There are no words that describe the loss of a family member or friend. To lose Chic and the thousands of victims in this way is incomprehensible.”

Brad Burlingame will join Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim City Council as Anaheim hosts a Sept. 11 Remembrance Memorial Service at Anaheim’s Pearson Park Amphitheatre (401 N. Lemon St.) on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m. The Remembrance Memorial Service is part of a week-long series of activities in Anaheim in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. All are welcome to attend.

Additional information about Anaheim’s activities in service and remembrance of Sept. 11, including the Sept.. 8 Military Banner Ceremony and the Sept. 10 First Responders Expo, can be found at www.anaheim.net. 

 

Townhall Featuring NY Muslim Firefighter

Event to commemorate 9/11 firefighters and first responders on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

The Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) is holding a memorial service to honor the firefighters and first responders who sacrificed their lives to help victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The event will be held at OCIF this Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Representatives from the City of Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo Fire Department, and Mission Viejo Police Department will be in attendance.

The event will also feature special guest appearance by New York Firefighter Kevin James, a Muslim first responder who was at the scene when the attacks took place on Sept. 11. There will also be a Q & A session.

OCIF is a nonprofit educational Islamic foundation with a mission to provide educational, religious, and social services to the community.

WHAT: Townhall Event featuring New York Firefighter Kevin James

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 11th, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: OCIF Multipurpose Room, Mission Viejo Mosque, 23581 Madero, Mission Viejo, CA

 

A Service of Remembrance and Hope

Service to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks.

A special worship service is being organized by the Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa.

As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th terrorist attack, we pause to remember and we commit ourselves to peace. We have the honor of welcoming Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini to our pulpit to speak and share with us words of hope on a day that has been filled with such fear. CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director & Staff Attorney Ameena Mirza Qazi will also address the congregation. Please join us as we come together as an interfaith witness for peace and love. Invite your friends as we commit ourselves to the power of peace and friendship over fear and hate.

Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson
Fairview Community Church
www.ocfairviewchurch.org

LA Council of Religious Leaders to hold “One Light, One Peace, One World” Interfaith Event

Program welcomed by LA City Council, Council President Garcetti, in partnership with Shura Council of So. Calif.

The Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders, welcomed by the Los Angeles City Council

presents

OneLight
one peace | one world


9.10.11, Saturday, 7.30pm, Los Angeles City Hall


Southern California unites in common cause and common prayer to remember 9.11.01 and envision our future.   

All are welcome and invited to attend.


Music, reflection, and presentation of commemorative lanterns for houses of worship. 

Please watch video messages from Shura Council Executive Director Shakeel Syed, Bishop Jon Bruno, and Rabbi Mark Diamond.


Gathering music: 7:30pm


Program opens: 7:45pm
Parking: City lots entered on Los Angeles Street

CAIR-CA President Masoud Nassimi, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush & CAIR-LA Community Relations Manager Sherrel Johnson will participate in the event.

Please see detailed press release here: http://www.lacorl.org/

Service Project hosted by Islamic Institute of Orange County

Project is part of City of Anaheim's 9/11 Service and Remembrance Week.

Come join us for a community service activity at Islamic Institute of Orange County!!

We are encouraging our community members to pledge a few hours of service during the City’s September 11: Service and Remembrance week. You can pledge your volunteer hours to be a part of any community services, but for those of you who are not sure where to volunteer—we have one for you right at the mosque.

We will be making brown bag lunches for those people who are in need. Please, meet us after Dhur prayer (1:15 pm) behind the Administration Office! Also, don’t forget to pledge your volunteer hours.

More information can be found at www.masjidomar.com or by calling the mosque at 714-533-6271.

CAIR-LA Rep to Speak on Islamophobia at OC Progressive Summit 2011

Summit to be addressed by Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, and Jim Hightower.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Orange County Progressive Summit! Last year’s event was a great success, bringing together various individuals and organizations to further establish a strong progressive presence.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
9 am to 5:30 pm

Delhi Community Center
505 E. Central Avenue
Santa Ana

Among various workshops, CAIR-LA Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed will present on Islamophobia and its causes.

REGISTER: www.ocprogressivesummit.org

9/11 Joint Interfaith Project

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Come be a part of something life-changing.

2nd Annual 9/11 Interfaith Project will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.

Last year, community members came together to serve Congregation Beth Shalom and the Corona United Methodist Church on 9/11 anniversary. This year, community members will serve the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco.

Service project includes removing weeds, tilling the soil, and preparing the soil for new flowers and shrubs.

Bring gloves, shovels, gardening tools, brooms, wheel barrows, tillers, and sunscreen.

Ages 12 and up.

Leadership Summit

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Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) & the Muslim American Society (MAS) present the Leadership Summit.

Join CAIR-LA and MAS-LA this Saturday, July 9, as we explore models of effective leadership through Islamic and professional perspectives. Learn what defines a leader, how one becomes a leader, and how you can become involved in influencing real, intended change. This workshop is designed for individuals with ages 18 through 40.


PROGRAM
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Register here.
$25 per person (financial aid available) 

 

LOCATION
Islamic Center of Reseda, 18206 Victory Blvd., Reseda, Calif.


PRESENTERS
Adel Syed, Government Relations Coordinator, CAIR-LA
Mohammad Abbasi, Board Member, MAS National Department


EVENT SUPPORTER
AAMO


EVENT SPONSORS
Amana Mutual Funds & Islamic Relief

CAIR-LA Reps to Discuss Islamophobia at National Lawyers Guild Conference

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CAIR staff will join attorney Reem Salahi on "Fighting Islamophobia" panel.

The National Lawyers Guild has invited CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Deputy Executive Director Ameena Mirza Qazi and Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed along with Reem Salahi to speak on “Fighting Islamophobia” at their regional conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

WHAT: Fighting Islamophobia Workshop

WHEN: 2:40pm-3:55pm

More information about the conference and registration can be found HERE

CAIR-LA Deputy Director to Speak at NASABA Convention

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Ameena Mirza Qazi will join other advocacy leaders at South Asian law conference to discuss government regulation

The North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (“SABA-SC”) have invited CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena Mirza Qazi to speak at NASABA’s Eight Annual Convention. The Convention, titled this year as “Reaching for the Stars,” is catered toward attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys and law students interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn, and network.

Panel Topic: Religious Accommodation and Regulation by the Government

Speakers

Ameena Mirza Qazi, Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney, CAIR-LA
Samir Kalra, Director, Hindu American Foundation
Harsimran Kaur, Legal Director, Sikh Coalition
Mohamed Sabur, Muslim Advocates

This panel will feature representatives from the nation’s leading advocacy organizations representing the civil liberties and human rights interests of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. They will discuss major legal and political challenges on the horizon for their collective and respective communities. They also will address recent high-profile cases addressing the ability of people to observe customs and practices called for by their faith, including in the context of prisoner rights, employment and regulations of charities.

Irvine 11 Fundraiser with Dr. John Esposito

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A free event to raise funds for nearly $50,000 in legal costs for the Irvine 11 case

Speakers:

Amana Siddiqi, CAIR

Edina Lekovic, MPAC

Linda Moreno, Civil Rights Attorney

Shakeel Syed, Shura Council

Daniel Mayfield, Irvine 11 Attorney

 

DR. JOHN L. ESPOSITO is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.


The IRVINE 11 is a group of students who peacefully and publicly voiced dissent during a talk by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. More info at www.irvine11.com.


The MUSLIM LEGAL FUND OF AMERICA is a 501(c)(3) charity that supports legal cases impacting civil rights and liberties in America. Donations to MLFA are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible.

CONTACT

Marya Bangee
,
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T 909-576-2713

“Light in Her Eyes” Sneak Preview & Fundraiser

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A Documentary about a Women's Qur'an School in Damascus, Syria

Filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix, in the film “Light in Her Eyes,” share the story of a women’s Quran school in Syria and how its founder, Houda al-Habash, seeks to provide a broad framework for young girls’ education and empowerment. 


The fundraising event on Saturday, June 18, will also shed light on the current events unfolding in Syria and the role of women in the pro-democracy movment throughout the Middle East.

 

CAIR-LA assisted with the documentary such as providing consultation on the content and organizing a preliminary screening of the film for a select group.

This is a wonderful opportunity to assist with a project that seeks to portray Muslim women in a comprehensive light. Please watch the trailer (http://bit.ly/mOlaxa), read this Huffington Post article (http://huff.to/e5rTWT) and RSVP for the fundraising event.

The filmmakers have launched a kickstarter campaign that ends September 10. Please take a moment now to donate:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/786261993/the-light-in-her-eyes

Citizenship Fair

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A comprehensive event geared to help you complete your citizenship process.

Learn about the naturalization process, experience a mock citizenship interview, and get free assistance and legal advice with your citizenship application.

SPACE LIMITED.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:

URL: www.jafrilaw.com
Phone: 714-776-1847

The Reality of Islamophobia

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A Community Townhall and Call for Action.

Panel Discussion with representatives from Villa Park Peace Coalition, Islamic Institute of Orange County, and CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.

A MUST ATTEND EVENT.

CAIR-LA Defending Our Democracy

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Sponsored by: Muslim American Society (MAS) - Valley Chapter & Afghan American Muslim Outreach (AAMO)




CAIR-LA Defending Our Democracy

A benefit luncheon supporting the work of CAIR-LA in the greater Los Angeles Area featuring:

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)
First Muslim elected to Congress


The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Area chapter invites you to join us in welcoming special guest Rep. Keith Ellison to the Valley and supporting CAIR-LA’s efforts in empowering American Muslims and “Defending Our Democracy”


CAIR-LA Defending Our Democracy | Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12:30PM

Olympia Banquet Hall
16922 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91406


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CONTACT

'Atif Butt
Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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May Day March and Rally

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Community Members Encouraged to Participate on Sunday

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Area (CAIR-LA), The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and many other civil rights and community organizations invite you to:


May Day March & Rally
For Immigrant and Workers’ Rights

Stop Injustice, Deportations and Attacks on workers!
Jobs & better living conditions for all!


Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Downtown Los Angeles Map & Directions

Join us on May 1, along with tens of thousands of immigrants and working families of all backgrounds, community organizations, labor unions and many others at a united march to demand comprehensive immigration reform for all immigrants and to stop deportations and attacks on workers. The LA march is coordinated with dozens of May Day actions across the country. Be part of history. Join the struggle for real change on the streets!

Cost of War - Culture of Peace

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Interfaith Communities United for Justice & Peace (ICUJP) & The Peace Center of United University Church (UUC)

Cost of War - Culture of Peace      
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
9:30 AM – 5:15 PM:  All Day Peace and Justice Book Fair - Free admission
5:30 – 6:30 PM:  Vegetarian Fundraising Dinner - $10 suggested donation


Unmasking the Costs of War, Racism & Empire

7:30 – 9:30 PM

A Panel Discussion with Anti-War Author-Activists
Paul Chappell, Chris Hedges and David Swanson and Community Leaders Rev. Dr. Lewis Logan & Ameena Qazi, Esq.

Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing before and after the panel.
$25 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students/Veterans in Advance; $30/$20 at the Door

Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

Transforming Our Communities

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CAIR-LA Leadership Conference 2011

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Area chapter invites you to attend “Transforming Our Communities: Leadership Conference 2011.” Join our esteemed trainers in an all-day conference as they introduce the skills necessary to be an effective member or leader of your local community. Registration admits you to four hands-on training sessions of your choice, lunch, and a dinner banquet featuring keynote speaker, Linda Moreno, Esq..


HALF-PRICE ADMISSION AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS AND NONPROFIT EMPLOYEES.


Program

8:30A - 9:30A    Sign-In
9:30A - 10:00A    Opening Session
10:15A - 11:45A    Parallel Sessions
12:00P - 1:30P    Parallel Sessions
1:30P - 3:00P    Lunch and Prayer Break (Dhuhr)
3:00P - 4:30P    Parallel Sessions
4:30P - 5:00P    Prayer Break (Asr)
5:00P - 6:30P    Parallel Sessions
6:30P - 7:30P    Closing Session (Panel Discussion)
7:30P - 7:45P    Prayer Break (Maghrib)
7:45P - 9:00P    Dinner and Keynote Speech


Civic Engagement
Trainer : Ahmed Bedier
Strengthening and encouraging communication among local communities is a key component to building partnerships and community relations.This workshop is designed to educate and empower community members on how to get involved with issues faced by American Muslim communities.


Public Speaking
Trainer : Faiyaz Farouk
Public speaking is an invaluable tool for community outreach. This workshop will introduce the proper techniques and delivery for speaking in a manner that appeals to a broad audience, while remaining informative and essential to promoting positive dialogue.  This workshop highlights the importance of being an effective spokesperson for local communities.


Social Media
Trainer : Faheem Dayala
Social media is constantly growing and evolving to serve various purposes.  Businesses and nonprofit organizations alike are trying to keep up with social media, and the advantages it has to offer.  This workshop will introduce resources available in emerging media that can have unlimited potential in mobilizing people of all ages to spread awareness within and around their community.


Media Relations
Trainer : Ibrahim Hooper
While advocacy and public speaking are integral to challenging issues and building community relations, it’s often the one-on-one interviews that get the most public attention.  The Media Relations workshop is designed to ensure that engaged community participants and leaders, from aspiring to established, have preparation and communication skills that are increasingly demanded of individuals engaging with media.


Challenging Islamophobia
Trainer : Corey Saylor
Islamophobia is fear or hatred of Islam and Muslims. It has existed for centuries, but has become more explicit, more extreme, and more dangerous in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. This workshop is designed to educate community members about what constitutes Islamophobia and how to properly challenge, document, and measure it.


Rights and Empowerment
Trainer : Linda Moreno, Esq.
Each community member should have a solid understanding of the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. However, it is imperative that they understand how these rights are relevant to them and their Muslim communities. This workshop is designed to explore beyond just knowing your rights as a community member and activist; it will convey the importance of these rights and how to assert them in your life.

The Transformation Begins With You. CAIR-LA Transforming Our Communities. April 23, 2011.

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CONTACT

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Programs Coordinator, CAIR-LA
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African American Islam

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Lost-Found: The African American's Journey to Al-Islam & The Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed

MSU USC presents a double feature screening on films about African American Islam.  A panel discussion with Captain Naim Shah Sr., Imam Abdul Karim Hasan, and directors Shareef Nasir and Samir Muqaddam will also be held in between films.  CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area, along with various other organizations, is also a co-sponser of this event.

CONTACT

Munira Syeda
Communications Manager, CAIR-LA
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Islam Awareness Week

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Talk on Islamophobia in the Media

CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush will give a talk on Islamophobia in the Media at 7:30 p.m., joined by CAIR-LA Executive Committee Member Asem Abusir.

CONTACT

Munira Syeda
Communications Manager, CAIR-LA
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“Never Again, For Anyone” Talk by Holocaust Survivor Hajo Meyer

Hajo Meyer will share his experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp and what Lessons to draw.

Please join Dr. Hajo Meyer in sharing the lesson of his experience in Auschwitz: Never Again for Anyone. Dr. Meyer will be joined by Osama Abu-Irshaid of the American Muslims for Palestine to discuss the urgency of this message in the United States today. The event will be MC’ed by progressive activists and former Congressional candidate Marcy Winograd.

In the face of the on-going ethnic cleansing of Palestine, attacks and persecution of Muslim and Arab communities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on-going attacks against the rights of immigrants, and those dispossessed of land and livelihood, we assert a commitment to our collective humanity.  We stand against the notion that “never again” be applied to some and not all.


$5-50 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Channing Hall is fully wheelchair accessible, but we regret that church restrooms require one to walk a few steps.


Tour Co-sponsors: American Muslims for Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, and Middle East Children’s Alliance.


Local Endorsers: Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles, Critical Resistance-Los Angeles, Jewish Voices for Peace-Los Angeles, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles, Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions for Justice in Palestine-Los Angeles (BDS-LA)

National Endorsers: US Palestinian Community Network, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Tree of Life, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA, Haymarket Books, International Socialist Organization. 


For tour more information, email info@neveragainforanyone.com or visit www.neveragainforanyone.com. For information on the local event, email neveragainforanyoneLA@gmail.com or call (323) 825-1389

2011 Day of Remembrance

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Day of Remembrance commemorates the Signing of Executive Order 9066


September 11: 10 Years After


About this year’s program:


The Day of Remembrance is held each year around February 19th to commemorate the day that Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt which resulted in the incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

This year’s theme, “September 11: Ten Years After” was selected because of growing anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks on mosques across the country. The DOR committee affirms the importance for Japanese Americans to support the Muslim American community. Former Congressman and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta will address why Japanese Americans have a special responsibility to speak out against civil rights violations and the importance of reaffirming our support for the Muslim American community. In order to understand what the Muslim American community is experiencing, Imam Hamza Perez (of New Muslim Cool) will talk about the difficulties he faced setting up his mosque in Pittsburgh. In an effort to prevent further hate crimes and violence, DOR will inspire community members to reflect and take action for community solidarity.

CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena Qazi will co-emcee the event.

Program Sponsors: JACL Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American National Museum, and Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress


Contact: JACL, 213-626-4471; JANM, 213-625-0414; NCRR, 213-284-0336

CAIR-LA Rep to Speak on “Battling Islamophobia”

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Presentation will Focus on Challenges Faced by the Muslim Community.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Orange County chapter has invited CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush to speak on “Battling Islamophobia.” The presentation will focus on the challenges faced by the Islamic community.  These challenges include combating those who are taking America in a direction that involves xenophobia, division, hatred, incivility and intolerance.  A related challenge is how the Muslim community responds to the anti-Islamic hysteria and in so doing promotes the best values of our nation and educates America on Islam and diversity.

CONTACT

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CAIR-Los Angeles to Hold Private Screening of ‘Mooz-lum’

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CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area invites You to a Private Screening of Upcoming Film 'Mooz-lum'

[THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE VISIT THE AMC THEATRES’ WEBSITE TO CATCH ANOTHER SHOWING OF ‘MOOZ-LUM’]


The film follows the story of a young Muslim man as he enters college. New relationships with Muslims as well as those of other faiths challenge his ideals. After the 9/11 attacks, he is forced to face his past and make some of the biggest decisions of his life.


Film’s cast includes actors Evan Ross, Nia Long, Roger Guenveur Smith and Danny Glover. “Mooz-lum” won best narrative feature at Urbanworld 2010 film festival and was an official selection at Chicago International Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival this year.


WHAT: Private Screening of “Mooz-lum” (Rated PG-13)
WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Block at Orange, 20 City Boulevard, West Orange, Calif. 92868
TICKETS: Tickets are $10 each. Limited seating. Please purchase your tickets soon to ensure a seat for yourself, your family and friends. [Be sure to bring your receipt with you. Tickets will be available for pick-up beginning at 1:30 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door]


Watch the film’s trailer here.


Dana Offenbach, Producer of ‘Mooz-lum,’ said in an exclusive statement: “In these troubled times, as a person who does not accept religious intolerance, I am grateful to have the opportunity to bring our beautiful film to an audience who will surely embrace it.”


CAIR-LA Communications Manager Munira Syeda added: “It is important for the American Muslim community to provide support to emerging Muslim artists and to continue bridging the gap between Hollywood and American Muslims.”

Note to parents with children: This movie is rated PG-13 for minor violence and scenes of alcohol use and kissing.


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CONTACT

Munira Syeda
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Bridging Communities

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Applications due January 31, 2011




Bridging Communities

A CAIR, JACL, NCRR, and NPS Collaboration


The Bridging Communities program creates awareness, dialogue and ultimately activism from Japanese American and Muslim American high school students through a series of interactive sessions including topics such as: identity, culture, religion, civil rights, community history, advocacy, and community service.

The Bridging Communities program is broken up into five sessions:

• Session 1: Saturday, February 19
• Session 2: Saturday, March 5
• Session 3: Saturday, April 9
• Session 4: Saturday - Sunday, April 30 - May 1 (Manzanar Trip!)
• Session 5: Saturday, May 21


Download Bridging Communities Application


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Sheriff Baca to Discuss Leadership & Civic Engagement with Muslim Youth

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Muslim Youth Encouraged to be Ambassadors

Sheriff Baca has been a staunch supporter of leadership throughout his life.

To demonstrate the importance of leadership, the LASD’s Core Values begin with I commit myself…” Sheriff Baca’s development of leadership qualities in all levels of the Sheriff’s Department have resulted in strong solutions to problems such as drug addiction, domestic violence, homelessness, gangs, illiteracy, atrisk youth, parenting, and the quality of life in neighborhoods. Speaking on leadership, Sheriff Baca said “... you want to create a new generation of children, teach them how to be leaders as soon as you possibly can.” He also created the Leadership and Training Division and the Deputy Leadership Institute (DLI) within the LASD to enrich the staff and instill leadership qualities in them.


DLI is designed to enhance our ability to be leaders in the communities we are entrusted to protect. DLI helps each of us recognize our leadership responsibilities and enhance our leadership skills, both personally and professionally.


Sheriff Baca’s leadership was recently recognized, earning him the 2010 “Courage in Leadership” Award from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


WHO:

LASD - Muslim Community Affairs Unit

Young MALAC - Young Muslim American Leaders Advisory Council

MYSA - Muslim Youth Symposium in America

WHAT: Sheriff Leroy D. Baca discusses the importance of leadership and civic engagement to young adults

WHEN: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Muslim Youth Symposium in America (MYSA), 11004 Washington Blvd., Culver City (across from King Fahad mosque)

WHY: To become the best leader and ambassador for the community

Target audience for this event is our young Muslim leaders age 16-30 years old. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to MuslimOutreach@lasd.org to ensure adequate seating.

The Politics of Fear and Persecution: Then & Now

CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush to speak on panel of "The Politics of Fear and Persecution: Then and Now" at the Japanese American National Museum

December 7, 1941 was a defining day in United States history. The days following the attack on Pearl Harbor led to some of our nation’s darkest moments, when the U.S. government reacted to the hysteria by violating the Constitutional rights of thousands of Japanese Americans and others in this country. Now, decades later the federal government still struggles to respect the civil liberties of all, rather than returning to government-endorsed discriminatory practices.

WHAT: The Politics of Fear and Persecution: Then & Now
WHEN: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Join the ACLU of Southern California, the Japanese American National Museum, ACLUnext, and JANM Young Professionals Network for an intimate evening of discussion and reflection, featuring Ahilan Arulanantham, ACLU/SC Director of Immigrant Rights & National Security; Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations; and Mia Yamamoto, a criminal defense attorney who was born in a World War II internment camp.

Topics to be discussed include:

  * the building of mosques;
  * the use of watch lists in airports;
  * increased government surveillance of the Muslim community;
  * and other issues in both historical & contemporary context.

For more information about this panel discussion, please call (213) 977-5241 or email cwoo@aclu-sc.org.

 

CAIR-LA Rep to Speak at MLFA Dinner

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Come out this Saturday to the Sheraton Anaheim to hear David Cole, and CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director, Ameena Mirza Qazi speak at an MLFA Benefit Dinner

WHAT: Muslim Legal Fund of America Benefit Dinner

WHO: Attorney and Professor David Cole; MLFA Executive Director Khalil Meek; and CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney Ameena Mirza Qazi

WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Anaheim, 900 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

Free Admission
: RSVP here

For more information, click here


SPEAKER BIOS:


David Cole teaches constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center.  He is also a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Stanford Law Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.  He is an award-winning author of six books and has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court.


Ameena Mirza Qazi
is the Deputy Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter (CAIR-LA), the largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. She works on behalf of the American Muslim community in the areas of religious discrimination, First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural due process issues. Prior to working at CAIR, Ms. Qazi clerked with the United Auto Workers legal department, as well as clerked for the Wayne State University Disability Rights Clinic and the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. She also worked on various research projects, including the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding’s “Detroit Mosque Study” as well as PEW Foundation’s “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream.” A member of the California State Bar, Ms. Qazi holds a J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law, a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and is completing her master’s degree in political science from Wayne State University.

Khalil MeekKhalil Meek is the Executive Director for the Muslim Legal Fund of America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that supports legal cases across the country which impact civil rights, freedoms, liberties and principles of justice in America. MLFA is comprised of staff, volunteers and supporters from all walks of life who have one thing in common: the belief that treating people unfairly because of their religious beliefs undermines the core values that make America great.


Event endorsed by the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

“The Calling” Film Screening & Interfaith Panel

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A documentary showcasing young religious leaders and their involvement in local cities and neighborhoods.

A behind-the-scenes look at Evangelical Christians, Jews, Catholics, and Muslims to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders. “The Calling” reveals young people balancing ancient truths and modern lives, the needs of family and community, and self and service. “The Calling” offers entertaining, often surprising stories on how faith is lived in a modern, largely secular world. The interfaith panel presentation will follow the film screening. CAIR-LA Deputy Executive Director Ameena Qazi will be one of the featured panelists and discuss Muslim youth’s activism and contributions to local communities.

CONTACT

Munira Syeda
Communications Manager, CAIR-LA
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T 714-776-1847