Local Community News Archive

2014

Image for News Release - Muslim-American Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shares endeavors that preceded his election
Muslim-American Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shares endeavors that preceded his election  |  Mar 24, 2014

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina shared his hardships and experiences in his journey to become the first Muslim-American judge in the state of California more...

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Religious teaching and prayers just part of a day’s work for mosque leader  |  Feb 10, 2014

A glimpse into the life of the Imam at the Islamic Center of Irvine. more...

Image for News Release - An Islamic State of Mind comes to UC Davis
An Islamic State of Mind comes to UC Davis  |  Jan 23, 2014

Over 1,000 people from all parts of the West Coast joined the UC Davis MSA on campus from Jan. 17 to 19 for the 16th annual MSA West Conference. more...

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How bad is the drought? SoCal Muslims to pray for rain  |  Jan 22, 2014

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today welcomed the formation of a new committee created to address incidents of discrimination at universities in that state. more...

2013

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Goleta Mosque Closer to Reality  |  Nov 27, 2013

The Islamic Society of Santa Barbara (ISSB) is one step closer to getting its first permanent place of worship for Muslims in the county. more...

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Muslim Artists Perform to Break Stereotypes  |  Nov 12, 2013

Muslims are a minority in the U.S. entertainment industry. Those who are breaking in are trying to use their talent to discredit negative stereotypes. more...

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Open Mosque Day goal is to foster understanding  |  Oct 25, 2013

Mosques across Southern California open their doors to enhance public understanding of Islam and Muslims. more...

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Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha at Angel Stadium of Anaheim  |  Oct 15, 2013

Worshipers arrived at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. more...

Image for News Release - Anaheim marks end of Ramadan with Eid Festival
Anaheim marks end of Ramadan with Eid Festival  |  Aug 19, 2013

Southern California Muslims marked the end of Ramadan with the first-ever Eid festival in downtown Anaheim. more...

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The real imams of O.C.  |  Jul 24, 2013

As Islam grows and congregations change, Muslims look for leaders who come from the U.S. more...

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Committing to the spirit of Ramadan  |  Jul 08, 2013

A local journalist sheds light on the rituals and practices that Muslims will observe this Ramadan. more...

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Southland Muslims prepare to fast in observance of Ramadan  |  Jul 05, 2013

Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims in which they observe fasting as a means towards attaining spiritual discipline and renewal. more...

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Little Arabia’s Big Moves  |  Jun 05, 2013

The swath on Anaheim's border took root 20 years ago and is now a flourishing part of Orange County. more...

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Muslims getting more politically active  |  May 31, 2013

A record number of American Muslim delegates participated in the April 2013 California Democratic Party Convention in Sacramento. more...

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San Bernardino County approves Muslim prayer services despite opposition  |  May 21, 2013

S.B. County supervisors vote 3-1 to allow Muslim prayer services in a house on the group’s property more...

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Homeland Insecurity: After Boston, The Struggle Between Liberty and Security  |  May 01, 2013

Do we need to sacrifice privacy to be safer? more...

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EDITORIAL: Put restraints on FBI ‘security letters’  |  Mar 27, 2013

Congress needs to rewrite a law that authorizes wide-ranging secret surveillance by the FBI. more...

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CAIR-LA repudiates GOP leader’s comments, calls for civility in public discourse  |  Mar 07, 2013

Civil liberties group denounced a local Republican leader's demeaning comments towards fellow party member. more...

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County, ACLU agree on headscarves for those in custody  |  Feb 14, 2013 by SEAN EMERY , OC Register

Muslim women will no longer be required to remove religious head coverings in front of male deputies while in OC Sheriff's Department custody more...

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OC Settles with ACLU to Allow Head Scarves for Muslim Defendants  |  Feb 13, 2013

A 6 year legal battle ended with Orange County agreeing to allow Muslim defendants to wear a traditional hijab and pay $85,000 in damages and fees. more...

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Former Army chaplain says speaking up was his duty  |  Feb 07, 2013

ames Yee spoke to approximately 250 Faculty, staff, and Students during the Conversation on Diversity event at CSUSB. more...

Image for News Release - Justice Department settles with Lomita over mosque expansion dispute
Justice Department settles with Lomita over mosque expansion dispute  |  Feb 01, 2013

ICSB. Members wanted to expand the mosque complex, but the City of Lomita denied them a rezoning application to rebuild. more...

Image for News Release - Riverside: UCR Lecture Examines Teaching Islam Post 9/11
Riverside: UCR Lecture Examines Teaching Islam Post 9/11  |  Jan 31, 2013

Experts in the faith will discuss approaches to the subject in the current political climate more...

Image for News Release - Muslim clothing companies flourishing in Southland
Muslim clothing companies flourishing in Southland  |  Jan 26, 2013 by Shan Li

Southland designers are launching clothing companies that cater to fashion-forward Muslim women who won't settle for dowdy black outfits. more...

Image for News Release - Islamic center reaches settlement with Lomita over expansion project
Islamic center reaches settlement with Lomita over expansion project  |  Jan 11, 2013 by Leslie Berestein Rojas, Southern California Public Radio

The city of Lomita has reached a settlement with an Islamic worship center over an expansion plan that was turned down nearly three years ago. more...

Image for News Release - O.C. woman delivers hope to Syrians
O.C. woman delivers hope to Syrians  |  Jan 02, 2013

Syrian-American artist Sama Warah, 29, of Silverado Canyon raised $8,000 and flew to Turkey to find and help refugees from the Syrian civil war. more...

2012

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20K Muslims gather at Angel Stadium for Eid al-Adha celebration  |  Oct 26, 2012

Orange County Muslims pray at Angel Stadium in celebration of Eid al-Adha, one of two Muslim holidays marking the end of Hajj. more...

Image for News Release - Pig parts dumped as Muslims pray; hate crime probe urged
Pig parts dumped as Muslims pray; hate crime probe urged  |  Aug 10, 2012

Pig parts were left outside a planned Islamic mosque site in Ontario, sparking calls for a hate crime investigation. more...

Image for News Release - Muslim professor to speak on religious education, dialogue.
Muslim professor to speak on religious education, dialogue.  |  May 16, 2012

Rabbi Hillel Cohn sees Najeeba Syeed-Miller as a hopeful sign of the future. more...

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Tariq Ramadan: Shariah Law and U.S. Constitution Go Hand-In-Hand  |  Apr 18, 2012 by Yasmin Nouh, OC Weekly

Scholar clears misconceptions about Sharia as two dozen states consider anti-sharia legislation. more...

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A Note to Community on Abdul Arian’s Fatal Shooting  |  Apr 16, 2012

Please read the following update. more...

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Play show all sides of conflict  |  Apr 11, 2012 by Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent

"Sarah's War" is inspired by real life experiences of Rachel Corrie. more...

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Chehabi Is Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s Man in OC  |  Mar 22, 2012 by Yasmin Nouh, OC Weekly

The Newport Beach doctor is a UC Irvine philanthropist, and Syria's honorary consul general. more...

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The Truth About Muslim Students Associations  |  Mar 16, 2012 by Uzma Kolsy, The Nation

NYPD monitoring of Muslim student groups across the nation more...

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‘Shahs of Sunset’ stirs concerns among Iranian Americans  |  Mar 08, 2012 by Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times

With U.S.-Iran tensions high, many worry about how 'Shahs of Sunset,' a reality TV show on Bravo, will portray their community. more...

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Islamic Center of Reseda Expands to Serve Faithful  |  Mar 03, 2012 by Christina Villacorte, LA Daily News

Islamic Center of Reseda expands its site from serving 150-200 to 750-1,000 people. more...

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Supervisors Uphold Approval of Chino Area Mosque  |  Feb 28, 2012 by Andrew Edwards, Daily Bulletin

Members of Al-Nur Islamic Center granted permission from county to build mosque. more...

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Is Anaheim Fire Department too white?  |  Feb 17, 2012 by ERIC CARPENTER, Orange County Register

Fire Department is one of six in the state to participate in leadership training to make the force more ethnically diverse. more...

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A show of support for Syria  |  Feb 16, 2012 by Joanna Clay, Coastline Pilot

Artist of Syrian heritage joins others in showing work at benefit art exhibit for the embattled country. more...

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A two-week suspension for ‘John and Ken’: Reactions?  |  Feb 16, 2012 by Leslie Berestein Rojas, Southern California Public Radio

“The John and Ken Show” suspended after making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston more...

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Irvine mom teaches Pakistani girls to read  |  Feb 13, 2012 by YVETTE CABRERA , Orange County Register

Through Irvine-based nonprofit Fiza Shah delivers more than just an education to impoverished girls. Her schools change attitudes. more...

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‘Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus’  |  Feb 10, 2012 by Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Holly Mosher chronicles the Nobel Peace Prize winner's program of helping the impoverished in Bangladesh start businesses. more...

Image for News Release - Umar Hakim’s Muslim Faith Inspires His Fight for Social Justice—and a Responsible Banking Ordinan
Umar Hakim’s Muslim Faith Inspires His Fight for Social Justice—and a Responsible Banking Ordinan  |  Jan 19, 2012 by Angilee Shah, Los Angeles Times

Umar Hakim is pushing the Los Angeles City Council to adopt a Responsible Banking Ordinance. more...

2011

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Feds launch civil rights probe into rejection of Lomita mosque expansion  |  Nov 17, 2011 by Nick Green, The Daily Breeze

Department of Justice to interview 13 members of City Planning Commission more...

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Hey, I’m the tuna sandwich guy!  |  Nov 02, 2011 by Usman Ghafoor, The Orange County Register

Pakistani journalist struggles to keep halal diet during visit to America more...

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Gwynne Dyer: ‘Islamic’ doesn’t mean ‘Islamist’  |  Oct 28, 2011 by Gwynne Dyer, The Orange County Register

Rise of Islamic Parties doesn't spell trouble for the West more...

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Cultural diversity forum addresses tensions in Santa Ana  |  Oct 28, 2011 by Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times

The gathering comes against a backdrop of Latino retailers' fears and an official's comparison of a Jewish developer to Hitler. Some participants cite instances of bigotry across Orange County. more...

Image for News Release - CAIR-LA to Present ACLU/SC with “Champions of Liberty” Award
CAIR-LA to Present ACLU/SC with “Champions of Liberty” Award  |  Oct 27, 2011

CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area office will present the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern California with the 2011 "Champions of Liberty" Award at its 15th Anniversary Gala on November 5 more...

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Syrian dissidents in U.S. fear reprisals back home  |  Oct 23, 2011 by Alexa Vaughn, Los Angeles Times

None of the protesters has reported being harmed, though some have received threats. But others say their vocal opposition has resulted in relatives and friends in Syria being punished. more...

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NY City Councilman Says Feds Should Provide NYPD Counterterrorism Oversight  |  Oct 11, 2011 by Adam Serwer, Mother Jones

Councilman says City Council can't subpoena NYPD for intelligence records more...

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Souhair Khatib Can Sue County of Orange for Having to Remove Her Hijab: U.S. Supreme Court  |  Oct 03, 2011 by Matt Coker, OC Weekly

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Orange County woman's right to sue County of Orange for hijab removal more...

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Supporters rally around the ‘Irvine 11’ at town hall event  |  Sep 26, 2011 by Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times

Mohamed Abdelgany, said the most "heart touching" thing about the case has been how it has brought the Muslim community together more...

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Lawyers at ‘town hall’: UC Muslims will appeal  |  Sep 26, 2011 by Michael Mello, The Orange County Register

An interfaith crowd gathered at Anaheim mosque to discuss the trial that ended with guilty verdicts last week. more...

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Dead Poets Society Lied: What the Movies Don’t Teach You About Student Resistance  |  Sep 25, 2011 by John Hrabe, Huffington Post

Irvine 11 case reveals double-standard in free speech more...

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Were the ‘Irvine 11′ student protesters singled out for being Muslim?  |  Sep 23, 2011 by Leslie Berestein Rojas, Southern California Public Radio

Ethnic and religious bias could have played a role in 'Irvine 11' verdict more...

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Editorial: ‘Irvine 11’ verdict chills speech  |  Sep 23, 2011 by The Orange County Register

Students deserve punishment, but not criminal convictions, for speech disruption. more...

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‘Irvine 11’ accused of censorship  |  Sep 20, 2011 by Lauren Williams and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times

In closing arguments, prosecutor says that Muslim students interfered with Israeli ambassador's right to free speech. Defense argues that courtesy isn't necessary in a university setting. more...

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Atty: Muslim Students’ Speech Rights Not Absolute  |  Sep 19, 2011 by Associated Press

Prosecution attorney Dan Wagner argues Irvine 11 acted as censors and blocked free speech, while defense contests students simply expressed their views. more...

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Temecula: Film’s message is peace, love, tolerance  |  Sep 15, 2011 by Gene Ghiotto, The Press-Enterprise

Temecula mosque serves as motivation for short film submitted at Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival. more...

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Muslim group wants Orange councilman to apologize for 9/11 remark  |  Sep 15, 2011 by Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Orange councilman Jon Dumitru blames Muslims for September 11th attacks via Facebook more...

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Ground rules went too far, free speech expert says at Irvine 11 trial  |  Sep 15, 2011 by Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times

A UC Irvine professor overstepped his boundaries when he told students no disruptions were allowed during the Israeli ambassador's visit to campus last year, another professor testifies. more...

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‘Irvine 11’ students rightly exercised their free speech  |  Sep 14, 2011 by Ryan Kindel, Daily Trojan

Prosecuting 'Irvine 11' could have adverse affects on college students more...

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Woman protests anti-Muslim rhetoric with silence  |  Sep 12, 2011 by Yvette Cabrera, The Orange County Register

After an ugly, anti-Muslim protest in Yorba Linda, a woman embarked on a mission of tolerance. Her tactic? Saying nothing. more...

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Muslim Americans decry violence  |  Sep 10, 2011 by Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star

Their country, their faith more...

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INLAND: Muslims say they feel accepted  |  Sep 08, 2011 by David Olson, The Press-Enterprise

Recent Pew study finds only 16% of Muslim Americans feel general public is unfriendly toward them more...

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To Fight Radical Islam, U.S. Wants Muslim Allies  |  Aug 03, 2011 by Scott Shane, The New York Times

White House officials believe it is counterproductive to have a broad suspicion on Muslim Americans. more...

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Muslims Are Loyal to U.S. And Hopeful, Poll Finds  |  Aug 02, 2011 by Laurie Goodstein , The New York Times

Gallup poll released Tuesday found that the vast majority of Muslim Americans say they are loyal to the United States and optimistic about the future. more...

Image for News Release - Ramadan offers focus on faith and renewal
Ramadan offers focus on faith and renewal  |  Jul 30, 2011 by Eric Carpenter and Javier Panzar , Orange County Register

For Muslims, it's a blessed month. They fast during the day and participate in special prayers at night, also using the time to do more righteous deeds. Four of Orange County's 170,000 Muslims share their thoughts about the month of discipline and self-control – and family celebrations – that begins Monday. more...

Image for News Release - March Unites Religious Leaders Against Vandalism at Mosque
March Unites Religious Leaders Against Vandalism at Mosque  |  Jul 28, 2011 by Whittier Daily News

Members of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths gathered in unison Sunday for a peace rally in light of recent vandalism targeting a Muslim mosque on Imperial Highway. more...

Image for News Release - Is ‘UCI 11’ trial worth the cost?
Is ‘UCI 11’ trial worth the cost?  |  Jul 26, 2011 by David Whiting, Orange County Register

The cost for the Irvine 11 trial is at six figures even before the trial has begun. more...

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Both sides agree to remove one student from Irvine 11 case  |  Jul 21, 2011 by Mona Shadia, Daily Pilot

The decision hinges on him completing his community service hours at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. more...

Image for News Release - TLC’s Latest Reality Show Will Look at Muslim Families in America
TLC’s Latest Reality Show Will Look at Muslim Families in America  |  Jul 20, 2011 by Los Angeles Times

Cable channel TLC is hoping to put a new spin on controversial subjects that people often make judgments about without knowing the whole story. The reality show “All-American Muslim” will follow the lives of five Muslim American families. more...

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Federal Court Upholds Lancaster Council’s Prayer Policy  |  Jul 18, 2011 by Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times

The city invites religious leaders to deliver an invocation to open council meetings, without restricting references to specific beliefs. Opponents say it is divisive and biased toward Christians. more...

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Top DA Investigator, 3 Assistant DA’s Ordered Off “Irvine 11” Case  |  Jul 01, 2011 by Matt Coker, OC Weekly Blogs

Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson ordered OCDA to remove lead investigator, Assistant DA, and Senior Assistant DA's off the Irvine 11 case because of the use of privileged documents. more...

Image for News Release - Rights advocates sue L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca over immigrant data
Rights advocates sue L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca over immigrant data  |  Jul 01, 2011 by Paloma Esquivel and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times

The sheriff says it's his duty to comply with Secure Communities, in which the fingerprints of anyone booked into a local jail are forwarded to ICE for screening. more...

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Main investigator, deputies removed from Irvine 11 case  |  Jun 30, 2011 by Mona Shadia, Daily Pilot

Superior Court Judge Peter Wilson says the D.A.'s use of privileged attorney-client communications was unauthorized. more...

Image for News Release - Tides Announces Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Social Justice Poster Design Contest
Tides Announces Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Social Justice Poster Design Contest  |  Jun 29, 2011

Winners will receive cash prize and recognition in the arts community more...

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Imam Calls for Affordable Living at the State Capitol  |  Jun 22, 2011

Imam Naim Shah Jr. gives motivational speech at rally of community organizers more...

Image for News Release - Muslim Leader Joins Others in Supporting OC Human Relations Funding
Muslim Leader Joins Others in Supporting OC Human Relations Funding  |  Jun 22, 2011

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi speaks in favor of the commission at an OC Board of Supervisors Budget Meeting more...

Image for News Release - Syrian-Americans to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Human Rights in Syria
Syrian-Americans to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Human Rights in Syria  |  Jun 21, 2011

Syrian American Council asks "the U.S. and international community to put an end to bloodshed and send Bashar Asad to the International Criminal Court.” more...

Image for News Release - UMMA Community Clinic - Community Has Been the Focus for This South L.A. Health Center
UMMA Community Clinic - Community Has Been the Focus for This South L.A. Health Center  |  Jun 20, 2011 by Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times

UMMA Clinic may have its roots in Islamic tenets, but its heart is in South L.A., where it has provided free and low-cost healthcare for 15 years. more...

Image for News Release - Rubicon Digital Media Launches Arabic Language Applications
Rubicon Digital Media Launches Arabic Language Applications  |  Jun 17, 2011 by The Arab American News

New iPhone and Android apps help young Arabic speakers with reading comprehension more...

Image for News Release - Comedians Looking for Laughs in Muslim Comedy Tour
Comedians Looking for Laughs in Muslim Comedy Tour  |  Jun 12, 2011 by Kirk Honeycutt, Reuters

Ahmed Ahmed Uses Laughter to Counter Serious and Sullen Images more...

Image for News Release - Muslims in America: Living Islam
Muslims in America: Living Islam  |  Jun 10, 2011 by Elizabeth Tenety, The Washington Post

Stories on Muslims in America more...

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L.A. to Opt out of Secure Communities; Arrested Illegals won’t be Reported  |  Jun 08, 2011 by Kimberly Dvorak, San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner

Law Enforcement Officers in LA no Longer Required to Submit Fingerprints of Arrested People to Immigration Officials more...

Image for News Release - Rabbi Who Denounced Temecula Mosque Runs for Senate
Rabbi Who Denounced Temecula Mosque Runs for Senate  |  May 18, 2011 by Peter Surowski, Temecula Patch

Rabbi Drew a Heated Reaction more...

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Showing ‘The Face of Islam’  |  May 11, 2011 by Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent

A Push for Understanding more...

Image for News Release - People Protest Award Given to Orange County Muslim Leader
People Protest Award Given to Orange County Muslim Leader  |  May 06, 2011 by Susam Valot, KPCC Radio

Orange County Human Relations Commission faces Opposition in Honoring Dr. Siddiqui more...

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Dr. Siddiqi’s Award Acceptance Speech  |  May 05, 2011

Dr. Siddiqui Receives “Community Leader Award” more...

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Muslim Leader gets Award Despite Protest  |  May 05, 2011 by Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register

Dr. Siddiqui receives Award for Fostering Tolerance and Diversity more...

Image for News Release - 1001 Inventions exhibit comes to Los Angeles
1001 Inventions exhibit comes to Los Angeles  |  Apr 29, 2011

Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization more...

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When Protest Becomes a Crime  |  Feb 15, 2011 by Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig

Why should a Politician-Law Enforcement Officer have the power to limit Free Speech on a University Campus? more...

2010

Image for News Release - FBI’s terror sting tactics questioned
FBI’s terror sting tactics questioned  |  Dec 17, 2010 by Kevin Johnson, usatoday.com

Questionable methods of catching suspecting terrorists more...

Image for News Release - Amir Khan looks for success in the ring, acceptance outside it
Amir Khan looks for success in the ring, acceptance outside it  |  Dec 14, 2010 by Lance Pugmire, latimes.com

The world champion boxer hopes a win against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday will raise his profile and help dispel negative images of his Muslim faith. more...

Image for News Release - Muslims, Volunteerism and Community Spirit Unite in Basketball
Muslims, Volunteerism and Community Spirit Unite in Basketball  |  Dec 13, 2010 by M. Scott Bortot, america.gov

Muslim Basketball League fosters brotherhood and unites the community more...

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Temecula Unmosqued!  |  Dec 05, 2010 by Dan Bernstein, pe.com

Dan Bernstein's column on Temecula Mosque hearing more...

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Temecula’s black eye  |  Dec 05, 2010 by nctimes.com

Editorial: Hooray for planners repudiating venom spewed at mosque hearing more...

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Mosque Rancor  |  Dec 04, 2010 by pe.com

City Planning Commissioners condemn prejudice comments at mosque hearing more...

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Mosque gains commission’s approval  |  Dec 02, 2010 by Jeff Horseman, pe.com

Temecula Planning Commission vote on mosque more...

Image for News Release - Backlash grows over pat-downs, scanners
Backlash grows over pat-downs, scanners  |  Nov 18, 2010 by Charisse Jones and Thomas Frank, usatoday.com

TSA changes not welcome more...

Image for News Release - VIDEO: CAIR-CA Gets Complaints About Invasive Pat-Downs
VIDEO: CAIR-CA Gets Complaints About Invasive Pat-Downs  |  Nov 18, 2010

Complaints about TSA Pat-Downs more...

Image for News Release - Video: CAIR’s Zahra Billoo On O’Reilly Factor
Video: CAIR’s Zahra Billoo On O’Reilly Factor  |  Nov 18, 2010

Laura Ingraham Interviews CAIR's Zahra Billoo On Controversy TSA Procedures more...

Image for News Release - Officials Defend Airport Screening but Say Changes Are Coming
Officials Defend Airport Screening but Say Changes Are Coming  |  Nov 15, 2010 by Chris Strohm, nationaljournal.com

Homeland Security changes more...

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Overwrought in Oklahoma  |  Nov 11, 2010 by latimes.com

The passage in Oklahoma of a ballot measure that bans judges from considering Islamic law is an offense to the Constitution. more...

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A law we don’t need  |  Nov 10, 2010 by Michael A. Helfand, latimes.com

Oklahoma's amendment prohibiting courts from considering Islam's Sharia law in decisions is the product of fear-mongering. more...

Image for News Release - Temecula council candidates: judge mosque by zoning law
Temecula council candidates: judge mosque by zoning law  |  Oct 23, 2010 by Jeff Horseman, pe.com

Land-use criteria, not religion or politics, should be the major factor in deciding whether a proposed mosque in Temecula gets built, the five City Council candidates say. more...

Image for News Release - Disney should lead the way on acceptance of Muslim clothing and customs
Disney should lead the way on acceptance of Muslim clothing and customs  |  Oct 17, 2010 by Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com

The company's dispute with two female workers over their request to wear the Islamic hijab could have been handled a lot better. more...

Image for News Release - Muslims reclaim religion’s image at Open Mosque Day
Muslims reclaim religion’s image at Open Mosque Day  |  Oct 17, 2010 by Brittany Levine, ocregister.com

Sunday marked the 8th annual Open mosque day in Southern California where an estimated 10,000 people visited 24 mosques throughout the region to learn about the religion. more...

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Islamic center hosts open house  |  Oct 16, 2010 by Jeff Horseman, pe.com

The Islamic center seeking to build a mosque in Temecula hosted an open house at its current facility Saturday to answer questions about its faith and quell fears about its plans. more...

Image for News Release - FBI Tracking of Calif. Muslim Student ‘Outrageous’
FBI Tracking of Calif. Muslim Student ‘Outrageous’  |  Oct 11, 2010 by CAIR

CAIR-SFBA more...

Image for News Release - Islamic head scarves take fashion cues
Islamic head scarves take fashion cues  |  Oct 07, 2010 by Raja Abdulrahim, latimes.com

Younger, Westernized Muslim women are seeking out trendy styles, with one Orange County student selling designs inspired by Vogue and Elle. But some critics wonder whether the stylish creations defeat the purpose of modesty. more...

Image for News Release - The Media’s Construction of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’
The Media’s Construction of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’  |  Oct 07, 2010 by Steve Rendall and Alex Kane, fair.org

How Islamophobic blogs manufactured a controversy more...

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Young Muslims feel acceptance in school but rhetoric hurts  |  Oct 07, 2010 by David Olson, pe.com

For some young Inland Muslims, the harshly anti-Islamic rhetoric they've heard at mosque protests, news media interviews and seen on online comments boards, contrasts with the generally accepting attitudes they've received from their peers. more...

Image for News Release - Muslims: ‘Still living in the shadow of Sept. 11’
Muslims: ‘Still living in the shadow of Sept. 11’  |  Sep 27, 2010 by Yvette Cabrera, ocregister.com

Last week the Islamic Institute of Orange County held a city-council-candidates forum at its mosque in Anaheim, and afterward offered attendees a tour, an Islam 101 tutorial, and a chance to observe evening prayers. more...

Image for News Release - In One City, an Islamic Center Unifies
In One City, an Islamic Center Unifies  |  Sep 20, 2010 by Tammy Audi, online.wsj.com

California Town's Muslims, Plunging Into Civic Life, Provide Home for Movement to Oust Officials Amid Salary Scandal more...

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Costa Mesa Daily Pilot: Media Coverage of Islam unbalanced  |  Sep 14, 2010 by Mona Shadia, dailypilot.com

Advocacy group says normal, peaceful Muslims are not in the news stories, only the violent extremists. more...

Image for News Release - Interpretation of the Quran and Bible can vary greatly
Interpretation of the Quran and Bible can vary greatly  |  Sep 12, 2010 by David Wilson, pe.com

The Press Enterprise more...

Image for News Release - Joy and renewal mark end of Ramdan
Joy and renewal mark end of Ramdan  |  Sep 10, 2010 by Dania Alkhouli and Samina Mohammad, ocregister.com

Muslims across Orange County gathered Friday to celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. more...

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O.C. weekly reporter quotes from the Quran  |  Sep 09, 2010 by Matt Coker, blogs.ocweekly.com

Florida Church Koran Burning is Off, Irvine Church Koran Blessing is On, 5 Great Quotes more...

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Local Muslims and Mormons break fast  |  Sep 03, 2010 by NIYAZ PIRANI, ocregister.com

Over plates of saffron-stained lamb shanks and couscous packed with raisins and chunks of sweet potato, area Muslims and Mormons broke fast on Thursday night. more...

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Video: Muslim Disney worker claims discrimination  |  Aug 18, 2010 by ABC 7 News

A Disneyland Resort hotel employee is accusing Disney of discriminating against her because it won’t let her wear a Muslim head scarf at work in public. more...

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Video: KTLA: Discrimination Suit Filed Against Disney  |  Aug 18, 2010 by ktla.com

A Muslim woman is filing a discrimination claim against Disney. more...

Image for News Release - Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination
Muslim employee accuses Disney of discrimination  |  Aug 18, 2010 by ocregister.com

A Disneyland Resort hotel employee is accusing Disney of discriminating against her because it won’t let her wear a Muslim head scarf at work in public. more...

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As the observance of Ramadan begins, a call for respect for Muslim neighbors  |  Aug 11, 2010

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA issues a statement. more...

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‘Ground zero mosque’ should go forward  |  Aug 11, 2010 by latimes.com

America has a stake in religious tolerance, and the Anti-Defamation League and Simon Wiesenthal Center are unfairly lumping all Muslims with the fanatics of Al Qaeda. more...

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Ramadan: a reset button  |  Aug 10, 2010 by Mehwish Shakeel, OC Register

Fasting an integral, but not sole, feature of Muslim holy month. more...

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Israel bulldozes Muslim graves in Jerusalem  |  Aug 10, 2010 by AFP

The Islamic Movement claims the municipality destroyed more than 200 Muslim graves more...

Image for News Release - Corona fashion designer fuses Muslim tradition with clothing trends
Corona fashion designer fuses Muslim tradition with clothing trends  |  Aug 09, 2010 by Peter Surowski , pe.com

American Muslim women are struggling to find their own unique identity, and fashion designer Jamesa Nikiema wants to help. more...

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Common ground needed in Temecula mosque debate  |  Aug 07, 2010 by Carl Love, pe.com

The proposed new mosque in Temecula raises controvery among Temecula residents more...

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ADL: Fareed Zakaria returns award over WTC mosque  |  Aug 06, 2010 by wcax.com

Fareed Zakaria returnes a First Amendment award and $10,000 stipend to the Anti-Defamation League more...

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Reason prevails over planned mosque in Temecula  |  Aug 04, 2010 by latimes.com

A protest draws more pro-mosque people than mosque opponents. more...

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Mosques promote love, not terror  |  Aug 04, 2010

Mosques are the greatest weapons against extremism. more...

Image for News Release - Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque
Michael Bloomberg delivers stirring defense of mosque  |  Aug 03, 2010 by Justin Elliott, salon.com

New York mayor chokes up defending "ground zero" Muslim center by citing religious freedom, private property rights more...

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GOP Candidates’ Viral Fear Mongering  |  Aug 01, 2010 by John L. Esposito, huffingtonpost.com

Across America, Islamophobic hate speech and political grandstanding have painted all Muslims negatively, creating deep negative impressions among those who do not know Muslims personally. more...

Image for News Release - Small group protests the building of a mosque in Temecula
Small group protests the building of a mosque in Temecula  |  Jul 31, 2010 by Phil Willon, latimes.com

Demonstrators show up during prayers, but they are outnumbered by supporters of the Muslim group. more...

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Both sides clash over proposed Temecula mosque  |  Jul 30, 2010 by myvalleynews.com

Opponents and supporters of a planned mosque in Temecula hold largely peaceful demonstrations, with police standing by in case of trouble. more...

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Video: Protestors Denounce Planned Calif. Mosque  |  Jul 30, 2010

A protest outside the Islamic Center in Temecula over plans to build the mosque more...

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Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 - Judge Blocks Some Sections  |  Jul 29, 2010 by Jerry Markon and Stephanie McCrummen, The Washington Post

Federal Judge blocks the most contested provisions of Arizona's new immigration law more...

Image for News Release - Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Mosque?
Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Mosque?  |  Jul 29, 2010

TPM Rounds Up The Latest In Right-Wing Fear-Mongering more...

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Muslim attract suspicion of US police over public prayer  |  Jul 27, 2010 by Sharmila Devi, TheNational.ae

Praying in a petrol station in the United States leads to questioning by police officers more...

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Groups denounce MSU suspension recommendation  |  Jul 23, 2010 by Mona Shadia, DailyPilot.com

They cite a 2006 incident where students were not reprimanded for heckling a speaker to the point he couldn't finish his speech. more...

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Churches eye immigration’s upside  |  Jul 20, 2010 by Josh Gerstein and Ben Smith, Politico.com

Evangelical groups in recent weeks have become key players in the Obama administration’s efforts to get immigration reform moving in Congress. more...

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Islamophobia and the Muslim center at Ground Zero  |  Jul 19, 2010 by John L. Esposito,, CNN.com

The proposal by the Cordoba Initiative to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero has drawn major media attention and engendered fierce debate. more...

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UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union says suspension ignores group’s religious and charitable activities  |  Jul 08, 2010 by Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times

Members say political events are just a fraction of the organization's endeavors. The university says the group planned the disruption of the Israeli ambassador's speech, which the MSU denies. more...

Image for News Release - Thousands line streets for Corona’s annual Hometown U.S.A. Parade
Thousands line streets for Corona’s annual Hometown U.S.A. Parade  |  Jul 03, 2010 by Jerry Soifer, The Press Enterprise

Floats and musicians march for the city's 12th annual Hometown U.S.A. Parade. more...

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Malaysian reality TV aims to pick young imam  |  Jul 03, 2010 by latimes.com

A Malaysian reality TV show aims to pick a young Muslim leader in a blend of doctrine and drama that is a natural fit for a nation that has held to Islamic traditions while welcoming Western culture. more...

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Islam: Dispelling the myths  |  Jun 27, 2010 by GreatFallsTribune.com

Muslims seek to clear misconceptions about Islam more...

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UC Irvine’s message: Criticize Israel, get suspended  |  Jun 22, 2010 by Omar Kurdi, latimes.com

The university's proposed one-year suspension of the Muslim Student Union could have a chilling effect on free speech. more...

Image for News Release - Los Angeles Gaza Flotilla Activist Speaks Out
Los Angeles Gaza Flotilla Activist Speaks Out  |  Jun 07, 2010

Israel's attack of the Flotilla left at least 9 dead, and many injured. Activists had sought to break the brutal siege of Gaza. more...

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Wrapped up in Style  |  Jun 06, 2010 by Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson, Los Angeles Times

Shopping websites, magazines and blogs are catering to Muslim American women who want to look fashionable while dressing modestly while staying true to faith. more...

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Forum: Arts, Technology Ease U.S.-Middle East Relations  |  Jun 01, 2010

Farah Pandith, Hillary Clinton’s special representative to Muslim communities, part of a forum on strengthening diplomatic ties between the United States and the Middle East. more...

Image for News Release - An Iraqi family in Anaheim, torn apart
An Iraqi family in Anaheim, torn apart  |  Apr 19, 2010 by Yvette Cabrera, Orange County Register

Iraqi refugee family faces difficulties as they attempt to rebuild their lives more...

Image for News Release - Cemeteries divided by faith still in use in Inland Empire
Cemeteries divided by faith still in use in Inland Empire  |  Apr 03, 2010 by LESLIE PARRILLA, The Press-Enterprise

Certain faiths continue to use separate gravesites more...

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7 Muslim men are detained by Nevada police for praying in parking lot, L.A. civil rights group claim  |  Mar 08, 2010

A Los Angeles Muslim civil rights organization has filed a misconduct complaint and requested an internal investigation of police in Henderson, Nev., after seven Southern California Muslim men were detained and questioned for praying in a parking lot. more...

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CAIR Video: Muslim Detained for Praying in Nevada Speaks Out  |  Mar 07, 2010

Muslim Detained for Praying in Nevada Speaks Out more...

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Men questioned during prayers in Henderson  |  Mar 06, 2010

An Islamic advocacy group has filed a complaint against the Henderson Police Department on behalf of seven Muslim men detained while praying in a gasoline station parking lot in December. more...

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Muslim group says police detained 7 praying men  |  Mar 05, 2010

The nation's largest Muslim advocacy organization filed a complaint with police in a Las Vegas suburb, saying seven Muslim men from southern California were detained and told they were acting suspiciously while praying in a shopping center parking lot. more...

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Lomita rejects plan to expand South Bay Islamic center  |  Mar 03, 2010 by Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times

Council Members claim plan was rejected because project was too big more...

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Unfairly throwing the book at the ‘Irvine 11’  |  Feb 23, 2010 by Mark LeVine, Los Angeles Times

The disproportionate backlash against students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador could have a chilling effect on free expression at UC Irvine. more...

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Disciplinary letters sent to UCI protesters  |  Feb 23, 2010 by Alex Bergjans, Orange County Register

UC Irvine students who were arrested for protesting Israeli Ambassador's speech have received disciplinary letters from the university office of judicial affairs more...

Image for News Release - Uproar leads UCI to hire ‘crisis’ expert
Uproar leads UCI to hire ‘crisis’ expert  |  Feb 23, 2010 by Gary Robbins, Orange County Register

Heated criticism following the disruption of a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the United States led campus to hire crisis counselor Alan Hilburg more...

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On campus, is heckling free speech? Or just rude?  |  Feb 17, 2010 by Scott Jaschik, USA Today

Those groups maintain that interrupting a campus speech — even repeatedly — should be seen as a protected form of speech. more...

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Editorial: Where is the FBI’s fidelity, bravery, integrity?  |  Feb 16, 2010 by InFocus News

Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of Detroit, Mich., was known in his community as a peaceful man. more...

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After protest, UCI pressured by both sides  |  Feb 16, 2010 by Landon Hall, Orange County Register

The rhetoric surrounding the protesters who disrupted a speech by an Israel's ambassador to the United States Feb. 8 has escalated. University officials face a difficult decision on whether to discipline the students, and if so, how severely. more...

Image for News Release - Marketing to Muslims poses a challenge for retailers
Marketing to Muslims poses a challenge for retailers  |  Jan 25, 2010

As Best Buy recently discovered, reaching out to Muslims can cause a backlash. Even those who champion the targeting of ads to the community steer corporations away from the mainstream media. more...

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Unbuilt  |  Jan 14, 2010

Architect Frank Gehry withdraws from plan to build Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem more...

Image for News Release - Muslim radio station seeks to seed tolerance
Muslim radio station seeks to seed tolerance  |  Jan 13, 2010

Perceptions of American Muslims have taken a beating lately. more...

Image for News Release - SoCal Muslims Targeted in Recent Hate Crimes
SoCal Muslims Targeted in Recent Hate Crimes  |  Jan 02, 2010

Five recent anti-Muslim incidents Reported more...

2009

Image for News Release - Driven from Dream Home by Safety Issues, Corona Family at Odds
Driven from Dream Home by Safety Issues, Corona Family at Odds  |  Dec 19, 2009

Building Defects in Family's Home Create a Dilemma neither the Family nor Builder Expected more...

Image for News Release - REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ DENOUNCES WITCH HUNT FOR STUDENT “SPIES”
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ DENOUNCES WITCH HUNT FOR STUDENT “SPIES”  |  Oct 14, 2009

Republican Reps. accuse Islamic advocacy group of "planting" Muslim interns and staffers on Capitol Hill more...

Image for News Release - Emirates Court convicts American on Terror charges
Emirates Court convicts American on Terror charges  |  Oct 12, 2009

Verdict Announced Amid Torture Claims more...

Image for News Release - SoCal Activist Injured in Pakistan Blast
SoCal Activist Injured in Pakistan Blast  |  Oct 05, 2009

CAIR-LA Extends Sympathy to Victims & Families more...

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Is There No Other Site for a Museum of Tolerance?  |  Feb 11, 2009

If one were intent on undermining Israel’s claim to Jerusalem, there would be no better way to accomplish this goal than to build a Jewish museum more...

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Community-based Groups to Hold Funeral Prayer & Vigil for Gaza Victims  |  Jan 09, 2009

The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, along with the American Friends Service Committee and LA Jews for Peace more...

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Together…Against Museum of Tolerance?  |  Jan 02, 2009

By Sara Irving more...

2008

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Intolerable tolerance  |  Dec 24, 2008

By Shimon Shamir more...

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Protests over Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance spread  |  Dec 10, 2008

By Brad A. Greenberg more...

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An Intolerable Spot for a Museum  |  Nov 28, 2008

By Buzzy Gordon more...

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Dividing Jerusalem, one wall at a time  |  Nov 19, 2008

By Bradley Burston more...

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CAIR LAUNCHES MULTI-PART CAMPAIGN TO HELP TURN OUT THE MUSLIM VOTE  |  Oct 16, 2008

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/16/08) - The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) more...

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Calif. Muslim Candidate Receives Death Threat  |  Oct 10, 2008

Threat follows Islamophobic 'smear' by political opponent more...

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SO. CAL. MUSLIMS TO JOIN IN 2008 CANDIDATE FORUM  |  Aug 14, 2008

Event to Feature Pres. Candidate Bob Barr, Muslim Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) & Other Candidates more...