Thank You for Your Generous Support of CAIR’s Work

More Than 750 Turn Out for CAIR-SFBA Banquet

(Dec 09, 2010 - Santa Clara, CA) 

Assalaamu Alaykum:
 
CAIR -SFBA’s 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet on November 7th was a great success thanks to the attendance of more than 750 community members. We truly feel blessed to have the support of the community behind our work.

Ms. Linda Moreno, defense attorney for Dr. Sami Al-Arian; Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, eldest daughter of Malcolm X; and Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York gave powerful addresses on facing Islamophobic attacks with confidence and assertiveness, and supporting civil rights advocacy work.

“Funding civil liberties work is in the finest and noblest traditions in this country, and we see when we look at the NAACP just what they’ve done ... the unfinished business of civil liberties is in the court room,” said Ms. Moreno. She added, “Make the President do the right thing. Give to CAIR.”

Four awards were given at Sunday’s banquet to individuals and organizations who stood up for American Muslims’ First Amendment rights, and individuals who refused to give up their basic civil liberties in the face of adversity. The 2010 awards were given to:

·      Hani Khan: a young Muslim woman fighting discrimination by Hollister Co.
·      Javed Khan: local Muslim community leader
·      People Acting in Community Together (PACT): interfaith collective working on social justice issues including Islamophobia
·      Yasir Afifi: a young Muslim man who had a GPS tracking device placed on his car by the FBI

An added highlight of the evening was CAIR-SFBA’s engagement with Muslim youth, through the perspective of a Muslim Youth Leadership Program 2010 alumnus, Zayd Parekh.
 
CAIR-SFBA needs your support to achieve its annual fundraising goal to maintain its advocacy work.

Although we are truly blessed to have raised nearly $210,000 at this year’s banquet, that still leaves us $40,000 short of our goal of $250,000.

We at CAIR-SFBA know these are difficult times, and appreciate your support now more than ever. We also appreciate the well wishes of the many regular supporters unable to attend this year. This is your opportunity to donate and help us reach our Banquet 2010 fundraising goal.

Attaining this goal will permit our office to take on additional civil rights cases and expand our youth work in 2011. This is a critical time for the American Muslim community. CAIR-SFBA is ready to serve with your support.

Can we count on you to help us advance our work for another year?

With your support of $5,000, $1,000, $500, $100, $25, or any amount you can contribute, CAIR-SFBA can continue protecting American civil rights, and promoting understanding of Islam for the benefit of future generations.

Remember that your donation is eligible for Zakat and if sent before December 31, will count toward your 2010 tax deduction.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,


Zahra Billoo
Executive Director

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