a message from cair leadership
My Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends:
Assalamu Alaikum (Peace Be Upon You). On behalf of CAIR-California, I would like to thank you for your unwavering support in sustaining our efforts to promote a more just and inclusive nation.
CAIR-CA continues to grow as a community-based institution with a lasting vision of a thriving and fully engaged American Muslim community—by serving our community’s civil rights needs, elevating our community’s voice and stature among policymakers and law enforcement, and grooming the next generation of leaders.
As 2012 draws to a close, I invite you to join me in reflecting on our collective victories and challenges. The opening of new mosques in California, the long-awaited return home of community members placed on the ‘No-Fly’ list, and the passage of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964) for which you advocated, demonstrate the power of advocacy and teamwork. When we come together, across class and ethnic lines, united in the cause of upholding the Constitution as we defend our faith’s place in society, we can help America be her best.
Disturbing incidents this year, such as the wave of hate incidents targeting Muslim and Sikh communities, the passage of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the use of anti-Muslim rhetoric during the election season remind us of the challenges ahead. They demonstrate the necessity of your ongoing dedication and support, and more importantly, the need for you to join us in our efforts.
Our team pledges to work harder and smarter on your behalf. With your support and the blessings of Allah (swt), CAIR-CA will continue to work both in our community and with our partners to strengthen American Muslim civic engagement, improve civil rights services, and promote leadership development and youth programming.
Please read through this report, which reflects only a sampling of the work undertaken by CAIR-CA over the last year. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please do not hesitate to contact us.
On behalf of the CAIR-CA Board and Executive Committees, I am thankful to our dedicated interns, staff and volunteers who have given their time and energy to the advancement of CAIR’s work.
Thank you for your tremendous prayers and support. We are proud to serve you through our four offices in Los Angeles (LA), Sacramento Valley (SV), San Diego (SD), and the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) and look forward to another year of principled and strategic service.
Chairman of the Board, CAIR-California