a message from the chair

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Assalamu Alaikum (Peace be upon You).

It is my pleasure and honor to write to you on this special occasion of CAIR California’s (CAIR-CA) 20th anniversary.

From its humble beginnings two decades ago, CAIR-CA has proudly become a leading force in American Muslim engagement and empowerment, a reliable partner in efforts toward social justice and a fierce advocate of our time-honored principles of freedom and service.

We started out with one office in the San Francisco Bay Area, and over the years, opened three more offices in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Sacramento Valley and San Diego. We continue to expand and address the ongoing challenges faced by our community.

This commemorative 20th Anniversary report highlights examples of unprecedented achievements of CAIR-CA’s work, ranging from the preservation and establishment of our houses of worship, investigation and resolution of school bullying and workplace discrimination cases, challenging unwarranted government surveillance and boosting authentic portrayals of Islam and Muslims in the media.

Our additional milestones include the empowerment of over 400 high school students over 10 years through the flagship Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP), securing the cancellation of ABC’s offensive pilot Alice in Arabia, and winning a U.S. District Court case against Abercrombie & Fitch for failing to accommodate its employee’s right to wear her hijab (headscarf).

On behalf of the CAIR-CA Board and Executive Committees, we are tremendously grateful to our generous supporters, interns, volunteers and staff who serve our community day in and day out. We couldn’t have come this far without you.

Thank you for your unwavering support and prayers. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues.

Sincerely,

Safaa Ibrahim

Chair of the Board, CAIR California

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