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April 16, South Asian Religious/Racial Bias in the Law

The Indian American Bar Association and the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago invites you to join a diverse group of attorneys, community leaders, activists and other professionals for an interactive discussion on civil rights issues the South Asian American community faces today.

Stand Up for Justice on April 19th!

Join CAIR-Chicago and Rasmea Odeh’s long list of supporters in solidarity on April 19th.

What Every Mosque & Institutional Leader Needs to Know

Learn about nonprofit governance and board oversight, best practices when accepting, managing, and disbursing charitable contributions, and more.

CAIR-Chicago’s Rabya Khan Participates in Islamic Foundation Career Fair

On Friday, March 3, CAIR-Chicago’s Staff Attorney Rabya Khan participated in the first annual career fair sponsored by the Islamic Foundation School’s National Honor Society.

Join CAIR-Chicago & SoundVision on April 4th!

Please be a part of the solution. This program will raise funds to establish a Strategic Communication Center for the Muslim community,
to do effective crisis management, to build bridges of understanding, as well as to train and place young Muslims in media.

Exec. Dir. Ahmed Rehab Speaks at Northwestern University

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab spoke to Northwestern Law School’s Student Bar Association on Tuesday, February 17th.

ISIS and the Islamic State: A Panel Discussion at Purdue University

On February 11, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab was a panelist for an event hosted at Purdue University. Approximately 400 people were in attendance to see Rehab discuss the threat ISIS, along with Professor of Islamic Studies Scott Alexander, and author, attorney, and political philosopher Rafia Zakaria.

Only 3 Days Left to Register for FREE Youth Program!

Through an examination of the similarities between the WWII incarceration experience of Japanese Americans and the post-9/11 experience of the Muslim Americans, Bridging Communities builds solidarity between these two communities.

Reserve Your Ticket for FREE Theater Event: Mosque Alert!

CAIR-Chicago invites you to attend a FREE workshop presented by Silk Road Rising. Complimentary refreshments will be served!

Want to help protect the voting rights of Asian Americans?

Poll watchers investigate precincts on Election Day to ensure language access needs are met and civil rights are respected.

Vigils Held Across Chicago for Slain Muslim Students

The tragic murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday night has deeply saddened communities of all faiths across the nation. After mainstream media failed to give proper attention to the tragic event, social media campaigns and national advocacy efforts brought the incident into the mainstream spotlight.

CAIR-Chicago to Host Theater Event Confronting Islamophobia

CAIR-Chicago invites you to attend a workshop presented by Silk Road Rising Artistic Director, and award winning playwright, Jamil Khoury.

FREE Program Offers Unique Experience for Muslim & Japanese American Youth!

Through an examination of the similarities between the WWII incarceration experience of Japanese Americans and the post-9/11 experience of the Muslim Americans, Bridging Communities builds solidarity between these two communities.

Join CAIR-Chicago at Interfaith Vigil for Victims of Chapel Hill Shootings

Please join CAIR-Chicago staff at Loyola University Chicago School of Law at 7pm tonight in remembering these three victims of hate.

In Honor of Fred Korematsu Day, a Special Screening: Of Civil Wrongs & Rights

Tuesday, February 10, 12pm-1:30pm
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St, Rm C20

ABC7: CAIR Banquet Celebrates Diversity of Muslim Community

CAIR-Chicago held its annual banquet in Oak Brook Terrace. The banquet was a chance to celebrate CAIR’s achievements over the past 11 years and the diversity of the Muslim community.

CAIR-Chicago Hosts Interfaith Event to Honor MLK

This Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day brought together youth and educators from across Chicagoland at an event hosted at CAIR-Chicago’s Azima Center.

Mayoral Candidates’ Forum

Join CAIR-Chicago at NEIU on January 29th for a forum with candidates for Chicago’s upcoming mayoral election.

Earn a FREE Ticket Volunteer at Our Annual Banquet!

Come work for your community in a positive, fun environment, and earn a FREE ticket to the event!

Bridging Communities

Through an examination of the similarities between the WWII incarceration experience of Japanese Americans and the post-9/11 experience of the Muslim Americans, Bridging Communities builds solidarity between these two communities.

How To Shut Down Guantanamo

A Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo Event with Andy Worthington, Candace Gorman and Debra Sweet.

Help Honor Martin Luther King Jr. on January 19th

Join us in honoring Dr. King’s dream for a better world by discussing interfaith peace with Chicago-area Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Promote Your Business: Sponsor CAIR-Chicago’s Annual Banquet

Whatever the size of your business/organization, sponsoring our annual banquet is an effective way to get brand exposure AND support a great cause.

CAIR-Chicago Continues to Support Community Post ISIS Arrest

Recognizing the vital need to support communities across Chicagoland, CAIR-Chicago continues its efforts to foster dialogue and defend civil rights.

Another Successful Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium

Earlier this month CAIR-Chicago held its bi-annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) co-sponsored by The University of Illinois at Chicago Muslim Student Association.

SAVE THE DATE! Attend CAIR-Chicago’s 11th Anniversary Gala- February 7th, 2015!

SAVE THE DATE! Attend CAIR-Chicago’s 11th Anniversary Gala- February 7th, 2015!

Defending Rights Panel at CAIR-Chicago Tuesday, November 18th

Join CAIR-Chicago on Tuesday, November 18th, for Defending Rights, a program on the importance of protecting the rights of children detained in military courts, and the rights of U.S. Palestine human rights activists.

Join CAIR-Chicago on Friday, November 14th, for Lurking Danger: Identifying & Overcoming the Dangers Around Us

Join CAIR-Chicago on Friday, November 14th, for Lurking Danger, a community awareness panel for youth and parents about identifying and overcoming the dangers facing the Muslim community.

PRESS RELEASE: Loyola SJP Charged with ‘Discrimination’ & ‘Bullying’ for Calling Out Birthright Israel’s Discrimination Against Palestinians

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY- Chicago students affiliated with the student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will attend an administrative hearing scheduled this Thursday, October 30 to respond to allegations made against the group after Palestinian students lined up on September 9, 2014 to try to register for a Birthright Israel trip to highlight its discrimination against Palestinians.

Join CAIR-Chicago Friday, October 24th, for a panel discussion on “Online Radicalization: Reality and Myths”

Join CAIR-Chicago on Friday, October 24 at 7:45 pm, at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park for a panel discussion on the reality and myths of online radicalization. CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab and Staff Attorney Rabya Khan, and other panelists, will share their thoughts with community members followed by a Q + A.

Join CAIR-Chicago at the CIOGC 22nd Annual Community Dinner!

“Celebrating Achievers, Inspiring Believers”
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Welcome Chicago Ideas Week!

This week the streets around CAIR-Chicago’s office, have been painted yellow with the brightly t-shirted fans of Chicago Ideas Week (CIW).

Local Film Turns Camera On Surveillance

In Bridgeview and Justice, Illinois, members of the Arab-American community have lived under surveillance for nearly twenty years. Assia Boundaoui grew up there.

Join CAIR-Chicago at 2nd Annual Chicago Halal Food Festival!

Chicagoland based LiveCheapr Inc. has announced its second annual Chicago Halal Food Festival to take place at the UIC Forum in Chicago on Saturday, October 25 from 11am to 10pm and Sunday, October 26, from 11am to 7pm.

Join CAIR-Chicago tomorrow at Your Voice, Your Vote!

Join CAIR-Chicago tomorrow at the Mosque Foundation for Your Voice, Your Vote – National Voter Registration Day!

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator to Speak at University of Illinois

Gerlad Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator will join CAIR-UIUC today for their first general body meeting and an activist workshop! “Whether it’s the advent of free speech and academic boycotts on campus, racial tensions in Ferguson, or the rise of militant terrorist groups half-way across the globe, the world we live in is constantly changing and […]

JOIN CAIR-Chicago at the Annual Chairman Fred Street Party

Join CAIR-Chicago Saturday, August 30th for the Chairman Fred Hampton Annual Street Party.

CAIR-Chicago Presents at Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

August 21st 2014, CAIR Chicago’s Staff Attorney Rabya Khan spoke on a panel concerning Data Deficit, Underreporting, and Community Concerns.

Join CAIR-Chicago at Justice for Mike Brown Moment of Silence at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Evan Taylor of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has written an open letter to faculty, staff, students, and alum of UIC (below), inviting all to join in offering a moment of silence in solidarity with Justice for Mike Brown.

His

PRESS RELEASE: CAIR-CHICAGO TO TESTIFY AT U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS ILLINOIS ADVISORY COMMITTEE HEARING ON HATE CRIMES

Join CAIR-Chicago Tomorrow to Testify at U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Illinois Advisory Committee Hearing On Hate Crimes

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)

On July 23, 2014 Iraqi students visited CAIR-Chicago’s office for a workshop to discuss and share their American experience and their interests in sports and the arts.

CAIR-Chicago Hosts Students in Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program

On Monday, July 21, CAIR-Chicago hosted the students participating in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program in a Leadership, Development, and Diversity workshop.

Thank you for making our 6th Annual Taste of Ramadan a Success!

Thank you for making our Taste of Ramadan a success!

CAIR-Chicago hosts students from UK-US Youth Dialogue

On Friday, July 18, CAIR-Chicago hosted the students from the Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme London, United Kingdom in a Interfaith Cooperation Workshop with Hind Makki, a trainer in interfaith dialogue.

CAIR-Chicago to present at National Lawyers Guild Convention

CAIR-Chicago invites you to attend the National Lawyers Guild National Convention, taking place on September 3-7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Limited Space – RSVP for 6th Annual Taste of Ramadan

The staff and board of CAIR-Chicago would like to invite you to our sixth annual “Taste of Ramadan” on July 17th. Spaces are filling up fast!

Arun Kundnani Discusses “The Muslims Are Coming” at CAIR-Chicago

This past Friday on June 27, Arun Kundnani, author of The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror visited CAIR-Chicago to discuss his latest book.

JCUA Presents at CAIR-Chicago

Director on Teen Programs, Rebecca Katz, brought together a group of students from Or Tzedek, a leadership of Jewish youth, to present on various topics regarding oppression and discrimination.

Join CAIR-Chicago, June 27 at a discussion with Author Arun Kundnani

Join Dr. Arun Kundnani in discussing his new book, “The Muslims are coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror”, in which he addresses issues of race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance.

Join CAIR-Chicago Saturday, June 7 for an Asian American Town Hall Forum

Join us on Saturday, June 7 for an Asian American Town Hall Forum at the Japanese American Service Committee Center to discuss the various issues surrounding the Jianqing Klyzek CPD brutality case that shows video footage of a Chicago police officer striking Ms Klyzek, and threatening to put her in a box and deport her.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman visits CAIR-Chicago

On June 4, Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman visited CAIR-Chicago. Karman is the first Yemeni, first Arab and second Muslim woman to win the award.

CAIR-Chicago office visited by Dutch students

On May 31, 2014, 46 students from the American Studies program at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Holland filled CAIR-Chicago for an educational event.

CAIR-Chicago joins Asian Americans Against Police Brutality at Press Conference [VIDEO]

On Thursday May 29th CAIR-Chicago staff and interns joined with community leaders and organizers at a press conference at the mayor’s office against police brutality.

Join CAIR-Chicago for “Criminalizing Immigrants: The Case of Rasmea Odeh” on May 19

Please join CAIR-Chicago on May 19th as we discuss the ongoing case of Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh.

Join CAIR-Chicago at the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

Please join us in Chicago for a spirited demonstration and march, starting the Water Tower Park on Friday, May 23rd at 4:30pm.

SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual Taste of Ramadan on July 17th

The staff and board of CAIR-Chicago would like to invite you to our sixth annual “Taste of Ramadan,” which is set to take place this summer at our new, centrally located downtown office. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Join CAIR-Chicago at “The Syrian Crisis: Demilitarizing the Conflict and the Conversation” on April 23

Women Against War invites you to attend a dinner and lecture presentation to raise funds for humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria on April 23 at Alhambra Palace Restaurant, Chicago.

Join us on May 3 for ‘When Legacies Encounter Frontiers': the Webb Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner

The Webb Foundation will be holding its fundraising dinner on May 3 with special guest speaker Sherman Jackson.

Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk Presents at Dominican University

On Thursday, April 10th, Senior Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk presented a lecture on Muslims in America at Dominican University in River Forest.

CAIR-Chicago Reaches out to Congress on Behalf of Muslims

CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson and Deputy Director, Sufyan Sohel took a trip to D.C. in an effort to make the community’s issues be heard by the Congress.

JOIN CAIR-CHICAGO AT THE CHICAGO PREMIERE OF “ENEMY OF THE REICH”

Throughout the 1930’s, an unimaginable evil tore through Europe as Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way to domination. During these tumultuous times, a young Indian Muslim woman living in Paris found her calling. Noor Inayat Khan grew up in a home that fostered faith and hope. Leading with her heart, she overcame her quiet nature and joined Winston Churchill’s covert operation to give the Allies a new chance at victory. This is her story.

CAIR-Chicago attends UIC Islamic Awareness Week Banquet

On March 6, CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson spoke on a panel called “Why I chose Islam” at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Islamic Awareness Week.

CAIR-Chicago attends Immigration meeting with Rep. Gutierrez and Senator Dick Durbin

On Friday, February 14 CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez for an update on the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress.

Chicago Day of Remembrance this Sunday

Join CAIR-Chicago as Keith Uchima produces and directs a staged reading of excerpts from their historic trial of Japanese Americans vs. The United States.

Illinois Immigrant Integration Policy Summit “Keeping our Families Together” on Saturday, February 22

Join CAIR-Chicago at the Illinois Immigrant Integration Policy Summit
“Keeping our Families Together” on Saturday, February 22

GetCovered Event this Saturday!

Join CAIR-Chicago in partnership with Arab American Family Services and American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) to help Muslims get covered for healthcare!

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab to moderate discussion at special screening of The Square this Friday

The Friday 8:15 pm screening is presented in partnership with Egyptians Abroad for Development with DePaul University Religious Studies Department co-hosting, and moderated by Ahmed Rehab of CAIR-Chicago.

CAIR-Chicago’s Rabya Khan to speak at Korematsu Day Event

Join us for a screening of the brief film “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs” about Korematsu’s life followed by a discussion with former internee in Japanese-American internment camp Kiyo Yoshimura and CAIR-Chicago staff Attorney Rabya Khan

January 11: A Day to Speak Up Against Islamophobia and Stereotyping

A small number of releases of Guantanamo detainees have taken place. The way this is being presented by the Obama administration, and covered in the media, distorts what is really happening, and the whole meaning of Guantanamo. The administration evades the fact that only 8 of the remaining 155 men at Guantanamo were ever charged with a crime, and that certainly the rest should never have been there at Guantanamo in the first place.

CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab speaks at Nelson Mandela memorial

On December 15 CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab attended and spoke at “The People’s Memorial Tribute To Nelson Mandela: Celebrating A Life & Legacy” at Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ (COGIC).

Gerald Hankerson to speak at Faith Informed Justice panel

Join CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, Gerald Hankerson, as he discusses faith informed justice.

CAIR-Chicago visits Marquette University to present on Muslims in America

On December 4, 2013 CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson and Senior Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk visited a class at Marquette University and gave a presentation on Islamophobia and perceptions of Muslims in America.

Russian Interfaith delegation visits CAIR-Chicago

On Monday, November 25 a delegation from Russia visited CAIR-Chicago offices to hear a presentation on Interfaith work. Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson welcomed the six person delegation with a tour of the office and a short documentary on CAIR-Chicago’s civil rights work. The delegates came to Chicago as a part of the U.S. Department of […]

Idli & immigration event December 7th at Schaumburg Library

Join us to hear expert analysis, share our stories, and talk about how we can promote fair and holistic changes in immigration from right here in Illinois.

Rabya Khan visits Aqsa High School for Know Your Rights workshop

On Wednesday, November 20th, Rabya Khan visited Aqsa High School with Dima Khalidi to conduct a Know Your Rights workshop for students.

Fourth Presbyterian Church holding immigration panel discussion

The Fourth Presbyterian Church is holding an immigration reform panel discussion today, November 21st, at 6:30 pm in Chicago.

Win tickets to CIOGC’s Annual Banquet this Saturday!

CAIR-Chicago is giving away TWO spots as guests of CAIR-Chicago at CIOGC’s Annual Banquet this Saturday! Enter our social media competition to win!

Join us for an open house on Nov 15!

Come by to meet the staff, tour the offices, and learn more about how we pursue our mission to defend civil rights, fight bigotry and promote tolerance.

CCDBR hosts conference on privacy and surveillance

The Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights will be holding their Fall conference on October 19th, 2013 at Northwestern University’s Law School.

Covert government program creates barriers for Muslim immigrants

Litigation Director Kevin Vodak explains how covert immigration policies have translated into institutionalized discrimination against Muslims.

Rabya Khan conducts Know Your Rights workshop at Urbana-Champaign

Rabya Khan conducted a Know Your Rights workshop sponsored by the Champaign chapter of the ACLU at the UIUC College of Law.

Vodak to speak on October 7 panel on National Security and Immigration

Litigation Director Kevin Vodak will be speaking at a free event on the USCIS’s recent policy’s effects on Muslim immigrants seeking citizenship in the U.S. (CLE credits pending).

CAIR-Chicago’s 500th intern graduates! [PHOTOS]

Last week, interns and law clerks attended a ceremony where their work was personally commended. Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson announced that the ceremony marks the 500th intern to have graduated from CAIR-Chicago’s Internship program!

Islamic art film screening and panel on August 29th

Join CAIR-Chicago, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) for a film screening and panel discussion of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a documentary film narrated by Susan Sarandon.

CAIR-Chicago cosponsors Chicago’s first Halal Food Festival

CAIR-Chicago is proud to cosponsor Chicago’s first Halal Food Festival on September 14, 2013 at UIC Forum.

CAIR-Chicago hosts iftar dinner in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike

Join CAIR-Chicago and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) on Monday, July 29, 2013 for an iftar dinner in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in Pelican Bay, Guantanamo Bay, and Palestine.

Iftar in the Synagogue 2013: Neighbors against bigotry

Come support the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs this year by attending Iftar in the Synagogue on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:30PM.

RSVP for CAIR-Chicago’s 5th Annual “Taste of Ramadan” Iftar

RSVP and join CAIR-Chicago for its festive “Taste of Ramadan” iftar on July 17th, 2013.

CAIR-Chicago attends press conference for Chicago City Council Asian American Caucus [PHOTOS]

On Wednesday, June 26, CAIR-Chicago staff, law clerks, and interns attended the first Chicago City Council Asian American Caucus press conference at city hall.

Office of the Governor hosts workshop on jobs with Illinois government

The Office of the Governor is presenting an informational workshop that will focus on how to get a job with the state of Illinois on June 26th.

Join CAIR-Chicago at the Asian American Caucus Press Conference – June 26th

Join CAIR-Chicago staff, interns, law clerks and supporters to attend a press conference for the first Chicago Asian American Caucus at City Hall on June 26th.

CAIR-Chicago will be hosting Silk Road Rising on June 26

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, CAIR-Chicago will be hosting award winning playwright Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Chicago-based Silk Road Rising, in the Azima Center of the downtown office.

CAIR-Chicago welcomes 37 law clerks & interns to Summer 2013 class! [PHOTOS]

This summer, CAIR-Chicago held its internship orientation on May 28th, 2013, introducing 37 law clerks and interns to the program, and giving them the opportunity to interact with people from their own and other departments.

Winter-Spring 2013 Intern Class graduates! [PHOTOS]

CAIR-Chicago would again like to thank and congratulate its Winter-Spring 2013 interns for being a spirited, dedicated, and driven team of budding professional activists.

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Taste of Ramadan on July 17th

Save the date and join CAIR-Chicago for its popular annual “Taste of Ramadan” iftar on July 17th, 2013.

CAIR-Chicago co-sponsors event on colonialism in Puerto Rico and Palestine on May 13th

On Monday, May 13th, CAIR-Chicago is co-sponsoring an event aimed at highlighting the similarities between the experiences and struggles of Puerto Ricans and Palestinians in their movements for independence.

Daily Herald: Elgin event aims to break stereotypes about Islam

“Who Is My Islamic Neighbor?” takes place on May 19,2013 at Elgin Community College. It will include speakers Gerald Hankerson, outreach coordinator for the Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Mariam Nasser, a teacher at Elgin Academy.

2013 Annual Banquet awardees and speakers announced!

CAIR-Chicago is proud to announce the speakers and awardees of our 9th Annual Banquet on Saturday, May 4th, 2013!

Attend the American Hijab Design Contest on April 28

The American Hijab Design Contest is set to take place on Sunday, April 28, 2013 in Evanston, IL.

Staff Attorney Rabya Khan to conduct “Know Your Rights” workshops

Join CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan as she conducts “Know Your Rights” workshops in and around Chicago this April!

Last chance to sponsor! Contact us by April 12th!

Contact us by Friday, April 12, 2013 to become a sponsor! Utilize this great opportunity to support a leading Muslim organization that is actively defending your civil rights.

CAIR-Chicago co-sponsoring interfaith arts exchange on April 4th

Join CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals on Thursday, April 4th for an arts exchange aimed at bringing Jewish and Muslims artists together to foster relationships and celebrate shared experiences.

TODAY: ICIRR to host an interfaith prayer vigil to demand immigration bill

This Friday, March 22nd, 2013, join the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights at their prayer vigil and civil disobedience to demand an immigration bill. Staff Attorney Rabya Khan will be representing CAIR-Chicago at the event.

Become a sponsor or volunteer for CAIR-Chicago’s 9th Annual Banquet #HateFree

CAIR-Chicago is looking for sponsors and volunteers to help with our 9th Annual Banquet on May 4th, 2013. Support a leading Muslim organization that is actively defending your civil rights! Contact Sufyan Sohel at ssohel@cair.com for sponsorship information, and contact Gerald Hankerson at volunteer@cairchicago.org for volunteer opportunities.

Aymen Abdel Halim to present lecture at Drake University in Des Moines, March 13

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim is scheduled to present a lecture entitled “The Media and Islam” on Wednesday, March 13th at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Aymen Abdel Halim to speak at Carthage College Diversity Summit

On Thursday, March, 14, 2013, CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim will be speaking about U.S. media portrayals of Islam and Muslims at an event hosted by Carthage College as a part of their first Diversity Summit. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual Banquet date changed to May 4th!

We have changed the date of our Annual Banquet to Saturday, May 4, 2013. Please make sure to save the date and RSVP today!

Aymen Abdel Halim to present at AAI Leadership Forum, March 16

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim will present at a workshop on digital storytelling as a part of the Asian American Institute’s 9th Annual Leadership Forum.

Tickets now available for our 9th Annual Banquet: #HateFree

Our 9th Annual Banquet is now set to take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Mark your calendars and please show your support by attending. Buy tickets here!

Rabya Khan speaks on panel honoring Fred Korematsu day

The event featured guest speakers William Yoshino, the Midwest Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, and Rabya Khan, Staff Attorney at the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Rabya Khan conducts ‘Know Your Rights’ training at Northwestern

On Thursday January 31, 2013, Staff Attorney Rabya Khan conducted a joint Know Your Rights training with First Defense Legal Aid attorneys Emlyn Ricketts and Devin Viland.

Join Rabya Khan to discuss Black presence in comics

Please join staff attorney, Rabya Khan, on Friday, February 8th at 6 p.m. at Graham Crackers for a thoughtful discussion on the Black presence in comics.

Ahmed Rehab to speak on Islamophobia at AIC

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will be included as part of a panel to discuss religious bigotry at the American Islamic College on February 23rd.

Rabya Khan to participate in ‘Of Civil Wrongs and Rights’ screening

In honor of Fred Korematsu Day, CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney, Rabya Khan, will join Bill Yoshino, Midwest Director of Japanese American Citizens League, as part of a special screening of the film, ‘Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story.’

Staff Attorney Rabya Khan speaks at interfaith event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CAIR-Chicago’s Staff Attorney, Rabya Khan, was a featured speaker at the “Remember our Civil Rights and Civil Liberties” interfaith event this past Monday, January 21st to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hear Ahmed Rehab tell the story of the #MyJihad campaign January 12th in Orland Park

Come hear the story of the #MyJihad campaign as told by its founder Ahmed Rehab. Learn how a simple idea on Facebook is turning into what some analysts are calling the most important Muslim counter-Islamophobia campaign ever.

CAMP-Chicago 4th Annual Kickoff Dinner

CAMP-Chicago is kicking off the 2013 new year with the 4th Annual Kickoff Networking Dinner. Meet the CAMP-Chicago officers, learn about upcoming events and network with other Muslim professionals. This year’s dinner will be held at Reza’s in downtown Chicago.

Jan 11th – 11 Years of Guantanamo! Shut it Down Now!

Jan 11, 2013 marks 11 years since US detention center at Guantanamo was opened. Over 700 men have been released while some remain detained despite being cleared for release.

CAIR-Chicago joins South Asian, Sikh groups to recognize anti-hate resolution

Ahmed Rehab and Rabya Khan participated in a commemoration for Illinois House Resolution 1193 which addresses hate crimes against minorities including Sikh and Muslim Americans.

MyJihad press conference a success! (PHOTOS)

On Friday, December 14, CAIR-Chicago held a press conference announcing the launch of the “MyJihad” educational campaign. Local media, guests, and the those who modeled for the ads were all in attendance.

Fall 2012 Intern Graduation Photos/Video – Join us!

CAIR-Chicago would again like to thank and congratulate its fall 2012 interns for being a spirited, dedicated, and driven team of budding professional activists.

Coordinators to present at Marquette University in Milwaukee – Dec. 5th

Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson and Communications Coordinator Aymen Abdel Halim will be presenting a lecture on the importance of American Muslim activism and the protection of our civil liberties.

CAIR-Chicago civil rights team participate in NLADA Conference

Kevin Vodak and Rabya Khan participated in a discussion panel at the NLADA conference Friday and spoke about community awareness and how to successfully meet the legal needs of low income Americans and some of their challenges.

Kevin Vodak and Rabya Khan participate in NLADA Conference

Litigation Director Kevin Vodak and Staff Attorney Rabya Khan will participate in a panel called “Strategic Advocacy for Muslim and Immigrant Communities with Law Enforcement” at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) Conference on Friday December 7.

MYLS-Chicago Symposium and 5 year anniversary this Saturday

The Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)-Chicago initiative commences its fifth year of motivating and guiding Chicagoland’s Muslim American youth with its ninth symposium on Saturday, November 17th at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East.

Rabya Khan presents Know Your Rights training this Saturday in Bridgview

This Saturday, November 17th, CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney, Rabya Khan, will conduct a Know Your Rights training on how to interact with law enforcement, including the local police and the FBI.

Come to Parallel Universes: Muslim Superheroes this Friday!

Do Muslim superheroes exist in the comic book world? Join us for a provocative discussion on the state of Muslim superheroes in the comic book world this Friday!

CAMP Power Hour hosts Nura Maznavi at CAIR-Chicago

On Thursday, November 8, 2012 CAIR-Chicago hosted the November “Power Hour” event for the Chicago chapter of the Council of American Muslim Professionals (CAMP).

Ahmed Rehab to discuss Egypt and the Arab Spring at North Park University

Join CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, for an update on the Egyptian revolution and the Arab Spring at North Park University on Thursday November 15, 2012.

Volunteers learn about poll monitoring at CAIR-Chicago

CAIR- Chicago hosted an Election Poll Monitoring Training on Thursday, October 25 which was co-sponsored by the Indian American Bar Association and the Muslim Bar Association.

CAIR-Chicago hosts MBA Lunch and Learn program

The CAIR-Chicago hosted the Muslim Bar Association’s October Lunch n Learn program which was held on Tuesday, October 30th. Participants included representatives from non-profit organizations working on multiple issues.

Today is election day! Make sure you vote!

It is critical that every American make their voice heard, and that every eligible voter exercise this right that civil rights activists fought so hard for.

Join Ahmed Rehab at Loyola University’s Fast-A-Thon!

The Fast-A-Thon calls on students and faculty to abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset that Tuesday in order to show support and solidarity for those who suffer from hunger around the world. Join CAIR-Chicago and Loyola University for free food and giveaways!

Ahmed Rehab to speak at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – November 1st and 2nd

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to present a lecture on the recent anti-Muslim film “The Innocence of Muslims”, the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) teachings, and East-West relations.

Poll monitor training – November 1st at CAIR-Chicago!

Illinois is home to the Midwest’s largest Asian American population, which grew by 41% in the last 10 years! This election year, help protect the voting rights of the Asian American community so that their political voice can be fully heard!

Join Ahmed Rehab to discuss what comes after the Arab Spring – Oct. 30

Join CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director this Tuesday at DePaul University to discuss the Arab Spring and its aftermath. It was almost two years ago that the historic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East changed the face of the region.

CAIR-Chicago hosts CAMP Power Hour on November 8th

Join us for a discussion about how to make your creative aspirations a reality with our featured guest, Nura Maznavi, an attorney and editor of the book Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.

Ahmed Rehab to be awarded Prophetic Leadership Award by Arise Chicago

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be awarded the Prophetic Leadership Award by Arise Chicago.

Presidential debate viewing party welcomes a variety of opinions

CAIR-Chicago’s viewing party not only offered a chance for the community to watch the debate in a space other than their home, but it also gave the community an opportunity to express their views while exchanging and sharing their ideas on pertinent issues facing Americans.

From comics to real life: Undocumented youth tell their story

Graham Cracker Comics recently hosted,”Parallel universes: Drawing connections with comic books and real life undocumented heroes.”

Ahmed Rehab on “Understanding Islamophobia in America” at UW-Madison

Ahmed Rehab spoke at “Understanding Islamophobia in America,” which took place this past Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to raise awareness of the spread of intolerance against Muslims that is steadily on the rise.

Citizen Bridges International fellows visit CAIR-Chicago

On October 19, 2012 a delegation of international professionals met at CAIR-Chicago’s office to discuss the various issues that affect the Arab world.

PRESS RELEASE: CAIR-Chicago hosts public viewing of 3rd Presidential debate

CAIR-Chicago will be hosting a public viewing of the 3rd presidential debate of the 2012 elections. Join us in our Gallery where we will be streaming the debate live.

Ahmed Rehab to give keynote address at UW-Madison “Understanding Islamophobia” event

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will give the keynote address at a UW-Madison event entitled “Understanding Islamophobia in America” on Friday, October 19th.

PRESS RELEASE: CAIR-Chicago hosts public viewing of 2012 Presidential debate

CAIR-Chicago will be hosting a public viewing of the 2nd presidential debate of the 2012 elections. Join us in our Gallery where we will be live streaming the debate.

Parallel universes: Drawing connections with comic books and real life undocumented heroes

Join comic book lovers and activists as they discuss the connections between the heroes in the illustrated world and the heroes in the real world.

Don’t miss the “Dean Obeidallah for Vice President” comedy tour!

Award winning Arab-American comedian, Dean Obeidallah, is coming to Chicago as part of his “Dean for Vice President” tour!

Rabya Khan speaks at 2012 Asian American and Pacific Islander Advancing Justice Conference

On Friday, September 28th, 2012 Rabya Khan, CAIR-Chicago’s Staff Attorney, was one of the distinguished panelist for the afternoon plenary at the 2012 Asian American and Pacific Islander Advancing Justice Conference.

Gerald Hankerson discusses Islam and Muslims at cultural forum

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson participated in a cultural forum entitled, “Who are my Muslim neighbors?,” being sponsored by the village’s Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Rabya Khan to speak at Advancing Justice Conference – Sept. 28

CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan will be speaking at the Advancing Justice Conference this Friday, September 28, 2012 in Chicago.

Gerald Hankerson joins “Who are my Muslim neighbors?” forum in Hanover Park

This Saturday, September 22nd, CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson will participate in a cultural forum entitled, “Who are my Muslim neighbors?”, being sponsored by the village’s Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

FOX 39: CAIR-Chicago hosts vigil for slain ambassador

On Friday September 14, CAIR-Chicago, along with members of the Libyan and Muslim community held a candlelight vigil for the late U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

CBS 2: CAIR-Chicago holds candlelight vigil for Ambassador Stevens

On Friday September 14, CAIR-Chicago, along with members of the Libyan and Muslim community held a candlelight vigil for the late U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens.

Chicago Libyans, Muslims hold candlelight vigil for Ambassador Stevens

On September 14, 2012, nearly 150 Chicago Libyans and Muslims gathered on the corner of Congress and Michigan to hold a candlelight vigil for the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

PRESS RELEASE: Candlelight vigil tonight for Ambassador Christopher Stevens

The Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), along with members of the Chicago Libyan community, Syrian American Council Chicago, MAS (Muslim American Society), Zakat Foundation, and AMP (American Muslims for Palestine), will hold a candlelight vigil tonight to honor Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Team Palestine for PCRF presents: Run for Peace

Join us on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Moraine Valley Community College for a 5k run or a one mile walk – and spend a day helping save a life.

The Prison Project: Long overdue Eid ul Fitr celebration for Muslim inmates

Thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers from the Bridgeview and Chicago Muslim community who collaborated with the CAIR-Chicago Prison Project, the inmates had a much needed Eid ul Fitr celebration after fasting during the month of Ramadan. A collaboration of community members and CAIR-Chicago teamed up to give Muslim inmates a Eid they would remember.

CAIR-Chicago gives interns a glimpse into the future

Interns participated in the rare opportunity of getting to meet various professionals and had hands-on workshops in their respective fields of interest. The CAIR-Chicago team each organized an Immersion Day for interns, focusing on their respective departments’ industry.

Chicago coalition speaks out against the bloodshed in Syria

United Coalition of national and local Syrian-American and Muslim-American organizations joined by Chicago family members of those Killed spoke at a press conference held at the CAIR-Chicago office, on August 27, to discuss steps to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Intern Graduation Photos/Video – Join Us!

CAIR-Chicago would like to thank and congratulate its summer 2012 interns for being a spirited, dedicated, and driven team of budding professional activists.

CAIR-Chicago holds “White Balloon Protest” downtown

On Friday, August 17th, CAIR-Chicago along with an interfaith and interethnic coalition of diverse community organizations united to protest hate and Islamophobia in downtown Chicago.

PRESS RELEASE: Chicagoans to protest hate and Islamophobia tomorrow downtown

(CHICAGO, 8/16/2012) — On Friday, August 17th, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, (CIOGC) and an interfaith and interethnic coalition of diverse community organizations will unite in protest against hate and Islamophobia by organizing a flashmob in downtown Chicago.

PRESS CONFERENCE on Rep. Joe Walsh’s anti-Muslim statements

On Friday, August 10th, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), along with members of Chicago’s Muslim and interfaith communities, will hold a press conference to respond to Congressman Joe Walsh’s anti-Muslim statements made at a recent town hall meeting.

Thank you for making our 4th Annual “Taste of Ramadan” a success!

Over 500 people shared a Ramadan iftar at CAIR-Chicago’s downtown office on the night of Tuesday, August 7th. Read about and view pictures of our annual event!

CAIR-Chicago hosts U.K. delegation

Twelve British high school students came to CAIR-Chicago on July 18 as a part of a U.K.-U.S. Youth Dialogue program exploring diversity, immigration, interfaith dialogue, community engagement and volunteerism.

Join us for our 4th Annual “Taste of Ramadan” Iftar on August 7th!

Save the date and join us for our 4th Annual “Taste of Ramadan” Iftar on Tuesday, August 7th!

Event recap: Ahmed Rehab’s lecture on Egypt at AIC

This past Sunday, CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, presented a lecture titled “Egypt at a Crossroads: The Making of the Second Republic” at the American Islamic College in Chicago.

International delegation meets with CAIR-Chicago

CAIR-Chicago recently hosted an international delegation from the Middle East, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Rabya Khan conducts “Know Your Rights” training for young Muslims

Staff Attorney Rabya Khan led a Know Your Rights training on July 7 for a Young Muslims conference. The event was a part of CAIR-Chicago’s summer Know Your Rights campaign.

CAIR-Chicago hosts “Know Your Rights” workshop

On July 9th, Staff Attorney Rabya Khan led youth from the Arab American Action Network through a “Know Your Rights” workshop at CAIR-Chicago.

Ahmed Rehab to give presentation on Egypt at AIC, July 15

On July 15, CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will speak at AIC’s “Egypt at a Crossroads: The Making of the Second Republic.”

Request a “Know Your Rights” training by CAIR-Chicago

Do you know your rights? Request a “Know Your Rights” training by CAIR-Chicago at your local mosque, community center or place of worship.

VIDEO: A vigil in dedication to the fallen heroes of Syria

On June 13th, CAIR-Chicago held a candlelight vigil in downtown Chicago to express solidarity and honor all those who have lost their lives or are suffering in Syria.

Gerald Hankerson to speak at “Youth Power: A Story Slam” – Tuesday, June 19

Join CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson who will speak at “Youth Power: A Story Slam” this Tuesday. Hankerson will discuss his role as a community organizer and activist.

ACTION ALERT: Candlelight vigil for Syria tomorrow night – Wednesday

Join us at a candle light vigil for Syria tomorrow. To date, 13,000 have been killed, with as many as 100 or more dying every day. Many among the slain are women and children. The purpose of the candle light vigil is to express solidarity with the people of Syria and raise awareness locally about the need for the world to end its silence and help end the bloodshed.

CAIR-Chicago 2012 Summer Internship Orientation a success!

For summer 2012, all departments of CAIR-Chicago were together for an organization-wide internship orientation. Each season, CAIR-Chicago offers internships within its communications, civil rights, government affairs, operations, outreach and executive departments.

Aqsa School Students critique media portrayals of Islam

On May 30th, 2012, students from Aqsa School in Bridgeview participated in an activist-oriented media monitoring training at CAIR-Chicago.

Staff Attorney Rabya Khan presents “Know Your Rights” training on June 3rd

On June 3rd, 2012, CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan will be presenting a “Know Your Rights” training at the MSI Masjid in Glendale Heights, IL.

Post-9/11 Targeting of Muslims: Naming the Victims, Naming the Repression – May 17th

Join CAIR-Chicago at 7 p.m. on Thursday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square for a presentation by Lynne Jackson, co-founder of Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims).

Jackson will discuss the tactics used in preemptive prosecution, through examples of several cases already prosecuted in the federal courts; SAMs and solitary confinement; and identify the effects of isolation, excessive sentences, and CMUs on prisoners and their families.

An Evening on Islam and Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia – May 16th

Professor Wan Mohd Nor Wan Daud will highlight new developments within the regions and discuss Indonesian and Malaysian cultures and traditions.

Leila Ahmed’s “The Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America”

As part of the Sawyer Seminar Lecture Series at University of Chicago, Dr. Leila Ahmed of the Divinity School at Harvard gave a talk on May 7th, 2012 on her newest book, “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America.”

Event recap: M. Salahuddin Khan presents “America, Afghanistan, and Pakistan: Pathology of a Relationship”

On May 3, 2012, CAIR-Chicago hosted author and political expert M. Salahuddin Khan, who presented a speech entitled, “America, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Pathology of a Relationship.”

Ahmed Rehab to speak at human rights demonstration – Sat. April 28th

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at Amnesty International’s annual Get On The Bus for Human Rights demonstration this Saturday.

Outreach Coordinator presents Philippines Youth Leadership Program at NIU

CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, Gerald Hankerson presented “Practical skills for transforming civil society; integrating faith, diversity and social action.” for PYLP on April 18th.

M. Salahuddin Khan presents “America, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Pathology of a Relationship” on May 3rd

On Thursday May 3rd, author and expert on American-Af-Pak issues M. Salahuddin Khan, will give a presentation called “America, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Pathology of a Relationship”.

Ahmed Rehab to speak at North Park University’s Multicultural Awards Banquet on April 20th

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will be speaking at North Park University’s 2012 Multicultural Awards Banquet where students will be awarded for their outstanding work for diversity, advocacy, and justice in various areas of academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and spirituality.

Activists commemorate Palestinian Prisoner’s Day with solidarity fast

The Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR) held their “Hungry for Justice” dinner and discussion in CAIR-Chicago’s Gallery on April 17th to commemorate Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaks to students at Chicago-Kent College of Law

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab spoke to students at Chicago-Kent College of Law on Wednesday at the panel “The Arab Spring: Bringing Down Dictators.”

Join CAIR-Chicago at Zaytuna College’s Fundraising Dinner – Sat. April 28th

Join us on Saturday, April 28th, in celebrating Zaytuna College on another successful year of accomplishment and academic growth. They have an exciting opportunity to secure a permanent campus in Berkeley, California, that will firmly root Zaytuna in one of the major intellectual centers of the United States.

Join CAIR-Chicago for Illinois Muslim Action Day in Springfield, Illinois

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is organizing a statewide day of Action to the Muslim community. Join CIOGC with other Muslim communities to speak to our state legislators in our state capitol. Buses will drive down to Springfield so that all Illinois Muslims may be able to advocate for common good together.

“A Child’s View From Gaza”

A collection of artwork created by children across Gaza depicting life under occupation has been the subject of controversy and censorship in recent years. Armed with magic markers, crayons, and pencils, the children of Gaza have unleashed their most powerful weapon yet: honest yet brutal images depicting life under occupation through the lens of a child.

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator teaches how to make an impact

North Park University proudly named CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson, “Man of Excellence” on March 22nd commemorating his years of activism and commitment to outreach service. Hankerson visited with North Park University students to discuss his life of activism and service to the communities across Chicagoland.

Guilty by Activism: Knowing your rights

CAIR-Chicago’s recent event on FBI repression featured Michael Deutsch – litigator at the People’s Law Office, Hatem Abudayyeh – Executive Director of Arab American Action Network and leading Palestinian rights activist, and Kevin Vodak CAIR-Chicago’s head litigator.

Outreach Coordinator to speak at North Park University- March 22, 2012

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson was named “Man of Excellence” by North Park University where he is scheduled to speak on March 22nd.

Cafe Finjan 2012: New Roots Chicago

Jewish and Muslim artists, musicians and community members will explore the crossroads we face in Chicago’s political scene, as well as the crossroads of ethnicities, cultures and religions that make our city great. They will find connections through historical roots and share how that can lead to building a better future.

Kashmir: History, Context, and Consequences presentation on March 20th

This presentation is part of a series of events by The University of Chicago Kashmir Society, which is raising awareness of this complex issue and seeking solutions for different aspects of this conflict.

Guilty by Activism, The Use of Grand Juries: Punishing Dissent event on March 15th

CAIR-Chicago Litigation Director Kevin Vodak along with fellow community organization representatives will be speaking to the FBI’s use of grand juries in hindering and punishing anti-war activists.

2012 Banquet Wrap Up – Numbers/Photos

On behalf of our chairman, Dr. Mazen Kudaimi, the board of directors, staff, and volunteers, we wish to thank you for making our 8th Annual Banquet a memorable and enjoyable evening!

CAIR-Chicago’s 8th Annual Banquet: A Future Without Bigotry

Among the over 1200 attendees were Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, MPAC spokeswoman Edina Lekovich, author Salahuddin Khan, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha, and Professor John Esposito.

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Communications Coordinators present on media and Islam at DePaul University

On Monday, February 6th, Communications Coordinators Aymen Abdel Halim and Amina Sharif presented a lecture on Islam and the media for a class at DePaul University in Lincoln Park.

Rehab at ICIRR’S “One Nation, One Dream” Immigration Integration Summit

Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago and ICIRR board member, spoke on a panel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights titled, “Framing the debate: Preaching beyond the choir.”

Ahmed Rehab to speak at ICIRR Immigrant Integration Summit – February 4, 2012

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at the ICIRR “One Nation, One Dream” Immigrant Integration Summit at Malcolm X College this Saturday. The 2nd annual summit will feature 18 different workshops ranging from issues such as health care and deportations to politics and citizenship.

Ahmed Rehab to speak at Islamic Center of Naperville – January 27, 2012

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will be speaking at the Islamic Center of Naperville at Ogden on Friday, January 27. He will be discussing Islamophobia, focusing on origins and practical solutions for tackling Islamophobes and anti-Muslim ideologies.

CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator, Amina Sharif to Speak at Lowe’s Townhall – January 15, 2012

Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif will be speaking at a town hall meeting this Sunday at the Orland Park Prayer Center regarding the Lowe’s controversy. All are welcome to attend and share their thoughts.

Carthage College to visit CAIR-Chicago – January 13, 2012

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinators Aymen Abdel Halim and Leena Saleh will be giving a joint presentation discussing the role of women in Islam and the effect media has on the perception of Muslims in America. Attending will be students from Carthage College who are studying the role of women in the literature and arts of the contemporary Middle East.

Calling All Artists for Cafe Finjan 2012

The Jewish Muslim Community Building Initiative is looking for artists for the upcoming Cafe Finjan on Thursday, March 15, 2012. This year’s Cafe Finjan will feature art that explores the theme “New Roots Chicago: Digging our past and branching into our future.” Apply Today!

SAVE THE DATE! Attend CAIR-Chicago’s Annual Banquet – March 3, 2012

Come join us at the CAIR-Chicago Annual Banquet and celebrate another year of success. The banquet will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Sign up now to volunteer at the banquet and earn a free ticket!

ACTION ALERT: Attend Bill of Rights Day Rally at Federal Plaza, Oppose Indefinite Detention – TOMORROW

Come and join other Americans of conscience in opposing the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 which will allow indefinite detentions without a trial. Call on President Obama to veto NDAA 2012 if it contains these unconstitutional provisions.

Golden Door Coalition holds meeting at CAIR-Chicago’s Gallery

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, CAIR-Chicago was honored to host the Golden Door Coalition in the CAIR-Chicago Gallery. Through the joint effort of its many member organizations, Golden Door seeks to promote safety, shelter and new life for those refugees seeking to call Illinois home. CAIR-Chicago applauds their effort, and welcomes the opportunity to provide a comfortable space for them to use.

Amina Sharif Teaches UIC Students Lessons in Public Relations

Amina Sharif, CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator, presented at the University ofIllinois at Chicago (UIC) to the students of the Media and Professional Writing class on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Sharif’s main purpose was to enlighten students on Public Relations and Communications, and their significant role in how social justice works.  She explained that marketing and communications is integral to […]

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka’s Theory of Change – Nov. 22nd, 2011

Reem Rahman, Project and Knowledge Manager of Ashoka Changemakers (Washington, DC), will share Ashoka’s approach toward acting as a catalyst for massive social impact across the globe, including an exclusive demo of her team’s newest open-source, beta platform.

Attend ‘From Arab Spring to American Autumn; What and Why?” at CAIR-Chicago’s Gallery – Nov. 10, 2011

Join us for a community discussion and celebration in honor of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Arab Heritage Month.

Ahmed Rehab to Deliver Khutba at Northwestern University–Nov. 4th, 2011

CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, will deliver the Friday khutba/lecture at Northwestern University’s Islamic prayer service on November 4th.

Amina Sharif to Present at Roosevelt University — Nov. 28th, 2011

CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Director, Amina Sharif will present to Roosevelt University’s class on November 28th, 2011.

Amina Sharif to present on the Anti-Shariah Movement at Chicago-Kent College of Law – Nov. 15th, 2011

Amina Sharif, the Communication Director will be examining the anti-Shariah phenomenon at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s panel on November 15th, 2011.

Ahmed Rehab to Present at Independent Sector’s Annual Conference – Nov. 1st, 2011

Rehab along with other experts will discuss the Arab Spring phenomenon, what’s behind the movement, its international and national implications, and if democracy is now a certainty in the Arab world.

Ahmed Rehab to Deliver Eid Khutbah at Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation – Nov. 6th, 2011

Ahmed Rehab, the Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago will be giving the Khutbah for Eid-Al-Adha at Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation on November 6th, 2011.

Amina Sharif speaking at UIC 11/17/11

Amina Sharif will be speaking to a class at the University of Illinois at Chicago about the important role communications and public relations plays in non-profit activism and the skills required to be an effective social justice leader today.

Amina Sharif speaking at DePaul 11/1/2011

Amina Sharif is speaking with a DePaul University classroom about Middle-Eastern communities in the US. The class, which is taught by Professor Mazen Istanbouli, covers political socialization as well as identity. Sharif presents to the class a brief history of American Muslims.

Join the Muslim Women’s Alliance and CAIR-Chicago for Bonsai Movie Screening and Discussion

Join MWA and CAIR-Chicago for the screening of Bonsai People, a feature length documentary film that explores the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

“Fordson” Screening has Reached Full Capacity

The film “follows a predominately Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle for acceptance in post 9/11 America.“  Watch a  trailer for the movie here: http://fordsonthemovie.com/trailer.php

Join CAIR-Chicago at CIOGC’s Annual CommUnity Dinner – Saturday, Oct. 15

Join us this Saturday in celebrating another year of progress and accomplishment at the Council on Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago’s annual CommUnity Dinner.

CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator to Present at Wheaton College – Oct. 5th, 2011

Communication’s Outreach Coordinator, Gerald Hankerson, of the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), will present to a upper-level Political Science class at Wheaton College on Wednesday, October 5.

Attend Muslim Youth Symposium – THIS WEEKEND!

The Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium of Chicago (MYLS-Chicago) initiative will host its 8th symposium this Saturday, 9/24 at the CAIR-Chicago office from 9 AM to 7 PM. The theme, “Building Our Legacy: Commit to Activism”, draws on the Muslim American community’s outlook moving beyond a decade riffed with fear and uncertainty, and taking a personal and collective responsibility to be proactive and engaged in our society.

Attend ‘The Conference on Islam in America’ – Sept. 23-24

CAIR-Chicago is sponsoring ‘The Conference on Islam in America’, hosted by DePaul University. The event aims to look at Islam in America through different lenses, such as anthropology, sociology, political science as well as historically.

You’re Invited! Gallery Grand Opening – This Thursday

CAIR-Chicago is having an open house this Thursday, September 15th, to mark the grand opening of our Gallery, a new center in downtown Chicago. We encourage you to drop by and take a tour anytime between 12pm-7pm. Come meet the staff, law clerks, and interns and enjoy the Gallery’s beautiful lake view. Food and refreshments will be served.

CAIR-CHICAGO TO HOLD 9/11 PRESS CONFERENCE – TODAY

Today, September 9th, CAIR-Chicago, together with interfaith and community coalition leaders will hold a news conference to reflect on the events on and since 9/11, and offer hope that American’s can move forward 10 years after the attacks.

Ahmed Rehab to Moderate AIC Islam, Democracy & American Muslims Event

On September 17th, AIC and OIC is will host it’s 2nd annual conference, entitled “Islam, Democracy, and American Muslims”. The day will be filled with many panels, addressing topics such as foreign policy and the democratic movement in the Muslim World.

Join CAIR-Chicago in Support of “Fordson” Movie

Join CAIR-Chicago in attending the opening night screening of “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” on Friday, September 9th at 7:15pm. We encourage you to support this inspirational, award winning film!

Gerald Hankerson to participate in 9/11 Primer – The Epoch of the Peacemakers

Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson will participate in an event that will present speakers, spoken word performers, music and art. The event will weave together the history of peacemakers, incorporate readings of works from Thoreau, Tolstoy, Jane Addams, Gandhi, King, Ikeda, and more.

Ahmed Rehab to Speak at American Islamic College Fundraising Dinner – August 19th

“I strongly believe in the mission, vision and leadership of the American Islamic College (AIC). The AIC is a unique institution in the Chicagoland area, and indeed in the United States. It is one of the nation’s first and only Islamic colleges. The college is housed in a historic landmark building in a strategic location minutes from the lake,” writes Ahmed Rehab.

ACTION ALERT: Attend Public Hearing by I.C.E., Take a Stand Against Cruel Deportations

On Wednesday, August 17th, ICE is coming to Chicago to have a public hearing on Secure Communities, the broken deportation program that is catching non-criminals, separating families, and draining law enforcement resources.

Attend “Iftar in the Synagogue”

Attend the annual Iftar at the Synagogue “Diverse Experiences, Common Future”. This event is sponsored by The Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative.

Ramadan Outreach in the Chicagoland Area

As part of CAIR-Chicago’s Ramadan outreach program executive-director, Ahmed Rehab, will be visiting four mosques in the Chicagoland area to discuss the services that CAIR-Chicago provides to the Muslim community.

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab Discusses Egyptian Revolution

CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab, who participated in the Egyptian revolution on the ground in Tahrir Square, is sharing what he learned from the movement in a webinar.

CAIR-Chicago’s “Taste of Ramadan” Returns for the Third Year

The staff and board of CAIR-Chicago would like to invite you to our third annual “Taste of Ramadan” cook-off and Iftar, on August 11th.

Attend the Interfaith Awards Dinner

Attend the Interfaith Awards Dinner honoring Francis Cardinal George, Rabbi Herman Schaalman and Richard Daley.

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab to Speak at ISNA Convention – July 1-4

The ISNA Convention is a meeting place of people and ideas, where American Muslims discuss their role in society, politics, media, activism, and education. The event will feature numerous world renowned scholars and Muslim leaders. CAIR-Chicago’s executive director, Ahmed Rehab, will be presenting on two panels over the weekend. On Saturday, Rehab will be presenting to youth groups on the importance of staying abreast of current events and contributing to society, and on Sunday he will discuss how social media is making a difference within the realm of activism, media outreach and pluralism.

Attend Nation’s Largest Rally in Solidarity with the Syrian People – SUNDAY, JULY 3

This Sunday join thousands in downtown Chicago to rally in support of the Syrian people’s struggle for democracy and freedom.

Since demonstrations in Syria began in March, it is estimated that nearly 1,500 people have been killed, 2,000 wounded, 20,000 imprisoned, and close to 1,000 forced disappearances.

Attend the Annual CAMP Dinner!

Come support the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP) at their annual dinner on Sunday, July 3rd.

Christina Abraham to speak at Syria Rally – TOMORROW!

Syria is witnessing the atrocities and the massacre of innocent civilians committed by the forces of the dictator. Human rights are being violated. Many Syrian cities are under constant attacks. Many have been killed. Help bring freedom to Syria.

Then They Came for Me: Meet with Victims of Civil Liberty Violations

The FBI carried out a series of raids of homes of activists, and the Justice Department subpoenaed them to appear before a grand jury. Come hear from those who have been directly affected and from the Chicago civil liberties community, which has been mobilizing to bring to light the realities of grand jury proceedings and the right to freedom of speech.

CAIR-Chicago Sponsoring FREE Screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville”

CAIR-Chicago is co-sponsoring a free screening of the movie “Welcome to Shelbyville”. Set on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election, the film captures the interaction between Shelbyville’s old and new residents as they search for a way to live together during that tumultuous, history-changing year.

Ahmed Rehab to Speak at DePaul on “New Age Revolution: Information Technology and Democratization” – 5/13/2011

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will speak at DePaul University this Friday to share his experience participating in the Egyptian revolution. He will also discuss what factors led to masses revolting after decades of dormancy and apathy and the role of information technology.

Ahmed Rehab To Speak At ICIRR Democracy Luncheon May 12th 2011

Join CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab at a luncheon as he gives a first hand recollection of his experience in Egypt

Ahmed Rehab to Speak at Northwestern University’s McSA Spring Family Luncheon – May 7th, 2011

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab will keynote the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Students Association luncheon for parents and alumni this Saturday.

Amina Sharif and Kevin Vodak participate in “Not in My Backyard”

On April 23rd, Staff Attorney Kevin Vodak, and Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif participated in a summit about the zoning process for mosques in Illinois.

Ahmed Rehab Keynotes Syrian American Medical Society Event

CAIR-Chicago executive director Ahmed Rehab was the keynote speaker at the Syrian American Medical Society event on April 24th.

Action Alert: Rally for Fair Legislation for New Americans – SATURDAY

Join CAIR-Chicago and other organizations as we participate in the New Americans Rally on Saturday, April 30th. This is an event that is taking place statewide and a part of the “One Nation, One Dream” Agenda.

CAIR-Chicago Reps to Speak at Zoning Conference – April 23, 2011

Join CIOGC, ISPU, Muslim Bar Association and CAIR-Chicago on Saturday, April 23 for the first of its kind — Zoning Summit — to hear from experts who will share with us all in one forum strategies on how to successfully manage opposition to masjid applications

CAIR-Chicago Co-sponsoring Screening of the Movie “Bhutto”

On April 16th CAIR-Chicago is sponsoring a Chicago Community Cinema screening of the movie Bhutto at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab to speak at Governors State University

Ahmed Rehab will join four professors for a panel discussion at Governors State University March 22nd, 2011. Hosted by the Governors State University Honors Program, the discussion is titled, “Community Teach-in: Changes and Directions in the Middle East.” The panelists will explore the causes and impact of recent political developments in the region.

Muslim and Jewish Artists to Perform, Explore “Crossroads” – TOMORROW

Jewish and Muslim artists, musicians and community members will explore the crossroads we face in Chicago’s political scene, as well as the crossroads of ethnicities, cultures and religions that make our city great at the next “Café Finjan” event.

WLFI CBS Indiana: Egyptian activist to speak at Purdue

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, a regular contributor to some of the nation’s largest news publications is, coming to Purdue University to talk about the Egyptian Revolution.

Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif to Speak at Lake Forest College – 3/17/11

CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif will be speaking at the Lake Forest College Islamic Awareness Week (IAW) on March 17th.

Amina Sharif as Featured Speaker at MCC of Greater Rockford 3/5/11

Amina Sharif is a featured speaker at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Rockford. She will have a presentation on the Mosque’s annual Muslim Women Day.

ACTION ALERT: Attend Rally to Support People of Libya 2/26/11

Join us to support the people of Libya against a dictatorship. We stand by the peaceful protests in Libya as they struggle for freedom and democracy.

Calling Muslim & Jewish Artists! Cafe Finjan 2011 Coming Soon

Are you a Muslim or Jewish artist who believes in the transformative power of art? Showcase your talent at Café Finjan 2011! The theme of this year’s Café Finjan is “Chicago Crossroads,” emphasizing the crossroads we face in the city’s political scene, as well as the crossroads of ethnicities, cultures and religions that make our city great.

Amina Sharif To Speak At DePaul University Class 2/23/11

Amina Sharif is speaking with a DePaul University classroom about Middle-Eastern communities in the US. Sharif presents to the class a brief history of American Muslims.

RSVP Online For CAIR-Chicago’s Annual Banquet – TODAY!

Reserve your tickets online, fast and secure, and save 25% from door ticket price WHAT: CAIR-Chicago’s 7th Annual Banquet, Beyond the Comfort Zone: Crossing the Divide WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2011 WHERE: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 55 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018 WANT A FREE TICKET?   Then Become A Volunteer! All volunteers will […]

Rally In Support For Right To Peaceful Protest 2/12/11

The Egyptian-Americans for Democracy, the Egyptian American Society, and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights are joining together as part of a Global Day of Action (being planned by Amnesty sections around the world in conjunction with other partner organizations).