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CAIR-Chicago is seeking two Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellows for the Summer of 2015. Apply today!

CAIR-Chicago seeking PILI fellowship applicants

CAIR-Chicago is seeking two Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellows for the Summer of 2015. Apply today!
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 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.
CAIR-Chiacgo's Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed on how Muslim communities face Islamophobic backlash for the actions of the extremist group the "Islamic State."

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “Worldview”

CAIR-Chiacgo's Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed on how Muslim communities face Islamophobic backlash for the actions of the extremist group the "Islamic State."
"This feature-length documentary film is a first-person narrative of growing up Arab in a neighborhood embroiled in one of the largest domestic counter-terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S."

Local Film Turns Camera On Surveillance

"This feature-length documentary film is a first-person narrative of growing up Arab in a neighborhood embroiled in one of the largest domestic counter-terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S."
"ISIS in Chicago", is not only sensational but inaccurate and misleading.

Letter to the Sun-Times Re: ISIS in Chicago

"ISIS in Chicago", is not only sensational but inaccurate and misleading.
Know Your Rights, Youth Workshops, Hate Crimes, and Media Assistance!

COMMUNITY ALERT: Know Your Rights, Youth Workshops, Hate Crimes, and Media Assistance

Know Your Rights, Youth Workshops, Hate Crimes, and Media Assistance!
CAIR-Chicago is seeking a Graphic Designer to start in Early to Mid October. Apply today!

JOB OPENING: CAIR-Chicago seeking Part Time Graphic Designer

CAIR-Chicago is seeking a Graphic Designer to start in Early to Mid October. Apply today!
Join CAIR-Chicago tomorrow at the Mosque Foundation for Your Voice, Your Vote - National Voter Registration Day!

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!

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “The Afternoon Shift” with Niala Boodhoo

CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director speaks on American foreign policy, civil liberties, and national security.

Ahmed Rehab Interviewed on WBEZ’s “The Morning Shift” with Tony Sarabia on American-Muslims

CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, was interviewed today on WBEZ. He discussed the perception of Islam in America post 9/11.

CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator to Speak at University of Illinois

Gerlad Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago's Outreach Coordinator will join CAIR-UIUC for their first general body meeting

ACTION ALERT: Speak Up For Freedom of Speech Rights for University of Illinois Professor

URGENT: WRITE TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS BEFORE THURSDAY TO DEMAND REINSTATEMENT OF PROFESSOR STEVEN SALAITA
Looking to get experience as a civil rights lawyer? Come help us out at CAIR-Chicago.

Civil Rights Law Clerks Needed

Looking to get experience as a civil rights lawyer? Come help us out at CAIR-Chicago.
Earn extra money while helping administer fair and equal voting!

Action Alert: Are You An Undergrad or Grad Student? Be An Election Judge!

Earn extra money while helping administer fair and equal voting!
Join CAIR-Chicago Saturday, August 30th for the Chairman Fred Hampton Annual Street Party.

JOIN CAIR-Chicago at the Annual Chairman Fred Street Party

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

Join us this Fall and Winter as a Communications, Outreach, or Government Affairs Intern!

CAIR-Chicago is currently seeking Communications, Outreach, and Government Affairs interns who want to work on defending the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, and the civil rights of all Americans.
Saying goodbye and hello to a new Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago. We also welcome our new MYLS fellow!

Goodbye and Hello

Saying goodbye and hello to a new Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago. We also welcome our new MYLS fellow!

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

Join CAIR-Chicago on Monday, August 25th for a moment of silence in solidarity with Justice for Mike Brown.

CAIR-Chicago’s summer intern graduates! [PHOTOS]

Yesterday, interns and law clerks attended a ceremony where their work was personally commended. Following an office-wide luncheon, supervisors gathered to present law clerks and interns with certificates of appreciation.

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.

ACTION ALERT: Online Action for Rasmea Odeh

Find out how you can help support Rasmea Odeh!

Welcoming Ramadan 2014 with The Dialogue Initiative

For the upcoming month of Ramadan, CAIR-Chicago Communications interns will launch a new short series entitled, A Dialogue Initiative.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Rizza Cadillac to pay $100K in discrimination case

Tinley Park car dealership Rizza Buick GMC Cadillac, Inc. must pay $100,000 to resolve a religious discrimination lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced.

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.

CAIR-Chicago Welcomes EEOC Decree on Muslim Worker Discrimination Claims

Three Muslim employees alleged hostile work environment, unjust firing from Tinley Park Cadillac dealership

Meet our Summer 2014 Interns, Law Clerks and Volunteer Activists!

On May 28, 2014, CAIR-Chicago welcomed 23 new law clerks, interns, externs and volunteer activists at its orientation, held at the downtown Chicago office.

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 Fight for 15’s Rally in Oak Brook

CAIR-Chicago outreach coordinator, Gerald Hankerson and Government Affair intern, Shivani Chokshi attended the Fight for 15 rally in the corporate headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, IL on May 21, 2014.

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.

CAIR-Chicago remembers Dr. Maya Angelou

Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

VIDEO: Ahmed Rehab on ABC7 Windy City Live

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director joined a panel of religious leaders on ABC7's Windy City Live. The leaders included a Jewish Rabbi, Catholic priest, and Christian pastor and they discussed various issues such as women's roles, youth involvement, and core faith beliefs.

CAIR-Chicago Supports Appeal of Jewish School Denied Zoning Relief

On May 6, 2014, CAIR-Chicago filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of an appeal filed by the Joan Dachs Yaakov Elementary School – Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi (“Joan Dachs”), based on the City of Evanston’s refusal to allow the school to re-develop vacant land for its religious and educational plans.

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 centrally located downtown office.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Morton Grove man pleads guilty to shooting at mosque

David Conrad, 51, was accused of firing a high-velocity air rifle at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove. About 500 people were inside the building in prayer sessions observing Ramadan. (Morton Grove Police Department / August 13, 2012)

PHOTOS: DePaul Student Coalition Walks out on Islamophobe Allen West

Former Congressman Allen West (R-FL) was invited by the student group, American Students for Freedom- which is associated with the Young America’s Foundation, to speak on the topic of Foreign Policy: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict at DePaul University in Chicago on April 21

URDU TIMES: CAIR-Chicago Issues statement on Kansas Shooting

“Whether Sikhs, Muslims, Jews or anyone, such attacks must be seen as against us all, rather than just the targeted group. Hate hurts us all and we can only weed it out as one front,” said Ahmed Rehab.

[VIDEO] ABC7: CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan on IRS Scam Targeting Immigrants

CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan and client Samah Azeez discuss criminals posing as police, IRS agents in tax scam targeting immigrants in Chicago.

CAIR-Chicago Reaches out to Congress on Behalf of Muslims

CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator Gerald Hankerson and Deputy Director, Sufyan Sohel participated in CAIR’s 8th annual “Advocacy Days on Captiol Hill” in D.C. in an effort to make the community’s issues be heard by the Congress.

Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) Roundup

The full-day symposium, themed “Community Dialogue & Activism in the Age of Social Media”, welcomed a select group of about 20 Muslim American junior high and high school students from across Chicagoland.

CAIR-Chicago reponds to Megyn Kelly on FOX NEWS on “Honor Diaries” Screenings

CAIR-Chicago Senior Communications Coordinator Agnieszka Karoluk appeared on FOX news': The Kelly File to discuss the funding behind "Honor Diaries"

PRESS RELEASE: CAIR-Chicago Seeks FBI Probe of Shot Fired at Illinois Mosque

The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) is calling for an FBI hate crime investigation after a bullet was reportedly fired early this morning at the dome of the Prayer Center of Orland Park (OPPC) in Orland Park, Il.

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

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 Releases 2013 Annual Report

Click here to view the full 2013 Annual Report in pdf format!

CAIR-CHICAGO IS PROUD TO PRESENT ITS 2014 FILM: “FORWARD”

We took a very different angle for the film this year that broke rank with the conventional organizational documentary format. It was a huge hit with the crowds

CAIR-Chicago 10th Annual Gala Round-up [photos]

Thank you for making our 10th Anniversary Gala a memorable and enjoyable evening with over 1,000 guests! The feedback has been positive with some suggesting that this was one of the most pleasant banquets yet.

CAIR-Chicago Joins The Illinois Coalition to Protect Academic Freedom and Free Speech

"Chicago unequivocally opposes this proposal as it seeks to penalize Constitutional rights of free expression and assembly; the very foundation of what we expect from our educational institutions."

CAIR-Chicago launches 2014 Primary Election Voter Guide! Primary Elections on Tuesday!

The CAIR-Chicago Voter Education Guide for the General Primary Elections is designed to make voting easier for you by informing you of your choices and the backgrounds of candidates.

PHOTOS: CAIR-Chicago Participates in CIOGC Press Conference for Syrian Children Awareness Day

On Friday, March 14, 2014 CAIR-Chicago attended the Chicago Muslims, interfaith leaders urge prayer and fasting for Syria's children press conference.
ACTION ALERT: Stop Illinois Bill to Restrict Free Speech

Announcing speaker star lineup!

CAIR-Chicago is excited to present a star-studded lineup for this year's 10th Anniversary Gala!

RSVP to CAIR-Chicago’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Our 10th Annual Banquet is set to take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.

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

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

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16: 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.

CAIR-Chicago attends DePaul UMMA Fast-A-Thon

DePaul University's United Muslims Moving Ahead (UMMA) hosted their annual Fast-A-Thon on Friday, February 7th as participants raised money for community organization Bridging the Gap.

GetCovered Event this Saturday!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8: Join CAIR-Chicago, Arab American Family Services and American Muslim Health Professionals to enroll in health insurance!

Community Update: American Islamic Center’s Lawsuit Against Des Plaines Proceeding

American Islamic Center’s zoning relief case against Des Plaines continues to be prosecuted in court.

CAIR-Chicago Welcomes New Pentagon Policy on Religious Accommodation

The Pentagon has eased rules that have made it difficult for some service members to wear religious clothing or beards required by their faith.

RSVP to CAIR-Chicago’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Our 10th Annual Banquet is set to take place on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.

Thanks for making the open house a success! [VIDEO]

Friday, November 15th saw CAIR-Chicago open its doors to visitors interested in the work of the organization.

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.

Join us as an intern for the Winter-Spring session!

CAIR-Chicago is currently seeking Communications, Outreach, and Government Affairs interns who want to work on defending the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, and the civil rights of all Americans.

Youth Development Fellowship application deadline extended!

CAIR-Chicago is seeking a part-time Youth Development Fellow. Extended application deadline: 8pm CST on December 1st.

Chicago Jewish Activist: Why We Work With Our Local CAIR Chapter in Chicago

Asaf Bar-Tura from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs communicates the importance of the long-standing partnership between his organization and CAIR-Chicago.

CAIR-Chicago seeking PILI fellowship applicants

CAIR-Chicago is seeking two Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) fellows for the Summer of 2014. Apply today!

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.

Covert government program creates barriers for Muslim immigrants

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

Citizenship delay project boasts three new citizens

CAIR-Chicago's Civil Rights Department recently helped resolve citizenship delay cases for three individuals.

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).

Arab Muslim employees face discrimination at local car dealership

The EEOC filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, September 18, charging a Tinley Park car dealership with harassment of three Arab Muslim employees. CAIR-Chicago will be filing further claims of discrimination on behalf of these employees later this week.

CAIR-Chicago welcomes a new staff member!

Meet the newest member of the CAIR-Chicago team!

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!

Good News Alert: Illinois Police Departments Cancel Events with Anti-Muslim Trainer

Law enforcement trainings with anti-Muslim bigot Sam Kharoba scheduled for next week in Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park have been cancelled, thanks to the efforts of coalition partners, community activists and Village officials.

CAIR-Chicago asks local police to drop anti-Muslim trainings

CAIR-Chicago calls on local police departments in Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park to cancel scheduled upcoming trainings by prominent anti-Muslim bigot Sam Kharoba.

Reza Aslan, Fox News and the status Islamophobia in the media

Fox News' recent interview with Reza Aslan caused waves in the internet world as outwardly Islamophobic. Communications Intern Shaiesha Moore explores the more subtle forms of Islamophobia present in the media that often go unnoticed.

CAIR-Chicago Legal Team’s recent successes

The Civil Rights Department at CAIR-Chicago has resolved more than 120 citizenship delay cases as well as cases involving employment discrimination. Read more about the Legal team's successes.

CAIR-Chicago honors legacy of Helen Thomas

As a proponent of the American democratic system, CAIR-Chicago is grateful to Helen Thomas for her 70 years of service to the American public.

Thanks for making the Taste of Ramadan a success!

CAIR-Chicago would like to personally thank all those who attended the 5th annual Taste of Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak from CAIR-Chicago!

CAIR-Chicago staff members, interns and volunteers are excited for Ramadan and wish you a peaceful month!

This Ramadan, donate to The Prison Project!

This Ramadan make a difference in the lives of new Muslims. Donate to CAIR-Chicago's Prison Project.

Executive Director Ahmed Rehab receives award from Community Builders Chicago

On May 26, 2013, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab received an award from Community Builders Chicago, recognizing him for founding the MyJihad campaign.

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.

Urge Senate leaders to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

CAIR-Chicago asks its supporters to stand up for Comprehensive Immigration Reform! Urge your representatives to take a stand!

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.

2013: 56 public officials endorse our work!

This year, 56 public officials showed their support by sending letters of commendation. Show yours by coming to CAIR-Chicago's 9th Annual Banquet on Saturday, May 4th!

CAIR-Chicago opens new downtown center! [VIDEO]

We are proud to announce the opening of CAIR-Chicago’s brand new activism center in the heart of downtown Chicago, located at 17 N. State.

PRESS RELEASE: #MyJihad ad campaign launches in Washington D.C.

Ads for the #MyJihad Campaign, sponsored by CAIR-Chicago, launched today in Washington D.C. and are appearing at the Shaw, Waterfront, Rockville, and Dunn Loring train stations.
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