Council On American-Islamic Relations - Chicago Chapter - Online Center   About Islam | About Us | Contact Us
 
Visit The Mobilizer Blog to read up on CAIR Chicago's Mobilizing and Organizing work Sunday, September 21, 2014
Home
Our News
Making The News
News Briefs
Action Alerts
Press Center
Events/Workshops
Media Monitor
The Scoop
Intern Center
Volunteer Center
Career Center
Resource Center
Report An Incident
Media Response
Request A Speaker
Make A Donation
Join CAIR
Our Partners
Newsletter
Contact us






 






CAIR-Chicago Resolved Complaint against Billboard Company Refusing to Display Ad for Muslims
February 14, 2006

CAIR-Chicago’s Civil Rights Department resolved a complaint filed by Muslim Women’s Outreach. The Muslim non-profit organization wanted to advertise and event entitled “Why Preachers and Priests are Converting to Islam” by purchasing a billboard owned and operated by a local advertising agency.

The advertising agency worked with the group to develop the ad, but later refused to display the billboard after its regional manager refused to post it. The manager told the group that he was not comfortable with the ad. The group offered to take out the advertisement of the event and instead advertise their organization’s website, in hopes that people would visit their site and get more information on the event and their organization in general. The manager refused. When the group tried to meet with the manager to discuss the issue with him, he declined to meet with them. The regional manager’s secretary told members of the group that he “has no intention of ever meeting with you.”

CAIR-Chicago contacted the regional manager on behalf of the Muslim non-profit organization and began negotiations for a resolution between the two groups. The dispute was successfully resolved after CAIR-Chicago facilitated a settlement agreement and a meeting to address the concerns of the Muslim group with the advertising agency’s regional manager.



copyright © 2006, cairchicago.org