CAIR-Chicago to Receive Delegation of Government & Community Leaders from the Philippines
May 11, 2006
On June 8th, CAIR-Chicago will receive at its downtown office 13 government officials and community/NGO leaders from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in southern Philippines (ARMM). The delegation wishes to explore Muslim American activism and to learn about the issues pertinent to the Muslim American community.
"It is important that Muslim Americans have an open channel of communication with Muslim activists from around the world. We have certain areas of expertise to share and a lot to learn from the experience of others," said Dina Rehab, CAIR-Chicago Outreach Coordinator. "Educating each other about the unique concerns and developments in our particular regions offers diverse standards against which we can reassess our own activism. That is particularly true between American and European Muslim activists, but also true between American and African / Asian Muslim activists as well."
The Filipino Delegation will include the Following Leaders and Activists:
Suharto Mastura Ambolodto Lawyer; Director, Caucus on Muslim Mindanao Affairs
Romeo Pedrola Villanueva Priest; Notre Dame of Jolo College and Peace Center
Nazarollah Randa Macalandong University administrator; Chancellor, Mindanao State University, Maguindanao
Rajam Mutamad Akbar Regional Assemblywoman/legislator, ARMM
Fatima Pepe Kanakan Government official; Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Office of the Regional Governor, ARMM
Khanappi Kam Ayao Madaris Teacher; Provincial Mufti; Division Madaris Coordinator
Baicon Bani Cayongcat NGO worker and university administrator; Convener, Mother for Peace Movement; Executive Assistant on Student Affairs, Office of the President, MSU-Marawi
Abdullah Pulido Salik Jr. Local government official; Municipal vice mayor