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CAIR-Chicago to Receive Delegation of Government & Community Leaders from the Philippines


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

Abdulwahid Alie Inju
Madaris Teacher; Provincial Mufti; Division Madaris Coordinator

Jurma Aming Tikmasan, Professor
MSU Tawi-Tawi; NGO worker and exec. Director, Tarbilang Foundation

Fatmawati Tulawie Salapuddin
NGO worker; Bangsamoro Women Solidarity Forum

Bainon Guiabar Karon
NGO worker; head, President, Federation of United Mindanawan Bangsamoro Women's Cooperative

Zainudin Salazar Malang
Lawyer; Director, Bangsamoro Center for Law and Policy

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