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.
CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab spoke on an interfaith panel at St. Michael Parish church in Orland Park on September 18th. The event, entitled “Extremism and Violence in the Name of Religion,” featured Christian, Muslim, and Jewish speakers.
CAIR-Chicago sponsored the eighth session of the Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) this past Saturday, September 24th. Over 50 youth participants attended and listened to presentations by five local Muslim leaders and professionals. The symposium highlighted topics related to self-identity, media effects, activism and leadership.
Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the Internet and cable TV. Mr. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the way he surfaced at a conference held by the American Islamic College. It was a quick in-and-out, with remarks to perhaps 100 attendees about the strengths of American pluralism, the sort he makes to many groups.
CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly discuss Congressmen Mike Quigley’s apology for Islamophobia in the U.S. as O’Reilly goes on to deny that Muslim Americans face discrimination. Rehab provides several statistics and examples that prove O’Reilly is blatantly wrong.
“For Amina Sharif, communication director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the mainstream interest in Islam and Muslims began after September 11, but the negative feelings were always there.
“For Sharif much of the blame lies with the media and popular culture in the US, which she says is often “orientalist and slanted” in its depiction of Muslims and Islam.”
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.
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Ahmed Rehab appeared on The John Williams Show on CBS Minnesota to discuss Muslim relations both before and after the events out of 9/11.
Quand elle vient parler de l’islam dans les écoles, Amal Ali commence toujours par cette même question : “Qu’est-ce qui vous vient à l’esprit lorsque vous entendez le mot ‘musulman’?” La réponse, toujours la même : “terroriste”, a lancé ce jour-là un petit garçon de 10 ans. C’était il y a quelques semaines au collège Colin Powell, dans la grande banlieue de Chicago. “Qui partage cette opinion ?”, a-t-elle alors demandé aux quelque 600 enfants dans l’auditorium. La plupart des doigts se sont levés. “Il y avait pourtant plusieurs élèves musulmans dans l’assistance, mais le seul qu’ils pensent connaître, c’est Oussama Ben Laden”, soupire Amal Ali.