Tagged ‘Muslims’

Gerald Hankerson Speaks at Oakton Community College

Gerald Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, spoke at Oakton Community College on November 18th at the Muslim Student Association’s (MSA) Annual Eid Al-Adha Dinner. Hankerson discussed the effects of the media on Islam and Muslims in America.

Noor Salahuddin Discusses the Republican Presidential Candidates’ Political Positions

Communications Intern, Noor Salahuddin discusses the Republican presidential candidates’ political positions.

New America Media: Is New Reality Series ‘Cosby Show’ for Muslims?

Amina Sharif, communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) office in Chicago, said she is hopeful for the new series, because it will offer “a more mainstream image of American Muslims. They are often stereotyped and misunderstood because of negative portrayals in media and pop culture. [This program] is normalizing Muslims,” said Sharif. “That’s the way [of] American culture – we needed ‘The Cosby Show’ to help normalize African American families. In this society public opinion is shaped mainly by media and pop culture,” she said.

WLS Radio 890AM: TSA officer fired over anti-Muslim Facebook posts

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director commended the TSA for Egan’s firing. “We made it clear that Egan’s discourse was as much an embarrassment to the agency and the values it stands for, as it was an affront against Muslims and other minorities,” Rehab said in a statement.

Huffington Post: Roy Egan, Former O’Hare TSA Agent, Fired Over Repeated Anti-Muslim, Racist Facebook Remarks

Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director commended the TSA for Egan’s firing. “We made it clear that Egan’s discourse was as much an embarrassment to the agency and the values it stands for, as it was an affront against Muslims and other minorities,” Rehab said in a statement.

Fox News: O’Hare TSA Employee Fired Over Racist, Homophobic, Anti-Muslim Facebook Posts

“The TSA works hard everyday to keep Americans safe,” Amina Sharif, TSA communications coordinator said in the release. “When such egregious behavior is flagged on the part of one of their agents, it breeds confidence in us as passengers that it is dealt with as swiftly and as seriously as it was in the case of Roy Egan.”

The New York Times: Congressman’s Remarks Stir the Blogosphere

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.

Le Nouvel Observateur: Les musulmans, des Américains plus comme les autres

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.

WDCB News: Area Islamic Group Also Remembers 9/11

For Muslim Americans… Sunday wasn’t just the anniversary of a terrorist attack on their country. It was also the anniversary of the day public opinion of the community changed. The Council of American-Islamic Relations in Chicago wants to erase the link between the Muslim faith and the terrorist attacks. CAIR-Chicago’s Amina Sharif spoke with WDCB News reporter Brian O’Keefe.

Today: Interfaith action can make a change

With the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, the United States has been concerned about its image and its relations with the Muslim world.

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