CAIR-Chicago Announces New Online Volunteer Activist Center!
We are pleased to announce the completion of our volunteer online center. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the center and what it has to offer.
What makes volunteering with CAIR-Chicago interesting? Our volunteer program does not simply enlist random individuals to handle random tasks. A well-organized system is in place that takes into account the skill-set of the volunteer, their preferred area of work, and their availibility; it then matches them with the best fit program available. This way we ensure maximum effectiveness of the work while ensuring that the work is enjoyable for our volunteers.
Ours is a case of organized community activism. As such, our volunteers are not thought of as simply volunteers, but full-fledged community activists, hence the title of Volunteer Activist (VA) that CAIR-Chicago has opted to use in labelling this crucial segment of CAIR-Chicago's team.
Drawing inspiration from our legacies
Volunteering is a cornerstone of our Islamic legacy. The Holy Qur'an 93:11 states, "And by the Bounty of your lord - Proclaim". This is a direct order instructing us to share whatever blessings God has showered upon us. This does not simply constitute wealth, but also one's time, talents, skills, and expertise. Volunteering time, talent, and expertise was indeed instrumental in establishing the first Muslim community in the days of the Prophet (Pbuh). CAIR-Chicago is keen to adopt this social model of our forefathers as one bearing the true Islamic spirit of how to bring about positive change.
Drawing from our American legacy, president John F. Kennedy famously said, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". Becoming a more politically mature, well-integrated, though uniquely Muslim community is good for our country. Fighting prejudices and bias whether levelled against us or against others will better the quality of life in America. And making America a better country fulfills the core of our Islamic message which instructs us to "enjoin goodness" wherever we may be.
Volunteering is therefore the epitome of good Muslim and American citizenship. Please join our team today, and start making a personal difference in causes that matter to you and your family & friends.
Project O 'Marathon Day'
As part of our political empowerment endeavor
called Project O, Fadi
Farhan, Director of Governmental Relations and
Dina Rehab, Outreach
Coordinator, held CAIR-Chicago's first Marathon
Day at the Downtown
Islamic Center (231 S. State Street, Chicago IL
60604) on May 13. The
Marathon Day was a milestone of Project O.
CAIR-Chicago would like
to thank all of the volunteers who took time
out to help us with this
important project. With the help of these
dedicated individuals, we
managed to designate all the registered
American Muslim voters of the
entire 8th Congressional District for entry
into our databases in less
than one day!
Women's Rights in Islam
CAIR-Chicago's Outreach Coordinator, Dina
Rehab, gave a presentation on
Women's Rights in Islam as part of a Women's
Studies class at the
Institute for Learning in Retirement at
Northwestern University. The
class is composed of retired
professional women. The session
took on a discussion format where students had
a chance to openly address
any questions they had about women and Islam.
Some of the topics discussed
included female Islamic dress, gender equality,
polygamy, the right to
education, and the right to own property. A
distinction between cultural
and religious practices was emphasized by the speaker.
Civil Rights Update 5/4/05:
The following incidents were reported to CAIR-Chicago within the past two weeks:
- A Muslim male was approached by the FBI for a “voluntary” interview. CAIR-Chicago will represent him in the “voluntary” interview.
- A Muslim woman was hired and worked for a week without difficulty at a financial services firm. The employer required her to bring in her passport for identification, not allowing for any other form of identification (which will suffice legally if accompanied with her SS Card). Upon their discovery that her nation of origin was Iran, they began to treat her disrespectfully. Two days later another individual was hired and she was terminated without being given a reason.
- Due to a severely inaccurate article published on an online magazine, a Muslim university professor has been receiving hate mail and threatening phone calls. CAIR-Chicago has contacted the FBI regarding the situation; it is currently being investigated.
- A Muslim inmate detained in an Indiana Federal Prison was denied copies of the Quran and not allowed to have Jumua’a (Friday) prayer services by prison personnel.
- A Muslim male’s business was misleadingly portrayed by a local Indianapolis news station as having funneled money to terrorist organizations during a feature on the evening news.
- CAIR-Chicago has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on behalf of a Muslim male who was detained in a Federal Correctional Institution regarding an incident in which the male was punished for praying on Eid (major Muslim Holiday).
- CAIR-Chicago attended a meeting between a Muslim woman and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The woman was discriminated against for her Iranian nationality at a financial services firm; a complaint was filed against the firm.
- A 13 year old Muslim junior high school student was repeatedly harassed and physically assaulted by two students since his transfer to the school in January. The school’s administration has asked CAIR-Chicago to conduct sensitivity training sessions for faculty/staff and students in the district as a result of the incident.
- After praying in an empty classroom, a female student of a community college was verbally attacked by another student. The student made vulgar comments to the woman regarding her daughter, her faith, and her person, making comments such as “you don’t have a religion”. The female student became physically and emotionally agitated because of the comments.
CAIR-Chicago met with the college’s administrators to ensure that the offender was dealt with appropriately and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The offending student was required to receive anger management counseling as well as a disciplinary warning. In addition, the college administration will receive sensitivity training sessions for faculty/staff, and will work with CAIR-Chicago on diversity programs geared towards students at the college, as well as special “know your rights” sessions for Middle Eastern, Asian, and Muslim students.
Action Alert Update: Religious Discrimination at Standardized Testing Centers:
As part of a class action law suit, CAIR-Chicago is asking for anyone who has experienced any form of religious discrimination at a testing center to please contact us at email@example.com. An example of a possible form of religious discrimination includes requiring or requesting the removal of a headscarf for searches, or discriminatory remarks made by employees about Muslims or Islam.
Below are the facts of the case of the class action law suit:
A Muslim student was asked to remove her headscarf on two separate occasions at a testing center before she began a standardized test required for graduate school. The supervisor and employees of the testing center refused to show her a written copy of the policy requiring Muslim women wearing a headscarf to be searched. A witness at the testing center also observed the employees making discriminatory remarks about Muslims while the victim was taking the test.
Please let us know if you or someone you know have experienced a similar incident and would like to take action to prevent such forms of religious discrimination at standardized testing centers in the future.
Action Alert Upate: Religious Discrimination Delays Citizenship Process
CAIR-Chicago has received reports from five individuals in the last two weeks that have experienced a delay in their citizenship status due to an ongoing background check.
As a joint effort with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), CAIR-Chicago is asking individuals who passed a citizenship examination and have been waiting for over 90 days, or have been waiting for a Green Card for permanent residence for over 90 days to contact us at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
CAIR-Chicago presents... Hate Crimes: Define and Act
June 12, 2005
Muslim Community Center, (Community Hall)
4380 N Elston Ave., Chicago
Sunday, June 12th (2-4 pm)
Expert Speakers will address:
What is a hate crime?
How do I know if I am a victim of a hate crime?
What do I do if I am exposed to a hate crime?
Christina Abraham (CAIR-Chicago)
Jacob Overton (FBI)
Diana Lin (Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
Chicago Police Department
Co-sponsored by MCC
June 12, 2005
CAIR-Chicago will take part in the Foundation
Fair at the Islamic Foundation. The Foundation
Fair is an afternoon bazaar
of booths filled with everything from
international cuisine of the Middle
East, Persia, and South Asia to booths
containing ethnic clothing and
jewelry. Come visit our booth and learn more
about our activities and how
you can get involved.
June 12 (12pm - 6pm)
The Islamic Foundation (300 W. Highridge
Road, Villa Park, IL. 60181).
Muslims Care Initiative
June 19, 2005
CAIR-Chicago is taking part in a summer-long
campaign initiated by
CAIR-National to promote community service in
the Muslim community. A
theme is selected for each month (June-August).
June: Health Awareness Month
July: Help the Needy
August: For Our Youth
CAIR is currently coordinating a June blood
drive with several
Chicagoland Muslim organizations:
On a typical day, 1500 blood donors are
needed to meet patient's needs
in the Chicagoland area. Blood is needed to
save the lives of people
undergoing surgery for trauma or heart disease;
for persons suffering
from bleeding disorders; for patients with
severe burns; and for patients
undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. If every
eligible donor would
give-the-gift-of-life only 2 times annually,
there would never be a blood
shortage in Chicagoland. Each unit of blood
donated potentially saves
three lives. If you are a person over the age
of 18, weigh more than
100 lbs, have not donated in the past 2 months,
have no significant heath
problems, and have not traveled to Asia or
Africa within the last 12
months, you can donate.
Come donate blood during June (Health Awareness
Muslim Community Center
4380 N. Elston Ave. Chicago IL 60641
Call (773) 775-9047 to volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 19, 2005 (9 AM -1 PM)
The June Blood Drive is co-sponsored by the
Health Awareness Committee of
MCC (www.mccchicago.org) and the Compassionate
Care Network (CCN)
Blood Drives to be held at the Islamic Society
of Northwest Suburbs, Downtown Islamic Center and
Mosque Foundation. Stay tuned for more detailed
information! If your mosque or
community center is interested in hosting a
blood drive, please contact
Dina Rehab, CAIR-Chicago's Outreach
email@example.com or 312-212-1520.
Check our website and newsletter regularly for
future MUSLIMS CARE summer
CAIR Offers Free Copies of the Holy Quran to the American Public
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is proud to announce a new campaign intended to promote understanding of the Quran by distributing complimentary copies to any interested member of the American public. This campaign, titled Explore the Qur’an, serves as a response to those who would defame and desecrate the holy book of Muslims without full knowledge of its teachings. Visit Site
IT Talent Wanted
If you have strong HTML skills, good graphics skills, and are interested in web development, please contact us at 312 212 1520 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify if you are interested in volunteering (2-10 hours) or interning (10-20 hours).
Journalism Talent Wanted
If you are a journalism student or someone who is interested in covering news, commenting on issues, or interviewing people, then please contact us at 312 212 1520 or email us at email@example.com. CAIR-Chicago can provide you with a heavily-visited forum through which you can share your work. Please specify if you are interested in volunteering (2-10 hours) or interning (10-20 hours).
Help Wanted: Operations Coordinator
CAIR-Chicago has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Operations Coordinator. This position requires working knowledge of IT related issues (HTML, MS Office, Excel and Access). A college graduate is preferred. For more information, visit our career center. Qualified candidates may email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications
Director of Governmental Relations
Civil Rights Coordinator
Board of Directors
Susan Janaan Hashim, JD - Treasurer
Shakeela Hassan, MD
Alim Elliott Khan
Mazen Kudaimi, MD
Kamran Memon, Esq.
Zaher Sahloul, MD
Abdullah Salah, Esq. - Vice President
Yaser Tabbara, Esq. - Secretary
Safaa Zarzour, Esq. - President
'The Last Prophet' is back by popular demand. Fine Media Group is re-releasing the movie in several locations. The first release was a great success and was very well received. If you missed it last time, don’t let it pass you by this time! To find a time and location near you please visit www.finemediagroup.com or call 1.800.FMG.2000