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Save the Date: CAIR-Philadelphia’s Eleventh Annual Banquet

SAVE THE DATE
CAIR PHILADELPHIA ELEVENTH ANNUAL BANQUET
“REVELATION AND RESISTANCE”

As-salamu alaikum!

Saturday, March 11, 2017 is the date of CAIR-Philadelphia’s Eleventh Annual Banquet, which will again take place at the beautiful Springfield Country Club.

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As we organize and prepare for the banquet — the social event of the year for the Muslim community of the Greater Delaware Valley — we are keenly aware that this is no ordinary time for American Muslims. The past year witnessed the widespread vilification of the Muslim community and Islam. More challenges will certainly arise when the new administration takes over in Washington on January 20th.

Taking into account the rapid rise of Islamophobia during and after the presidential election, the theme of our 2017 banquet is “Revelation and Resistance.” These words describe the two foundations of the Muslim community as we confront an uncertain future: 1) A belief in God’s Revelation of the Quran; and 2) An affirmation of the centrality of justice as the preeminent organizing principle of society.

To inspire us in these anxious times, the banquet’s keynote address will be delivered by Muslim community activist Linda Sarsour. Linda is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist and social media maverick. She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, has spoken dozens of times at events around the country, and been interviewed on countless TV, radio, and print media outlets.

Let it not be said, however, that Muslims do not know how to have a good time and laugh, even in this time of turmoil. And laugh you will, with banquet entertainment provided by nationally-known comedian Amer Zahr.

And as in years past, there is ample opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones, visit our sponsors’ vending tables for various products and services, and enjoy the entertaining and inspiring evening program. And there is even an special program for the kids called “Mad Science.”

Finally, CAIR-Philadelphia would not have the resources to do all the work we do for the Muslim community without your spiritual and financial support – for which we thank you wholeheartedly.

See you all on March 11th, 2017 in Springfield!

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Silver Lining or Wishful Thinking?


By David A. Love
The Philadelphia Citizen

Meanwhile, Jacob Bender — executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations — says his organization has received numerous offers of support from outside the Muslim-American community since the election. The group has been monitoring Islamophobic hate crimes and conducting town hall meetings, education and outreach since the election. “I think the dire situation offers an opportunity for a broad coalition across religious, ethnic and racial groups,” Bender says.

Bender notes that his constituency consists of African-American Muslims and immigrant Muslims from the Mideast and Asia. “Just like American Jews have been surprised by the emergence [of Trump], immigrant Muslims who had done quite well in navigating through American society and getting good houses in the suburbs are suddenly seen as the fifth column. It must be a surprise and a shock,” Bender says. “To people who grew up in the terror of the Klan in the South, it is hardly a surprise.” Continue reading…

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Muslim-Jewish unity fights stereotypes and hate (audio)

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4 things Muslims want you to know about them


Daniel Walmer
Lebanon Daily News

Their home is the United States, not their country of origin – and they want to see it prosper, said Hamid Housni, founder of the Lebanon Valley Mosque. Many of the children of immigrants have never even experienced another country.

There are many members of the Muslim immigrant community who are highly educated and came to the United States 30 or more years ago, before Americans became apprehensive about terrorism, said Jacob Bender, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“All of a sudden, their loyalty is being questioned and their (commitment) to democracy is being questioned. And it’s precisely for those reasons that they came to America – because they wanted to live in a democratic society,” Bender said. Continue reading…

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CAIR-Philadelphia 2016 End-of-Year Newsletter

Download our full 2016 End-of-Year Newsletter (PDF)

Dear Friends and Supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia, As-salamu alaykum,

One month has passed since the election. I awake each morning hoping against hope that I am dreaming, living through a nightmare from which I will momentarily awake.

Awake I do, but the same poisonous phrases still hover over the nation like an alien invasion waiting to strike: “national registry of Muslims… ban on Muslims entering the U.S…. deportations… internment camps… build the wall!”

Think of what 2016 has wrought:

  • The destruction of Syria, and the steady stream of refugees risking all to land on Europe’s increasingly unwelcoming doormat…
  • Terror attacks in Nice, Brussels, Orlando, Istanbul, Baghdad…
  • An outbreak of shootings of unarmed African American men by police officers…
  • A seemingly endless presidential campaign—marked by an unprecedented eruption of public racism, xenophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism—and its shocking conclusion.

Faith teaches us, however, not to give in to hopelessness, and NOT to acquiescence to an unjust social order. Indeed, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all give primacy to the pursuit of justice.

This is the importance of CAIR — both to the Muslim community and to America itself. For as a result of the presidential campaign, and the scapegoating of American Muslims and Islam, the Muslim community has now become democracy’s bellwether. How American Muslims are treated by the new administration may well determine the future of freedom in our beloved nation for both native and foreign-born alike.

There is simply no other organization in the U.S. that has CAIR’s breadth of activities, described and illustrated in the End-of-Year Newsletter PDF.

CAIR’s ability to carry out its mission to defend the Muslim American community, however, depends on your generous donations and your involvement. I hope after reading about all CAIR has accomplished in this past year, you will conclude that CAIR is indeed worthy of your tax-deductible and zakah-eligable donation.



Jacob Bender,

CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director

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