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CAIR-Philly Sold-Out Banquet a Rousing Success!

This past Saturday night, March 11th, nearly a thousand CAIR supporters, Muslim community leaders, Jewish and Christian clergy, and elected officials, including Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, joined together at our sold-out Eleventh Annual Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of CAIR-Philadelphia.

With a theme this year of “Revelation and Resistance,” the 2017 banquet stressed the deep connection between our spiritual lives and the movements for social justice.

The banquet began with a one-hour informal visit by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances to the opening reception.  The Governor wandered around the room talking with community members, listened to their concerns, and graciously posed for photographs. His presence at our banquet was a statement about his core values of inclusiveness in the face of Islamophobic exclusion, but also a validation of CAIR’s influence as an intermediary for the Muslim community.  The Governor’s visit reminds us that our government listens to our concerns and can serve our needs when we remain active and united.

(L-R: First Lady Frances Wolf; PA State Senator Sharif Street; CAIR-Philly Vice President Iftekhar Hussain; Governor Tom Wolf; CAIR-Philly Outreach Chair Carlin Saafir, Esq.; CAIR-Philly Executive Director Jacob Bender; Linda Sarsour; CAIR-Philly Banquet Chair Sally Selim; CAIR-Philadelphia Secretary Nivine Rihawi; CAIR-Philly President Osama Al-Qasem.)

Banquet Master of Ceremonies Aliya Khabir (below, left) opened the banquet program, followed by an inspirational reading from the Holy Qur’an by Shaikh Abdul Hadi Shehata (below, right) of the Islamic Society of Delaware and PA State Senator Sharif Street (below, center) addressed the crowd.

This year’s banquet also featured another dramatic presentation directed by CAIR’s own impresario, Executive Director Jacob Bender, with a parade of banquet guests marching around the banquet hall with signs reading “Save the Earth,” “Islam = Peace,” “Allah Loves Mercy,” and “No Muslim Ban” among other slogans.

At the conclusion of the march, Jacob introduced our new staff member, Advocacy and Outreach Manager Al-Sharif Nassef to the banquet audience, and both expounded on the banquet theme of “Revelation and Resistance.” Jacob concluded his remarks with these words: “And resistance is all of us in this room, uniting in the face of the purveyors of hate and bigotry and fear and ignorance, as we struggle for an America where ‘all humans are created equal, endowed with the inalienable rights of life and liberty.'” (Read Jacob’s full remarks; PDF)

(L-R: CAIR-Philadelphia Supporter and Eid Coalition member Michael Rashid; CAIR-Philly Executive Director Jacob Bender; CAIR-Philly Advocacy and Outreach Manager Al-Sharif Nassef)

Next, ten community members*, including Jewish and Christian clergy and public officials, spoke in turn from the banquet floor about the importance of community coalition building in the Trump era. Rabbi Linda Holtzman stated “Never again will we allow Jews and Muslims to be manipulated into competing with each other. Today, with anti-Semites and Islamophobes entrenched in the current administration, our two communities must stand together against the forces of division and hate.” This portion of the banquet concluded with an inspirational address by Pennsylvania’s first Muslim-American State Senator Sharif Street, who spoke about the founding principles of the American Republic and their connection to Qur’anic values. The values, Street said, are now under attack by the voices of hatred in the new Administration in Washington, and to defeat them it is necessary that we build bridges, not walls.

In a motivational speech Michael Rashid of the Philadelphia Eid Coalition exhorted the audience to financially support CAIR, with the result that over $175,000 in donations and pledges was collected during the evening.

Banquet keynoter Linda Sarsour took the stage and roused the audience with a stirring speech that explained the linked oppressions of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia, and called for more engaged political action from the Muslim community and its allies.

CAIR-Philadelphia’s 2017 Annual Banquet was then brought to a close with almost uncontrollable laughter while listening to the uproarious Palestinian-American comedian Amer Zahr, who brought waves of laughter to remind us to stay light-hearted in the face of adversity.

We’d like to thank our community again for their generosity. Know that CAIR will continue to do its best to defend the Muslim community, advancing in solidarity with our allies of shared truth and values, continuing to develop as an influential force for civil rights and justice.

However, we are still short of our $250,000 goal. To support CAIR-Philadelphia’s mission and help us reach our goal, please consider making a one-time donation or signing up for our “Dollar-a-Day” program.

TOMORROW, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CAIR-Philadelphia. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2174614.

?* Special thanks to: Ejaz Sabir (Attorney), Salima Suswell (Community Activist and CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Committee Member), Eyad Takedine (Businessman), Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Keimer (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College), Rabbi Linda Holtzman (Tikkun Olam Chavurah), Imtiaz Chaudhry, MD (Ophthalmologist and Bensalem Masjid), Reverend Laurie Sweigard (Central Baptist Church, Wayne), Rue Landau (Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations), Noor Jemy (Philadelphia MSA Council)

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11th Annual Banquet Audio Clips

Listen to the speeches and presentations from our 11th Annual Banquet held on March 11, 2017:

Linda Sarsour (Keynoter)

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Jacob Bender (CAIR-Philly Executive Director) & Al-Sharif Nassef (CAIR-Philly Advocacy and Outreach Manager)

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Sharif Street (PA State Senator)

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Presenters:

Ejaz Sabir

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Salima Suswell

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Eyad Takedine

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Noor Jemy

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Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

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Imtiaz Chaudhry, MD

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Reverend Laurie Sweigard

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Rabbi Linda Holtzman

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Rue Landau

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Muslim Ban 2.0 Halted: Trump’s Rhetoric Finally Catches Up to Him

By Ryan Houldin,
CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney

Last evening may have marked the first instance where Donald Trump’s words have come back to haunt him. Prior to last evening, Trump’s myriad offensive comments have had little effect on his ability to gain support among the American people and Republican legislatures across the country. Trump supporters either wholeheartedly embraced his xenophobic, sexist, racist, bigoted comments or routinely downplayed them by urging people not to take Trump’s words literally. Well, fortunately for those who still believe in the Constitution, Derrick Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, decided to hold Trump to his words.

Judge Watson halted the implementation of Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0, pointing to various comments from Trump and his administration that illustrated “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus.” The Trump administration seemed to believe that by removing the overtly discriminatory language contained in the first Muslim ban, there would be no evidence that the true intent behind the revised ban was motivated by targeting Muslims. Remaining true to his character, Trump seemingly forgot his often-repeated campaign promise to enact a Muslim ban, but Judge Watson did not.

Judge Watson candidly stated, “[comments] made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the Executive Order, and, in many cases, made by the Executive himself, betray the Executive Order’s stated secular purpose.” Judge Watson also singled out comments made by Rudy Giuliani and Stephen Miller, both of whom publicly admitted that the purpose of the Executive Order was to bring Trump’s Muslim ban promise to fruition.

It is a welcome relief to finally see someone in power hold Donald Trump accountable to his words and actions. CAIR-Philadelphia commends Judge Watson on upholding the Constitution and ensuring that freedom of religion applies to all religions, not just those favored by this administration.

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CAIR-Philadelphia Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Community

Last week, Pennsylvania’s Jewish community received numerous bomb threats after white supremacists desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia. Numerous mosques around America have received similar threats in recent weeks.

CAIR-Philadelphia, alongside Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Americans from around Philadelphia, stood in compassion and solidarity with our Jewish friends in faith and humanity against these vile threats. We will continue echoing the call for coexistence and denounce these hate crimes that will only strengthen and unite us.

  

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CAIR-Philadelphia Welcomes New Outreach Manager

Dear family and friends in faith:

It’s an honor to be back in the great city of Philadelphia. I recently joined the CAIR-Philadelphia team and am excited to be of service to the community and to help manifest the Muslim tradition’s cherished values and principles, Insha’Allah, God-willing.

Some of you may remember me from my time on Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. To those whom I didn’t yet meet:Salaam ‘Alaikum, Shalom, may God’s Peace be with us all.

With gratitude to God, despite last November’s outcome, I remain confident that the Muslim tradition can continue to educate our American pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Liberating ourselves from ego, purifying hearts, seeking to know God, striving toward perfection, sustaining peace, organizing with conscience of God, inviting neighbors, creating local solutions that serve the needs of our community where political institutions fail, and trusting God, we can live in social justice. In the Quran, God reminds us, “Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself, And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself” (91:9-10).

I believe that the Muslim community in the Delaware Valley holds incredible potential to be a force for virtue and an exemplar of God’s complete light of unity, peace, loving solidarity, mercy, stewardship, power, beauty, justice, and compassion. I look forward to helping organize with the community to revive the Muslim spirit, build our organizational capacity for the greater good of all, defend our rights as Americans, and advocate for the greater good for all Americans.

Al-Sharif Nassef
Program Development & Outreach Manager, CAIR-Philadelphia
(267)-515-6713

You can follow Al-Sharif on Twitter @alsharifpasha

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