CAIR In Harrisburg

Community Event Updates

On October 21, CAIR-Philadelphia brought together mental health professionals, psychologists and expert therapists with Muslim community members in a symposium titled, Peace at Home: The Power of Change is in Our Hands. / Jacob Bender, Timothy Welbeck, and Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu teamed up with local Muslim activists in Harrisburg on October 24 at the State Capitol Building. / On November 3, CAIR-Philadelphia organized a Civic Engagement 101 training in the Harrisburg-Mechanicsburg area.

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Jacob Bender’s Presentation at DHSA Global Health Symposium

It should come as no surprise to this audience that today, across the country, the immigrant Muslim community is a community living in fear. But first, some background. Over 200,000 Muslims live in the city of Philadelphia, and contrary to the distorted discourse in the public arena, over 85% of these are not immigrants, but American-born Muslims, African Americans, some of whom are second, and third, and fourth generation Muslims. These statistics should contradict the prejudicial perception of Islam as a foreign faith attempting to foster the “Shariaization” of America upon an unwitting public. And while African American Muslims certainly face anti-Muslim prejudice, that bigotry pales in comparison to the original sin of white supremacy embedded into all facets of American life.

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CAIR Staff and Board Member Activism

CAIR-Philadelphia president Osama Al-Qasem, board member Aaysha Noor and staff members Timothy Welbeck and Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu traveled to Harrisburg to meet with community leaders and mosque representatives from the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg area communities. The meeting was kindly hosted by Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg (ISGH) and brought together more than 15 community leaders.

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