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CAIR-Philadelphia on the Front Lines

Interfaith Iftar Celebration at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr (06/06/2017) CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender was the keynote speaker at an Interfaith Iftar Celebration at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bryn Mawr, co-sponsored by Peace Island Institute. Doylestown Meeting in Solidarity with the Muslim Community (06/10/2017) Over 100 people gathered at… Read more…

Help Secure the Muslim-American Community This Ramadan

If you can donate to our work, please go to http://pa.cair.com/donate/ Dear Friends and Supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia, Assalamu Alaikum. Once again, the nights and days are filled with an aura of sacredness and spirituality. We welcome both the challenge of the fast and the joy of the nightly iftar (the meal that breaks the daytime… Read more…

World Environment Day: Greening our Ramadan

Last week, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord put the United States at odds with facts, scientific consensus, moral responsibility, and nearly every country in the world implementing the Paris Accord to limit global devastation already being caused by climate change before it’s too late. Today, CAIR-Philadelphia commemorates World Environment Day, with a call… Read more…

March on Harrisburg: #endPAcorruption

Last spring was the beginning of a historic movement to end political corruption and restore democracy in the United States. The Democracy Spring movement began at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and led a ten-night march to Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people participated in non-violent direct action, garnering the support of over a hundred… Read more…

A Weekend of Marching

This past weekend, following a series of Muslim community conversations organized by CAIR-Philadelphia exploring what would be a meaningful Islamic response to the imminent dangers posed by human-caused climate change, staff and supporters of CAIR-Philadelphia travelled to our nation’s capital to participate — along with over 200,000 of our fellow Americans — in the People’s Climate… Read more…

Faith Climate Action Week: CAIR-PA co-hosting Spiritual Ecology event series and mobilizing for The People’s Climate March

With Earth Day around the corner, and the People’s Climate March just two weekends away, CAIR encourages our Muslim sisters and brothers throughout the Delaware Valley to join Faith Climate Action Week. Together with people of all faiths, we can be part of a global solution to the greatest challenge facing humanity on God’s great earth:… Read more…

11th Annual Banquet Audio Clips

Listen to the speeches and presentations from our 11th Annual Banquet held on March 11, 2017: Linda Sarsour (Keynoter) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] – Jacob Bender (CAIR-Philly Executive Director) & Al-Sharif Nassef (CAIR-Philly Advocacy and Outreach Manager) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] – Sharif Street (PA State Senator) [Audio clip:… Read more…

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… Read more…

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… Read more…

Jacob Bender’s Speech at Masjid al-Hidaya

Speech at Masjid al-Hidaya By Jacob Bender Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia Friday, January 3, 2017 Good morning. My name is Jacob Bender, and I am the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is the preeminent Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, with 30 chapters nationwide. CAIR’s… Read more…