CAIR-Philadelphia Condemns Deadly Vehicle Attack in Manhattan

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the deadly vehicular attack which occurred yesterday afternoon on the West Side Highway bike path in Manhattan. The attack, which is being investigated by police as a potential terrorist incident, killed at least eight people, leaving an unknown number wounded.

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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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Timothy Welbeck – In the Community

On Friday October 20, 2017, I spoke on a panel as part of the third annual Advance Initiative Conference. The conference, hosted at Stone Hill Church in Princeton, NJ, is a national gathering of church leaders, primarily of Indian descent, who seek to provide a more profound understanding of biblical application for churches that service immigrant and second-generation American communities. My panel focused on the role church leaders who preside over congregations who are primarily Indian American can play regarding the important dialog of faith-based initiatives toward racial reconciliation and justice.

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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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