MCD Attendees at Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg

MCD IV Brings Scores of Muslims to State Capitol Building in Harrisburg​

On Wednesday, October 30, more than 80 American Muslim leaders from all over Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg for the 4th Annual Muslim Capitol Day.

Sponsored by CAIR-Philadelphia and Emgage, MCD IV brought dozens of American Muslims into direct contact with their elected officials and state officials. In private meetings, the MCD participants had an unrivaled opportunity to speak first-hand to their state representatives and senators, letting them know in no uncertain terms what the impact of anti-Muslim bigotry has had upon them and their children.

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The Exonerated

On Wednesday October 9, 2019, Timothy Welbeck, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney, moderated a discussion at Temple University with Dr. Yusuf Salaam and Mr. Raymond Santana, Jr. of the “Exonerated 5” (formerly known as the “Central Park 5”). Joining them on the panel was Mr. Jharrel Jerome, who recently won an Emmy for his portrayal of Mr. Korey Wise in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series When They See Us.

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My Mother – Director’s Desk

My mother, Sabell Bender, died two days ago at the age of 92 after many years of painfully declining health. Even in her final years, when her assembly of medical conditions had left her immobile and robbed her of her booming and unforgettable voice, she clung to life with all the dedication and exuberance and yes, stubbornness, with which she had lived her nine decades on the Earth. Sabell was a born director and a force of nature, who, while acknowledging that she was a product of her times, also believed with all her heart that her abundance of talent and creativity made it possible for her to influence the times in which she lived.

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