Director’s Desk, August 6, 2014

From Jacob Bender
Executive Director, CAIR-Philadelphia

Mayor Michael Nutter Speaks About CAIR

In our last Newsletter, I reported on the opening of a photo exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport on the history of civil rights in Philadelphia at which Mayor Michael Nutter spoke both about CAIR and my own role as Executive Director.

See video of Mayor Nutter’s remarks

Upcoming Panel on Gaza in Wilmington, Delaware

For the last month, many of us have been actively involved in responding to the tragedy taking place in Gaza as a result of Israel’s egregious attack against the Palestinian people. I will be participating in a panel discussion on “Understanding the Tragedy of Gaza” this Monday evening, Aug. 11, in Wilmington.

People’s Climate March

On Sunday, Sept. 21, hundreds of thousands of people will be converging on Manhattan in the largest demonstration in history about the danger of climate change and ecological degradation.

Dozens of Muslim organizations are now actively involved in organizing efforts on behalf of the Sept. 21 march, and helping to maximize the number of Muslim participants in the march. (See more information about interfaith engagement with the People’s Climate March)

Climate Change is an Islamic Issue – See: Islamic scholar and author Tariq Ramadan on why climate change is an Islamic issue (video)

To reserve a bus ticket to New York for the march, visit EventBrite page

To learn more about climate change and the march, go to, or