The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will host the 15th annual banquet, “Rooted in Faith: Growing Through Service” on March 8, 2015, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, MI to celebrate 15 years of civil rights advocacy.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Guest speakers include ISNA Vice President Altaf Husain and emcee Zahra Billoo, Esq., Executive Director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area. The program starts at 2 p.m.
CAIR-MI will present Retired Judge Adam A. Shakoor with the Community Service Award for his work in civil rights and service as Detroit’s first Muslim deputy mayor from 1989-1993.
In 2014 CAIR-Michigan joined the Detroit Equity Action Lab initiative to propose recommendations for structural racial equality in Detroit through a $1.3 million grant awarded to the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Wayne State University Law School. Peter Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center, leads the initiative.
CAIR also filed applications for political asylum and Temporary Protected Status on behalf of more than 100 Syrians with nearly a 100% success rate.
The organization also removed several Michigan Muslims off federal watch lists and was quoted in the media over 300 times since 2014.
CAIR promoted Muslim friendly accommodations and policies in various institutions such schools, prisons and workplaces through Safe Spaces. Accommodations range from prayer, Friday prayer, facilitating copies of the Quran, halal meals in schools and correctional facilities, segregated gym classes in public schools, and more.