Khader Adnan, a Palestinian detained by the Israeli army, received international attention as he went on a hunger strike for 66 days protesting his violent arrest and indefinite detention.
In a December 2011 interview with Barbara Walters, Assad’s calm exterior reflected not his discomfort about the probing questions he was being asked, but that he is a very capable liar—or that he lives in his own fantasy world.
On February 4, approximately 2,000 people marched in protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
On January 18th, the Internet went into widespread protest. Major websites like Google and YouTube urged users to contact their representatives and sign petitions against proposed anti-online piracy legislation. Other sites like Wikipedia and Reddit shut down their sites for the day, and encouraged visitors to use the time they would have spent on the site to fight the bill.
Amina Sharif, CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator, spoke at an Orland Park townhall meeting on Jan. 15. She presented on a panel with three other leaders from different faith organizations.
On December 31st, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The NDAA allows the capture and indefinite military detention of all U.S. citizens without charge or trial.
On December 24th and 25th, Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director, presented at the MAS-ICNA 2011 Annual Convention. Rehab discussed the civil rights challenges facing Muslims, and he led a youth lecture on activism.
CAIR-Chicago’s Deputy Director, Sufyan Sohel, and Communications Coordinator, Amina Sharif, lead a training seminar for new fellows in ICIRR’s Unite America program.
Amina Sharif, CAIR-Chicago’s Communications Coordinator, led a cultural awareness seminar on Islam and Muslims at the Tinley Park Police Department on November 30th. The department invited Sharif in light of the growing population of Muslims and Arabs in the area.
On November 15th, Gerald Hankerson, CAIR-Chicago’s Outreach Coordinator, conducted an event planning workshop for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ (ICIRR) “Uniting America” fellowship. Hankerson trained 18 fellows on how to reach out to the community.
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