CAIR Annual Banquet, Leadership Conference Sold Out

Oct 08, 2010, 18:18 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that its 16th annual banquet and leadership skills training conference on October 9th in Arlington, Va., are both sold out. (No tickets will be sold at the door).

At the banquet on Saturday evening, hundreds of Muslim community members and activists, interfaith leaders and diplomats will hear from speakers such as University of Chicago Professor Robert Pape, the author of a groundbreaking new book showing that foreign occupation -- not religion -- motivates suicide terror attacks.

Other speakers at the CAIR annual banquet will include Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal, Muslim 9/11 first responders, noted journalist Helen Thomas, and keynote speaker internationally-renowned Muslim scholar Dr. Tariq Ramadan. Mo Amer of the "Allah Made Me Funny" comedy group will provide entertainment.

The day-long leadership training conference will include sessions for public speaking, on-camera interviews, using social media, political engagement, challenging Islamophobia, and knowing your legal rights with law enforcement agencies.

"We appreciate the support of all those who will attend the banquet and the conference," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad urged those who cannot attend either event to support CAIR by going to its web site at

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations