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December 1 - December 14, 2006


Congressman-Elect Ellison Speaks to Fellow Muslims

keith ellison speaks to muslimsMore than 1,000 people attended the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Arlington, Va. to hear addresses by several elected officials including Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.

Elected officials who spoke at the sold-out event included Congressional Black Caucus member-elect Ellison (D-MN), and members Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Albert Wynn (D-MD).  Ellison and Jackson Lee offered their addresses by video. Saqib Ali, who was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates (District 39) on November 7, was also in attendance.

The event raised more than $620,000 to support CAIR's civil rights and advocacy work on behalf of the American Muslim community.  Another dinner held by CAIR's Southern California chapter (CAIR-LA) over the weekend raised more than $430,000.  Some 1,800 people attended that event.

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