As the Obama Administration begins its second term, the world has come to accept a new reality in the realm of civil liberties. While some American Muslims are granted the highest access inside the doors of the White House, others have been persecuted through banishment overseas, denial to fly on planes, arrests and imprisonment through use of secret evidence, and the denial of the most basic rights to a fair trial. Our government has used anti-Muslim sentiments to create a seperate legal system used to persecute and demonize the Muslim community.
This year’s annual banquet will bring our communities together to address these important issues. CAIR-NY will share our current efforts to defend rights and defeat intolerance, while also highlighting the achievements of other community groups to facilitate a unified stand for justice at this important time in history. We can no longer accept the diminished protection or our rights and demonization of our religion. Instead we ask you to join us in Upholding our Constitution, and Defending our Faith.
Glenn Greenwald is a columnist atthe Guardian News, and author of three New York Times Bestselling books. He was recently named by the Atlantic one of the 25 most influential political commentators in the nation. A former constitutional lawyer, Greenwald focuses on civil liberties and national security.
ENTERTAINMENT ROHINA MALIK
Rohina Malik draws upon her Indo-Pakistani heritage to guide her as a playwright, actress, and solo performance artist. Her one woman play,Unveiled, was sold-out throughout its first production at the famous 16th Street theater, and will be featured in its 5th production this Spring. Malik’s performances explore hate crimes, racism, love, & Islam.
Center stage at the CAIR-NY Awards Banquet are our honorees. This year’s list is an outstanding collection of this community’s most honorable activists and organizers. Follow us on Facebookand Twitter to be the first to hear who these outstanding community leaders are. Three honorees will be recognized for displaying Excellence in Community Service,Leadership in Social Justice, and Commitment to Peace & Community Building.
Please contact our office directly at [email protected], or 212-870-2002 to discuss how your organization or company can be recognized at the largest civil rights gathering for the American Muslim community of New York.