Radical Leftist COPE PINK and terrorist-tied Democrat Congressman Jim Moran also were honored at CAIR’s (Council on American Islamic Relations) 20th Anniversary banquet and celebration of renowned America haters, where Al ‘Shady’ Sharpton was an absentee keynote speaker.
CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch opened the banquet, which was emceed by New York Muslim activist, Hamas-supporter and Israel-basher Linda Sarsour.
“I would like to thank everyone who came to celebrate this milestone in the history of the American Muslim community by marking CAIR’s first 20 years of promoting justice and understanding,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “I extend my deep gratitude and appreciation for all the past and present staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters who helped CAIR grow and expand our work for justice, understanding, and equality.”
At CAIR’s sold-out event, community members, activists, diplomats, and civil rights and interfaith leaders also heard from Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award (Moran has long been criticized for taking money from Middle East sources with ties to terrorism, known as “the Wahhabi Lobby”).
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who received CAIR’s American Muslim of the Year Award. Civil rights leader and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton sent a message by video.
CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, accepted CAIR’s award for 2014 Community Organization of the Year.
The Sharifa Alkhateeb Community Service Scholarship was presented to Loyola University student Tasniya Sultana.
The banquet program book included letters of support from 61 members of Congress. Attendees could also visit a room with displays about CAIR’s work over the past 20 years.