CAIR, Senator Boxer Resolve Award Controversy

Washington, DC: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Jan 24 issued a statement indicating that the Muslim civil rights and advocacy group has resolved all outstanding issues resulting from a recent controversy over an award given to a CAIR chapter executive by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
A CAIR delegation met Jan 23 in Washington, DC, with Sen. Boxer and her senior staff.
In its statement, CAIR said:
"Since this misunderstanding occurred, we have been in constant contact with Senator Boxer and her staff to offer an accurate overview of CAIR and its 13-year history of positive social and political activism.
"We have addressed the issues related to this unfortunate and unnecessary incident, and have agreed with Senator Boxer that we should all move forward to build a nation in which people of all faiths work together to promote respect and tolerance.
"CAIR offices in California and Senator Boxer will continue to work together, along with the broader civil rights community, to encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
Sen. Boxer told the delegation that she looks forward to meeting with CAIR and other civil rights groups during an upcoming trip to California.
"We would like to thank all those who offered CAIR such tremendous support," said CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra.


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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