CAIR Holds Annual Entertainment
Los Angeles Area Executive Director Hussam Ayloush,
staff and volunteers with “Axis of Evil”
Comedy Troupe Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader and Dean Obeidallah
at the 3rd Annual Entertainment Night for Civil Rights
Executive Director Hussam Ayloush expresses thanks for
the community’s support and talks about the “Dollar
a Day” Campaign to support CAIR
Anaheim, CA: More than 1,200
people attended the 3rd Annual Entertainment Night for Civil
Rights hosted by the Los Angeles Area office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) on Saturday, May 19,
at the Anaheim Heritage Forum.
CAIR-LA honored three outstanding Muslim youths with "Muslim
Youth Activism Award" for their efforts in civil, social
and religious activities. The award recipients are: 20-year-old
Marwa Latif of Irvine, 22-year-old Joanne Eldeib of Anaheim
Hills, and 15-year-old Tasbeeh Herwees of Cerritos.
Additionally, special recognition was given to the "Axis
of Evil" Comedy Troupe – Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader,
and Dean Obeidallah – for their extraordinary efforts
in building bridges and correcting stereotypes about Muslim
and Arab Americans.
Fawad Yacoob, CAIR-LA Executive Committee Member, served as
the lively and entertaining master of ceremonies. He expressed
CAIR-LA's purpose behind organizing the event, saying, "It
provides clean, fun-filled entertainment for the entire family
and is a nice break from the more traditional educational
seminars and fundraising events."
Later on, Yacoob introduced
the highlight of the evening, "Axis of Evil" comedy
troupe. Comedians Ahmed, Obeidallah and Kader performed hilarious
skits and kept their audiences laughing throughout the night.
CAIR-LA originally expected 600 people, but the hall was packed
Saturday evening, with attendees thoroughly enjoying the comedians'
jokes. People even came from as far away as Santa Barbara
and San Diego to hear the "Axis of Evil" trio. More
information on the group is available on http://www.axisofevilcomedy.com/index.html.
President Tahra Goraya and Executive Committee Member
Fawad Yacoob with award recipients Marwa Latif, Joanne
Eldeib, and Tasbeeh Herwees
audience enjoys the “Axis of Evil’ group’s
The night also included an update
on the status of civil rights by Hussam Ayloush, Executive
Director of CAIR-LA. In his talk, Ayloush announced CAIR's
new "Dollar a Day" Campaign, urging people to support
CAIR and also thanked the community for its continued support.
Commenting on why CAIR-LA chose to combine comedy and civil
rights, Ayloush stated, "It is so easy to feel depressed
and disheartened during difficult times, especially for Muslims,
who have to endure Islamophobia and civil rights violations.
In response to that, such an entertainment night helps lift
Muslim community's spirits and boost their morale."