CAIR-LA's "Summer Night" a Success

Anaheim, CA: "A Summer Night for Civil Rights," held by the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on June 23 to celebrate civil liberties achievements and uplift the Southern California Muslim community, was a success. Close to 500 people turned out for an evening of comedy, hip-hop and spoken word.

 Comedian Dean Obeidallah kept the crowds laughing with his takes on different Muslim countries' customs and rituals, the cross-generational understanding of comedy among Muslims, and daily life experiences of Muslim Americans.  

 

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 Hip-hop artist Omar Offendum engaged the audience by encouraging them to sing along to his songs, "Damascus," and "Street Called Straight." Offendum ended his segment with his new single "SYRIA," getting the crowd out of their seats and singing with his calls for peace and freedom.

 Amir Sulaiman entertained the audience with spoken word on the importance of holding on to faith and social issues impacting the Muslim community. Sulaiman also performed selections from his new album, "Meccan Openings," with a live three-piece band.

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A special favorite of the crowd were local stand-up comedian Sammy Obeid and the young spoken word talents performing as part of the "Community Showcase" - Suraya Mahumed and Hamza Siddiqui.

 

The event was emceed by Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area. CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush gave a short update on various CAIR-LA projects.

 

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 "'A Summer Night for Civil Rights' is a unique opportunity for American Muslims to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the civil rights of all Americans through a fun, lively evening filled with uplifting entertainment," said Ayloush in a statement.

 Ayloush also unveiled a new campaign, "Champions of Justice," at the event. The goal of the campaign is to sustain CAIR's daily work by building a permanent base of monthly donors who can automatically donate. Fifty people became Champions of Justice at "A Summer Night for Civil Rights."

 Community members can become Champions of Justice by visiting: http://ca.cair.com/losangeles/donate/
More information about CAIR-LA’s work is available at: http://ca.cair.com/losangeles

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