CAIR-SV Awards Journalism Scholarship to Muslim Students

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The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today announced the award of six scholarships to Northern California Muslim college students. CAIR-SV officials say five of the scholarships will be used in general education, while one will be used for studies in journalism and mass communication.

CAIR-SV joined with the Council of Asian, Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy, and Leadership (CAPITAL) - an umbrella for more than 90 organizations - in awarding five $1,000 general education CAIR-CAPITAL scholarships to:

* Samia Malik of Eldorado Hills - University of California, Los Angeles
* Samia Ghaffar of Davis - University of California, Davis (Bio Science)

* Eisha Zaid of Davis - University of California, Davis (Genetics)

* Mustafa Siddique of Folsom - University of California, Davis (Bio
* Sadia Ghaffar of Davis - University of California, Davis (Genetics,
Religious Std.)

A CAIR-SV Journalism/Mass Communication Scholarship ($2,500) is being
awarded to Zaki Hasan, a graduate student in Mass Communication at
California State University, San Jose. Hasan has produced several films on
diverse topics, including the life of American Muslim post-9/11.

"We thank CAPITAL for their support of the joint scholarship program and
congratulate the recipients of the scholarships," said CAIR-SV Executive
Director Basim Elkarra.

The scholarship awards fulfill a pledge made by CAIR-SV at its 2003 Annual
Banquet. CAIR-SV plans to promote the study of journalism with an annual
scholarship program.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, CAIR-SV (916) 289-3748



The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Southern California (CAIR-LA) is
seeking applicants for its fall internship program (September 7- November
19). The program is open to Muslim college or university students age 18
and older who have legal status in the U.S. to receive a monthly stipend.

CAIR's internship program provides first-hand experience and training in
Community Outreach, Education, Governmental Relations, Lobbying, Public and
Media Relations,

Legal and Civil Rights, Research and Leadership Training. The application
deadline is August 27, 2004.

Interested and qualified applicants should contact Alia Aboul-Nasr at [email protected] or call 714-776-1847 for an application.


CAIR Joins 'Call to Action' on Darfur Crisis

The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today announced that it has joined with more than 70 other
faith-based, humanitarian and human rights groups in signing a "Unity
Statement and Call to Action" in response to the ongoing humanitarian
crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

The statement, issued by the Save Darfur Coalition, seeks to raise public
awareness and to mobilize North Americans and members of the international
community to help end the crisis in and around Darfur that threatens the
lives of two million people.

After outlining the suffering faced by the people of Darfur, the statement
calls for specific actions that include worldwide efforts to stop
population displacement and end crimes against humanity, governmental
humanitarian support and access to match the need, support for relief
organizations providing aid, the rebuilding of villages and the return of
those displaced, and the creation of a UN commission of inquiry.

"It is important that Americans of all faiths first understand the misery
felt by the people of Darfur and then act to help alleviate their
suffering," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. Hooper also
cautioned against portraying the crisis in terms of ethnic stereotypes or
allowing exploitation of the suffering to promote political or religious

CAIR has urged American Muslims to send donations to Islamic relief organizations working in Darfur.

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Other Muslim groups signing the statement include the Islamic Circle of
North America, Islamic American Relief Agency, Muslim American Society
Freedom Foundation, and the American Sufi Muslim Association.

In addition to the statement, the Save Darfur Coalition is sponsoring a
national Interfaith Day of Conscience on Wednesday, August 25, in churches,
synagogues, mosques, and community centers nationwide.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
[email protected]
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
[email protected]