Muslims Help Calif. County Improve Quality of Life

On July 20, 2004, leaders from the South Sacramento Muslim
community met with Sacramento County official Bobbe Dworkis, Project Lead
of the South Sacramento Community Initiative (SSCI), to identify issues
that are important to the community. The meeting was part of a process to
develop a community vision and strategic plan for South Sacramento.

The goal of the SSCI is to empower the South Sacramento community to
improve their quality of life. An important focus will be to identify
assets in the community and to engage residents in addressing issues that
impact their lives.

The meeting, facilitated by the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV), addressed a wide range of issues,
including education, neighborhoods, safety, economic development and
community leadership.


CAIR Congratulates McKinney on Primary Win

The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today offered congratulations to Cynthia McKinney for her win in
Georgia's 4th Congressional District primary on Tuesday.


McKinney beat five other Democrats with enough votes to avoid a runoff. She
is favored to win election to Congress in her heavily Democratic district
this November.

The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said in a

"We congratulate Cynthia McKinney on her strong showing in Tuesday's
primary. Throughout her political career, she has been a consistent friend
of the American Muslim community and a strong advocate for issues of
concern to Muslims, particularly the promotion of social justice and the
defense of civil liberties.

"Ms. McKinney's integrity has long been reflected in her commitment to the
concerns of ordinary Americans and her promotion of balanced and
forward-looking foreign policies."


California Muslim Released in Egypt

Picture of Press Conference Held
Picture of Press Conference Held
The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) announced today that a Muslim U.S. citizen held in Egypt since last Friday has been released.

Officials with the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C., told CAIR that Culver City, Calif., resident Abdul Ghafoor Mahboob, 26, is reportedly on his way back to the United States.

The news of Mahboob's release came one hour before CAIR-LA held a press
conference to protest his detention and call for his immediate release.

Yesterday, CAIR-LA called on the U.S. and Egyptian governments to release
information about Mahboob's detention. CAIR officials had been in contact
with the U.S. Department of State, the American embassy in Cairo and the
Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C.

"We thank all those who assisted in resolving this case, particularly
members of the Southern California Muslim community, officials at the
Egyptian embassy in Washington and the offices of Representative Jane
Harman and Senator Diane Feinstein," said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam

"We share the family's joy and are happy that Mr. Mahboob will soon be
reunited with his family," said Ayloush.

According to friends and family members, Mahboob was detained at Cairo
airport by Egyptian security personnel on Friday. He had been in Egypt
studying Arabic and was on his way home when detained.

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

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CONTACTS: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-MAIL:
[email protected]; CAIR-National, Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or
202-744-7726, E-MAIL: [email protected]


California: Culver City Man Held in Egypt