JACKSON REACHES OUT TO METRO DETROIT MUSLIMS
Jackson encourages about 900 at CAIR event to fight against racism, foreclosureOralandar Brand-Williams, Detroit News, 3/29/10
Dearborn -- Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged Muslim Americans to partner with his organization not only for civil rights but on economic issues facing Americans, such as foreclosures.
"When we fight against foreclosure ... that's all of our fight," Jackson told a crowd of about 900 people gathered Sunday for a banquet marking the 10th anniversary of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan...
Nihad Awad, CAIR's national executive director, said Muslim-Americans must fight against "Islamaphobia."
"Right now we are being challenged, but we are being challenged because we are about to move to the next stage. Muslim-Americans will be seen and treated as equals. Muslim-Americans will be recognized, respected and celebrated."
CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid renewed his call for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into the October shooting death of Imam Luqman Abdullah by FBI agents during a raid at a Dearborn warehouse and to revisit the issue of racial profiling.
"Mr. Holder, we are at the front door (asking) to review the latest FBI guidelines," Walid said.