CAIR to Open Chapter in Arizona

March 6, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

On March 6, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "a national Islamic civil rights organization will open its first office in Arizona today as part of ongoing efforts to improve the image of Muslims in the United States and protect their civil rights... The office of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will function as a place where Muslims can report discrimination and will serve as the Phoenix headquarters for disseminating information about Islam and Muslims, said executive director Deedra Abboud... CAIR formed a chapter in Arizona in July 2001, but the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks added urgency to the organization's work, Abboud said... Since then the organization has been swamped with requests from religious groups and schools for information about Islam, she said."