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Published:January 16th, 2009 17:53 EST
Peace Dove

Muslims to Mark Inauguration with Peace Dove Release

By SOP newswire2

American Muslim groups will welcome next week`s inauguration of President Barack Obama with a symbolic release of "peace doves" on Monday at a mosque in the nation`s capital followed by an open house at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  on Inauguration Day.

Peace Dove"As part of our nation`s rich religious heritage, American Muslims are looking forward to celebrating the inauguration of President Obama and are hopeful that his presidency will bring peace, prosperity and reconciliation in America and worldwide," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

On Monday, January 19, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic organizations, will release 44 doves, one for each American president. The dove release is intended to symbolize the American Muslim community`s desire for a more peaceful world and to highlight the key role a president plays in achieving peace based on justice and freedom. Event participants will also use the occasion to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of peace.

WHAT: Muslims Celebrate Inauguration, MLK Day with Peace Dove Release
WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Masjid Muhammad, 1519 4th St N.W., Washington, D.C. See: http://crm.cair.com/site/R?i=LF8C3qaZpG5U4fCT3DmUsA..
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726

On Tuesday, January 20, CAIR will hold an open house at its Capitol Hill headquarters to celebrate President Obama`s inauguration. Visitors will be offered information about CAIR, Islam and the American Muslim community, and will have an opportunity to watch the inauguration ceremony on a wide-screen television. Because the temperature is expected to be in the 30s, hot drinks will be provided.

WHAT: CAIR Holds Inauguration Open House on Capitol Hill
WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR National Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. (Intersection of New Jersey Ave. S.E., and E Street.)
CONTACT: CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

CAIR, America`s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com