WBEZ | Cair-Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/cair-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Muslim group combats 'Islamaphobia' in a post-9/11 world http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslim-group-combats-islamaphobia-post-911-world-91786 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-09/cair.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago-based Muslim advocacy group says "Islamaphobia" has gotten worse in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.</p><p>"This may be the last year that I hold a press conference on 9/11 or participate in one," said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago. "And the reason is, the only thing I'll be willing to do moving forward is remember the victims of 9/11."</p><p>Rehab and members of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC) in attendance stressed that anti-Islam rhetoric is as much of an issue in Chicago as it is across the U.S.</p><p>"I think the challenges of Islamaphobia, in terms of the national discourse on Islam, and relationship between Muslim-Americans and larger American society, or the Muslim-American world outside the United States is the same across the united states. And it isn't necessary local."</p><p>Gerald Hankerson, the Outreach Coordinator for CAIR, said that the the group has recently partnered with Wesleyan University to study the psychological effects discrimination has caused Muslim-Americans since 9/11.</p></p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslim-group-combats-islamaphobia-post-911-world-91786 Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab returns from Egypt, reflects on changes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ahmed2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you tuned into this radio station at noon over the last few months, chances are you heard Chicagoan Ahmed Rehab. While Tunisians were brining down&nbsp;Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, he had been following the Facebook page where 85,000 people pledged to take part in protests all over Egypt on January 25. As an Egyptian-American and human rights activist, he flew to Cairo to see what would happen.</p><p>He ended up witnessing history and blogging about it at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/blog/">Mindful of Dreams</a>. We spoke to Ahmed on several occasions about the events transpiring in Tahrir Square.</p><p>Ahmed remained in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak left office to mingle with the young revolutionaries and film a documentary about Egypt's historic transformation. Earlier this week, he returned to Chicago, where he&rsquo;s the executive director of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cairchicago.org">local chapter of the Council of Islamic-American Relations</a>.</p><p>Ahmed Rehab dropped by our studios to reflect on his experiences. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-04/chicagoan-ahmed-rehab-returns-egypt-reflects-changes-83343