Religious freedom in the workplace bill passes labor committee

March 22, 2017

By Husnaa Vhora

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) helped lead the effort towards the uncontested passing of Senate Bill 1697 (SB1697) by the Illinois General Assembly Labor Committee. SB1697, otherwise known as the Religious Garb Bill, “provides that it is a violation for an employer to impose any term condition that requires a person to violate his or her religion including the wearing of any attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion.” Read more!

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CIOGC welcomes holds on discriminatory, revised Trump travel ban

March 22, 2017

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) welcomes the holds placed on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. CIOGC maintains its position that the ban is discriminatory against Muslims and supports numerous civil rights organizations’ assessment that the ban is unconstitutional. Read more!

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CIOGC presents on IMAD at Northeastern Illinois University

March 22, 2017

On March 14, CIOGC Programs Coordinator Walid Sankari presented on CIOGC volunteer opportunities for a recently resurgent Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. Alongside CAIR-Chicago’s Research Coordinator, Tauseef Akbar, the two representatives explained the nature of their Islamic non-profit work and developmental opportunities for Muslim students through volunteer work therein. Sankari informed the students about opportunities to participate in CIOGC's Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD) on April 27 and Akbar spoke on CAIR-Chicago's Traveler’s Assistance Project. Read more!

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Chicago Muslims build power for IMAD 2017

March 22, 2017 

By Husnaa Vhora

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) will support four bills in Springfield for Illinois Muslim Action Day (IMAD) on April 27. These include ensuring police accountability practices (SB0058), expanding safe zones for immigrants (HB0426), defending religious freedoms in the workplace (SB1697), and combating hate crimes (HB3711). Read more!

 

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Aymen Abdel Halim to speak on media activism panel, March 26

March 14, 2017

CIOGC Communications Director Aymen Abdel Halim will join Chicago Muslim community media activists on March 26 for a panel presentation and discussion on the media and Islam in the time of Trump. The discussion will cover the state of news media, news reporting on Islam and Muslims, Islamophobia, and how to identify and challenge “fake news” and “alternative facts.” Read more! 

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Join us for our 4th Annual Pillars Dinner

March 22, 2017

CIOGC invites you to our Fourth Annual Pillars Dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook. Enjoy an evening with fellow Pillars and share your vision on CIOGC's future direction.

Kindly RSVP by Friday, April 21 by registering today. For any questions, please contact Rita Sutton at 312-506-0070 or rita@ciogc.org. For information on how to become a Pillar, visit our Pillars page. Read more!

 

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