Commission's Quarterly Newsletter
2003 Summer/ Fall Edition
Muslim Unity Forum
In December 2003, the Commission sponsored a Muslim Unity Forum.
The Forum served to familiarize the diverse Bronx Muslim community
with essential City services available to them as well as providing
an overview of the City Human Rights Law.
The Forum was
organized in response to the anti-discrimination survey conducted
by the Commission (See pg.4). CCHR teamed with members of the Islamic
Falah of America and the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx, home
to some 30 mosques whose worshippers speak many languages.
community must be aware of the City services available to them and
have the confidence to avail themselves of those services,"
said Commissioner Gatling. "The Forum is part of the Commission's
efforts to work with the Muslim clergy and community leaders to
build bridges and develop community alliances. A first step is for
people to know their neighbors and to take advantage of their rights."
The Forum focused
on topics such as health care, public safety, education and social
services and the right to work without regard to religion or national
origin. The Commission is planning similar forums in the other boroughs.
Commissioner Omar Mohammedi speaks at the event.
Unity Forum organizer Hassan Ceesay (left) and Imam Baba Jagana
present CCHR Bronx office deputy director Paula Sanders with flowers
following the event.