More than 1,000 people turned out November 2006 at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet in Arlington, Va., to hear addresses by several elected officials, including Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.
The event raised more than $620,000 to support CAIR's civil rights and advocacy work on behalf of the American Muslim community.
Elected officials who spoke at the sold-out event included Representative-elect Ellison (D-MN), as well as Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Albert Wynn (D-MD). Ellison and Jackson Lee offered their addresses by video. Saqib Ali, who was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates (District 39) on November 7, was also in attendance.
Other speakers included Special Agent in Charge Joseph Persichini, Jr. of the FBI's Washington Field Office, Fairfax County Police Chief Col. David M. Rohrer and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Most members of CAIR's national board also took part in the banquet, which was emceed by Julia Shearson of CAIR-Ohio's Cleveland office.
Several Muslim community members received CAIR Islamic Community Service Awards during the dinner. The annual CAIR Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship went to Raashida Muhammad of Stillman College.
“Let me take this opportunity to commend CAIR for all of your efforts to promote the civil rights of American Muslims.” - former Rep. Albert L. Wynn (D-Md.) (November 2007). 
- [ https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/2117-first-muslim-congressman-addresses-cair-banquet.html CAIR press release (WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/06)You are here: Home Press Center Press Releases First Muslim Congressman Addresses CAIR Banquet First Muslim Congressman Addresses CAIR Banquet Last Updated: March 11, 2015]
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