Wednesday, June 29, 2011
CAIR field trip
Today we went to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Santa Clara, CA. It was super interesting hearing everyone's stories about prejudice, growing up, and other topics. I didn't make the connection, but after watching the documentary Caught In Between, I realized history can and does repeat itself. Think about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers- they are so alike. But, we have to learn from our past, we cannot have history repeat itself because that would be a failure on this country's part. So I am glad there is a council to represent those who need representation.
The day was filled with plenty of activities, first we had a discussion. I really enjoyed hearing everyone's stories. After that we had lunch. It was halal friendly, so it was cool getting to experience that. Halal is the Islamic rule of eating similar to the Jewish rule of eating called kosher. So the animal being eaten needs to have been raised a certain way, slaughtered a certain way, and no hoofed animals like pigs.
After that, we went across the street and visited their community center. There was a weekend school for kids, a gym, and even a mosque. I really enjoyed the visit. It was so cool having the privilege to go in. Plus, now I can say that I have been in a mosque!