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TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 Virginia primary election
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/8/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a reminder to Muslim voters that each state has its own deadline for voter registration and that some of those dates are approaching for states with primary elections.
[NOTE to Muslim voters in Virginia – TODAY is the deadline for registration for the March 1 primary election. To register in Virginia, go to: http://elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/ ]
“It is critical for American Muslims to register to vote and to go to the polls in each and every election. The Muslim community’s growing ability to tip elections is a reminder to elected and aspiring officials that Muslims will reject candidates who engage in the politics of fear and will support those who respect religious diversity,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.
President rejects ‘inexcusable political rhetoric’ targeting Muslims during visit to Islamic Society of Baltimore
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed remarks by President Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in which he rejected “inexcusable political rhetoric” targeting Muslims.
At the mosque, he said: “You’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. Of course recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country. No surprise then that threats and harassment of Muslim Americans have surged.”
The president also said: “Here’s another fact: Islam has always been part of America. Starting in colonial times, many of the slaves brought here from Africa were Muslim. And even in their bondage, some kept their faith alive. A few even won their freedom and became known to many Americans. And when enshrining the freedom of religion in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, our Founders meant what they said when they said it applied to all religions.”
73 percent of Muslim voters say they will go to the polls in state primaries, Islamophobia top issue
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/1/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of a six-state survey indicating that 73 percent of registered Muslim voters say they will go to the polls in upcoming primary elections and that 67 percent will vote for Democratic Party candidates.
CAIR’s Muslim voter survey also indicated that more than half of respondents said they would support Hillary Clinton in the elections (51.62%), followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (22.03%) and Donald Trump (7.47%).
Growing Islamophobia in America was ranked as the most important issue for Muslim voters. Domestic issues like the economy and health care also topped the Muslim voters' list of priority concerns in this election. (NOTE: Islamophobia was listed as the third-ranked issue in a similar 2014 CAIR survey.)
CAIR’s survey of almost 2000 registered Muslim voters in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Virginia – the states with the highest Muslim populations - was conducted January 26 using an independent automated call survey provider and asked four questions:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/30/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced the opening of registration for its 2nd Annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (#MYLS2016) to be held in Annapolis, Md., on March 24, 2016.
This year's symposium, to be held again in the Maryland State Capitol, is themed "Defining Your Narrative in a Global Society." The symposium is designed to empower the next generation of leaders to forge their identity and shape their own narrative as Muslim youth face increasing challenges due to unprecedented levels of Islamophobia and intolerance.
The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement among American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society, and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic society. It will also include a tour of state buildings, and involve dynamic speakers who will inspire youth with their knowledge and experiences.
WHAT: Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium 2016 #MYLS2016
WHO: Muslim Youth Ages 14-19