(CHICAGO, IL, 10/27/16) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today released a 2016 General Election Scorecard & Referendum to empower voters to make informed decisions. The scorecard is a guide that provides listings of key legislation and its corresponding voting records for the 99th General Assembly of Illinois and the 114th Congress of the United States in the 2015-2016 sessions, as well as proposed constitutional amendments and advisory questions for the state.
Information is also available on the websites of individual elected officials for the state legislative elections, this guide only covers contested districts, not unopposed races (i.e., only one candidate).
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - 10/26/16) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today released a 2016 Muslim Voter Guide that provides information about the upcoming November election in Michigan.
The 2016 Muslim Voter Guide includes information about how state and federal legislators voted on key civil rights issues to better educate Michigan Muslims before the elections next month.
“The CAIR-MI voter guide was compiled to highlight issues that are important to Michigan Muslims as well as Michiganians from other faiths who are concerned about civil rights," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "It is crucial that our community is aware of the voting records of the elected officials representing them during this election season."
Hard copies of the 2016 Muslim Voter Guide will be distributed at mosques statewide and will be available at the CAIR-MI office in Farmington Hills.
The 2016 Muslim Voter Guide is part of a continuing initiative of CAIR-MI to educate, engage, and empower Michigan Muslims in the 2016 election cycle.
(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/25/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) welcomes the arrest of an Agoura Hills man accused of making criminal threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The arrest comes at a time when hate crimes against Muslims spiked in the past year to its highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A similar plot was recently thwarted in Kansas.
Mark Feigin, 40, is accused of making two calls to ICSC last month threatening to kill people at the center. Feigin was arrested on Oct. 19 after investigators traced the calls and detectives found nine guns and 250 pounds of ammunition inside Feigin's home, according to police.
Audience included 150+ registered voters with ballots, pens in hand, American Muslim veterans, law enforcement, medical professionals, and scouts
(SEATTLE, WA, 10/25/2016) — On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) held secretary of state and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) debates at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond, Wash.
Distinguished audience members including American Muslim U.S. military combat veterans, fire fighters, public school teachers, young first-time voters and families with children, among others, introduced themselves in detail and asked questions of the candidates. [NOTE: Many of these distinguished persons are available for interviews this week and beyond].
The OSPI debate between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal began at 6:30 p.m. The secretary of state debate between incumbent Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski began at 7:30 p.m. KIRO-TV and KHQ-TV streamed the debates live on their web sites, www.kiro7.com and www.khq.com