(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/9/15) – As a proactive response to planned anti-Islam hate rallies this weekend, a coalition of national American Muslim organizations today announced the launch of a year-long nationwide voter registration campaign with the initial goal of registering 20,000 voters before the 2016 March Super Tuesday presidential primaries.
Participating Muslim organizations say the voter registration campaign is designed to help push back against the message of Islamophobia and marginalization promoted by 20 anti-Islam hate rallies scheduled today and tomorrow. (See hate rally backgrounder below.)
“In registering voters, American Muslim organizations nationwide are challenging Islamophobia with community organizing, coalition building and civic empowerment,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “In the face of hatred, the Muslim community will respond by asserting its rights as American citizens and voters.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C, 10/8/15) - Leaders of the nation’s leading Syrian-American and Muslim advocacy organizations today met with top-ranking White House officials to express concerns over Russia’s recent airstrikes in Syria that resulted in the killings of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure.
At the White House meeting, the leadership discussed the ramifications of the recent bombings and suggested policy recommendations for the protection of civilians and the resettlement of more refugees.
The meeting was followed by a news conference in front of the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., at which the leadership also hand-delivered a letter addressed to the Russian ambassador urging Russian President Putin to rethink his military strategy in Syria.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) - The Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today hosted an Incident Community Coordination Team call with American Muslim community leaders to discuss anti-Islam hate rallies by possibly armed extremists planned to take place in front of mosques nationwide on October 9 and 10.
The call came in response to requests made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and other national and local Muslim organizations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/15) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined other Muslim organizations at a meeting with State Department officials to discuss the need to allow more Syrian refugees into the United States and to challenge aggressive Israeli actions targeting the Al Aqsa mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam.
The meeting was coordinated by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
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.
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