Action Alert: CAIR Muslim Voter Registration Reminder for VA, MD and DC

CAIR logoThe Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is reminding eligible voters in the DMV area about deadlines to register to vote:

To Register to Vote and Confirm or Change Registration, GO TO:


Today, Monday, October 17, is the last day to register to vote online, by mail or in person.


Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18 is the last day to register to vote online or by mail. In person voting is still open until November 3rd.

Washington, District of Columbia

In person voting is still open until the day of the General Election, Tuesday, November 8. (Online and mail registration is already closed.)

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CAIR-WA: Muslim Civil Rights Group to Hold Washington Secretary of State, OSPI Debates October 24

CAIR logoAudience to include 250+ registered voters, including Muslim veterans, law enforcement, medical professionals, scouts

(SEATTLE, WA, 10/17/2016) — On Monday, October 24, the Washington state Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) will hold debates with secretary of state and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) candidates at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), 17550 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA. SEE:   

Distinguished audience members are available for interviews before, during and after the debates.

The OSPI debate between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal begins at 6:30 p.m. The secretary of state debate between incumbent Republican Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski begins at 7:30 p.m.  KIRO-TV and KHQ-TV will be streaming the debates live on their websites, 

NOTE: CAIR-WA is still seeking media outlets that can broadcast the event live on-air and/or via Facebook Live and online live-stream. Broadcast media outside the Seattle area will be provided access to audio connections or satellite coordinates of source feed. Media professionals wishing to attend and broadcast the event via Facebook Live, web-stream are requested to contact CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206.931.3655 as far in advance of event as possible. Journalists wishing to attend the debates for news coverage are requested to RSVP prior to the event if possible. 


The audience will be comprised of 250+ registered Washington state Muslim voters, including U.S. military veterans and current personnel in uniform/identifying headwear, hate crime victims, public school teachers, nurses and medical doctors in scrubs and white coats, firefighters, law enforcement in uniform, families with children, and Muslim youth. Interfaith partner, as well as leaders of ethnic and racial minorities will also take part in the debates. All attendees will be required to bring their election ballots with them to the event in order to attend. This will show that attendees are people who are actual voters ready to vote.

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CAIR Identifies Key Themes in Islamophobic Political Discourse

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today issued a brief, “Islamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review,” in which it identified three key themes of Islamophobic political rhetoric this year.

CAIR’s brief shows that anti-Muslim and anti-Islam political discourse has focused on issues such as refugees, immigration and travel, and has employed terminology demonizing Islam and calling for the surveillance of Muslim communities.

Statements by public officials, candidates for office and ranking members of political parties are compiled in this brief – including: “Giving public benefits to any person or family that practices Islam is aiding and abetting the enemy. That is treason.” – New Hampshire State Rep. Ken Weyler

Islamophobia in Politics: A 2016 Review

CAIR attributes the rise in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in large part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public officials.

Video: CAIR Seeks Protection for U.S. Muslims After Planned Terror Attack on Kansas Mosque (Fox)

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CAIR-Alabama Welcomes Mayor’s Response to Police Chief’s ‘Bacon Grease Covered Bullets’ Facebook Posts

CAIR logo(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 10/14/2016) – The Alabama chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today welcomed Gurley, Ala., Mayor Robert Sentell’s decision to investigate Chief of Police Barry Pendegraf’s September 23rd, and 27th Facebook posts referring to ‘’Bacon Greased Covered Bullets.” CAIR-Alabama said it appreciates the mayor’s timely response and sincere efforts to resolve Muslim concerns.

After speaking with a representative of CAIR-Alabama, the mayor acknowledged the concerns and implication of Chief Pendegraf’s posts.

CAIR-Alabama said in a statement: “We are prepared to take the Chief Pendegraf's explanation that he was referring to reloading and not to killing Muslims. However, absent an explanation in his Facebook post, the inevitable conclusion one could draw would be otherwise. As a former member of the North Alabama ‘anti-terrorism task force,’ we hope he would be more careful in the future. Irrespective of the intent the post might be taken as an invitation to attack Muslims.”

“We had a positive discussion in which the mayor’s office agreed that Chief Pendegraf’s posts could cause offense and place minorities in danger. Most people reading the posts viewed them as anti-Muslim hatred, which unfortunately has been a very real issue with very real consequences for the Muslim community,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.

She added: “At a time of increased attacks and incidents of hate against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim nationwide, we believe it is essential that public service staff and officers are adequately trained and are able to serve the community fairly and justly without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Sentiments that appear to single out particular communities make us all less safe.”

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