CAIR: U.S. Muslim, Arab-American Leaders to React to Election of Donald Trump as President

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/16) – Later today, the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will host a news conference with Muslim and Arab-American leaders at it Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C., to offer reaction to the election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. News conference participants will call on President-elect Trump to unite all Americans under the Constitution.

[MEDIA NOTE: CAIR’s news conference will be live-streamed on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational ]

WHAT: American Muslim, Arab-American Leaders React to Election of Donald Trump

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

Prior to Tuesday’s election, CAIR joined a coalition of interfaith and civic groups across the country in asking Americans of all faith, racial and political backgrounds to commit to working with each other after the election to build a more united country.

SEE: CAIR Joins National Interfaith, Civic Leaders in Calling on All Americans to Pledge to Work Together #OnNovember9  

Video: CAIR Joins Campaign for National Unity #OnNovember9

In October, CAIR released the results of a nationwide survey of Muslim voters on the presidential election and on issues of concern to the Muslim community. The survey found that 85 percent of polled Muslim voters believed that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. has increased in the past year. Thirty percent of respondents say they have experienced discrimination or profiling in the past year.

SEE: American Muslim Voters and the 2016 Election

Muslim Voters Name Civil Rights as Key Election Issue as Electorate Turns Away From GOP

CAIR mobilized Muslim voters through a national get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaign, through distribution of copies of its “2016 National Voter Guide” and with the launch of MuslimsGOTV.com, an election resource website.

SEE: CAIR Launches Muslims GOTV Election Website, Releases General Election Scorecard and Presidential Guide

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

As a nonpartisan tax-exempt organization, CAIR encourages American Muslims to participate in national and state elections and does not support one candidate or party over another.

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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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


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