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CAIR-CA: Voter Education, Hate Crime Prevention

CAIR-SV PARTICIPATES IN APAPA’s 5th ANNUAL VOTERS EDUCATION AND CANDIDATES FORUM

More than 1000 attend to hear debates and presentations to educate and encourage political participation.

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/10/06) – More than 1000 people from Northern California attended the 5th Annual Voters Education and Candidates Forum held at the Radisson Hotel, Sacramento.

The Forum hosted by The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) was co-chaired by the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley Chapter (CAIR-SV). The forum was designed to educate the community about the importance of voting and to give candidates the opportunity to address the community’s concerns.

“We hope this forum encourages increased voter participation by the Sacramento Valley community and results in more informed decisions at the polls in November,” said CAIR-SV Executive Committee Member Dr. Najme Minha

The forum featured numerous debates including the one between the candidates for the Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi (Democrat) and Senator Tom McClintok (Republican); and another between the candidates for Attorney General Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown (Democrat) and State Senator Chuck Poochigian (Republican).

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269, E-mail: sacval@cair.com


CAIR-SV PARTICIPATES IN OCA’s ANNUAL HATE CRIMES AWARENESS AND PREVENTION FORUM

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/10/06) – More than 350 state legislators, law enforcement officials and community members attended the annual Organization of Chinese Americans of Sacramento (OCA-Sacramento) Hate Crimes Awareness and Prevention Forum held at the Alumni center at California State University, Sacramento.

The discussion panel included Sacramento Police Chief Albert Najera, CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra and State Assembly Member Dr. Judy Chu.

“We thank OCA-Sacramento President Linda Ng for her leadership in putting together this important event,” said CAIR-SV Director Basim Elkarra. “At a time when hate crimes against the Muslim community are rising, these types of events are helpful in preventing incidents before they occur.”

CONTACT: Basim Elkarra, (916) 441-6269, E-mail: sacval@cair.com

 

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