CAIR launches weekly election update
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today issued the first of its weekly “Election 2004 Updates” designed to promote the political empowerment of the American Muslim community. The updates will focus on issues of importance to the American Muslim community and candidates’ positions on those issues.
This week’s alert looks at the positions of presidential candidates on the USA PATRIOT Act. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/muslimvote2004/issue1.html (Future alerts will be distributed directly through CAIR’s e-mail lists. To offer comments or suggestions about the updates, e-mail: email@example.com)
Provisions of that act have been challenged by civil libertarians as infringing on the rights of all Americans. Muslims are specifically concerned with section 213 (sneak and peak searches), section 215 (personal records), section 412 (indefinite detentions), and section 802 (definition of domestic terrorism).
Each Election 2004 Update will also encourage American Muslim voter registration and offer information about the registration process.
“To have a voice in the political process, American Muslims must be aware of the issues that impact their lives and have an understanding of where each candidate stands on those issues,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad added that along with awareness of the issues, every eligible American Muslim must be registered to vote. He noted that CAIR’s political awareness and voter registration campaign is part of a nationwide effort by a number of Muslim groups.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.