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CAIR, Md. Community Leaders to Announce Figures on Letter-Writing Campaign to Senators on Gaza

CAIR-logo(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/12/2014) — On Wednesday, August 13, the Maryland Outreach Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, will hold a news conference in partnership with community leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore to announce the final tally of letters signed by concerned citizens and delivered to Senators Mikulski and Cardin in light of the killing of some 2,000 people, — mainly civilians — in Gaza. 

CAIR and the community leaders will also urge elected officials to take necessary steps to ensure that the billions of tax dollars our nation provides to Israel each year are not used to kill civilians.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference on Gaza Letter-Writing Campaign
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6631 Johnnycake Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244
CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 443-823-7816

The letters, most of which have been delivered to both Senators' offices, read in part:

“The U.S. government must not remain silent about Israel's unjust and disproportionate use of force against Palestinians in Gaza. The 'right of a nation to defend itself' does not extend to unrestrained aerial bombardments of civilian populations and must be condemned immediately.”

“The response to our Gaza letter-writing campaign has been overwhelming,” said CAIR's Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. “Maryland residents are deeply concerned about the toll Israel's latest military campaign has taken on innocent civilians. We want to make sure elected officials are hearing their constituents' voices.”

CAIR recently launched a new community service called “CAIR Connects” designed to enable American Muslims to share their concerns about important foreign policy issues with their elected representatives.

CAIR chapters across the nation also launched similar efforts, and a total of 26,000+ signatures have been collected on letters addressed to various states' respective members of Congress.

CAIR is urging American Muslim voters to take advantage of the August recess of Congress, during which elected officials return to their home districts, to schedule meeting on important issues such as your tax dollars being used to pay for Israel's killing of more than 1900 people, mainly civilians, in Gaza. (NOTE: Congress is back in session on September 8.)

SEE: Meet with Your Elected Representatives During Congress' August Recess
http://cair.com/action-alerts/12608-meet-your-elected-representatives-during-congress-august-recess.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil rights 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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