(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 conferenceÂ in partnershipÂ with community leadersÂ at the Islamic Society of Baltimore to announceÂ theÂ final tally ofÂ letters signed by concerned citizensÂ andÂ delivered to Senators Mikulski and Cardin in light ofÂ the killing of some 2,000 people, — mainly civilians — in Gaza.Â
CAIR and the community leaders willÂ also urgeÂ elected officials to take necessary steps to ensure thatÂ the billions of taxÂ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 beenÂ 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.Â WeÂ want to make sure elected officials are hearingÂ 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
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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