(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/26/13) â€“ On Wednesday, February 27, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, will join members of Congress and others at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to show support for the Voting Rights Act.
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in “Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder” on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the act, which requires states with a history of voter discrimination to obtain federal clearance before changing state voting laws.
Members of the “Quad Caucus,” leaders from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, will speak at a news conference prior to the rally.
WHAT: Supreme Court Rally to Protect the Voting Rights Act
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (News Conference at 8:30 a.m., Rally Begins at 9 a.m.)
WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court Building, 1 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, email@example.com
In a statement of support for the 1965 Voting Rights Acts, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“For more than 40 years, the Voting Rights Act has protected the rights of African Americans, American Muslims and other minority voters.Â Now is not the time to let down our guard in defending the bedrock of democracy — the right to vote.”
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org