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CAIR-SFBA: Candidates Forum to Educate Muslim Community Members on Key Issues Before Midterms

Council on American-Islamic Relations-SFBA Hosts Series of Forums Ahead of Election Day

Oakland, CA — On Friday, November 2, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will host a Candidates Forum at the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, to educate the Muslim community on local candidates before they head to the ballot box. Attendees will hear from candidates for Oakland mayor.

Attendees will ask candidates about a broad range of topics: from issues specific to the Muslim community such as the Muslim Ban and surveillance of mosques, to broader local issues like transit, housing, safety, and services.

Since the 2016 presidential election, American Muslims have become more civically-engaged than ever, with a record number of Muslims running for local and state office. Younger Muslims of color, in particular, are interested in getting involved in local politics across the board.

WHO: Staff from CAIR-SFBA, Oakland mayoral candidates, and local community members.WHAT: Candidates Forum, attended by local members of the Muslim community
WHERE AND WHEN: Friday, November 2; 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT
The Lighthouse Mosque, 620 42nd Street, Oakland, California 94609
VISUALS: Diverse group of people meeting and greeting candidates for Oakland mayor, signs, statewide voter guide for Muslims.

Note to press: Sameena Usman, Government Relations Coordinator of CAIR-SFBA, is available for interviews to discuss the increase in American Muslims running for office, and overall increased civic engagement leading up to the midterms.

***To book an interview with Sameena from CAIR-SFBA or RSVP as press, please contact***


CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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