Some 200 members of the American Muslim and Arab-American
communities recently attended an Elections 2004 Town Hall Meeting in San
Jose, Calif., organized by the San Francisco Bay Area office Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). Attendees heard from, and asked
questions of, federal, state and local elected officials.
All major presidential campaigns participated, including California
Democratic Chairman Sen. Art Torres, representing the John Kerry campaign,
Grover Norquist representing the Bush/Cheney campaign and presidential
candidate Ralph Nader.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales, Council Member
David Cortese, and Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Ron Del Pozzo
all emphasized that all voices are needed in our political system and urged
the community to continue playing an important role and to challenge
attempts at exclusion.
Among the issues that were of most interest to the audience were the
Patriot Act, prisoner abuse in Iraq and Mr. Nader’s inclusion in the 2004
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Director of Governmental Relations, Dahlia Eltoumi,
(408) 986-9874, email@example.com