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CAIR to Launch Fall Elections Efforts to Mobilize San Francisco Bay Area Muslim Vote

CAIR logo(SANTA CLARA, CA, 8/10/2016) – On Thursday, August 11, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will launch its efforts to mobilize the Muslim vote for the general election with training for election volunteers.

WHAT: Elections Volunteer Training

WHEN: Thursday, August 11th, 1-2pm

WHERE: CAIR-SFBA office, 3003 Scott Blvd., Suite 101, Santa Clara

CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Communications & Outreach Coordinator Nashwah Akhtar, 408.986.9874, nakhtar@cair.com; CAIR-SFBA Programs and Development Manager Lucy Porras 408.986.9874, lporras@cair.com

Other mobilization efforts will include registering voters at Bay Area mosques and community events, outreach to Muslim voters to encourage them to turn out for the elections and candidate forums or “meet and greets” with elected officials.

With the spotlight on Muslims in this election cycle, especially following Khizr and Ghazala Khan's comments about what it means to be American, CAIR-SFBA hopes to challenge the hateful political rhetoric by encouraging American Muslims to voice their concern by casting their votes.

“The key to a thriving nation is having active players from every community who are civically engaged,” says CAIR-SFBA Government Relations Coordinator Sameena Usman.

Civic engagement has been a strong focus of the Muslim community this year, with over 600 participants state-wide attending CAIR-CA's annual Muslim Day at the Capitol lobbying day this past April.

SEE: CAIR-CA Hosts Fifth Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

There are an estimated 250,000 Muslims residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and close to a million in the state of California.

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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