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CAIR to Support D.C. Panel on Muslims and the Census

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/3/10) – On Monday, March 8, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join in supporting an event at Georgetown University hosted by the American Muslim Interactive Network (AMIN) to encourage participation in the 2010 U.S. Census.
WHAT: Census 2010: Muslim Voices Matter
WHEN: Monday, March 8. 6-7 p.m. dinner reception, 7-8:30 p.m. panel discussion with Q&A
WHERE: Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B Hariri Building, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
[CAIR chapters across the country will be holding similar events in the coming weeks.]
Speakers will include Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN), Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of Dar al-Hijra mosque and a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau.
In an effort to promote and encourage public and civic engagement among the American Muslim community, the event is designed to educate the public about the census and its importance and relevance to the Muslim community, dispel stereotypes and myths about Census information sharing, inspire interest in the process and encourage participation. Although the census does not ask about faith and religion (rather it asks about ethnicity/heritage), Muslims make up a ethnically and culturally diverse subset of the American population.
Why the Census should matter to Muslims:

  • Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on the Census.
  • Faith-based organizations and institutions use census data to apply for grants and determine locations for new facilities.
  • Census data guide funding decisions for community facilities, such as schools, hospitals, child-care centers, senior centers and more.
  • Census data affects your voice in Congress, as well as redistricting of state legislations, county and city councils, and voting districts.

The event is free. For additional information, details and to RSVP, go to
CONTACT: Hazami Barmada, E-Mail: or Tel: (228) 324-2325; Aseel Elborno, E-Mail:, 919-696-7796


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