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CAIR-WA responds to repeated ‘Muslim Bans’ with event to guide Muslim youth to careers in media, politics

Event attendees to sign up to start volunteering focampaigns to get ”˜foot in the door’ into careers in media/politics, have chance to apply for up to $100,000 in scholarships

chapter logos washington(SEATTLE, WA, 6/29/2017)  – The Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, responded to the Trump administration’s newest ”˜Muslim ban, which went into effect at 5 p.m. Pacific Time today, with ”˜Our Time to Shine,’ an event designed to drastically increase the number of American Muslim youth who enter careers in media and politics by having them volunteer with a political campaign of their choice during this year’s elections to get a ‘foot in the door’ into a career in media and politics.

Additionally, for those local Muslim participants who volunteer 100 hours or more with a campaign through this program, CAIR-WA will provide an opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 in scholarships to help fund college and graduate school that help local Muslim youth advance toward a career in media and politics so that soon they can ensure our communities’ authentic perspectives are included at decision-making tables in media and political offices.

Admission is free however successful application is required to attend.  CAIR-WA is urging local Muslim youth groups, student organizations, leaders and parents to have local Muslim youth apply. Applications are being accepted online until July 11.

Studies consistently show that despite the fact that American Muslims consistently have had among the lowest crime rates including the lowest violent crime rates compared to other groups, more than a decade of defamatory news coverage and entertainment media portrayals have resulted in record-highlevels of anti-Muslim prejudice nationwide resulting in frequent, unconstitutional anti-Muslim policy proposals receiving public support, increases in anti-Muslim hate crimes, and real harm to American Muslim families and childrenAccording to a May 2016 survey, half of likely voters across parties supported the idea of a ‘Muslim Ban.’ See: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/283789-poll-americans-split-on-trumps-muslim-ban-proposal  that number increased to 57% percent in January 2017 according to a Rasmussen Poll: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316914-poll-over-half-back-trumps-refugee-ban

“Currently there are only about two American Muslims working full-time in a mainstream media outlet in our state and less than ten who work for a political office in our state.  This means that at most media and political decision-making tables, there are no American Muslim persons who bring the perspectives of American Muslim families.  Yet these are places where decisions are made every day about how stories are told to millions of fellow Americans, including stories about Islam and Muslims, and what laws to pass that affect our daily lives,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. 

He added: “Now is the time for American Muslims to step up and start changing how media and politicians talk about our communities. Applications are being accepted online until July 11 at www.cairseattle.org/TimeToShine  Then, on July 15, 2017, 9:30am to 11:30am, in downtown Seattle, Muslim youth will attend ”˜Our Time to Shine’ to start volunteering for a political campaign of your choice so you can learn how to make media and politics work for our communities, and later get a chance to apply for up to $100,000 in scholarships to help fund college and graduate school that help local Muslim youth advance toward a career in media and politics so that soon they can ensure our communities’ authentic perspectives are included at decision-making tables in media and political offices!”

“We are asking American Muslim youth across the Puget Sound to apply online at www.cairseattle.org/TimetoShine by the July 11 deadline to attend an event on July 15 where they can sign up to start volunteering immediately for a political campaign of their choice.  There will be a variety of different campaigns’ managers there ready to recruit high-quality volunteers.   This way, they can learn first-hand how to make media and politics work and start making progress toward a career in these fields.  And we’ll help them by offering those who complete at least 100 volunteer hours through this program during this election cycle to have a chance to apply for up to $100,000 in scholarships.  This way, in addition to helping local Muslim youth gain experience, understand how media and politics work and get a ‘foot in the door’ into a career in those fields, we also are giving them a chance to help them fund college and graduate school that helps them advance toward a career in media and politics so that they can ensure our communities’ authentic perspectives are included at decision-making tables in those fields. One of the effects of this would be that the rhetoric we hear in the 2010 elections about American Muslims and policies that affect Muslims, would be much different from what we heard during the 2016 election cycle.”

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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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

CAIR-WA responds to repeated ”˜Muslim Bans’ with event to guideMuslim youth to careers in media, politics
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