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Community Advisory: CAIR to Host Live ‘How to Handle Voter Intimidation at the Polls’ Facebook Event

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/20) – On Saturday, October 31 (4 p.m. ET), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will host a live event on Facebook to offer Muslim voters information about “How to Handle Voter Intimidation at the Polls.” 

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Are you concerned about what to do in case you experience or witness voter intimidation at the polls? Join us this Saturday afternoon, October 31st for a free online bystander intervention training that will provide you with the nonviolence principles that can be used to de-escalate a variety of scenarios at the polls and know which authorities to contact if the situation escalates. 


  • Kit Bonson, co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in Maryland  
  • Courtney Mangus, Programs Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) 


  • Asma Rehman, CAIR National Chapter Manager  

Kit Bonson is co-founder of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in Maryland.  She has been an activist-organizer for 40 years, primarily with organizations dedicated to peace and justice, and to women’s health.   

Courtney Mangus is the programs coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA). In this position, she leads CAIR-SFBA’s signature programs including youth programs, workshops, the internship and volunteer programs, and much more.  

CAIR’s Efforts to Mobilize 1 Million Muslim Voters 

CAIR will host a special online program, “Live Election Coverage: Muslims Vote 2020,” on and before Election Day. The all-election-day programing is set to provide updates from CAIR chapters across the country on Muslim voter turnout and in-depth coverage of issues important to the Muslim community. The program is scheduled to broadcast live online on Monday, November 2 from 3 to 5 PM (ET), and on Tuesday, November 3 from 12 PM to 7 PM. 

Live Election Coverage: Muslims Vote 2020

ALSO: Register now for Sunday’s national “Muslim Voter Virtual Town Hall and Phone Bank Party,” kicking off at 12 PM (ET).    

The event is being hosted by CAIR, MPower Change, Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). 

The town hall portion of the event will feature:  

  • MPower Change Executive Director Linda Sarsour  
  • CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad  
  • MAS PACE National Director Ismahan Abdullahi   
  • American Muslims For Palestine Executive Director Dr. Osama Abuirshaid 
  • Political Commentator and Columnist Dean Obeidallah  
  • CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Imam Dawud Walid  
  • CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo, and others  


WHAT: Muslim Virtual Town Hall & Phone Bank Party   

WHEN: Sunday, November 1   

  • Virtual town hall: 12 PM to 12:45 PM (ET)   
  • Phone banking event from 12:45 PM to 7 PM (ET)   

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After the town hall ends, participants will be asked to stay on and join the phone banking event to start calling Muslim voters.   

The town hall segment of this nonpartisan event, which will bring a diverse cross-section of the community together to show our unity, will show the power of Muslim voters, and make a final push to turn out voters in this critical election.   

For more information, contact CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw at 202-999-8292 or   

Other CAIR election initiatives: 

CAIR Launches ‘All Hands on Deck’ Final Push to Mobilize and Protect Muslim Voters in Final Days of 2020 Election 

CAIR Community Alert: Khatibs Urged to Address Election During Friday Sermons and Jummah Prayers 

CAIR Releases Voter Rights Complaint Form in Advance of November 3 General Election 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, 

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