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MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR-SFBA to Join Candidates Forum to Educate Muslim Community Members on Key Issues Before Midterms

Council on American-Islamic Relations-SFBA Third in a Series of Forums Ahead of Election Day

(San Jose, CA, 10/17/2018) — On Friday, October 19, the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and the Silicon Valley chapter of the NAACP will co-host a Candidates’ Forum at SBIA in San Jose to educate the community on local candidates before they head to the ballot box. Attendees will hear from the two Santa Clara County Sheriff candidates.

Attendees concerned about privacy rights being threatened, use of force by law enforcement, or public safety can ask candidates about their positions on these issues, in addition to broader local issues like infrastructure projects and the state of local school systems.

Since the 2016 presidential election, American Muslims have become more civically engaged than ever, with a record number of Muslims running for local and state office. Younger Muslims of color, in particular, are interested in getting involved in local politics across the board.

WHO: Staff from CAIR-SFBA, two candidates for sheriff, and local community members.
WHAT: Candidates Forum, attended by local members of the Muslim community 
WHEN: Friday, October 19; 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm PT
WHERE: South Bay Islamic Association, 2345 Harris Way, San Jose, CA 95131

VISUALS:  Diverse group of people meeting and greeting candidates for sheriff, signs, statewide voter guide for Muslims.

Note to press: Sameena Usman, Government Relations Coordinator of CAIR-SFBA, is available for interviews to discuss the increase in American Muslims running for office, and overall increased civic engagement leading up to the midterms.

***To book an interview with Sameena from CAIR-SFBA or RSVP as press, please contact***

CAIR-SFBA will host an additional candidate forum 10/21 (Pleasanton). 


Contact: Jacqueline Lara, 240-305-2133,; Cabot Lee Petoia, 828-899-9239,

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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