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Ohio Muslims to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Elections


On Saturday, October 9, the Islamic Council
of Ohio, the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio) and the
American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) will host a
“Muslim Vote 2004” town hall meeting with local, state and national
political candidates in Columbus. (A similar event will take place October
10 in Michigan.)

WHAT: Muslim Vote 2004 Town Hall Meeting
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Columbus, Ohio
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2004, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm


CAIR-Ohio President Ahmad Al-Akhras, 614-989-5916, E-Mail:;
CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan, 614-571-2770, E-Mail:

At the town hall meeting, part of the annual “Islamic Day in Ohio,”
political candidates will address issues of concern to American Muslims,
and Muslim leaders will encourage increased political participation by
members of the Islamic community. Seating is limited. A $15 ticket fee
includes a catered luncheon. To reserve a place at the town hall meeting,
contact: CAIR-Ohio, 614-451-3232, E-Mail:

“It is likely that Ohio will be a key swing state in the upcoming
presidential elections,” said CAIR-Ohio Executive Director Jad Humeidan.
“Our polling shows that Muslims will support candidates who speak to their
concerns, regardless of party affiliation.” Humeidan said Ohio is home to
an estimated 150,000 Muslims. (As a non-profit group, CAIR does not endorse
candidates, but does encourage political participation.)


The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections is an umbrella
organization representing American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA),
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance of North America
(MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council
(MPAC), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Project Islamic Hope (PIH), and
United Muslims of America (UMA). SEE:

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 29 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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