Muslim American Voters to Hold Election Celebration on December 9

Muslim American voters are holding ‘2006 Election Celebration’ on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at 5:00PM at the Chandni Restaurant, 5748 Mowry School Road (Balentine Plaza), Newark, (510) 668-1051. The invited guests would include Bay Area elected officials and Muslim community members.
The event sponsors include: American Muslims Helping the Community, American Muslim Voice (AMV, • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), • Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC), and North American Islamic Shelter for Abused (NISA) •

An email message received by Pakistan Link from the United Muslims of America in this regard states: The results of this year's midterm elections have undoubtedly proven that change can occur with the POWER of a VOTE. As citizens of this country, we have this power. This year Muslim communities throughout the United States have shown interest and have started to become involved at grassroots level, which is most encouraging.
In his article, “The New Power of Muslim Vote,” Terry Walz of the CNI Foundation wrote, “A new analysis of voting patterns in Virginia, where Republican incumbent George Allen narrowly lost to Democratic newcomer Jim Webb, reveals that the Muslim vote may have significantly contributed to the winning margin.” Part of the success of bringing more Muslims to the polls can be attributed to the hard work of the Muslim American Society (MAS), who registered 42,000 new voters across the country.
Minnesota elected the first Muslim representative, Keith Ellison, to the US Congress. Republican Saghir Tahir was elected to New Hampshire State Assembly for the third time. Saqib Ali was l voted to the House of Delegates in Maryland, District 39. The Muslim community in the Bay Area was very actively involved in supporting Jerry McNerney, who was the winner against John Pombo. According to Pete McClosky, Muslim support and the Muslim VOTE were very important in this victory. In Fremont, the Muslim community supported winners Bill Harrison and Anu Natarajan for City Council and Lara York for the Fremont School District.
Capturing this moment of confidence, the citizens of the Bay Area along with Muslim organizations are inviting the newly elected and re-elected officials from local, state and federal offices to a celebration party on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at 5:00 pm at Chandni Restaurant. At this event, new and existing officials will be introduced to Muslim community members, providing them an opportunity to socialize and build relationships.
The main purpose of this event is to motivate the Muslim community to action and to show the strength of the Muslim American VOTERS, not just Muslims. The "V" word has the power and the politicians listen to it diligently.
We appeal to you to please come and join us. Bring your friends and families so that we can make a sizable impression. Numbers always speak and politicians always count on VOTES. Thank you.
We look forward to seeing you on December 9th, the message concludes.

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