CAIR Event Provides Fun, Encourages
Political Activism

 


Speakers during the program

Santa Clara, CA: The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) held its Third Annual Family Picnic on Sunday, July 8, at the Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, with more than 600 people in attendance, exceeding the expected number of guests.
Themed "Know the Issues: Prepare for 2008 Elections", the event provided an opportunity to the American Muslim community to have some family fun while becoming educated about the key issues relevant to the 2008 presidential elections.
Representatives from various political parties presented the audience with their stance on vital government issues, especially those concerning the protection of minorities, civil liberties, diplomacy and foreign policies. Speakers included Steve Preminger, Santa Clara County Democratic Party Chairman; Brian Darby, Santa Clara County Libertarian Party Chairman; and Jim Stauffer from the Santa Clara County Green Party. The Republican Party was invited but was unable to attend. Several local public officials were also present.


Community members at the park

CAIR-SFBA made available voter registration forms and encouraged citizens to exercise their political right to vote. The picnic also included fun and games, face-painting for children, a clown, lunch, entertainment, and raffle prizes, with the grand prize being an iPod.
"Our annual picnic is a perfect example of Muslims having good American fun," said Safaa Ibrahim, CAIR- SFBA Executive Director. "The educational component allows American Muslims to exercise their patriotism by becoming better informed contributing citizens, so people leave having experienced a day of both education and enjoyment."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.

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