CAIR-LA Launches SoCal Muslim Voter Mobilization Campaign
Anaheim, CA: Beginning Friday May 19th and continuing until the deadline to register to vote in the November general election, the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold voter registration drives at state mosques to register California Muslims in advance of the 2016 elections.
CAIR-LA will encourage those registering to vote to use their voice at the polls to challenge Islamophobia by voting for candidates that support diversity and pluralism in our state and country.
“It is vital that California Muslims voice their concerns at the polls by voting for candidates that are representative of the diversity and pluralism that our community represents,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “The future of our state and country will be decided later this year and we now have an opportunity to ensure it is a future that will be good for individuals from all walks of life.”
Volunteers will be posted at these locations to assist in filling out registration forms and to collect completed forms to be delivered to the appropriate Registrar of Voters.
CAIR-LA, in addition to voter registration efforts, will be organizing “Meet the Candidates” forums, and community town halls on the importance of voting, and challenging xenophobia and bigotry through civic engagement.
More information and important dates regarding SoCal Voter Mobilization efforts, visit bit.ly/camuslimvote
Upcoming SoCal Muslim Voter Registration Drives:
* Friday, May 20 | 1:00 -3:30 PM | Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley
* Friday, May 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Al Farooq Islamic Center (Bakersfield)
* Friday, May 27 | 1:00-3:30 PM | Islamic Center of Riverside
* Friday, June 3 | 12:30-3:30 PM | Islamic Society of Hawthorne
* Friday, June 3 | 1:00-3:30 PM | Sayed Jamal Al-Din Afghani Mosque (Irvine, CA)
CAIR-LA hopes that those eligible to vote of the 500,000 Muslims living in Southern California will register to vote in the November 2016 elections.
“Registering to vote is the first step in engaging in the political process,” said CAIR-LA Public Affairs Manager Haroon Manjlai. “Many feel that their government does not represent them – voting is the first step to changing this sentiment.”
More information and voter registration links are also available online at bit.ly/camuslimvote .