January 4th, 2008 04:32 EST
Increased Muslim participation in this year's Election
A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today launched an effort designed to increase Muslim participation in this year`s state and national elections.
The initiative by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) includes a website and handbook intended to encourage civic participation and empower Muslims to play a more effective role in the political process.
The CAIR 2008 Election website provides the latest news and opinions relating to Muslims and elections nationwide. It also includes positions of the presidential candidates on key issues, examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates for all levels of public office and links to the websites of Muslims running for public office.
SEE: CAIR 2008 Election
CAIR has also published a new Civic Participation Handbook that provides Muslim voters with best practices and step-by-step guides for everything from holding voter registration drives to making the most of a meeting with elected officials.
SEE: Civic Participation Handbook
The organization`s chapters across the country will be conducting nonpartisan election efforts including holding voter registration drives, producing voter guides, hosting candidates` forums and getting out the Muslim vote on Election Day.
"Each election cycle, America`s Muslims become better organized and more savvy about asserting our voice in our nation`s electoral dialogue," said CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor. "This is a community that is excited about the contributions our strong family values and foreign policy insights can make to this nation."
CAIR, America`s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.