January 25th, 2008 14:44 EST
FL Muslims Mobilize for Primary Election
The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) today released its non-partisan "2008 Florida Presidential Primary Election Voter Guide," designed to inform constituents and mobilize Florida Muslims to cast ballots this Tuesday.
To download a copy of the CAIR voter guide, click here. http://crm.cair.com/site/R?i=gpE1y2kW-6GIymlcWjoDeA..
"Florida Muslims are potentially a critical swing voting bloc in the primary and general election; it's important for all citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote," said CAIR-Tampa Government Relations Coordinator Jamila Baraka.
In an effort to mobilize the Muslim vote, CAIR chapters across the country are registering voters, holding candidates forums, distributing voter guides and getting voters to the polls on Election Day.
CAIR has also launched a website dedicated to the 2008 elections to update constitutions with the latest news and opinions relating to Muslims and election races nationwide. This site contains key issue positions of the Presidential candidates, examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates for all forms of public office and links to the sites of Muslims running for public office.
Click here to visit the 2008 Elections site.
Earlier this month, CAIR released a brand new Civic Participation Handbook, which includes best practices and step-by-step guides covering everything from holding voter registration drives to making the most of a meeting with the elected officials who represent you. Accompanying the handbook are our Civic Participation Trainings, which emphasize and build on the handbook's material.
Download a copy of the Civic Participation Handbook here: http://crm.cair.com/site/R?i=yNJGwiM-dtr6jYbsGrVv6A..
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 34 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.