Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • CAIR-FL Condemns Shooting of Sikh Man in Possible Hate Crime
  • Help Needed with University Study of Muslims and Health Care
    Please task a few minutes to help with a research study on perceived discrimination among Muslims in the U.S. health care setting, the researchers are very close to their target number of completed surveys. This research will help health care providers understand what is important to Muslims when they use health care services and aims to increase understanding about how to provide care to Muslims that is meaningful and satisfactory. Your responses will be kept completely confidential. Take the survey here.
    DC: CAIR Reps to Join SCOTUS Rally in Support of Voting Rights
    (WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/26/13) -- On Wednesday, February 27, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, will join members of Congress and others at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to show support for the Voting Rights Act.
    Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in "Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder" on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the act, which requires states with a history of voter discrimination to obtain federal clearance before changing state voting laws.
    SEE: Challenge to the Voting Rights Act Reaches Supreme Court (ABC)
    Members of the "Quad Caucus," leaders from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, will speak at a news conference prior to the rally.
    WHAT: Supreme Court Rally to Protect the Voting Rights Act
    WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (News Conference at 8:30 a.m., Rally Begins at 9 a.m.)
    WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court Building, 1 First St. NE, Washington, D.C.
    CONTACT: CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857,
    In a statement of support for the 1965 Voting Rights Acts, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
    "For more than 40 years, the Voting Rights Act has protected the rights of African Americans, American Muslims and other minority voters. Now is not the time to let down our guard in defending the bedrock of democracy -- the right to vote."
    CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.

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