Media Advisory: Senate Election 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY
 
CAIR-Alabama, Other Advocacy Groups to Highlight Impact of Grassroots, Marginalized Communities in Senate Election 
 
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 12/14/2017) -- Today, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) will join StandAsOne, a coalition of area advocacy groups, to highlight the impact of grassroots, marginalized communities in Tuesday’s Special Senate Election. CAIR-Alabama noted a large Muslim voter turnout for the special Senate election after a grassroots organizing effort to engage and mobilize mosques in the areas with the highest population of Muslims.   
 
WHAT: StandAsOne Coalition response to Special Senate Election 
WHEN: Thursday December 14, 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Greater Birmingham Ministries, 2304 12th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL  35234-3111
CONTACT: Rev. Carolyn Foster, 205-326-6821, ext. 104 carolyn@gbm.org
 
Muslims in Alabama are the largest religious minority, with a diverse racial and ethnic base including African-American, South-Asian, Arab, and North African. The largest Muslim populations are in Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, and Mobile counties. By CAIR-Alabama’s estimate, even a fraction of that demographic would be enough to constitute the less than 2% margin of votes cast for the winning candidate. On Tuesday, along with hundreds of thousands of others, Muslims came out all over Alabama following voter registration drives and subsequent Get Out The Vote efforts organized by CAIR-AL in coordination with local Islamic centers.
 
“This is a remarkable moment for the Muslim community in Alabama because we have found hope, empowerment, and fellowship amidst a year of derision and discrimination. The people spoke and rejected bigotry and racism in favor of inclusion and solidarity with the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama executive director. “Tuesday night was a heartening validation for the difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible work our communities have been doing to overcome fear and hatred. Today we are proud as Alabamians of every faith, color, and creed.”
 
She added, “We will be able to better understand the numbers in the coming days but according to our estimates of the Muslim voter turnout, over 98% was cast for Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate.”
 
“It is our hope that the Senator-Elect will work with his Muslim constituents to promote policies of inclusivity and justice for all. We invite him to visit a mosque to meet with the Muslim community and to gain better understanding of the people that make up Alabama.” 
 
Earlier this year, after Roy Moore’s anti-Muslim and anti-Islam comments, including calling Islam a “false religion,” CAIR-Alabama invited him to visit a mosque and area Muslim leadership to better understand his constituency. The invitation went without a response. (http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/roy_moore_un-american_for_call.html ).
 
Alabamian Muslims in the previous two years have sent delegations to the Capitol in efforts to engage and to better educate our state’s representatives. Such engagement efforts have fostered greater mutual respect and understanding.
 
See high resolution pictures here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskYY1BXN 
 
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT: Executive Director, Khaula Hadeed at 334-224-2196 or khadeed@cair.com

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