ADC Announces National Partnership with CAIR to Empower Voters
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | August 22, 2012 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce it has entered into a national partnership with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). ADC and CAIR will coordinate voter empowerment efforts and election activities in the key swing states, including Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. The two organizations will collaborate on hosting voter registration and get out the vote drives, phone banks, town halls, and candidate forums.
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.
ADC Legal Director Abed Ayoub said: “ADC welcomes the partnership with CAIR and is committed to strengthening the voice of our respective communities and constituents. The past few weeks have shed light on the discrimination and hate which still exists in this country. It is only through such partnerships and coalitions that a united voice can rise against the hate and bigotry.”
"CAIR is proud to join with ADC in helping to strengthen the political voice of the diverse American Muslim and Arab American communities in the November elections," said CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw. "The political empowerment of American Muslims and Arab Americans can only be accomplished through positive civic engagement and by building coalitions with other Americans who seek social justice."
ADC launched its Voter Protection Unit (VPU), a special unit dedicated to protecting Arab and Muslim Americans from attempts to intimidate or prevent their right to vote. To increase ADC-VPU’s reach, CAIR will advertise ADC’s voter protection services throughout the election.
ADC is also working in organizing candidate forums in key swing states across the country. If you are interested in hosting a forum in your state please contact ADC.
ADC encourages its members to use the voter registration toolkit and state-specific voting guides release