We will not be intimidated
September 27, 2012
We have less than 40 days before Election Day and with thousands of people still not registered to vote, we must double our efforts to get our fellow citizens to the polls.
It has not been a fair fight. Tactics have been put in place to hustle voters and sway the elections.
To intimidate and deter minority voters, such as Arab Americans, 17 states have passed restrictive voting laws that will impact the 2012 election (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin). These states account for 218 electoral votes, nearly 80 percent of that needed to win the presidency!
It’s time we make it clear that we are not okay with this -- we are not okay with domestic laws designed to intimidate voters and take away their civil liberties. Join ADC in making our voice loud and clear!
ADC is busy this election season making sure all Americans get to vote on Election Day and are aware of the issues at stake:
- Political Rhetoric -- monitoring and condemning statements by candidates that defame Arab American and Muslim Americans.
- Voter Protection Unit -- protecting the Arab and Muslim American communities from attempts to stifle their right to vote through fear tactics designed to promote hate, division, and hostility.
- Voter Registration Drive -- investing in efforts to ensure that community members are registered to vote, and have the necessary information needed on voting day, such as poll location, hours, and any new laws impacting voting rights.
- Get out the Vote (GOTV) Campaign -- contacting and reminding community members across the US one week prior to the election to get out and vote!
- Election Town Hall Meetings -- arranging town hall meetings in select cities across the US, in an effort to answer questions on the upcoming elections and address issues impacting the community.
If you haven’t yet, please contribute to our Election Fund. We are depending on your contributions to make this work possible.
And trust me, every bit counts -- we don’t take your investment lightly.
I thank those of you who have already given, and those who will give after reading this letter.
Together we will make sure all Americans have the opportunity to vote and impact America’s future.
I know I can count on you to do your part.