As protestors prepare to spend this weekend demonstrating in front of Islamic houses of worship, Muslims responded on Friday by standing up for their rights as American citizens.
The hateful protests, spurred by a national rise in anti-Muslim sentiment, are scheduled to take place at Islamic centers across the country on Oct. 9-10, according to The Center for New Community, a Chicago-based anti-bigotry group. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy organization, announced on Friday that they are launching a year-long voter registration campaign.
The drives will take place inside mosques and community centers and will be open to the public. It’s an attempt to show that American Muslim houses of worship are places that foster civic and democratic engagement.
“In registering voters, American Muslim organizations nationwide are challenging Islamophobia with community organizing, coalition building and civic empowerment,” CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw said in a statement. “In the face of hatred, the Muslim community will respond by asserting its rights as American citizens and voters.”