(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/29/12) A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday spoke at a symbolic "Funeral for Democracy" event at the Galilee Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich.
The event, which was sponsored by Rainbow PUSH Michigan, raised concerns about Michigan Public Act 4, which gives the governor and state treasurer authority to strip citizens of their voting rights through handpicking "emergency managers" to replace mayors, city councils and school boards.
The event also focused on proposed voter ID legislation in the Michigan legislature, which copies voters ID laws in South Carolina Texas that were challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice for disproportionately effecting minorities.
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Speakers at the event included Rev. David Bullock (Rainbow PUSH Michigan), Chris Michalakis (Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO), Rev. Robert Smith (New Bethel Baptist Church) and CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
"We join other civil rights organizations and people of faith in the calling for the reinstatement of voters' rights for all citizens of Michigan," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "It is not within the spirit of justice to institute measures that specifically block certain groups' voices from the democratic process."
Walid also mentioned that all cities in Michigan, which objected to be given emergency managers are majority people of color while the city of Allen Park, which requested an emergency manager, yet was not given one, is a majority White-American.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org