Chicago's Muslims Waging Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 PM CDT
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There's a big push in Chicago's roughly 40,000 member-strong Muslim community to make their voices heard this election year.

A coalition of community groups joined together Thursday under one slogan: "Our Vote is Our Power."

They've spent months going door-to-door and working the phones to mobilize Chicago's Muslim community on election day, frustrated over intolerance and racial profiling.

"Every one of us will have one vote and we'll all be equal. There's nobody white or African-American or Hispanic or immigrant," said Amad Nasir of the Council of Islamic Organizations.

The group said they have 20,000 people committed to voting on Nov. 2. and are committed to candidates favoring immigration reform and ending the wars, according to Medill Reports.

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