| GEO Pakistan|
US Muslims to vote straight democratic nominee in Nov polls
| Updated at: 0842 PST, Tuesday, September 07, 2010|
DALLAS: Muslim Democrats held their 6th Annual Iftar with Democrats in a local Pakistan-American restaurant. A large numbers of Democratic candidates and party officials along with local Muslim leaders, politicians, and activists attended the event.
The President of Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas Fayyaz Hassan informed the audience that Democratic Party is the minority-friendly party and has consistently supported immigrants and Muslims in several areas including civil rights, religious rights, and participation in politics. He asked the Muslim Americans to vote straight democratic ticket in the November elections.
The Vice President Elect Aftab Siddiqui of the Caucus talked about the difficulties that Muslim Americans have faced in the aftermath of 9/11 tragedy.
He informed that Muslims have civil rights affected, their charities have been closed, Muslim organizations have been targeted for investigation, Muslim passengers have been profiled on airports, and now Masajids are under attack in various parts of United States.
He enumerated the services of Muslim Americans to the American society including free treatment of 1800 patients in 2009 by Muslim Community Center Al-Shifa Clinic, feeding the homeless every weekend in Dallas and Fort Worth, donation of 20 million dollars for Hurricane Katrina and 10 million dollars for Rita victims in addition to thousands of volunteer hours to help these victims.
The global Muslim community donated more than 1 billion dollars to assist Katrina victims yet Muslim Americans have been targeted and not treated fairly. He read the American constitution that guarantees religious freedoms of all Americans and said that no one has a right to tell Muslim Americans where to build a mosque as religious freedom is an inalenable right of all Americans.
Other speakers included Dr. Inayat Lalani, Ambassador Syed Ahsani, Tariq Jaffery, Amer Rahman (Secretary-elect). Tariq Jaffery offered the local mosques as election voting stations. A number of Democratic Party candidates and their campaigns participated in the event and addressed the audience.
They assured the Muslim Americans of their support for the rights and emphasized to get more involved in the political process. The candidate for governor, Bill White's Campaign send its high official who asked for support.
David Cozad --a candidate for US Congress, John Lingerfelder another candidate for US Congress, Neil Durrance --US Congress candidate spoke at the event. Senior Texas House Representative Lon Burnam emphasized the Muslim Americans to vote in large numbers.
Jessica Anacker represented Hank Gilbert -- candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez was represented by Lt. Fowler, District Attorney Dallas Craig Watkins; Dallas County Judge candidate Clay Jenkins was represented by campaign staffer; incumbent judges who spoke included Jim Jordan, Lynn Cherry, Carl Ginsberg, Tina Yoo.
Other judicial candidates Sarjeel Khalil, James Martin, Jeff Lynch, Bill Barnett, Roy Laverne Brooks, Chris Wilmorth, Dimitrius Benson, Tonya Dyson.Joseph Miller, County Chairs from Denton and Collin Counties also spoke on the occasion namely, Phyliss Wolper and Dr. Shawn Steven.