CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab, and CAIR-Chicago's Communications Coordinator, Sultan Muhammad, joined activists from other Chicago organizations in a press conference held for the newly Latino elected Illinois officials and the Latino caucus Monday, November 13th at the James R. Thompson Center.
The press conference mediated by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) reviewed some of the advertising strategies employed in the run-up to the November 7th elections whereby some candidates had resorted to scare-mongering against immigrants in the hopes of galvanizing voters.
In most cases, the strategy backfired as the electorate sent a clear message that America won't stand for the politics of demagoguery and fear-mongering. The speakers discussed the rising political power of immigrants as they organize around their shared issues and become educated about their political and civic rights and responsibilities.
The Press Conference brought in a diverse group of activists from the Latino, African-American, Polish, Filipino, Arab, Muslim, and Chinese communities - to name a few.