Bush Addresses Secret Evidence in Debate
Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush spoke on the issue of secret evidence in Wednesday’s presidential debate. The debate, held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was the second of three debates scheduled between Governor Bush and Vice President Al Gore. In response to a question on racial profiling, Bush’s response included the statement that: “Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what’s called secret evidence. People are stopped, and we got to do something about that. My friend, Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, is pushing a law to make sure that, you know, Arab-Americans are treated with respect.” This was in reference to Senate bill S.3139, the Secret Evidence Repeal Act of 2000, introduced by Senator Abraham (R-MI) on September 28, 2000.
Secret evidence is an issue that the Islamic Institute has previously raised with the Bush campaign. We would like to commend Governor Bush for his stand on this issue. His mention in the debate of this prob-lem of major concern to Arab and Muslim Americans demonstrates his respect and recognition of our grow-ing community here in the United States.
March and Rally in Washington Against Israeli Aggression
On October 23, 2000, there will be a march and rally in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., to protest Israel’s aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its escalating use of violence toward the Palestinian people. The march and rally are being organized by the National Task Force for the Crisis in Jerusalem (NTFCJ), a coalition of national American Muslim organizations of which the Islamic Institute is a part. The march begins at 11:00am at Freedom Plaza, and will move to Lafayette Park in front of the White House where a rally will begin at 12:00pm.
It is highly important that the Muslim community in the U.S. demonstrates a show of solidarity by attending this event. A strong presence will emphasize the call of American Muslims for peace and justice in Jerusalem and Palestine. Buses are being chartered nationwide to bring supporters to Washington. For further information, contact the Islamic Institute via phone or e-mail, or the American Muslim Council at (202) 789-2262.
Members of the NTFCJ are: the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance, American Muslims for Jerusalem, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Islamic Institute, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim Student Association.
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