Arab Women Seek to Empower Community


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Since June, they have been addressing hundreds of people at fairs, rallies and on the streets in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, or any other neighborhood where large numbers of Arab Americans can be found. The mission of these 20-something young women is to register members of the community to vote in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.

Eleven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, young Arab American activists feel that they need to take a more active role in U.S. political life in order to change policies they regard as discriminatory against them. They believe that voting would make politicians listen to the needs of the community and stop civil rights abuses and racial profiling.

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