In FL , Arab Americans Rally for Change in White House

October 4, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,2594908.story

On October 4, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that, "on Sunday night, a surprising new ethnic thread wove itself into Florida's ever-complicated political fabric: the frustrated Arab American. Business owners, physicians, lawyers and others — furious over the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 policies that many believe unfairly target Muslims and Arab Americans in the government's quest to root out terrorists — huddled in a hotel ballroom across the street from Disney World to demonstrate how much they wanted a change in the White House. The meeting, intended to be a bipartisan affair sponsored by the Washington-based Arab American Institute, turned into a cheering session for Democratic nominee Sen. John F. Kerry — illustrating a dramatic shift in a traditionally Republican group."