(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/27/2017) -- CAIR is urging American Muslims voters to take advantage of the upcoming August recess -- during which members of Congress return home to spend time with their constituents -- by requesting meetings to advocate on state and national issues of importance that include: opposing the Trump administration's "Muslim Ban" executive orders; rejecting religious profiling and questioning at the border; opposing limits on free speech and boycotts; and, recognizing the accomplishments of U.S. Muslims.
Each year, Congress recesses for the month of August. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to begin their summer break on July 28, while the Senate has at least delayed its recess until August 11 to further consider health care reform.
While members of Congress are in their home districts for the annual summer break, it is important for American Muslims to schedule in-district office meetings or attend town halls to build greater momentum on issues already being supported by Muslim organizations, activists and communities nationwide.
[NOTE: On May 1 and 2, more than 400 delegates from 30 states met with some 230 elected officials and congressional staffers during the third annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in support of U.S. Muslim rights.]
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/17/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to thank members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the bi-partisan defeat of Congressman Trent Franks' (R-AZ) stigmatizing “Strategic Assessments” of Islamic doctrine amendment number 13 to H.R. 2810, to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
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Congressional opposition to the amendment was led by Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (D-WA).
Last Thursday, the amendment was debated on the House floor with Rep. Franks in support and Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) opposing.
Dear Civil Rights Advocates,
The Monday after Donald Trump announced his Muslim ban, my legal team at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and I filed a case in federal court to overturn the racist executive order—completely and permanently.
Today, I'm asking you to join our legal fight—in a real and substantial way—by adding your name as someone impacted by the order. And make no mistake—if you're Muslim or a friend or ally to Muslims, then you've been directly or indirectly impacted by this violation of the First Amendment.
At CAIR, our lawsuit was filed on behalf of 25 Muslims in the U.S. whose basic rights as citizens and residents are under attack. We know that there are many thousands more who are having their lives needlessly disrupted because of this executive action, which we're calling a modern-day "Muslim exclusion order."1
Later this week, a federal court in California will be deciding whether or not to uphold a temporary stay on the executive order. But we don't want to just put a pause on the ban—it needs to be thrown out entirely because of the way it targets Muslims—and only Muslims.
At the end of next week, we'll be adding a "friend of the court" briefing to our lawsuit—showing the massive popular rejection of Trump's Muslim ban. We're hoping to bring thousands of names to the judge. Will you add yours before then?
It took the courage of many Muslims—including MPower Change's own Linda Sarsour and others such as Zahra Billoo of CAIR-SFBA, Dawud Walid from CAIR-Michigan, and Namira Islam of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative—to add public names and faces to this lawsuit.
But perhaps the most radically impacted were the Jane Does and John Does listed as plaintiffs—everyday individuals suddenly subjected to the ban. They remain anonymous so that they aren't targeted by this vindictive administration, but they still had the courage to join this battle to protect all of our civil rights.
We've shown up by the thousands at airports to welcome immigrants and refugees. We've made thousands of calls to members of Congress asking them to stand up against the Muslim ban. And together, we've let the whole world know: Trump and his administration do not represent the rest of us or our values.
We're going to keep using all the means we have to fight back against Trump's illegal and immoral Muslim ban. Thanks for helping make it all possible.
Lena Masri, Esq.
National Litigation Director
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
in partnership with MPower Change
P.S. We know how petty and vengeful Trump can be—don't worry, we won't be sharing anything with the court other than your name.
1. "Biggest Lawsuit Yet Filed Against Donald Trump’s Immigration Order" The Daily Beast, Jan 30, 2017 http://act.mpowerchange.org/go/226?ak_proof=1&t=5&akid=.76969.1gmsb8