California Muslims to Lobby Lawmakers at 3rd Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol

CAIR-CA-MDAC(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/15/14) -- On Tuesday, April 22, California Muslims will meet with their state lawmakers in Sacramento as part of the annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol" organized by that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol
WHEN: Tues, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
RSVP: For program details or to RSVP, contact CAIR-Sacramento Valley Communications Coordinator Maheen Ahmed at [email protected] or call 916.441.6269.

See photos from the 2013 Muslim Day at the Capitol.

Throughout the meetings with their legislators, California Muslims will urge elected officials to act on three critical issues:

  • AB 1976 and AB 330, two bills that seek to make college more affordable for incoming students.
  • The Health for All Act (AB 241), a bill that aims to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.
  • The Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which would ban state agencies, officials, employees and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting federal government agencies in collecting electronic data from Californians without a federal warrant.

"Protecting access to an affordable education, healthcare and the right to privacy is essential to a thriving community," said CAIR-LA's Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai. "This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the majority of our state's legislative districts to make a measurable impact on state politics by urging lawmakers to support issues that affect not just Muslims but our broader society."

At previous Muslim Day at the Capitol events, participants advocated for the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964), the TRUST Act (AB 4), and the California Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers (AB 241) -- all of which were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai, Tel: 714-776-1847, [email protected]; CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, Tel: 916-441-6269, [email protected]; CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, Tel: 626-252-0885, [email protected]; CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, Tel: 858-278-4547, [email protected]

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