(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.]
CAIR is encouraging Muslim community members to print out downloadable copies of legislative fact sheets it has prepared for distribution to members of Congress and their staff at town halls and to leave behind during one-on-one meetings. CAIR leave behind documents prepared for the August recess include:
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet: 115th Congress: Support Legislation That Protects the U.S. Constitutional Rights of American Muslims
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet: Opposing Limits on Free Speech & Boycotts, Reject the Israel Anti-Boycott Act
- CAIR Legislative Fact Sheet: In Support of a Congressional Resolution Recognizing the Contributions of Our Nation's Muslim Citizens
The August recess is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress, face-to-face, in your own political backyard. CAIR's Civic Participation Handbook has concise and easy-to-follow instructions to guide individuals through the process.
Step-by-step advice includes "Setting Up a Meeting with a Member of Congress," "Ensuring an Effective Meeting with a Member of Congress," "Elected Official Meeting Planning Sheet," "Tips for Calling a Congressional Office," and "Elected Official Meeting Report."
Community leaders are also encouraged to hold candidate forums for those running for public office at which Muslim voters may ask questions of those seeking public office.
Consider hosting one of CAIR's government relations experts to conduct a civic participation training in your community.
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR's 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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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