(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/4/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) yesterday held its inaugural “Legislative & Advocacy Bootcamp” at its Maryland office ahead of the state’s General Assembly’s 2019 session.
The goals of the standing-room-only event were to:
- outline CAIR’s legislative priorities for the 2019 session
- demystify Maryland’s complex legislative process and procedures
- share tools, tips and resources for lobbying lawmakers
Bootcamp participants who attended the interactive event also gained insight into running for political office, and learned best practices for delivering testimony on bills.
Last year, a record 3,127 bills were introduced in state legislature, of which almost 900 passed to become law.
“These laws and policies impact some of the very communities whose voices have historically been missing in Annapolis,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Building relationships with lawmakers and being knowledgeable and engaged at every level of the political process is crucial to protecting constituents’ priorities and interests.”
The 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to convene on January 9.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org