A Muslim for the first time will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s annual
Day on the Hill, when members of religious congregations learn how to
become citizen-lobbyists.

This is the first year that the Islamic Center of Minnesota has been a full
member of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, which has sponsored
Day on the Hill since the early 1970s. Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur
in Minneapolis will give the keynote speech in the Capitol Rotunda at 11:30

Participants, who last year numbered 900, will gather at 8:30 a.m. at the
St. Paul RiverCentre to get briefings on nine state issues: housing,
budget, child care, environment, gambling, health care, minimum wage, taxes
and the “safety net.”

From 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. they will be at the Capitol to hear El-Amin,
have lunch and meet with legislators.

Other full members of the JRLC are the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the
Minnesota Council of Churches, and the Jewish Community Relations Council
of Minnesota and the Dakotas


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