CAIR-WA: Tri-City area Muslims to Meet Elected Officials, Staff in West Richland

(WEST RICHLAND, WA, 8/20/2015) – On Friday, August 21, members of the Muslim community from the Tri-Cities area will attend an “Advocacy 101” training in West Richland and then meet with a staff member from Senator Maria Cantwell’s Central Washington office and with Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Andy Miller at the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities.

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is organizing the training and meetings as part of its initiative to organize monthly gatherings in cities statewide between local Muslim leaders and activists and media professionals and officials in all levels of government.

The meetings are designed to help editors and officials get to know local community members on a personal level and empower community members with hands-on experience and knowledge of what it takes to ensure that elected leaders take actions that make the state and country a better place for local families. Participants will also learn how to have media professionals use accurate language and proper context in order to offer accurate and realistic portrayals of American Muslim communities.

WHAT:  Tri-Cities area Muslims to Meet Elected Officials, Staff in West Richland.

WHEN: Friday, August 21, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner served at 5:15 p.m., Training from 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. Meetings from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Islamic Center of Tri-Cities, 2900 Bombing Range Road, West Richland, WA 99353

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

VIDEO & AUDIO OPPORTUNITIES:  Community members, ranging from mothers with infants, and working professionals to grade school and college students and retirees, will be available for interviews before and after the trainings and meetings.

"Thousands of Tri-City area Muslims contribute to their local communities every day as public school teachers, active duty military personnel, law enforcement agents, doctors, nurses, professors, community volunteers, and social workers,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. “American Muslims, including the thousands who call the Tri-City area home, are part and parcel of American society and, inspired by our faith, work every day to give back to society.”

Bukhari added: “The American Muslim community is comprised of thousands of medical doctors who save lives every single day.  Hundreds of thousands of American Muslims nationwide are community volunteers who volunteer countless hours to make our nation a better place for everyone. Thousands of American Muslims are public school teachers inspiring, engaging and preparing the next generation of Americans.  Thousands of American Muslims are nurses providing crucial health care. Thousands of American Muslims serve in law enforcement and there are over 10,000 American Muslims serving in the US military, including many in the Central WA area.”

He said Muslim communities are utilizing these assets to give back to society and to promote the common good.

"This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the Tri-Cities to urge elected officials to champion issues that impact millions of our fellow Americans of all faiths. Officials will learn that their local Muslim communities are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about the political process and are better organized and well-connected with other allied groups in their regions.”

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. www.cair.com

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CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com


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