(WASHINGTON, D.C, 3/14/19) -- On April 1-2, Muslims from across the country will attend the 5th annual National Muslim Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year, advocacy days participants will focus their lobbying efforts on issues such as the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, immigration reform, protecting the rights of Muslims overseas, and recognizing American Muslims' history and contributions to our nation.
Hosted by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, the advocacy days are expected to draw hundreds of Muslim delegates from across the nation. This two-day event is designed to connect national, regional and state Muslim organizations and community members with their elected representatives in Congress.
REGISTER for National Muslim Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg1odt1y1010f74d
USCMO’S advocacy days will focus on promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice issues that will be of benefit to all Americans, regardless of faith or background.
Some of these issues include:
Muslim Ban: A round-up endorsement of all legislation pushing back against the Trump Administration’s Muslim travel ban. That includes supporting legislation that would either defund the ban, repeal the ban, or amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to address the legal framework under which the ban was implemented.
Immigration Reform: Supporting DREAMers, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders by endorsing the Dream and Promise Act. Seeking to end family separation and detention at the Southern Border by supporting the Alternatives to Detention Act of 2019.
- Recognizing Muslim Contributions: Supporting Representative Judy Chu’s (D-CA) reintroduction of the “Recognizing American Muslims' history and contributions to our Nation” resolution. This resolution sends a powerful message recognizing the role American Muslims have played in making America a great nation.
- Supporting Human Rights for Muslims Worldwide: Urging the United States to continue standing up for the human rights of Muslims internationally, by supporting legislation that addresses the arbitrary detention of Uighur Muslims in China and condemning violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
Last year's event was attended by more than 400 delegates from 28 states who met with almost 250 congressional offices. Muslim delegates participating in last year's advocacy day event met with nearly half of Congress.
USCMO is a coalition of a number of leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.
* Founding members of USCMO: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).
CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director and Steering Committee Chair Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448