Welcome to CAIR's government affairs department legislative action center. We are committed to helping Muslims and all Americans who value civil liberties make their voices heard in Congress, the White House and across the nation.
CAIR encourages you to take action by contacting your elected representatives about legislation and policies that impact the civil rights of American Muslims.
Muslim Americans have the benefit of the guidance, support and wisdom of the many minority groups who have fought discrimination before us. CAIR believes that is the Muslim community's civic duty to stand firmly for Islamic and constitutional principles in the face of efforts to erode the liberties our nation's founders implemented. Not to do so would be a failure to honor the struggle of those before us and a disservice to the next minority that will be the subject of fear, misunderstanding and discrimination.
In the following pages, you will find tips and best practices for:
- Calling a congressional office
- Arranging to meet with members of Congress
- Meeting with a member of Congress
- Working with a congressional office
Click on any of the action alerts or videos below for specific details on how you can get involved. Also check out our past action alerts and videos.
Current CAIR Action Alerts
CAIR Action Alert -- Ask Congress to Remove Detention Provisions from NDAA (5-21-2012) [Link to AA]
Congress has once again begun consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA). While this annual defense authorization act provides valuable funding for the Armed Forces, it also contains misleading provisions that fail to put an end to threat of indefinite military detention within the United States.
CAIR is urging everyone who cares about civil liberties to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support legislation that reaffirms the due process rights of all Americans and repairs the damage done to the U.S. Constitution by last year's NDAA. (Read more)
CAIR Action Alert -- Tell Congress to End Racial Profiling (5-1-2012) [Link to AA]
Last fall Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 (S.1670/H.R. 3618). If passed, this act will promote measures to eliminate profiling based on race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement.
At the same time, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Conyers have gathered signatures from 13 senators and 53 representatives asking the Department of Justice to change its policy on racial profiling. Revisions to the guidance include measures that will prevent profiling based on religion and national origin and eliminate loopholes that permit profiling at U.S. borders and for reasons of national security. (Read more)
CAIR is urging everyone who cares about civil liberties to contact to contact their members of Congress and ask them to end racial profiling in America.
Past CAIR Legislative Action Alerts
Urge Kansas Governor Not to Sign Anti-Sharia Bill (5-15-2012) [Link to AA]
Tell Congress to End Indefinite Detention (5-9-2012) [Link to AA]
Ask Elected Officials to Oppose South Dakota Anti-Sharia Bill (2-22-2012) [Link to AA]
Say No to Indefinite Military Detention of U.S. Citizens (12-6-2011) [Link to AA]
Ask Senate to Reject Detaining U.S. Citizens Without Charge or Trial (12-1-2011) [Link to AA]
Ask Congress to Remove Language Targeting Muslims from DHS Bills (10-19-2011) [Link to AA]
CAIR Video Action Alert: Rally Against Torture June 24th in Washington, D.C. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PyhwBpML6Q
CAIR Video Action Alert: Call for an End to Racial Profiling in America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF8g2fkfU14
CAIR Video Action Alert: Urge Kansas Governor to Veto Anti-Sharia Bill (5/15/12) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt_ZgVHYdSg
CAIR Video Action Alert: Ask Elected Officials to Oppose South Dakota Anti-Sharia Bill (2-22-12) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQRDXehWbtw
CAIR Video Action Alert: Ask President Obama to Veto Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens (12-30-11) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxfiyDTE_Z0
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