(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/2014) — On Monday, April 13, more than 200 delegates from 22 states will take part in the first National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The lobbying effort is sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations. Muslim delegates are already scheduled to visit the offices of a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates will urge their elected representatives to support issues that address the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:
- Calling on Congress to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to amend its racial profiling guidance for federal law enforcement by removing any existing loopholes that continue to permit profiling in the name of national security, domestic surveillance and policing the border. Many of these programs have disproportionately targeted Latinos, Muslims and other minorities, and raise serious due process concerns.
- Congressional support of federal legislation that prohibits any federal, state, local and Indian tribal law enforcement agency from engaging in profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or religion.
- Support of federal legislation that addresses the problems our nation is facing with youth violence by strengthening after-school programs.
“American Muslims want to strengthen their connections to and interactions with Congress,” said Robert McCaw, chairman of the USCMO Advocacy Day steering committee. “We are going to Capitol Hill with an agenda that seeks equality, social justice and the implementation of reforms needed to ensure the success of our nation.”
USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: “We are proud of our community and member organizations who are taking part in this historic event. They will will join together for the first time at our nation's capital to meet with their elected representatives to seek an end to the practice of discriminatory law enforcement profiling and to urge the strengthening of our nation's after-school programs to curb youth violence.”
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).
MEDIA CONTACT: Robert McCaw, USCMO Muslim Advocacy Day Steering Committee Chairman, 202-683-6557, email@example.com