(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 2/28/2019) – On Monday, March 4, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its fifth Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol. More than 200 Oklahoma Muslims and their interfaith supporters are expected to take part in a day of education, engagement and advocacy.
WHAT: CAIR-OK Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol
WHEN: Monday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Highlights: 9:30 a.m., Opening Remarks and Breakfast Keynote by Representative Kendra Horn; 11 a.m., Keynote Session (Senate Chamber Featuring Representative Regina Goodwin and Senator George E. Young; 1 p.m., Dhuhr Prayer (Supreme Court Hallway, 2nd Floor)
CONTACT: CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Lani R. Habrock, 405-532-3944, firstname.lastname@example.org
See full event schedule here https://www.cairoklahoma.com/event/2019-oklahoma-muslim-day-at-the-capitol/
“It is important for all people to feel welcome in their places of governance,” said CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Lani R. Habrock. “Our goal this year is to help our members think about what issues are important to them and to advocate for these issues with their elected officials.”
The event features a breakfast keynote with Congresswoman Kendra Horn, a panel with community leaders on intersectionality and how many diverse issues our state faces are deeply connected, along with an afternoon advocacy training. Attendees will also enjoy a catered lunch, a keynote address from Representative Regina Goodwin, Senator George E. Young, Sr., and an Islamic prayer.
“Five years ago, when we held our first Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol, our goal was to lay the foundation for civic engagement for the Oklahoma Muslim community,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “We now see Muslims walk the halls of the Capitol, advocate for issues important to them, and have confidence in their vote. It is our hope that in future years this annual event will inspire members of the Oklahoma Muslim community to run for public office.”
In earlier years, CAIR-OK’s Muslim Day at the Capitol brought hundreds of attendees — as well as dozens of protestors — to its Capitol Day event. In response, the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches have volunteered to escort participants to and from the Capitol building, providing a “human shield” against demonstrators and forming a corridor of love to welcome attendees.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.