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300+ Delegates to Lobby Congress at 2nd National Muslim Advocacy Day April 18 in D.C.

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/15/2015) — On Monday, April 18, some 300 delegates from more than 20 states will take part in the second 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 expected to meet with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.

National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates will promote a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:

·         * Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.

·         * Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.

·         * Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.

·        *  Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.

For more information about the event or about how Muslim organizations or community members can participate, visit the event registration page.

Register for National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

“With a dynamic legislative agenda, American Muslims are positioned to advocate for core social justice issues that will benefit all Americans, regardless of faith or background,” said Robert McCaw, chairman of the USCMO Advocacy Day steering committee.

USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: “Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill continues to empower the American Muslim community to work constructively with their elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill. It is important that members of Congress have the opportunity to get to know their Muslim constituents on a first name basis.”

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).

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MEDIA CONTACT: Robert McCaw, USCMO Muslim Advocacy Day Steering Committee Chairman, 202-683-6557, advocacy@uscmo.org

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