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CAIR Action Alert: Muslims Urged to Meet with Members of Congress During April Recess

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/16/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urges American Muslims to take advantage of the April congressional recess by requesting meetings to advocate on state and national issues of importance, including supporting the adoption of: 1) The NO BAN Act to repeal President Trump’s Muslim Ban and curtail presidential authority to implement a similar ban in the future, and 2) Congresswoman Judy Chu’s (D-CA) House resolution “Recognizing American Muslims’ history and contributions to our Nation.”

Each year, Congress goes into recess for two weeks during the month of April on account of Easter and Passover. The spring congressional recess started yesterday, April 15, and goes until April 28.

While members of Congress are in their home districts for the annual break, it is important for American Muslims to schedule in-district office meetings or attend town halls to build greater momentum on issues already being supported by Muslim organizations, activists and communities nationwide.

The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act was introduced earlier this month by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Chu. Congresswoman Chu’s House Resolution 276, “Recognizing American Muslims’ history and contributions to our Nation” (H. Res. 276), is a reminder to all Americans, and the world, that the United States recognizes the history and contributions of Muslims to our great nation.

CAIR is encouraging Muslim community members to print out downloadable copies of legislative fact sheets it has prepared for distribution to members of Congress and their staff at town halls and to leave behind during one-on-one meetings. CAIR leave-behind documents prepared for the April recess include:

NOTE: CAIR, working in coordination with the No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign, is encouraging concerned Americans nationwide to schedule in-district meetings on April 25 to encourage Congressmembers to cosponsor the NO BAN Act. April 25 is the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court hearing augments on the Muslim travel ban executive order. CAIR is also requesting that in-district meeting participants report the results of those meetings to CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw and No Muslim Ban Ever Campaign Legal & Outreach Fellow Subha Varadarajan at: rmccaw@cair.com; varadarajan@nilc.org

On April 1 and 2, more than 500 delegates from 25 states met with more than 250 elected officials and congressional staffers during the record-breaking fifth annual “National Muslim Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. #MuslimHillDay. Participating delegates urged their members of Congress to support the NO BAN ACT and H.Res. 276.

The April recess is a great opportunity to meet with your members of Congress, face-to-face, in your own backyard. CAIR’s Civic Participation Handbook has concise and easy-to-follow instructions to guide individuals through the process.

SEE: CAIR Civic Participation Handbook

Step-by-step advice includes “Setting Up a Meeting with a Member of Congress,” “Ensuring an Effective Meeting with a Member of Congress,” “Elected Official Meeting Planning Sheet,” “Tips for Calling a Congressional Office,” and “Elected Official Meeting Report.”

Consider hosting one of CAIR’s government relations experts to conduct a civic participation training in your community.

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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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