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CAIR Action Alert: Muslims Urged to Meet with Members of Congress During August Recess, Discuss Muslim Ban and Watchlist

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged American Muslims to take advantage of the August congressional recess by requesting meetings to advocate on state and national issues of importance, including repealing the Muslim Ban and urging congressional disclosure and reform of the unconstitutional terror watchlist.

Every year, Congress goes into recess for the month of August and resumes the week following Labor Day. This year, the recess began for representatives on July 27th and begins for senators on August 3rd, and lasts until September 8th.

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.

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 August recess include:

The August 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.

Community leaders are also encouraged to hold candidate forums for those running for public office at which Muslim voters may ask questions of those seeking public office.

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,; National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   


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