Communities celebrate Muslim Awareness Month and Back to School with a call for Governor to sign legislation addressing bullying of religious minorities.
Andrew Medina, (916) 448-6700
Nashwah Akhtar, (408) 986-9874
Randy Bunnao, (213) 241-0227
Harjit Kaur, (916) 895-9591
Mariam Hosseini, (415) 848-7728
Leading organizations in California representing Muslim, Sikh, and Asian American organizations host a telephonic press conference to highlight Muslim Awareness month, key issues impacting Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian communities, and celebrate back to school week with a call to the Governor to sign AB 2845, which will provide certificated staff at local education agencies with school site and community resources for students who are subject to discrimination and bullying based on actual or perceived religious affiliation. The bill also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post anti-bullying resources related to affiliation or perceived affiliation with any religious group on its website.
Monday, August 22, 2016
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Assemblymember Bill Quirk, District 20, Author of state resolution advancing Muslim Awareness Month.
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) San Francisco Bay Area
Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley, Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
Arjun Singh, Director of Law and Policy, The Sikh Coalition
Andrew Medina, California Policy Manager, Advancing Justice-CA
Reshma Shamasunder, Consultant, Advancing Justice-LA
Muslim and Sikh Students
Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian populations are a diverse population in California who contribute enormously to our state and communities. Yet Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims face growing hostility as inflammatory media rhetoric and incidents of bias increase in our schools and communities. Our organizations call for Californians to stand firm with Muslim communities, expand key protections to our students, and recognize their contributions to our state.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.