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CAIR-CA Applauds Governor Brown’s Signing of California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31)

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/15/17) — The California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today applauded Governor Brown’s signing of the California Religious Freedom Act (SB 31), marking a “momentous victory” for civil rights organizations. 

CAIR-CA said the bill, introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara, will provide critical protections to Californians of all faiths and prevent local law enforcement’s participation in a federal registry based on religion, national origin, and ethnicity.

SB 31 will prevent a state or local agency, or a public employee from participating in a federal program to create a database based on a person’s religious beliefs, practices or affiliations, national origin, or ethnicity, for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It will also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual.

In Governor Brown’s 2017 State of the State Address, he affirmed that, “It is that spirit of perseverance and courage which built our state from the beginning. And it is that spirit which will get us through the great uncertainty and the difficulties ahead.”

“We applaud Governor Brown’s commitment to preserving the civil liberties of all Californians,” said CAIR-CA Legislative and Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas. “Today, California took a proactive stance in protecting the civil liberties and religious freedoms of all Californians. With the signing of SB 31, Californians know that our great state will stand up to any federal policy that targets vulnerable communities.”

CAIR-CA advocated for SB 31 at our 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol during which more than 700 Muslims across California gathered in Sacramento to urge their legislators’ support.

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-CA Legislative and Government Affairs Coordinator Yannina Casillas, 951.259.5105,


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