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CAIR-CA: Civil Rights Organizations to Celebrate Passage of Landmark Legislation Addressing Bullying and Harassment of Muslim and Sikh Students

CAIR logo(SACRAMENTO, CA, 9/30/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter (CAIR-CA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California (Advancing Justice-CA), and the Sikh Coalition will be joined with the Office of Assemblymember Das Williams for a press conference celebrating the signing of AB 2845 (Williams) School Safety: Safe Place to Learn. AB 2845 will protect vulnerable Muslim and Sikh students who are facing bullying in school. At a time when other political leaders are fomenting hate, Governor Brown and the California State Legislature has sent an important signal that Californians will protect our children from that hate.

AB 2845 will require the California Department of Education (CDE), as part of its compliance monitoring, to assess whether local educational agencies have provided information to staff on 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 religion, nationality, race, or ethnicity on its website. AB 2845 is the first and only bill directly addressing the issue of Islamophobia in California.

Speakers: Diana Vu, Office of Assemblymember Das Williams Andrew Medina, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California Saad Sweilem, Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter Harjit Kaur, The Sikh Coalition

When: Monday, October 3, 2017, 10 – 11 a.m.

Where: California State Capitol, North Steps, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

What: Community Organizations Celebrating the Passage of AB 2845 (Williams) School Safety: Safe Place to Learn Act.

CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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.

– END -  CONTACT: Asian Americans Advancing Justice California Policy Manager, Andrew Medina,(530) 848-9157, Amedina@advancingjustice-ca.org; CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra, (916) 289-3748, belkarra@cair.com

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