Register for USCMO’s 6th Annual National Virtual Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill – #MuslimHillDay
- Advocacy day dates have been moved to June 21-24
- Advocacy day policy agenda includes supporting Palestinian human rights, creating a State Department Islamophobia envoy position, recapturing diversity visas lost due to the Muslim and African Ban, and more.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/21) – The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) is inviting members of the American Muslim community to register for its 6th annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill – this year taking place virtually – on June 21 – 24 (Monday through Thursday).
Muslim delegates and activists will discuss the most pressing issues affecting American Muslims in today’s climate with congressional offices, including:
- Supporting Palestinian human rights, which includes urging Congress and the Biden administration to place an arms embargo on Israel, hold Israel accountable for its war crimes, and dismantle Israeli apartheid rule.
- Creating a State Department Islamophobia envoy position.
- Recapturing diversity visas lost due to the Muslim and African Ban.
- Supporting the Senate advancement of the House adopted NO BAN Act, Dream and Promise Act, For the People Act, and George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
All representatives for national, state, and local Muslim organizations and communities are encouraged to register for this several-day advocacy event. Monday, June 21 will be reserved for virtual trainings on policy and advocacy. Congressional meetings will take place Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 24.
USCMO is encouraging participants to register at least one month before the event and no later than Sunday, June 13. #MuslimHillDay
[Note: The advocacy day had previously been scheduled to take place the prior week but is being pushed back one week to provide additional time for USCMO to support the human rights of Palestinians.]
“It is vitally important that American Muslims maintain and even expand their political engagement at a time when critically-important issues are being debated and policy decisions are being made that impact all Americans,” said USCMO Secretary-General Oussama Jammal.
“We are excited to announce the resumption of National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, in a virtual format that is accessible to nearly every American Muslim across the nation,” said USCMO National Muslim Advocacy Day Steering Committee Chair Robert S. McCaw. “American Muslims are a force for positive change in the halls of Congress and in local and state governments. Our goal is to ensure American Muslims continue to forge stronger relations with their elected representatives and have their voices heard.”
For those who would like additional advocacy techniques and a more in-depth rundown on the advocacy day’s focused issues, there will be a series of online training seminars for those registered before the event.
Last year’s Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and USCMO prioritizing the health and safety of the more than 500 delegates who annually travel from 25 states participate in the event.
Because USCMO’s greatest concern remains minimizing the spread of COVID-19, this year’s Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill will take place virtually, with delegates joining pre-scheduled meetings with members of Congress and their staff via video conferencing. A second in-person advocacy day may be scheduled later this fall if conditions permit.
For more information about the event or how your Muslim organization or community can participate, please contact the USCMO at: email@example.com.
You can also find more information on the history of the event and view videos from previous years at: http://uscmo.org/index.php/portfolio-items/uscmos-annual-national-muslim-advocacy-day-on-capitol-hill-2/
USCMO is the nation’s largest umbrella group for American Muslim organizations. For more information about USCMO, visit www.uscmo.org.
USCMO is a coalition of a number of leading national and local Muslim organizations that seeks to promote effective communication and coordination between all American Muslim organizations and sponsor Muslim civic engagement for the good of the nation.
The founding members of USCMO are American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).