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CAIR-DC: Pakistani-American Doctors to Lobby Congress

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/3/2006) – On Thursday, April 6th, the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) will hold a “Day on the Hill” lobbying effort in Washington, D.C., focused on the defense of civil rights. SEE: http://www.appna.org/Day-on-the-Hill.id.231.htm

The event, organized in cooperation with the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC) and other Pakistani and Muslim civil rights organizations, is a key component of APPNA’s Spring Meeting April 6-9 in the nation’s capital. SEE: http://www.appna.org/APPNA-Spring-meeting-Washington-DC.id.64.htm

APPNA’s “Day on the Hill” will begin with a two-hour “Effective Advocacy at the Capitol by Physicians” information and training session from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. Training session participants will learn lobbying tips from congressional staffers and from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

At 9:30 a.m., buses will leave the hotel for Capitol Hill. From 10 a.m. to noon, APPNA members and other concerned Pakistani-Americans will meet their elected representatives.

Racial profiling, the NSA wiretapping controversy and closure of American Muslim charities will be key topics of discussion, along with ongoing visa issues faced by Pakistani physicians, students and professionals. Pakistan earthquake relief efforts and ongoing need of relief aid will also be addressed.

Each member of Congress will be asked to support mandating judicial review of the NSA spy program by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and to write a letter to Treasury Secretary Snow asking him to improve the Voluntary Best Practices for the US Based Charities. Senators will be asked to support the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2005, Senate Bill 2138.

Following the lobbying meetings, APPNA will honor a number of elected officials at a 1 to 2 p.m. reception in Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.

On April 7th, APPNA will host a 9 a.m. to noon Leadership Training Seminar conducted by CAIR at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, D.C.

“Each year, APPNA’s ‘Day on the Hill’ offers an excellent opportunity for Pakistani-Americans to discuss issues of importance with their elected representatives,” said APPNA President Dr. Abdul R. Piracha.

APPNA is a non-partisan social, educational and charitable organization for physicians of Pakistani heritage.

CONTACT: A.R. Piracha of APPNA, 304-320-2635, arpiracha@yahoo.com; Saud Anwar, info@pakpac.net; Nasir Gondal, 917-860-0808, nmgondal@aol.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Corey Saylor, csaylor@cair-net.org, 202-488-8787

 

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