(BOSTON, MA, 11/5/15)Â – On Thursday, November 12, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) will join a coalition of Muslim advocacy groups at the first annual â€œMuslim Day on the Hillâ€ at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Mass.Â
The event will provide Muslim voters with an opportunity to meet their state legislators and advocate for legislation of importance to the Muslim community and to all Americans.Â
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
MEDIA NOTE: Media are especially encouraged to attend the first segment of the event from 10 to 11 a.m. (Nurses' Hall), during which the organizers and community leaders will discuss the importance of the event and the legislative agenda. Organizers and participants will also be available for comments and interviews on the State House steps immediately following the conclusion of the event at 2 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, (617) 862-9159, email@example.com; Muslim Justice League Executive Director Shannon Erwin, (585) 750-9693, firstname.lastname@example.org; MassMuslims Director Afif Rahman, (857) 247-2117, email@example.com
Hosted by State Representative Marjorie Decker, the event is co-sponsored by CAIR-MA, the Muslim Justice League and MassMuslims, and is supported by United Somali Youth and the Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA; MA Field Office.
Muslim Day on the Hill participants will advocate for three pieces of legislation selected by community vote at a Muslim town hall meeting, during which participants shared and discussed community priorities and relevant bills. Participants will also receive advocacy training on the day of the event.
It was decided that participants will advocate for:
â€¢ S.64/H.1429 (Chang-Diaz/Keefe), An Act to Increase Neighborhood Safety and Opportunity (“The Justice Reinvestment Act”)
â€¢ S.842/H.1623 (Jehlen/Swan), An Act Decriminalizing Non-violent and Verbal Student Misconduct (addressing the school-to-prison pipeline)
â€¢ H.1111 (Honan/Eldridge), An Act Relative to Housing Production (creating more affordable housing)
Speakers will include event host and State Representative Marjorie Decker, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, Harvard Islamic Chaplain Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, and National Director of ICNA Relief USA's Transitional Housing Network Malika MacDonald.Â
MassMuslims is a grassroots organization dedicated to creating a new generation of civically engaged leaders to empower the Massachusetts Muslim community. By changing the narrative of Muslims in politics, we can create political action and policy change by empowering new leaders with the tools they need to mobilize themselves and their communities toward shared civic goals.
The Muslim Justice League (MJL), founded in Boston in 2014, defends human and civil rights against erosion under national security pretexts through community education and mobilization, legal and policy advocacy, facilitation of cross-movement solidarity and cultivation of an environment in which pride in Muslim identity flourishes.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Massachusetts Executive Director Dr. John Robbins, 617-862-9159, firstname.lastname@example.org; Muslim Justice League Executive Director Shannon Erwin, 585-750-9693, email@example.com; MassMuslims Director Afif Rahman, 857-247-2117, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org