(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 4/2/17) – On Tuesday, April 4, the Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) will offer testimony at a hearing on proposed legislation – House Bill 45 – that Muslim believe is designed to negatively impact their civil rights and to demonize their faith.
Hearing on House Bill 45:
CAIR-Texas is calling on members of the Muslim community and their interfaith partners to attend the public hearing to offer support and to show the public’s opposition to the unconstitutional bill.
Community members are also being asked to contact members of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee and ask them to vote “no” on House Bill 45 advancing to the house for a vote.
- Rep. John T. Smittee (committee chair) – (512) 463-0702
- Rep. Jessica Farrar (committee vice chair) – (512) 463-0620
- Rep. Roland Gutierrez – (512) 463-0452
- Rep. Ana Hernandez – (512) 463-0614
- Rep. Jodie Laubenberg – (512) 463-0186
- Rep. Andrew Murr – (512) 463-0536
- Rep. Victoria Neave – (512) 463-0244
- Rep. Matt Rinaldi – (512) 463-0468
- Rep. Mike Schofield – (512) 463-0528
Similar unconstitutional and discriminatory “anti-Sharia,” “anti-foreign law” and “anti-Islamic Indoctrination” bills have been introduced in state legislatures nationwide.
To counter this coordinated anti-Islam campaign, CAIR last year published a toolkit offering a pair of anti-Islamophobia resolutions that recognize the contributions of American Muslims and reaffirm the right of citizens to practice their faith within the law and free of government interference.
CAIR’s toolkit has sections such as “Understanding the Legislative Process,” “Legislative Advocacy: Limits for Non-Profit Organizations,” “Checklist: Meeting with an Elected Official,” and “Ensuring an Effective Meeting with an Elected Official,” as well as fact sheets that may be given to lawmakers and their staff in support of the two resolutions.
CAIR’s Toolkit: Recognizing American Muslim contributions in Our States
CAIR is urging Islamic communities nationwide to ask state lawmakers to stand with their Muslim constituents in countering the injustice of growing Islamophobia nationwide that is being spread by anti-Muslim activists and hate groups.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization is urging Muslim parents and students to report any bias incidents to school officials, to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420, or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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