(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 1/28/18) — On Tuesday, January 29, Muslim community members and leaders will meet with state lawmakers in Austin as part of “Texas Muslim Capitol Day” organized by the Texas chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas), the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. A number of other community organizations are supporting the event.
Following a morning rally on the steps of the Capitol Building, participants will attend a program on civic advocacy and continued engagement throughout the legislative session. In the afternoon, they will meet with lawmakers, requesting consideration of bills that will impact their communities and the state.
WHAT: Texas Muslim Capitol Day
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, January 29, 10:30 a.m., Press Conference and Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol Building (1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701), Meetings with lawmakers and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. *Media interviews to take place at 10:30 a.m., Rally to begin at 10:45a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, email@example.com; CAIR-SA President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861. email@example.com; CAIR-Houston Communication Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Houston Civil Rights Attorney Arsalan Safiullah, 713-366-6686, email@example.com
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/593928737699265/
“Texas Muslim Capitol Day opens the door for our community to actively participate in the 86th Legislative Session. Our goal is to ensure that Texas Muslims not only have access to their legislators to build a sustainable relationship, but also that they are able to effectively advocate on issues like education, healthcare and immigration,” said Maira Sheikh, executive director of CAIR-Austin.
With this year’s midterm elections, Texas saw a substantial increase in Muslim civic engagement and voter participation.
“There are hundreds of thousands of Muslims in our beautiful state of Texas. These numbers can easily tip any election. We want to use our constitutionally-guaranteed right to speak up for the issues that are affecting our families. All of us, as Americans, must do everything we can to unify our country on a bipartisan basis,” said Sarwat Husain, president of CAIR-SA.
“Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a great opportunity for Muslim voters to talk to their state representatives about issues of concern,” said Ekram Haque, acting executive director of CAIR-DFW.
“It is essential for American Muslims to meet with their elected representatives and advocate in support of legislation and issues that impact all Texans,” said Arsalan Safiullah, civil rights attorney of CAIR-Houston.
Texas Muslim Capitol Day is just one of CAIR’s civic engagement efforts for 2019.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-SA President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, email@example.com; CAIR-DFW acting Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861. firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Houston Communication Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141, email@example.com; CAIR-Houston Civil Rights Attorney Arsalan Safiullah, 713-366-6686, firstname.lastname@example.org