(Houston, TX, 1/27/2021) – On January 28th, the Texas chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) – the local chapters of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will host Texas Muslim Capitol Day (virtually). The 10th Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a day-long event for Texas Muslims to engage with the political process. The event includes meetings with elected officials.
WHAT: Texas Muslim Capitol Day
WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2021
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This year, nearly 150 Texans are participating in TMCD with 52 scheduled meetings with Legislative offices.
In a statement, CAIR-Houston President and Chairman of Board of Directors John Floyd, Attorney, said:
“Texas Muslim Capitol Day is one of the most important civic engagement efforts that CAIR Houston leads every other year. TMCD opens the door for our community members to actively participate in the legislative session and learn how to make a productive effort in shaping legislation. Now more than ever, despite challenges of COVID restrictions, it is critical that our community advocates for issues that impact our communities and the the entire State of Texas.”
With the most recent elections, Texas saw a substantial increase in Muslim civic engagement and voter participation. During meetings with lawmakers, participants will be requesting consideration of the following bills: .
- The George Floyd Act: – Support Police Reform (H.B. 88 & S.B 161)
- Support Voting Rights in Texas:
- Support SB 3030 & HB 802: Would make voting by mail available to all Texans.
- Support HB 584: Would automatically register any eligible voter who has a Texas driver license or identification card.
- Support HB 230: Would increase the types of ID that would allow someone to vote, including Medicare ID cards, prescription drug labels, credit and debit cards, personal checks, and letters.
- Oppose HB 1026: Would take away Texas counties’ local authority and the role they play in running elections and place it into the hands of the Secretary of State.
- Abolishing Confederate Heroes Day in Texas: – Support HB 36
- Addressing Bullying in Texas Schools: – Support
- Right to Boycott: – Support Protect Civil Rights from Harmful Legislation
Historically, Texas Muslim Capitol day was the State of Texas’ largest Muslim civic engagement event that where hundreds across the state gathered in Austin to advocate for policies that impact all Texans. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, participants are able to speak to State Legislatures Assembly members and state senators about issues impacting them and their community. This year, participants of Texas Muslim Capitol Day will hold virtual meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to the state’s voters.
Program partners for this year’s Texas Muslim Capitol Day include:
Muslim Student Association at Texas A&M, Nueces Mosque, Austin Peace Academy, Masjid Al-Islam, MAS Youth Center, ICNA-Council on Social Justice, Islamic Center of Irving, MAS Katy, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Amanah, Dallas Peace Coalition, Muslim Legal Fund of America, University of Houston Muslim Student Association,
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston President and Chairman of Board of Directors John Floyd, Attorney, email@example.com, (713) 224-0101, CAIR-Houston Communications and Program Coordinator Ambreen Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 973.495.0976