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CAIR-WA: Tri-Cities area Muslims to Meet Elected Officials, Staff in Kennewick

CAIR WAKENNEWICK, WA, 5/29/2015) – On Saturday, May 30, members of the Muslim community from the Tri-Cities area will attend an “Advocacy 101†training in Kennewick and then meet with staff members from Senator Maria Cantwell’s Central Washington office and with Kennewick Mayor Steve Young at Keewaydin Park Library.

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is organizing the training and meetings.

WHAT:  Tri-Cities area Muslims to Meet Elected Officials, Staff in Kennewick
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Breakfast served at 10:15 a.m., Training from 10:30.a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Meetings from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Keewaydin Park Library, 405 South Dayton Street, Kennewick, WA 99336.
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com
VIDEO & AUDIO OPPORTUNITIES:  Community members will be available for interviews before and after the trainings and meetings.
 
“Thousands of Tri-Cities area Muslims contribute to their local communities every day as public school teachers, doctors, nurses, professors, volunteers, social workers, students, and mothers and fathers,†said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. “We are part and parcel of American society and, inspired by our faith, we work every day to give back to society.â€

Bukhari added: “The American Muslim community is comprised of thousands of medical doctors who save lives every single day.  Hundreds of thousands of American Muslims nationwide are community volunteers who volunteer countless hours to make our nation a better place for everyone. Thousands of American Muslims are public school teachers inspiring, engaging and preparing the next generation of Americans.  Thousands of American Muslims are nurses providing crucial health care. Thousands of American Muslims serve in law enforcement and there are over 10,000 American Muslims serving in the US military.

“This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the Tri-Cities to urge elected officials to champion issues that impact millions of our fellow Americans of all faiths. Elected representatives will learn that their local Muslim communities are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about state politics and are better organized and well-connected with other allied groups in their regions.â€

He said Muslim communities are utilizing these assets to give back to society and to promote the common good.

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. www.cair.com

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CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

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