(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/18/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that its recent “Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium on Capitol Hill” was a success.
Held in the Rayburn House Office Building’s newly-renovated Gold Room, the day-long event was organized in partnership with congressional leadership, and was themed “Introduction to Congress in a New Era of Politics.” It featured VIP tours of the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol, along with an exclusive House gallery viewing of live debates on proposed amendments and legislation.
Students listened to Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), and some had a chance encounter with Speaker Paul Ryan. Speakers throughout the program included the first Muslim state delegate of Baltimore City, and congressional staffers offering advice to youth interested in a career in politics. CAIR also offered a presentation on the basics of civic engagement.
CAIR thanked its cosponsors Helping Hand for Relief & Development, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Society of Annapolis, IMAAM Center, Dar al Taqwa, and Muslim Community Center, who helped make the event possible.
The core mission of MYLS is to encourage civic and political engagement amongst American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society, and to help foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America. CAIR has been organizing Muslim youth leadership programs in states across the country for more than a decade. Participants of these programs have gone on to become respected community leaders, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders. Past symposiums have all been at capacity.
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 Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, (410) 971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org