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Calif. Muslims Made Second-Annual ‘Muslim Day at the Capitol’ a Success!

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 5/3/2013) — On Tuesday, April 30, more than 150 members of the California Muslim community participated in the second-annual “Muslim Day at the Capitol.”

In this event, Muslims from across the state held about 110 meetings with their legislators in Sacramento and engaged them on three critical issues in efforts to promote equality and diversity within the state.

These issues are: the Trust Act (AB 4), a bill that seeks to keep immigration enforcementat the federal level and strengthen trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities; the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 241), a bill that aims to protect domestic workers, strengthen stability in the industry and improve the quality of care for Californians by creating uniform and clear industry-wide standards; and a push for free speech legislation that approaches campus issues in a manner that remains faithful to the First Amendment, addresses the sensitivities and concerns of different groups and proceeds with a diversity of viewpoints represented at the table.

“It is incumbent on our state's Muslim community to play an active role in shaping both California's and our nation's political landscapes by mobilizing grassroots participation and advocating for issues that positively impact our local communities,” said CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra.

CAIR-CA Statewide Policy and Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed added that “Public policy changes will not happen overnight. It is the result of relationship building, and a concerted and consistent dialogue with our elected officials, which is something we aim to do by introducing community members to state lawmakers.”

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Chapter Coordinator Mohamed Ali, Tel: 916.441.6269, mohamed.ali@cair.com; CAIR-CA Statewide Policy and Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed, Tel: 714.776.1847, asyed@cair.com

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