(SACRAMENTO, CA, 5/9/12) — On Monday, May 7, about 70 members of the California Muslim community participated in the first annual “Muslim Day at the Capitol.”
In this first-of-a-kind event, Muslims from across the state held 40 meetings with their legislators in Sacramento and engaged them on two critical pieces of legislation in efforts to promote equality and diversity within the state.
These pieces of legislation are: the Trust Act (AB 1081) – a bill that seeks to keep immigration enforcement at the federal level and strengthen trust between local police and immigrant communities; and the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964) – a bill that aims to strengthen employees’ religious freedoms.
“It’s 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 affect our local communities,” said CAIR-Sacramento Valley Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
Calif. Muslims Look to have Voices Heard (KTVU TV)
‘Muslim Day’ at Capitol Promotes Civic Engagement (Press TV)
Muslim Day at the Capitol Photo Gallery
Elkarra also said a recent study indicates that Muslim voters could play a decisive role in swing states this November. He noted that CAIR’s 2012 “Muslims Vote” campaign is designed to empower the American Muslim community by increasing their political capacity and presence.
SEE: The Muslim Swing Vote (NY Times)
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: For more information, contact CAIR-LA Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed at (714) 776-1847