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California Legislators Sponsor Ramadan Dinner in State Capitol


Visitors enjoy the Iftar meal
Visitors enjoy the Iftar meal

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 11/10/04) – More than 60 California state officials, staff
members, civic leaders, and representatives of American Muslim community turned out Tuesday evening for the 1st annual Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal, in the State Capitol.

The Iftar was co-sponsored by five legislators, including Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu (D-49 Monterey Park), Assemblyman Manny Diaz (D-23 San Jose), Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg (D-9 Sacramento), Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-6
Sacramento), and Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23 Los Angeles).

“I am honored to co-sponsor the first observance of Iftar at the State Capitol. Iftar is a time for worship, contemplation and strengthening of family and community ties. So, it is only appropriate that we observe Iftar
at the State Capitol. With a growing Muslim population in California, we must continue to make sure that we come together to discuss issues faced by Muslim-Americans. I look forward a continuing tradition of observing Iftar
at the State Capitol,” said Assemblywoman Dr. Judy Chu.

Dr. Judy Chu presented CAIR-Sacramento Valley (CAIR-SV) with a California Legislature Assembly Resolution No. 3603 celebrating CAIR’s 1st Annual Iftar at the State Capitol.

CAIR-SV Executive Committee Member Javed Iqbal said: “This is truly a historic moment. Muslims have been part of California society for more than a century, and this is the first time an Islamic event was held in the State Capitol. We thank our public representatives and their staff for
immense encouragement and help in making this event a reality and for their genuine desire to embrace diversity in the state of California. We also thank community members for their support and participation.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, helped facilitate the
event and provided the Iftar meal. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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