(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/18/16) â€“ This evening, representatives of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim groups, will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to condemn the refusal of GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his congressional staff to meet with Muslim constituents during todayâ€™s second National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
Some 330 Muslim delegates from 28 states are meeting with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
Earlier today, 14 Texas Muslim delegates to the National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill tried to meet with either Sen. Cruz or a member of his congressional staff, but were told no one would meet with them. The delegates had tried to arrange a meeting for several weeks prior to todayâ€™s event.
WHAT: Ted Cruz, Staff Refuse to Meet with Texas Muslim Constituents
WHEN: Monday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room 345
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.
Founding members of USCMO:
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).