(Houston, Texas, 1/28/15) -- On Thursday, January 29, Muslims from across the state will hold a news conference and rally to kick off "Texas Muslim Capitol Day" organized by the Texas chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. Numerous other civic organizations are supporting the event, which is expected to draw some 1,000 Muslims for meetings with lawmakers.
WHAT: Texas Muslim Capitol Day News Conference and Rally
WHERE: Press conference and rally on the south steps of the Capitol Building (1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701)
WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 10:30 a.m.
Following a morning rally, participants will attend a program on political activism. In the afternoon they will meet with lawmakers, requesting the following actions:
- Continue full support of the Texas DREAM Act (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors)
- Support and sponsor HB 474 and HB 455 requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras
- Vote against HB 670, a so-called "anti-foreign law" bill
- Support HJR 32 bill prohibiting courts from interpreting religious law
"Texas Muslim Capitol Day will provide Muslims with an opportunity to benefit Texans state-wide by urging lawmakers to support issues that affect people of all faiths," said CAIR-Texas, Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. "This is also an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the democratic process."
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-TX Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-585-6314 (cell); email@example.com; CAIR-TX Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-TX Outreach Coordinator Ahmad Alaswad, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-484-9027 (cell), email@example.com