As-salaamu alaykum (peace be with you).
I am pleased to share with you the news of an unprecedented week of organized Muslim advocacy in the U.S. Congress.
Recently, dozens of CAIR activists from around the country were on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to share your concerns with members of Congress and their key staffers.
CAIR scheduled a record-breaking 190 congressional meetings with offices representing 23 states; 130 of those meetings took place despite a snow storm and resulting government closures. Few other organizations can say they have scheduled this high a number of Hill visits in a single advocacy effort.
CAIR representatives walked the halls of Congress, meeting with elected officials and their staffers and urging them to address issues such as growing anti-Muslim hate speech, the placing of American Muslims on watch lists and no-fly lists without due process or legal recourse, and the NSA's bulk collection of communications data from law-abiding citizens.
We hear about the issues many American Muslims face and report to us every day. For government-related issues, the only way for them to be resolved and prevented in the future is with this kind of political advocacy.
In the past, these advocacy efforts have resulted in policy changes. Previously we lobbied to end the use of anti-Muslim trainers for law enforcement, and at the end of 2011, the White House announced plans to overhaul its counterterrorism training and remove all unqualified trainers with anti-Muslim bias.
We understand that these changes will not come about instantly. It takes time and persistence to build a presence and political voice. For years Muslims complained about not having a voice in government. Now things are changing.
Alhamdulillaah, the momentum is growing year by year. This is our 8th annual Hill days event, and it's been growing steadily. Last year we scheduled 163 meetings; this year, it was 190. We're looking forward to having a bigger presence next year so your issues will be heard by more representatives in Congress inshaAllah.
Your contribution to CAIR has helped us to do this. Thank you. Because of people like you, we are able to have this growing, organized lobbying effort on Capitol Hill.
This grassroots advocacy work on your behalf has positive benefits -- but it's not cost free.
We need your help to continue voicing your concerns to those elected to public office. Without your contribution, this work cannot continue. Help CAIR keep the volume turned up on issues of importance to the American Muslim community!
Your donation will help us expand our reach. The only way we can hold even more congressional visits next year is by training more community members and support staff, by providing the resources they need to travel to Washington, D.C., and by having the necessary legislative resources once they get here.
Please take a minute today to show your support for our work by making a donation.
Please go to www.cair.com right now to make a contribution. We also accept donations using PayPal. You can also mail your contribution to: CAIR, 453 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003. Many employers offer matching gift programs that could double your donation to CAIR. Please check with your human resources department to see if yours does.
Together, with Allah's blessing, we can do it.
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