(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/15/14) — On Tuesday, April 22, members of the California Muslim community are scheduled to meet with their state lawmakers in Sacramento as part of the annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol" organized by that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation's leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
SEE: Muslim Day at the Capitol
WHAT: 3rd Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol
WHEN: Tues, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
RSVP: For program details and/or to RSVP, contact CAIR-Sacramento Valley's Communications Coordinator Maheen Ahmed at email@example.com or call 916.441.6269.
Click here to see photos from 2013 event.
Throughout the meetings with their legislators, California Muslims will urge elected officials to act on three critical issues. These issues are:
AB 1976 and AB 330, which are two bills that seek to make college more affordable for incoming students;
the Health for All Act (AB 241), a bill that aims to expand access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status;
and the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which would ban state agencies, officials, employees and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting federal government agencies in collecting electronic data from Californians without a federal warrant.
"Protecting access to an affordable education, healthcare and the right to privacy is essential to a thriving community," said CAIR-LA's Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai. "This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the majority of our state's legislative districts to make a measurable impact on state politics by urging lawmakers to support issues that affect not just Muslims but our broader society."
At previous Muslim Day at the Capitol events, participants advocated for the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964), the TRUST Act (AB 4) and the California Bill of Rights for Domestic Workers (AB 241)-all of which were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
SEE: California Muslims to hold 2nd-annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (2013)
California Muslims Organize Historic Muslim Day at the Capitol (2012)
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-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai, Tel: 714-776-1847, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, Tel: 916-441-6269, E-Mail:email@example.com; CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, Tel: 626-252-0885, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, Tel: 858-278-4547, E-mail:email@example.com