The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that 280 delegates met with elected officials and congressional staffers in the first National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). According to the announcement:
April 13, 2015 Washington, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Some 280 delegates from more than 20 states met today with elected officials and congressional staffers during the ‘historic’ first-ever National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations.
[NOTE: Many photos of National Muslim Advocacy Day activities have been posted on Twitter # MuslimHillDay.]
Muslim delegates from a number of organizations visited (or are scheduled to visit) 200 congressional offices – one third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate. Before heading to congressional offices, the Muslim delegates met in the Rayburn House Office Building to learn lobbying tips from political experts.
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are urging their elected representatives to support issues that address the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:
- Calling on Congress to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to amend its racial profiling guidance for federal law enforcement by removing any existing loopholes that continue to permit profiling in the name of national security, domestic surveillance and policing the border. Many of these programs have disproportionately targeted Latinos, Muslims and other minorities, and raise serious due process concerns.
- Congressional support of federal legislation that prohibits any federal, state, local and Indian tribal law enforcement agency from engaging in profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or religion.
- Support of federal legislation that addresses the problems our nation is facing with youth violence by strengthening after-school programs. ‘
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In December 2014, the GMBDW was the first to report that the USCMO had announced plans to hold what was described as the first-of-its-kind National Muslim Advocacy Day. The GMBDW reported in March 2014 on the formation of the USCMO, comprised of eight US Muslim organizations most of which are part of the US Muslim Brotherhood:
- 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)