Islamist media is reporting on a “Lobby Day” held last week by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which California Muslims met with California state legislators at the Capitol building in Sacramento. According to the OnIslam report:
April 28, 2015 CALIFORNIA – Lobbying for the right to have their voices heard, hundreds of Bay Area Muslims met with legislators at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento on Monday for “Lobby Day”, where lawmakers were asked to back bills that would boost wages for women, temporarily freeze tuition for in-state college students and preserve Californians’ privacy.
Organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Lobby Day event was attended by Muslim students, business owners and community leaders from throughout California.
Osman Khan, a teacher at Granada Islamic School in Santa Clara, brought his middle-school students to Sacramento so they could see the processes they learned about in a U.S. history class in action. The better they understand state government, the more active they’ll become, he stated in a Mercury News report on Tuesday, April 28.
“We’re not here just to advocate for Muslim causes. We’re American citizens, and we want our voices to become part of the American narrative.”
Speaking to state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, Khan’s students eloquently spoke of the African-American women and Latinas who are unfairly paid as opposed to the salary Caucasian men are paid for the same work.
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The GMBDW reported last month that the US Council of Muslim Organizations, a US Muslim Brotherhood organization where CAIR is also a member, , sponsored the first “National Muslim Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where 280 delegates met with elected officials and congressional staffers.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group” and has opposed almost every counterterrorism initiative proposed by the US government. CAIR was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the U.S. Hamas infrastructure at that time. Documents discovered in the course of the the terrorism trial of the Holy Land Foundation confirmed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood and that CAIR itself is part of the US. Muslim Brotherhood. In 2008, the then Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood acknowledged a relationship between the Egyptian Brotherhood and CAIR. In 2009, a US federal judge ruled “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.” CAIR and its leaders have had a long history of defending individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, often labeling such prosecutions a “war on Islam”, and have also been associated with Islamic fundamentalism and antisemitism. The organization is led by Nihad Awad, its longstanding Executive Director and one of the three original founders.