CAIR-CA: Lawmakers to Take Part in California ‘Muslim Day at the Capitol’ News Conference
More than 700 Muslims from across California expected to attend annual civic participation event
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 4/23/17) — On Monday, April 24, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will host its Sixth Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) in Sacramento, with more than 700 participants from across the state expected to attend. The theme of this year’s event is “Action Trumps Fear.”
A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. featuring CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo, Assemblymember David Chiu,Assemblymember Kansen Chu, and other lawmakers to discuss how California Muslims can support legislation and policies that protect civil rights and promote positive social change. (See legislative agenda below.)
WHAT: 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol – “Action Trumps Fear”
WHEN: Monday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHO: More than 700 Muslims from across California
WHERE: News Conference – 11 a.m. at California State Capitol Building, East Side Lawn, Area 22, Event Location – Grand Ballroom, 1215 J St.
At MDAC, American Muslims from across California will have an opportunity to meet state legislators, discuss issues of concern, and help bring about positive social change. This year, MDAC attendees will be advocating for a breadth of civil rights issues, including protections for religious communities and immigrants, measures to prevent school bullying, and standards for hate crime reporting.
The event’s legislative agenda focuses on four key bills:
CALIFORNIA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT (SB 31) – CAIR-CA Co-Sponsoring
This bill would prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes. It would also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual except under certain circumstances.
THE CALIFORNIA VALUES ACT (SB 54)
This bill would protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, and that public schools, state health facilities, and courthouses remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of their immigration status.
HATE CRIME REPORTING STANDARDS (AB 158)
This bill would establish uniform hate crime reporting standards for law enforcement agencies statewide. It would ensure that hate crimes are properly recorded by peace officers at the local level in order to ensure proper prosecution in those cases.
SAFE PLACE TO LEARN ACT (AB 1318) – CAIR-CA Co-Sponsoring
This bill would require the Department of Education to assess whether the local educational agency has provided information to all employees on how to support all students who may face bias or bullying. Additionally, it would require the information to include resources that provide support to youth and their families who have been subjected to bullying or faced bias.
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, 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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
CONTACT: CAIR Sacramento Valley Outreach & Communications Coordinator, Muhammad Saifullah, 916.678.0752, email@example.com; CAIR California Legislative and Government Affairs Coordinator, Yannina Casillas, 951.259.5105, firstname.lastname@example.org