Calling for Establishing Muslim Heritage Month, Combating Global Islamophobia, and Watchlist Oversight
We invite PA and DE Muslims to join us in Washington, D.C.! On Monday, June 12, and Tuesday, June 13, Muslims from across the country will attend the 8th annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
This year, advocacy days participants will focus their lobbying efforts on:
- Establishing July as Muslim American Heritage Month
- Combating and monitoring global Islamophobia
- Ending unconstitutional watchlist abuses.
Hosted by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, the advocacy days are expected to draw hundreds of Muslim delegates from across the nation. This two-day event is designed to connect national, regional, and state Muslim organizations and community members with their elected representatives in Congress. USCMO is encouraging participants to register at least one month before the event, and no later than Sunday, June 4.
Muslim delegates and activists will meet with congressional offices to discuss the most pressing issues impacting American Muslims in today’s political climate. CAIR-Philadelphia will take the lead in scheduling these meetings for our community members.
Past participants have posted photos and commentary about National Muslim Advocacy Day on social media using the hashtag #MuslimHillDay.
Among the issues being advocated for, USCMO advocacy day delegates will be calling on Congress to reintroduce Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Jan Schakowsky and Senator Corey Booker’s (D-NJ) Combating International Islamophobia Act legislation to address the rise in incidents of Islamophobia worldwide.
Advocates will also be supporting the reintroduction of a resolution recognizing July as “Muslim-American Heritage Month” and celebrating the heritage and culture of Muslim Americans in the United States.
For those who would like additional advocacy techniques and a more in-depth rundown on the advocacy day’s focused issues, there will be a series of online training seminars for those registered before the event. USCMO will also provide a day-of-event training at Congress for all participating Muslim community members.
Last year, more than 300 delegates from 20 states met with more than 200 elected officials and congressional staffers during the seventh annual National Muslim Advocacy Day.
For more information about the event or how your Muslim organization or community can participate, please contact CAIR-Philadelphia by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org You can find more information on the history of the event and view videos from previous years at USCMO.org.