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Hundreds of Muslim Delegates Lobbied Congress on ‘Record Breaking’ National Advocacy Day

Some 330 delegates from more than 28 states met this week with 225 elected officials and congressional staffers during the "record breaking" second National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The lobbying effort, the largest congressional Muslim advocacy event in the country, was sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations.

Last year, 280 Muslim delegates from 20 states met with 200 congressional offices.
Muslim delegates participating in this year’s Muslim hill day event were scheduled to meet with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.

The New Jersey delegation consisted of 17 members and were able to visit 10 of the 12 members of the Congressional delegation representing New Jersey.

On Monday, USCMO hosted a civic engagement and congressional advocacy training seminar for Muslim delegates in the Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room. Later that day, members of Congress and staff joined hill day participations for an evening reception.

National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates are promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including:

 . Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.

· Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.

·  Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.

· Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.

 While some key figures and groups within the inner-core of the American Islamophobia network attempted to derail the event by asking congressional offices to cancel already-scheduled meetings – the Muslim hill day continued without any meeting cancelations.

 Founding members of USCMO: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), 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). 

Muslim group fears more Islamophobia after San Bernardino shooting

nadia in group shot The country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Thursday condemned the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, while at the same time urging Americans to not jump to conclusions that the attack was the result of radical Islamic terrorism.

Nadia Kahf, the chairwoman of CAIR-NJ, skewered what she called unfair coverage of the suspected shooters’ religion, including the New York Post’s cover with the headline “MUSLIM KILLERS.” Only when suspected mass shooters are Muslim, she suggested, is religion such a core part of the story. “You cannot paint all Muslims with the same brush,” said Kahf. 

Separately, CAIR and local leaders zeroed in on Trump, arguing he should be held at least partially responsible for an increase in Islamophobia (which Awad said included incidents of vandalism and bomb threats across the country) following last month’s terror attack in Paris, which the terrorist group known as

ISIS has claimed responsibility for.

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CAIR Welcomes New Staff

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As-Salaam Alaikum,

      It is my pleasure to welcome our two newest staff members to the CAIR-NJ family. I'm sure you will share my hope and optimism as I introduce our new Executive director, Br. Jim Sues, and our new Communications Director, Br. Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe. While Jim’s previous experience as Executive Director of CAIR-NJ will be an invaluable asset, the experience and capabilities he brings from his years of technical marketing at IBM provide a unique perspective to the position. In addition, Br. Jim’s activities in the areas of interfaith relations and community involvement bring a depth of experience that is essential to CAIR-NJ. His experience as a civil rights activist and his passion for justice are just what CAIR-NJ needs.  Br. Abdul Alim brings unique skill sets to his position as Communications Director, having worked as a journalist, news editor, and educator. For 30 years he worked in television as an editor, cameraman, and producer. In addition, Br. Abdul Alim has extensive experience as a teacher and lecturer in the field of Religious History and Comparative Religion, and is very active in the local community.  CAIR-NJ was established over 10 years ago with the help of dedicated board members, staff, volunteers and supporters. We look forward to working with Br. James and Br. Abdul as we move towards our next decade of service. I hope you share my enthusiasm as we welcome our new staff members and continue our fight against injustice.

 

Nadia Kahf
Board Chairperson

 

 

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