(WASHINGTON DC 5/7/2017) – The Muslim American Society (MAS) participated in the US Council of Muslim Organizations’ 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on May 1-2. Over 400 delegates from 30 states visited with the offices of their elected officials. Among the attendees were over 40 MAS members representing 11 chapters.
During the congressional and senate office visits, delegates lobbied for issues that concern the American Muslim community, minorities and the American public at large. In particular, the delegates focused on three issues: 1. A round up endorsement of all anti-Muslim bans, religious questioning and registry legislation, 2. Supporting DREAMers and raising concerns about the Secure Communities Program’s impact on civil liberties and immigrant communities, and 3. Endorsing the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act. Delegates documented their visits on social media using #MuslimHillDay. In his opening remarks, MAS Executive Director Mazen Mokhtar said: “The time has come for everyone to realize that we are an integral part of the fabric of this country. Today I do not expect that we will meet our representatives and we will magically, just automatically change their minds. But we will get to know them and they will get to know us. And time after time, our values and our causes will become more familiar. And time after time it will become increasingly difficult to target any group, Muslim or non-Muslim that is active.”
MAS is a founding member of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, alongside American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).