The Muslim American Society proudly joined national and local delegates who are part of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations in the annual Muslim Hill Day advocating on behalf of millions of American Muslims at our nation’s Capitol.
The National Muslim American Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill witnessed over 500 delegates from twenty-five states attend over 250 meetings with Congressional Offices.
Meeting with half of the Senate and a little over a third of the House of Representatives, these delegates focused on various comprehensive issues that impacted our communities and our country.
We urged Congress to repeal the Muslim Ban, support comprehensive immigration reform that protected Dreamers, TPS holders and provided alternatives to detention for asylum seekers, as well as recognizing the history and contribution of Muslim Americans. We also advocated for the support of human rights, urging Congress to act on the ethnic cleansing and genocide seen against the Rohingya and Uighur Muslim communities and to support the reform of U.S. banking laws to prevent discriminatory targeting and closure of the bank accounts of Muslim Americans.
This year has seen an increased representation of people of color in Congress. As we also proudly marked this year’s advocacy efforts welcoming the first two Muslim American women to Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
“It is critical that we stay civically involved and to encourage our communities to use these days of congressional advocacy as the foundation for continued meaningful engagement” said MAS Executive Director Ayman Hammous. “Elected officials work for us and they must hear from the communities that elected them constantly to help shape public policies that are transformative for our country.”