(ALBANY, N.Y., 3/12/14) – More than 50 members of the New York Muslim community participated in yesterday's 2nd Annual "Muslim Day at the Capitol," a program of that state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY).
During meetings with more than 50 elected officials of the New York State Assembly and Senate, American Muslims urged lawmakers to support upcoming bills that directly impact the New York Muslim community, including a bill to recognize Muslim holidays in City University of New York (CUNY) and State Univerisity of New York (SUNY) branches, a bill to introduce halal (Islamically permissible) food in public schools, and a bill urging the admissibility of hate speech as evidence when determining a hate crime.
"Muslim Day at the Capitol is a day for Muslims to work together with our elected officials to address issues and concerns that affect our community, our religion and our daily lives. On this day, Muslims of different nationalizes, ages and neighborhoods joined in the collective effort to engage in conversations of change and empowerment in local and state government," said CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique.
CAIR-NY is a chapter of 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Director of Operations Sadyia Khalique, 212-870-2002, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com