(ST. LOUIS, MO, 2/13/2018) – On February 14, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), along with the Kansas and Missouri chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will hold “Immigrants, Muslims and Refugee Capitol Day.” The Jefferson City event will bring together Missouri immigrants, Muslims, refugees, and their allies to make that state a more welcoming place for all people.
WHAT: Immigrant, Muslim and Refugee Capitol Day WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, Kick-Off Rally on the Front Steps of the Capitol Building at 10:30 a.m.; 1:45 prayer in 1st floor Rotunda WHERE: Missouri State Capitol Building, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101
SEE: Immigrant, Muslim & Refugee Capitol Day: 2018
Participants in Immigrants, Muslims and Refugee Capitol Day will hold meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to the state’s voters. Before leaving the Capitol, members of the Muslim community will hold a communal prayer at 1:45 p.m. in the 1st floor Rotunda room.
“The annual Capitol Day is an opportunity for the voice of Missouri Muslims to be heard by elected officials and to challenge unconstitutional measures introduced in the legislature,” said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed.
Syed said Capitol Day participants will advocate against is S.B. 849 and H.B. 2179, which would restrict the First Amendment right to engage in boycotts to protect Palestinian rights in Missouri. Civil rights advocates say these bills are unconstitutional, and if passed, will invite lawsuits similar to those in Kansas.
SEE: Kanas Judge Temporarily Suspends Anti-DBS Law http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/kansas-judge-temporarily-suspends-anti-bds-law-180130181725634.html
“We believe the right to participate in a boycott is protected by the Constitution,” said Syed.
CAIR is 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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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