(LAWRENCE, KS, 3/4/2018) -- On Monday, March 5, the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), together with Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA), will host its 3rd Annual “Kansas Muslim Advocacy Day/Stand with Muslim Neighbors Day.”
WHAT: 3rd Annual Kansas Muslim Advocacy Day/ Stand with Muslim Neighbors Day at the Capitol
WHEN: Monday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Rotunda Kansas State Capitol
Muslims from across the state will be joined by members of the state’s Christian and Jewish communities and others to stand together and declare that Muslim Kansans are valued and valuable.
"We are all equal in God's eyes, and we all have equal protections under the law," Said Rabi Moti Rieber, executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action.
The day will start with a rally in the 2nd floor Rotunda with several interfaith speakers, followed by a formal recognition on the floor of the State House at 11 a.m., and then by a series of meeting with individual legislators, committee chairs and others to convey participants’ views on important pending legislation and to discussion issues such as immigration, hate crimes, the Bridge to Healthy Kansas Program, and election voting rights as presented in the Free State Elections Act.
Later in the afternoon, participants will also be formally recognized at the floor of the state Senate, and a Muslim Imam (religious leader) will provide the invocation at the beginning of the session.
“This day reflects the role of Muslims as an integral part of our community who share the same concerns about health care and voting rights for all Kansans as much as they care about immigration and hate crime laws," said CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy. "We all come as one with our neighbors to our house - the people's house - to make our voices heard and to make sure our elected officials are aware of our views and advocate for those views.”
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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