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CAIR: 400 Wash. State Muslims To Meet Lawmakers On MLK Day

Annual event designed to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SEATTLE, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, January 21, some 400 Washington state Muslims are scheduled to meet with dozens of their elected representatives as part of the annual " Washington State Muslim Lobby Day."

[NOTE: Also on January 21, CAIR will hold an Inauguration Day Open House from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Capitol Hill headquarters (453 New Jersey Avenue SE) in Washington, D.C. To RSVP for the Inauguration Day Open House, CONTACT: Robert McCaw, 202-488-8787, rmccaw@cair.com. On January 31, CAIR will co-sponsor "Texas Muslim Capitol Day" in Austin. SEE: Texas Muslim Capitol Day, http://texasmuslimcapitolday.com]

The event, one of the largest of its kind in the nation and the largest gathering of Muslims from across the state, is being organized by the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA).

SEE: Washington State Muslim Lobby Day http://www.cairseattle.org/muslimlobbyday  

CAIR-WA's annual lobbying day has been held each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. King and his defense of civil rights through positive civic engagement.

WHAT: 4th Annual Washington State Muslim Lobby Day

WHERE: Morning Assembly at Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA. March to Capitol, Rally on Capitol Steps and Legislative Visits on Capitol Campus

WHEN: Monday, January 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here to read a detailed schedule: http://tinyurl.com/LobbyDayProgram  

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655, E-Mail: abukhari@cair.com

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Some 400 Muslims march from Olympia Center to the Capitol; Muslims rally at Capitol Steps; Legislative appointments 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. (Media welcome to accompany some groups to meetings. Meeting schedules available on request.)

Muslim voters attending the event will represent at least 33 of the 49 state legislative districts. They will provide information about recent anti-Muslim incidents and will urge their legislators to speak out against Islamophobic rhetoric and hate crimes.

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