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

Participants will also urge legislators to take action on other issues, including preserving critical public programs and having a balanced approach to the state budget. They will present legislators with a DVD copy of the award winning documentary, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet."  SEE: www.muhammadfilm.tv  

SEE PHOTOS From Previous Year's Event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49994784@N05/sets/72157628906678829/  

"This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the majority of our state's legislative districts to learn more about the political process and to meet their elected representatives," said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. "Legislators should take action during this crucial year to allocate funds to preserve critical services for the most vulnerable in our society."

He said the increase in Islamophobic rhetoric and an accompanying spike in bias incidents is another issue of great concern to the state's Muslim community.

Bukhari stated: "We have witnessed 10 anti-Muslim hate crimes in the Northwest in just the past year, which should be serious cause for concern and corrective action. Muslim constituents will work to make lawmakers aware of the growing problem of Islamophobia and of the veiled and camouflaged manner in which it is being promoted. It is imperative that local and national leaders speak out and condemn the growing level of anti-Muslim prejudice and work with their Muslim constituents and their allies to oppose this promotion of bigotry against minorities, whatever the source."

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.

Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational Subscribe to CAIR's E-Mail List http://tinyurl.com/cairsubscribe Subscribe to CAIR's Twitter Feed http://twitter.com/cairnational Subscribe to CAIR's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/cairtv

CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-367-4081 or 206-931-3655, E-Mail: abukhari@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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