Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC)

By Engage Minnesota

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – many Mosques and Islamic Organizations have joined hands to advocate for Muslims.

Some individuals get afraid when Muslims are seen and heard advocating for their rights.  In a lecture, an attendee was afraid of Muslims filing lawsuits when their rights were violated or asking for bills to be introduced to protect them from hate crimes.

This is an irrational fear based on the unknown and fear of others.  Our diversity is something to celebrate and not be ashamed of.

Why Is This Important?

Many of us who watch the news today are wondering how to frame current events, how to grapple with our identities as Muslim Americans, and how to represent the beauty of Islam as a religion well within the boundaries of modern civil discourse.

This is our chance to join our brothers and sisters and have our voice heard.

We will have the opportunity to meet State Legislators; discuss issues relating to education, immigration, healthcare, and civil rights; and bring about positive social change.

Please register today. You can register here!

Muslim Day at the Capitol consists of three components:

  1. Train participants on how to interact with legislators and lobby.
  2. Listen to elected leadership and community leaders speak to the Muslim community.
  3. In small groups, meet with legislators and speak to them about Muslim concerns.

Schedule of Activities

9:00 am – 10:00 am Training & Breakfast
Christ Lutheran Church
105 University Ave West
St. Paul, MN 55103

10:00 am – 11:00 am Rally
Fellowship Hall Christ Lutheran Church
105 University Ave West
St. Paul, MN 55103

11:00 am – 11:30 am Group Photo
Front Steps – Capitol Building
75 MLK Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55155

11:30 am to 2 pm Meetings with Legislators
Capitol Building 75 MLK Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55155 &
State Office Building 100 MLK Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55155

Please Note: Childcare is NOT available. All children must be accompanied.
Parking & Directions

Please car pool and encourage your friends and family to attend even if they did not register.

Leave early to allow for parking and walking.

Try to be at the Church by 8:45 am.

WANT TO ADD YOUR VOICE?

If you like this piece, share it on social media.  We invite you to join us in this project on our social media sites.  We welcome your voice to the Comment section below — or consider writing a commentary, podcast or photo story. (For more information, email engageminnesota@gmail.com.)

 

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