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USCMO 9th Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day
4/29/2024 8:30 AM EDT - 5/1/2024 6:30 PM EDT

Open Registration: Join USCMO’s 9th National Muslim Advocacy Day Capitol Hill in D.C. on April 29 to May 1 

 


The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), in partnership with Islamic Relief USA and affiliates, is proud to announce the official launch of the 9th annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, slated to occur on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C!

In order to schedule all meetings for attendees in a timely manner, USCMO urges all interested participants to register for this crucial event at least one month in advance. 

Representatives from national, state, and local Muslim organizations and communities are strongly encouraged to join this two-day advocacy event. Delegates and activists will engage with congressional offices to address the pressing issues affecting American Muslims amidst today’s political landscape. 

The issues we'll be focusing on include combating the alarming increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes, safeguarding the free speech of Americans, ensuring the U.S. government does not remain complicit in Israel’s genocide and occupation of Palestinians, and more.

Participants of past events have shared their experiences through photos and commentary on social media platforms, using the hashtag #MuslimHillDay.

In a statement, USCMO Secretary-General Oussama Jammal said, "Mobilizing Muslims to engage with their members of Congress is a time-honored tradition, and National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill underscores our community's commitment to civic engagement, ensuring that our voices are heard on issues that directly impact our communities, especially before a national election."

In a statement, USCMO National Board Chair and Muslim Legal Fund of America Chief Executive Officer Arshia Ali-Khan said, "Standing up for our rights and concerns is not just a Muslim duty but an embodiment of American principles, reflecting American Muslims' dedication to the American values of justice, equality, and freedom for all individuals."

During the eigth annual National Muslim Advocacy Day last year, over 500 delegates from 20 states convened with more than 200 elected officials and congressional staffers.

For further details regarding the event or inquiries about how your Muslim organization or community can participate, please reach out to USCMO at: advocacy@uscmo.org.

 

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*Submission of this registration form is your acknowledgment and your acceptance of these terms and limitations on attendance and participation in this private USCMO event.:

The Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is a private USCMO event, and this registration form is an invitation to this private event.  USCMO reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to deny or remove any participant from this event for any reason.  Any person or entity denied admission or removed from further participation in this event has no right to receive a refund or has a claim for costs, expenses, or any losses associated with participation in this event. All audio, visual, and audio/visual devices and photography, filming, recording, and taping are strictly prohibited, except with prior permission of USCMO. 

Accommodations

Please arrange for your own lodging, if required, during the Advocacy Days. 

If you have any questions about access or to request any reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event, such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please email the organization you registered with. 

Travel Details

9:00 AM State Delegations will meet-up with their team captain(s) and a volunteer congressional office staff escort at the entrance of one of the U.S. House Congressional office buildings: Cannon, Longworth, or Rayburn. This predetermined meeting location will be noted on each state delegation’s voter voice app meeting schedule. Delegations will be credentialed and escorted into the CVC.

 PLEASE BRING A VALID PHOTO I.D. & MAKE SURE TO ARRIVE ON TIME.

Program

Monday, April  29th

Half Day for Inauguration

Policy Discussions

Training

Tuesday, April 30th

Congressional Meetings

Wednesday, May 1st

Available for Additional Meetings as Required 

 

Resources

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), in partnership with IRUSA and affiliates, is inviting members of the American Muslim community to register for its 9th annual National Muslim Advocacy Day.  

 This year, National Muslim Advocacy Day will again take place in person but for three days, Monday - Tuesday, April 29 - 30; at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Advocacy Days may be extended to Wednesday, May 1, to accommodate scheduling needs.

 USCMO is encouraging participants to register at least one month before the event, and no later than Friday, March 29. 

 All representatives for national, state and local Muslim organizations and communities are encouraged to register for this two-day advocacy event. Muslim delegates and activists will meet with congressional offices to discuss the most pressing issues impacting American Muslims in today’s political climate.     

 Past participants have posted photos and commentary about National Muslim Advocacy Day on social media using the hashtag #MuslimHillDay.     

  “We are thrilled to announce 9th National Muslim Advocacy Day at our nation's capital, bringing together hundreds of American Muslims from across the country to meet in-person with their state's congressional representatives," said USCMO Secretary-General Oussama Jammal. "This event is a testament to the importance of civic engagement and demonstrates that democracy works best when everyone's voice is heard, including American Muslims."   

  “National Muslim Advocacy Day provides an invaluable platform for American Muslims to visit Washington, D.C., and inform their elected representatives about the critical issues affecting our community," said USCMO National Muslim Advocacy Day Steering Committee Chair Robert S. McCaw. "As we approach a decade of #MuslimHillDay, it has become an integral part of our democracy, during which congressional offices and staff members meet with their Muslim constituents and foster a productive dialogue."  

 

This year's earlier scheduling is in response to the urgent situation in Gaza. Our primary focus is to advocate for a ceasefire — which we hope will be in effect by then — and to push for legislation concerning humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of Gaza.

 For those who would like additional advocacy techniques and a more in-depth rundown on the advocacy day’s focused issues, there will be a series of online training seminars for those registered before the event. USCMO will also provide a day-of-event training at Congress for all participating Muslim community members.    

 

  For more information about the event or how your Muslim organization or community can participate, please contact the USCMO at: advocacy@uscmo.org.     

 

  You can also find more information on the history of the event and view videos from previous years at: click here.    

 

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