• Second Annual Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

    Second United National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

    On April 18, 2016, ICO’s Chair Sheryl Siddiqui and CAIR-OK’s staff attorney
    Veronica Laizure, participated in the U.S. Council of Muslim Organization’s
    (USCMO’s) Second Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. After a short review
    of lobbying strategy, they visited with Legislative staff in Senator
    Lankford’s office, Congressman Steve Russell’s office and Congressman
    Bridenstine’s office.
    The issues raised with the legislators’ offices were:
    1. Islamophobia, one of ICO’s 2016 Goals and also a 2016 goal for USCMO:
    Siddiqui and Laizure brought stories and statistics and recommended actions
    that legislators can take to help us respond to it and control its spread in
    the future.
    2. Recommendations on how to help people without a credit history establish
    a credit score without having to take out loans, especially important to
    Muslims who want to live riba- free and people just starting out.
    3. Recommendations to promote federal grants to companies willing to open
    grocery stores in “food deserts” promoting healthy families and more livable
    4. Our concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal
    Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.
    This year showed that American Muslims are even more concerned and involved
    that last year. Our Oklahoma ICO & CAIR reps joined more than 330 activists
    from 28 states who made 225 meetings with congressional offices. Will you
    join us next year?