Interfaith communities say they will support the right of civic participation by Muslim attendees
(Oklahoma City, OK, 2/26/15) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) said today that registrations for its first annual “Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol” on Friday have exceeded capacity despite planned anti-Muslim protests being organized on social media.
CAIR-OK says it appreciates the offer of stepped up protection by local law enforcement authorities for Muslims taking part in Friday’s event at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches are coordinating interfaith communities to escort Muslim attendees into the Capitol to ensure they can attend safely. Interfaith partners will be on site throughout the day in solidarity with the Oklahoma Muslim community.
SEE: Muslim Group Moves Ahead with State Capitol Event Despite Threatened Protest
[ABOUT FRIDAY’S EVENT: A diverse group of Oklahoma Muslims, representing Islamic organizations and mosques from across the state, are expected to take part in the day-long event, which is designed to encourage positive civic participation by Muslims and their interfaith partners. Advocacy training and meetings with elected officials and their staff will take place throughout the day. CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: email@example.com ]
SEE: Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol Schedule
“We are truly appreciative of the support for this event that Oklahoma’s Muslim community has witnessed from our elected officials, law enforcement authorities and the interfaith partners,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “Our goal is to encourage Oklahoma Muslims to be active participants in the democratic process, and this event is our first step in making that possible.”
SEE: Muslim Day at the Capitol Educates Muslim Oklahomans on the Democratic Process
CAIR-Oklahoma is a chapter of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org