CAIR Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC) in California is the nation’s largest Muslim civic engagement event. In 2021, over 300 community members from across the state gathered virtually to play a critical role in shaping policies that impact all Muslims. Participants are able to speak to Assembly members and state senators about issues impacting them and their Muslim communities, attend townhalls, and engage in political education (of representatives by Muslims?).
MDAC participants advocated on issues in an effort to promote just, equitable and progressive pro-Muslim policies within the state, which include protecting the “rights” of Muslim refugees, reinstating voting rights for criminals, and lifting the ban on affirmative action, and expanding opportunity for all.
Anti-Muslim Hate Crime/Harassment
AB 1947: Freedom from anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Act – Support
The bill will mandate that every law enforcement agency adopts better documentation and policies to guide officers in their response to suspected hate crimes. The bill does not mandate more policing or increase penalties for crimes.
AB 2549: Ending Street Harassment of Muslims – Support
This bill would create a public health approach to prevent the street harassment of Muslim women and other vulnerable Muslim communities in California. The Bill would also create a multi-year statewide public education campaign about Muslim street harassment, study street harassment as a public health issue and define street harassment within a public health, not criminal, context.
SB 1161: Public Transit Muslim Ridership Safety – Support
This measure will require California’s 10 largest transit districts to gather research on street harassment of Muslim women and other vulnerable Muslim communities and to develop data-driven initiatives to help prevent Muslim street harassment on public transit systems.
Muslim Immigration (Legal and Illegal)
AB 1766: California IDs for All, even illegals – Support
This bill will expand access to all in obtaining a California ID, regardless of immigration status.
Tying the hands of Law Enforcement
SB 1038: Prohibition of Biometric Surveillance of Muslims by Law Enforcement – Support
This bill would indefinitely extend the prohibition of a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer from installing, activating, or using any biometric Muslim surveillance system in connection with an officer camera or data collected by an officer camera.
Below video is the last Muslim Day at the Capitol in Sacramento held virtually in 2020: