Join us for the 5th Annual Illinois Muslim ACTION!
Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:27:21 GMT
Join us for the 5th Annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day on Thursday, April 18th 2013 to participate in civic life and make your voices heard.
Register Here for Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, YOUR Council, is preparing for the 5th Annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day. On Thursday, April 18th, 2013, Muslims from all over the Land of Lincoln will set out to Springfield to get their voices heard and make positive changes in their communities and across Chicagoland.
In the past four years of Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day (IMAD), we came together as a united community to advocate for issues toward the common good. In 2012, we turned out 1,000 community members to Springfield. We partnered with our religious and civic partners to advocate on issues relevant to our community. The issues we pushed for were:
- An education overhaul in our public schools
- Just policies for immigrants and refugees
- A “Reject Discrimination” resolution in the State House and Senate to counter Islamophobia
- Healthcare access for all, through maintenance of the All Kids Program, which guarantees healthcare for all children in Illinois, and by ensuring immigrant organizations are included in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
- Parent Mentor Program
With the blessing of Allah, and for the first year in the history of the Muslim community, the Illinois General Assembly approved all of our legislative agenda. This year we hope to build on our successes. With your help we will be going to Springfield to advocate for issues relevant to our community and all of Illinois.
We want to invite all of our community leaders, our elderly, our youth, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners, MSAs and all who care about Illinois to join the 4th annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day!
This is the time to come together, unite and connect with our legislators and policy makers and work for a prosperous future and a prosperous Illinois for all. This is our time to take action and practice our civic duty to our great state.
Join YOUR Council and make YOUR voice heard on April 18th at the 5th Annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day!
What should we expect for April 18th?
6:30am: Board buses in various locations throughout Chicago—Please Register First!
10:30am: Rally outside at the Lincoln Statue
11:30am – 1:00pm Meetings with Legislators
1:00pm- 2:15pm- Lunch and Prayer
2:30 pm Departure
Bus Departure Locations
MECCA (for MECCA/Webb community)
Dar-Us-Sunnah (for Dar-Us-Sunnah/NIA community)
Islamic Center of Naperville
What is the Issue Agenda?
Services for Immigrants
We will ask legislators to support funding for services for immigrants in the state budget through the Immigrant Services Line Item. This funding will help immigrant families receive social services, translation services, citizenship assistance, and other services they need.
Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act (Bill SB1587)
The use of drones for surveillance by law enforcement has been approved in the state of Illinois. We will push for the passage of the Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act, which will require a warrant before drones can be used, in order to protect our privacy and the privacy of our fellow Illinoisans.
Jobs for Youth in Disadvantaged Communities (Bill SB1323)
We will ask legislators to pass a bill which will create year-long jobs for 5000 youth living in violence-prone communities, where positive opportunities for youth are scarce.
Redefining “Middle Eastern” as a Minority (Bill HB0005)
Arabs are currently classified as ‘White’ in Illinois, which prevents them from being properly represented in programs such as college admissions and language access to government services. We will ask legislators to support Bill HB0005, which will reclassify ‘Middle Eastern’ as a minority.
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