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Muslim Day at the Capitol

As one of the nation’s most educated and civically engaged faith communities, American Muslims play a critical role in shaping our society’s social and political fabric.

Recognizing the major influence that Muslims have in the political sphere, CAIR-CA will host its 5th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol on April 10, 2017.

Announcing Our 2016 Legislative Agenda

This year, MDAC attendees will be advocating for a breadth of civil rights issues including protections for immigrants, measures to prevent school bullying, the right to engage in boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), and police accountability.

BOYCOTT, DIVEST, AND SANCTIONS – Oppose 

AB 1551, AB 1552 & AB 2844 – Anti-BDS Bill Package

These bills would prohibit the state of California from investing in business firms or financial institutions that participate in BDS targeting Israel, and use the most recent federal report on politically motivated acts of BDS. One bill, AB 2844, would also create state mandated programs that would offer incentives to companies strengthening their relationship with Israel, while offering disincentives for those boycotting Israel.

Update: Bills AB 1551 and AB 1552 are dead. Bill AB 2844 has passed through the Assembly and is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

BIAS-BASED SCHOOL BULLYING – Support 

AB 2845 – Safe Place to Learn Act: Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian (AMEMSSA) Students

The bill promotes identifications of strategies and programs to address bullying in schools. CAIR, the Sikh Coalition, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice are working together with the API Legislative Caucus to advocate for this bill in light of reports including CAIR’s 2015 report that indicate 55% of Muslim students have experienced some form of bullying in schools.

Update: Bill AB 2845 has passed through the Assembly and is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

IMMIGRATION AND DEPORTATIONS – Support 

AB 2792: TRUTH Act

After a Federal court found the Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program, to be unconstitutional, the Obama administration created “PEP” (Priority Enforcement Program) which requires local law enforcement to “notify” ICE when they have arrested an undocumented individual. AB 2792 establishes a transparent process, including community engagement, prior to local law enforcement participation in ICE deportation programs. Local law enforcement must then reach an agreement with their city council or county supervisors, dictating the terms and conditions of any participation in such programs, and ensure compliance with the state’s TRUST Act.

Update: Bill AB 2792 has passed through the Assembly and is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRANSPARENCY – Support 

SB 1286: Police Investigation Transparency and Accountability

SB 1286 will (1) allow public access to investigations, findings, and discipline information on serious uses of force by police (2) allow public access to information on police misconduct (3) affirm that you have a right to be able to track your misconduct complaints and see what the police department is doing about it (4) allow local governments that choose to establish civilian review boards or appeal boards for officer discipline to have those boards hold open public hearings (5) give power back to civilian oversight bodies to effectively monitor police.

Update: Bill SB 1286 is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee

Celebrate Our Achievements

As one of the nation's most integrated and educated faith communities, American Muslims have an important role to play in our society's social and political fabric.

MDAC 2015
SB 178 (CalECPA): Passed
This bill would prohibit a government entity from compelling the production of or access to electronic communication information or electronic device information, as defined, without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records, or subpoena issued pursuant under specified conditions, except for emergency situations, as defined. The bill would also specify the conditions under which a government entity may access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device, such as pursuant to a search warrant, wiretap order, or consent of the owner of the device.

AB 953 (Racial Profiling): Passed
This bill would enact the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which would, among other changes, revise the definition of racial profiling to instead refer to racial or identity profiling, and make a conforming change to the prohibition against peace officers engaging in that practice.

 

MDAC 2014
SB 828 (Anti-NSA Bill): Passed
Prohibits the state or a state actor from materially supporting or assisting any federal agency in collecting data of any person not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place, and thing to be searched or seized. Makes evidence collected from warrant less data collection inadmissible in local or state courts.

MDAC 2013
AB-4 (TRUST Act): Passed
Limits California’s compliance with the controversial Secure Communities program, which has resulted in thousands of unjust costly detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants.

AB 241: Passed
Strengthens labor protections for domestic workers in California.

MDAC 2012
AB 1964: Passed
Ensures religious freedoms of CA’s minority employees.

AB 1081: Advocated
Keeps immigration enforcement at the federal level and strengthens trust between local police and immigrant communities.