Kennewick Mayor Steve Young and representatives from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., are scheduled to meet with members of the Tri-City Muslim community May 30.
Area Muslims are planning to attend “Advocacy 101” at 10:15 a.m. and meet with elected officials at 1 p.m. at the Keewaydin Park branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries, 405 S. Dayton St., Kennewick, according to a news release from the Council on American Islamic Relations.
“This event will provide an opportunity for Muslims from the Tri-Cities to urge elected officials to champion issues that impact millions of our fellow Americans of all faiths,” said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of CAIR-Washington. “Elected representatives will learn that their local Muslim communities are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about state politics and are better organized and well-connected with other allied groups in their regions.”
State Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, apologized earlier this year after saying that CAIR is “basically run by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.”