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Muslims on Capitol Hill learn how to lobby

sq500-f2ef5a1c4b590c260ceaef4f433ffdd4By: Aysha Khan and Lauren Markoe, RNS May 2, 2017
WASHINGTON (RNS) In the community room of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the nerve center of a two-day Muslim lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill, both first-time and veteran lobbyists compared notes:
More than three times as many people — 400-plus — showed up to lobby at this year’s annual Muslim Advocacy Day (Monday and Tuesday, May 1-2), compared with the first time the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations held the event in 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, still seemed to be avoiding them. Even the staffers working for Congress members with anti-Muslim reputations appeared friendly. “Muslims are in catching-up mode,” said Zahid Bukhari, of the Islamic Circle of North America, one of the groups that founded the coalition that organized the lobbying days.
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