3/28/11 – MRFF SUBMITS TESTIMONY FOR HISTORIC U.S. SENATE HEARING

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March 25, 2011
Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein
Founder & President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Dear Mr. Weinstein:

It was a pleasure to speak with you today. As I told you, I personally am a great admirer of the important work that you and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation do to protect the Constitutional rights of our brave servicemembers.

I invite you to submit written testimony for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights hearing entitled “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims,” which will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

This will be the first-ever Congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. The hearing will feature a distinguished panel of witnesses, including Muslim civil rights leader Farhana Khera; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, the Obama Administration’s top civil rights official; and former Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta, the Bush Administration’s top civil rights official. The hearing is in response to the recent spate of anti-Muslim bigotry, including Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, and hate speech. This will be the first-ever hearing of the new Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

Please send an electronic copy of your testimony via email to (email address withheld). We look forward to your testimony.

Sincerely,

Joe Zogby
Chief Counsel & Staff Director
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary


March 28, 2011

Hi Mikey,

Please submit your statement for the record to this email address. Again, we thank you deeply for
your organization’s leadership and initiative on these issues. It is people like you and those you
represent who inspire us to do our work here.

You can contact me at this email address, or at my office number.

Please do spread the word about this hearing. We want the attendance level to reflect the importance of this issue. Feel free to send around the press release from our office below.

Thanks again,
Rajiv


HEARING PRESS RELEASE

Durbin to Chair First-Ever Hearing on the Civil Rights of American Muslims

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that he will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The hearing will be the first hearing before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Senator Durbin is the Subcommittee’s Chairman.

“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Durbin said. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”

The hearing is in response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year including Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination. Next week’s hearing will consider measures to protect the civil rights of American Muslims.

A distinguished panel of witnesses will testify including Muslim civil rights leader Farhana Khera; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, the Obama Administration’s top civil rights official; and former Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta, the Bush Administration’s top civil rights official.

The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights was formed by merging the Constitution Subcommittee and the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, which Durbin previously chaired. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues, and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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    1 Comment

    1. James Bordonaro

      Mikey,

      Very Impressive! Keep up the good work.

      BTW, is Joe Zogby related in anyway to the pollster James Zogby?

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