The purpose of the CAIR-Houston government affairs department is to represent the interests of the Texas Muslim community before the Texas House of Representatives and state and local agencies. The department actively monitors legislation and government activities that affect Muslims and responds on behalf of the Texas Muslim community. We oppose policies that limit civil rights; permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling; or prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
We provide a Muslim perspective to policymakers and answer questions from government officials about issues related to Islam and Muslims.
The showpiece of this activity is the Texas Muslim Capitol Day, when CAIR organizes hundreds of Muslims to visit the Texas state capitol and meet their legislators.
The department builds networks and coalitions with community groups, religious and otherwise, that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion. The department also regularly sponsors voter registration and “Get Out the Vote” drives, candidate forums, and campaign volunteer opportunities across the country. We keep our community aware and involved through regular legislative action alerts, and we distribute legislative fact sheets and sponsor activities designed to bring American Muslim concerns to the government.