Sign-On Statement on Anti-Muslim Rallies Oct. 9th & 10th

Sign-On Statement on Anti-Muslim Rallies Oct. 9th & 10th

As proud Americans and as people of faith and/or supporters of social justice we collectively oppose this weekend’s anti-Muslim protests which are deceivingly named the Global Rally for Humanity. This toxic display of ignorance, fear and intimidation is antithetical to American values.

Several of the individuals leading this effort are calling for protesters to show up armed, in “open carry” fashion. This means that — by design — entire families could be subjected to frightening confrontations with angry, gun wielding protesters.

The Facebook page promoting these events gives very clear …

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Textbook Censorship

SB 1602 by *Bell (HB 2249 by *Casada)

Click here for our talking points. 

As introduced, restructures the textbook commission and the textbook selection process. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 49.

This bill has been placed behind the budget on 4/7/14. 

 

SB 1266 by *Niceley (HB 1129 by *Hill T)

We are now NEUTRAL on this bill as amended in the House.

As introduced, requires emphasis on American foundational instruments and instruction in American historical achievement. – Amends TCA Title 49.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee on 3/20/14. 

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Attacks on Equal Opportunity

SJR 0486 by *Summerville 

Constitutional Amendments – Prohibits the State of Tennessee from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 01/16/14.

 

SB 1589 by *Summerville

As introduced, prohibits agencies or entities of state or local government from maintaining, keeping, or circulating any information on the number of employees on the basis of …

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Anti-Bullying Policies in School

SB 1124 by *Kyle (HB 0927 by *Camper)

As introduced, expands definition of harassment and bullying in schools to include conduct based on actual or perceived demographic traits, requires review of anti-bullying policies at least once every three years, clarifies that such policies apply to students, school staff and volunteers. – Amends TCA Title 49.

This bill has been taken off notice in the House Education Committee on 4/1/14. 

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Webinar: What You can Learn from the Fight to End Islamophobia

2014 Legislative Wrap-up

2014 Legislative Wrap-up

The 2014 Tennessee legislative session has finally come to an end and it has been an exciting year for ACO. With our continued presences representing the Muslim voice at the state capitol and in political matters, we have worked diligently to ensure that our community is heard. The Muslim voice is now playing an integral role in safeguarding the religious freedoms and civil liberties of all Tennesseans. As expected this year, we saw a decline in the number of bills that were directly targeting our community. However, …

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Positive Bills for 2014

As we continue to ensure a sustained presence at the state capitol, ACO will regularly update you on proposed legislation and their impact on our community.

Click on the headings below, to get more information on each bill that we are closely monitoring this legislative session.

Click here to sign up for ACO’s legislative alerts.

For more information about ACO’s advocacy work, please contact our Director of Policy & Administration, Remziya Suleyman, at remziya@acotn.org.

 

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Negative Bills for 2014

As we continue to ensure a sustained presence at the state capitol, ACO will regularly update you on proposed legislation and their impact on our community.

Click on the headings below, to get more information on each bill that we are closely monitoring this legislative session.

Click here to sign up for ACO’s legislative alerts.

For more information about ACO’s advocacy work, please contact our Director of Policy & Administration, Remziya Suleyman, at remziya@acotn.org.

 

 

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Ask Congress to End Indefinite Detention Today!

Last year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions authorizes the president to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world.

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee began its consideration of this year’s NDAA this week. The 2013 NDAA includes a misleading section that safeguards “habeas corpus rights,” the right to petition the courts …

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