The Council’s work in Government Affairs is largely focused on educating the American-Muslim community on how to engage with the government in a productive and constructive manner. This website is one of the Council’s tools for helping the community. The Council website has many educational resources in the form of handbooks, articles and links to outside resources.
The best way to learn is by doing. The American-Muslim community not only learns about civic engagement through the Council, it also gets to try out the strategies and techniques through an array of campaigns that the Council works on in coalition and collaboration with other religious (interfaith) and community-based groups.
The Council’s annual Muslim ACTION! Day is a great example of civic engagement at work. American-Muslims not only learn about the nuts and bolts of citizen advocacy and about specific, current public policy issues, but they also have the opportunity to visit Springfield, Illinois and actively engage with legislators.
The Government Affairs work of the Council is largely done in partnership and collaboration with other groups. Over the years the Council has forged strong relationships with United Power for Action and Justice, the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policy, Faith in Place, Protestants for the Common Good, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Catholic Church and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.