On Tuesday January 31 at 9 a.m. there is an opportunity to show up and stand with Texas Muslims who are engaging in participatory democracy. This call to action is unique–this is not an “Indivisible” action or protest or rally. It’s a call to stand with marginalized members of our community as they engage in our democratic process.
Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a biennial citizen lobby day taking place at the Capitol. This year’s lobby day is happening in what is probably the most hostile climate for Texas Muslims since 2001.
“Peaceful protectors” will gather to create a buffer zone between the event’s participants and the expected counter protesters during their morning program on the Capitol steps. Representatives organized by Rep. Celia Israel and other faith leaders are expected to join in the protective action.
This is a chance to stand, indivisible, with Texans whose rights are under attack.
From the organizers:
Code Of Conduct –
#1 DO NOT ENGAGE PROTESTERS – This is literally and figuratively the #1 rule. We are not there to engage, debate, one-up etc. We are there to form a human chain and act as a barrier. Any communication that might possibly need to happen between Peace Observers and Protesters will be handled by designated liasons.
#2 Remember that you are indirectly representative of the event and the community taking part – We are standing in solidarity with a marginalized community and thus we are not acting as individuals and we must consider the way our behavior could reflect on the people with whom we want to show solidarity.
#3 DO NOT ENGAGE PROTESTERS
#4 Keeping #2 in mind, even amongst each other, please keep language, gestures, etc G-rated.
#5 DO NOT ENGAGE PROTESTERS
#6 Keeping #2 in mind, please wear clothing with only G-rated messages (or no messages, obviously.)
#7 DO NOT ENGAGE PROTESTERS
#8 Do not bring signs, banners, flags, etc. – This is NOT a counter protest.
#9 DO NOT ENGAGE PROTESTERS
Q: What time do we meet up?
A: 9 a.m. in front of the Capitol (south steps). The morning program will end before lunch.
Q: Is there anything else I can do?
A: Nope! Just invite people to help and show up. Keep it simple.