More than 600 people gathered Monday afternoon for the 5th annual Muslim Day at the Capitol.
The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-CA, hosted the event to discuss issues of concern within the Muslim community and bring about positive social change.
Haroon Manjlai is the public affairs manager for CAIR-CA. He says the the forum aims to give a voice to American Muslims who are not always heard.
"It gives us the opportunity to address a lot of misconceptions or stereotypes about the Muslim community," Manjlai said.
This year, attendees are advocating for civil rights issues such as protections for immigrants, police accountability, and measures to prevent school bullying.
"In the past, we've also advocated for bills like the Trust Act, Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and Religious Rights in the Workplace. So we've had a good track record," Manjlai said.
The event is also pushing an Anti-BDS Bill, which would prohibit the state from investing in business firms that participate in boycotts targeting Israel.