Dustin Craun

Dustin Craun is the CEO and Founder of Ummah Wide, a digital media and film production startup telling stories that transcend the borders of global communities. He is a social innovator, writer, digital strategist, community organizer, and educator. His writings on race, philosophy, and Islamic studies have been published in academic journals and popular publications. He has worked in community organizing and community institution building for the last fifteen years.

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is an award winning Brooklyn born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson, and a member of the NY Justice League. Linda is most notably recognized for her focus on intersectional movement building.

Mark Crain

Mark Crain is a digital strategist, community organizer, and online campaigner. After running a web development firm for five years, Mark held multiple roles at Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network. He's currently a campaign director for MoveOn.org, and also serves as the project director for Dream of Detroit, a community development initiative engaging Muslims in the city of Detroit's revival. 

Imam Zaid Shakir

"As Muslims, we are suffering from a seeming inability to translate our values into meaningful action, capable of impacting the ways issues are framed, discussed and resolved. MPower has been established to move our community beyond this impasse. Using a unique online platform and grassroots organizing, MPower Change will allow us to make the connections we oftentimes fail to see and then using our collective resources, build on already existing foundations to address common concerns. I wholeheartedly support this initiative and encourage everyone in the community to do the same."

Anna Galland

"MPower Change is a welcome and necessary addition to the family of national, digitally-native, rapid response, campaigning organizations that are creating a more progressive and inclusive United States for all of us." -Anna Galland, MoveOn.org

Congressman Keith Ellison

"The only antidote for anti-Muslim hate and extremism is a Muslim political voice. MPower Change is an exciting new vehicle for building that political voice.  It's a platform for organizing, campaigning, and storytelling to build grassroots power, and it's exactly what this moment calls for."

Sapreet Kaur

"As the Executive Director of a community based organization, I understand first hand how critical community empowerment is in creating permanent change. MPower Change is an exciting vehicle for moving this important work forward."

Congressman Andre Carson

“American Muslims have been looking for a more effective way to speak out on the issues we care most about and hold those accountable who attack, vilify and target our communities,” said Congressman André Carson. “ MPower Change is what we have been waiting for. We were long overdue for an online organization that enables us to respond in more rapid and coordinated ways as a community.”

Imam Omar Suleiman

“As American Muslims, we are facing an unprecedented amount of Islamophobia but also have a growing group of activists, organizers, and mobilizers that are up to the challenge. To be proactive in getting our community mobilized for causes important to us, we are in dire need of a platform like MPower change to synchronize our voices. I'm proud to support this project that I know will completely serve as a game changer for our community.”

Aisha al-Adawiya

"The time is now for MPower Change, a digital Muslim-led political talking drum! Who better to take our community to the next level than our next generation of leaders?"

Rashad Robinson

"We all want to be heard, counted and visible regardless of whether we are privileged or vulnerable, majority or minority, free or imprisoned. The painful reality is that Muslim communities face systemic discrimination in all facets of American society -- from education, to representations in the media to the tragedy of rising anti-Muslim hate crimes. MPower Change is exactly the type of organization needed to build political power for Muslim communities -- capable of holding our elected leaders accountable and creating lasting change."

Cristina Jimenez

"At United We Dream, we understand the magic that happens when folks who share similar struggles & experiences come together to dream, build community and fight for justice.  I am so excited for MPower Change and encourage everyone to support this groundbreaking project."

Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews

Congratulations to the founders of MPower! I am pleased to bear witness to the development and birth of this new platform.  The clarity of call and vision from many spiritual traditions is vital to the success of the multi-faith movement for justice. MPower creates a platform for the articulation of these clear voices and visions from within the very diverse American Muslim community. These voices will only enhance and strengthen the multicultural, multi-faith power we to realize our shared vision for Beloved Community.

Our Team

Dustin Craun

Dustin Craun is the CEO and Founder of Ummah Wide, a digital media and film production startup telling stories that transcend the borders of global communities. He is a social innovator, writer, digital strategist, community organizer, and educator. His writings on race, philosophy, and Islamic studies have been published in academic journals and popular publications. He has worked in community organizing and community institution building for the last fifteen years.

Our Team

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is an award winning Brooklyn born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson, and a member of the NY Justice League. Linda is most notably recognized for her focus on intersectional movement building.

Our Team

Mark Crain

Mark Crain is a digital strategist, community organizer, and online campaigner. After running a web development firm for five years, Mark held multiple roles at Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network. He's currently a campaign director for MoveOn.org, and also serves as the project director for Dream of Detroit, a community development initiative engaging Muslims in the city of Detroit's revival. 

MPower Change Champion

Imam Zaid Shakir

"As Muslims, we are suffering from a seeming inability to translate our values into meaningful action, capable of impacting the ways issues are framed, discussed and resolved. MPower has been established to move our community beyond this impasse. Using a unique online platform and grassroots organizing, MPower Change will allow us to make the connections we oftentimes fail to see and then using our collective resources, build on already existing foundations to address common concerns. I wholeheartedly support this initiative and encourage everyone in the community to do the same."

MPower Change Champion

Anna Galland

"MPower Change is a welcome and necessary addition to the family of national, digitally-native, rapid response, campaigning organizations that are creating a more progressive and inclusive United States for all of us." -Anna Galland, MoveOn.org

MPower Change Champion

Congressman Keith Ellison

"The only antidote for anti-Muslim hate and extremism is a Muslim political voice. MPower Change is an exciting new vehicle for building that political voice.  It's a platform for organizing, campaigning, and storytelling to build grassroots power, and it's exactly what this moment calls for."

MPower Change Champion

Sapreet Kaur

"As the Executive Director of a community based organization, I understand first hand how critical community empowerment is in creating permanent change. MPower Change is an exciting vehicle for moving this important work forward."

MPower Change Champion

Congressman Andre Carson

“American Muslims have been looking for a more effective way to speak out on the issues we care most about and hold those accountable who attack, vilify and target our communities,” said Congressman André Carson. “ MPower Change is what we have been waiting for. We were long overdue for an online organization that enables us to respond in more rapid and coordinated ways as a community.”

MPower Change Champion

Imam Omar Suleiman

“As American Muslims, we are facing an unprecedented amount of Islamophobia but also have a growing group of activists, organizers, and mobilizers that are up to the challenge. To be proactive in getting our community mobilized for causes important to us, we are in dire need of a platform like MPower change to synchronize our voices. I'm proud to support this project that I know will completely serve as a game changer for our community.”

MPower Change Champion

Aisha al-Adawiya

"The time is now for MPower Change, a digital Muslim-led political talking drum! Who better to take our community to the next level than our next generation of leaders?"

MPower Change Champion

Rashad Robinson

"We all want to be heard, counted and visible regardless of whether we are privileged or vulnerable, majority or minority, free or imprisoned. The painful reality is that Muslim communities face systemic discrimination in all facets of American society -- from education, to representations in the media to the tragedy of rising anti-Muslim hate crimes. MPower Change is exactly the type of organization needed to build political power for Muslim communities -- capable of holding our elected leaders accountable and creating lasting change."

MPower Change Champion

Cristina Jimenez

"At United We Dream, we understand the magic that happens when folks who share similar struggles & experiences come together to dream, build community and fight for justice.  I am so excited for MPower Change and encourage everyone to support this groundbreaking project."

MPower Change Champion

Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews

Congratulations to the founders of MPower! I am pleased to bear witness to the development and birth of this new platform.  The clarity of call and vision from many spiritual traditions is vital to the success of the multi-faith movement for justice. MPower creates a platform for the articulation of these clear voices and visions from within the very diverse American Muslim community. These voices will only enhance and strengthen the multicultural, multi-faith power we to realize our shared vision for Beloved Community.

“Stand firmly for justice, as witnesses to God even if it is against yourself, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be against rich or poor.”

—The Qur'an

“The time is now for MPower Change, a digital Muslim-led political talking drum! Who better to take our community to the next level than our next generation of leaders?”

—Aisha al-Adawiya

“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.”

—Malcolm X