MPower Change

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

MPower Change is the largest Muslim led social and racial justice organization in the United States. Rooted in our Islamic faith and the Prophetic model, we believe in building a more just world for all people. We are building a grassroots movement made up of diverse Muslim and ally communities throughout the United States.

Muslims have been in the Americas long before the founding of the United States. For the last 120 years we have been deeply engaged in the political life of this country, led by our Black Muslim sisters and brothers, and our great spiritual luminaries. Malcolm X, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad, Muhammad Ali and countless others who laid the groundwork for Muslims in the United States today. MPower Change builds on this legacy with deep intentionality and guided purpose.

In 2014 our founders Linda Sarsour, Mark Crain, and Dustin Craun started working together to lay the foundations for what would become MPower Change. With their more than 40 years of collective community organizing experience, their intention was to build a grassroots organization rooted in the diverse Muslim communities in the United States. Combining their experiences in faith rooted, local, and digital organizing, together they convened a group of leading Muslim organizers and faith leaders to set our spiritual, political, and organizational vision.

 

Launched in January of 2016, we have quickly grown to become one of the largest Muslim digital advocacy organizations in the US with a membership over a quarter million.

Our goals are threefold-

  1. CAMPAIGNS- To mobilize and engage Muslims on issues impacting us all- like racial justice, civic engagement, immigration reform, combatting surveillance, protecting free speech, combating Islamophobia, and advocating for healthcare.
  2. ORGANIZING To train Muslim leaders, students, clergy and organizations in the grassroots Prophetic model through workshops, webinars and toolkits.
  3. RAPID RESPONSE- To quickly mobilize both digitally and on the ground a response to injustices and policies that harm Muslim communities.

Every chapter of the Qur’an begins with the names of God, Al Rahman (the Merciful) and Al Raheem (the Compassionate) and to truly change our world we know that we must be living embodiments of mercy and compassion in this work. It is our intention that we bring mercy and compassion to make a future that is more fair, just, and merciful for all people.  

THE TEAM

Linda Sarsour - Co-Founder & Executive Director, MPower Change

Linda Sarsour

Linda Sarsour is an award winning racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare and mother of three. She is a Palestinian-Muslim-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, artists, youth and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy. Most recently, she was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. She has won numerous awards including Champion of Change from the Obama Administration. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She is a frequent media commentator on issues impacting Muslim communities, Middle East affairs and criminal justice reform and most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.

Mohammad Khan

Mohammad Khan is a campaigner and political organizer from Queens, NY. He’s currently the Campaign Director at MPower Change—the U.S.’s first digitally native grassroots Muslim organization—where he campaigns to organize Muslim communities and allies in the fight for justice for all people. His work focuses on transformative movement-based organizing and building the power of marginalized communities. Mohammad has worked across electoral, issue, and civic engagement campaigning and organizing in New York—from gubernatorial and City Council races to efforts including police reform, protecting public education, and exposing political corruption.

Ishraq Ali

Ishraq Ali is a community organizer trained in faith based and grassroots advocacy models. He started out as a student leader with MAS Boston, and was formally trained as a congregation organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago. He returned to NY and organized low income neighborhoods with New York Communities for Change. He looks to apply the Prophetic example in building power and win campaigns as Organizing Director of MPower Change.

Kifah Shah

Kifah Shah is MPower Change’s Digital Campaign Manager. She grew up in Southern California and has been organizing since she was 15. She has worked for the Asian Law Caucus, Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Unite HERE! Local 11, and UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center. Kifah also worked abroad in Europe at the Migration Policy Group on issues related in migration, as well as in Pakistan at the Aman Foundation/USAID on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment. She is currently a TED Resident and on the Board of Trustees for MSA West. Kifah holds a Masters in Public Administration (Economic Policy) from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley.

Mark Crain

Mark Crain is a digital strategist, online campaigner, and aspiring organizer with experience serving both small not-for-profit and national advocacy organizations. He ran a web development firm for five years, was Communications Coordinator at Chicago’s Inner-City Muslim Action Network, and served on the digital team at the Obama 2012 campaign. Mark is a co-founder with Linda Sarsour and Dustin Craun of MPower Change, a rapid response, digital campaigning organization serving the Muslim community, and is the project director for Dream of Detroit, a Muslim-led community development initiative on the westside of the city. Mark spends his days with the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org, where he serves as Mobile Innovation Director and Senior Strategist.

Dustin Craun

Dustin Craun is a writer, entrepreneur, scholar, publisher, and digital media strategist. His work in digital media has been featured in over 200 global publications, and his writings on race, philosophy, and Islamic studies have been published in academic journals and popular publications. He is the founder of Beyond Borders Studios, a digital creative agency, and Co-Founder of MPower Change. He has worked in community organizing and community institution building for the last fifteen years. He has traveled extensively around the world in 25 countries and lived and worked in Malaysia, Ghana, Morocco, and Mexico. He is currently finishing two books for publication: White Benevolent Innocence: Race and the Construction of White Identity 1492-2017 and Decolonizing the Heart in an Upside Down World.