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National Muslim Voter Registration Day

2nd Annual National Muslim Voter Registration Day on 8/23/19

 

(Washington, D.C. 08/21/2019)On Friday, August 23rd, a coalition of Muslim organizations will be hosting voter registration drives in over fifty locations nationwide in honor of National Muslim Voter Registration Day (#NMVRD). Led by MPower Change and its partners, Emgage USA, Council on American Islamic Relations, American Muslim Advisory Council, and Georgia Muslim Voter Project, the coalition consists of organizations working on both the local and national levels. The goal of these efforts is to register and further engage Muslim voters, who have already proven to be a crucial voting bloc.

“In a time of heightened islamophobia, Muslims are more politically engaged than ever. Our votes matter. It’s why no 2020 Democratic primary candidate can win the presidential nomination without the Muslim community.” – Linda Sarsour, co-founder, MPower Change

“Anyone who has lived through the past two years and believes that voting does not matter is not being honest. Muslim Americans can only protect their rights and contribute to how this country is governed by getting involved. The first step is to vote.” -Wa’el Alzayat, CEO, Emgage USA

“It is the responsibility of every American Muslim to register to vote and ensure the growth of our community’s political strength and capacity. Every aspiring politician and elected official who wants to stay in office should know one thing: that who wins or loses any given race is in the hands of only the most proactive of communities, and that includes American Muslims.” – Roula Allouch, National Board Chair, Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR)

WHAT: National Muslim Voter Registration Day 2019 (#NMVRD)

WHO: A coalition of local and national Muslim organizations, including MPower Change, Emgage USA, Council on American Islamic Relations, American Muslim Advisory Council, and Georgia Muslim Voter Project

WHERE: More than fifty locations, nationwide

WHEN: Friday, August 23rd, 2019

The Muslim American community is poised to play a historical roll in the 2020 presidential elections. Muslim Americans are voting in record numbers. In the last midterm elections alone, a study conducted by Emgage USA found that Muslim voters grew by 25 percent from 2014 in key swing states, like Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan. From opposing the travel ban to family separation, our community has consistently stood-up against hate and discrimination while resisting the politics of fear and divisiveness.

 

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#NMVRD is part of the larger #MyMuslimVote campaigna national non-partisan campaign focused on increasing civic engagement in U.S. Muslim communities through voter registration, engagement, and mobilization efforts.

Listening Sessions Campaign

Join us! Host or Attend a Listening Session in your city:

Listening Sessions are events where participants can sit in small groups to describe the issues that concern them the most.
  • Participants are challenged to be as specific as possible about those issues, and they begin to wrestle with the question of whether or not they are willing to invest their time or energy into addressing those issues.
  • Listening sessions provide information about what is going on within our communities, and allow for us to understand what our members consider priorities.
  • Listening Sessions could lead to public actions or activities like town halls, meetings with elected officials, and mobilizing to vote.

Signup to host a listening session in your community center, and our team will get you the resources you need to get started!

 

MPower Resistance Recess

Join up with your fellow Resistance Recess members and demand accountability from your Congressional Representatives. This is an opportunity to get our elected officials to take a public stance on issues like the Muslim Ban, voter rights, and healthcare—and to hold them accountable for it.

While many of our allies—like MoveOn1 and Indivisible2—are working towards the same goals, it’s critical to raise our voices as Muslims in the Resistance!

Key principle to keep in mind

The goal of meeting our elected officials is to get them to take a public stance consistent with their constituents on issues like the Muslim Ban, the anti-BDS bill, DACA, Net Neutrality, voter rights & healthcare. We will be respectful in stating our position, but pressure officials to give clear answers. 

5 steps to prepare for a townhall meeting

  1. Recruityour family, neighbors, & community members to join you in a meeting.
  2. Find a meeting in your district: Check out The TownHallProjectMoveOn Resistance Recess
  3. Ask clear and prepared questions:members of your group should also support and applause to indicate feelings are shared in the crowd.

 

Download MPower’s Question Guide

 

  1. Capture the questions and responses on social media:pictures, video, Facebook Live streams* using the #ResistanceRecess & #MyMuslimVote hashtags. Have multiple group members prepared to take pictures and record.
  2. Follow up with the elected officals:schedule a meeting and bring your group to your elected officials’ offices for followup!

Finally, let us know how it went! Drop us a line at info@mpowerchange.org

*If you have experience using Facebook Live and want to livestream your event, drop us a note and you can broadcast it from the MPower Change Facebook page!

  1. https://www.resistancerecess.com/event/aug-resistance-recess-events/search/
  2. http://recess.indivisibleguide.com/

 

A Call to (Dis) Arms —A Call for Peace in Oakland After the Recent Murder of 4 Muslims

Murders in our city are especially hard to deal with for the families of victims because the Oakland Police Department only solves 28% of the murders here. This is less than half of the statewide average of 65% and it is the lowest homicide clearance rate in the nation according to the FBI.

When people are slain their voices are silenced. They become muted and powerless victims in a city that like many other cities have become living breathing paradoxes of the modern era. A time when most natives can barely afford to remain in Oakland — and as they are being gentrified to the point of extinction the few still holding on to the neighborhoods that they grew up in have to pray every day that one of their children will not be the next voice silenced in a city where law enforcement can neither protect them nor hold the murderous perpetrators accountable.

All the while the Muslims react with deafening silence. By not speaking up for the powerless we have failed the youth of our community. The Muslim community acts as if it is too busy to deal with an issue as trivial as Life and Death in the inner-city? Instead, we remained sidelined as the body count rises. Should we as people of faith not be out front on these issues, and if not then why not? Have we forgot that standing up for justice is part of this religion as Allah tells us when he says:

O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.

This post was originally published at Ummah Wide by Sundiata Alrashid.