#IStandWithIlhan: Victory!

Together, we successfully thwarted an attack that attempted to single out and smear Rep. Ilhan Omar—and made sure House leadership condemns all forms of bigotry.

Here’s how we won and what we did in under 36 hours:

  1. We sent out a call alert to MPower Change members;
  2. Drafted a letter of support for Rep. Ilhan Omar signed by over 600+ organizational leaders, activists, and organizers;
  3. Delivered the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in person;
  4. Held a press conference in front of the U.S. capitol in Washington, D.C.

A broad coalition of Jewish, Muslim and progressive grassroots organizations welcome the revised resolution introduced by House Democratic leadership that condemns all forms of bigotry. The language of the resolution was originally intended to rebuke Representative Ilhan Omar and essentially shut down efforts to advocate for Palestinian human rights. But following immense pressure from coalition partners the language was broadened and no longer singled out Rep. Omar for her valid criticism. Coalition partners generated a flood of phone calls, emails, held a press conference and delivered a letter calling on the Democratic leadership to condemn real bigotry and drop the politically-motivated and bad-faith attacks on Rep. Omar.

Read the full press release here —>

Kifah Shah
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.