Are you a new or seasoned activist, organizer, community leader? Are you interested in working on political campaigns? Are you interested in running for office at a local, state or national level? Are you looking for networking opportunities? Join us at the First Annual Conference; Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy in Washington D.C. on July 23-24, 2019.
The Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy is a project of the Muslim Caucus Education Collective and the Muslim Caucus of America (501c 4) sister organization, together referred to as the Muslim Caucus. The Muslim Caucus is a national organization focused on building movements by organizing Muslim Americans who are directly impacted by the real and present danger of phobia in our everyday civic and political discourse. We play a unique and critical role to bridge the grassroots and national levels using inside influence and outside pressure to create change. We believe that a national movement for religious and racial equity requires a particular focus on building the power and capacity of Muslim organizers and the organizations they lead. Our goal is to deepen organizing and political education with a clear trajectory toward governing power—the ability to shape the policy agenda that reflects the lived experience of Muslim Americans.
Fear pervades Americans’ lives—and American politics, too many political actors invoke fear in a concrete and abstract way, laying bare the normalization of nationalistic, xenophobic, racist and anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic rhetoric. Against this backdrop of these larger forces, we face an acute, existential threat to racial and religious equity. At this pivotal moment, we need power grounded in political education, community self-determination, civic participation, and state-level organization en masse.
The convening role of the Muslim caucus is to unite Muslim communities across dividing lines of race, geography and issue focus to learn from one another, share best practices, and develop collaborative strategies. Our constituents include African American, Asian, Latino, Arab, White, and other diverse Muslim communities to organize, jointly plan work, identify issues of common concern and build deeper understanding and connections at both the local and national levels.
THIS IS OUR MOMENT TO ORGANIZE AS ONE CONSTITUENCY
During this historic time of a nation divided, we must defend access to the tools of democracy, which requires grassroots organizing led by Muslim Americans in Muslim communities, strategic coordination across states with year-round organizing to engage Muslim citizens to build their political power. It requires capacity building and progress as a collective toward policy change and political education, as well as the patience to persist in the long-term work of building sustainable movements that can be linked with related fights for equality and justice within the multi-ethnic, multi-racial Muslim constituencies across America.
This is our moment to come together and organize as one constituency, bridge traditional advocacy, and policy organizations and grassroots groups to work together in building Muslim American Electoral Power at the local, state, and national level to build our power beyond 2020.
MUSLIM CAUCUS EDUCATION COLLECTIVE
The Muslim Caucus Education Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded on the belief that social change happens when we organize and empower people to give voice to the change they desire in their communities. We believe race, gender, class, and religion are inextricably woven together, and that the participation, organization, and leadership of people from Muslim American communities is essential to achieve real change. Today Muslim youth and families face some of the gravest threats in modern U.S. history. We have recently seen, and will inevitably see more, waves of policy proposals designed to roll back the past 50 years of advances in civil rights, racial and religious justice, voting rights and immigrant rights, that are vital to America's democracy. The stakes are enormous.
John C. Green, the senior research adviser at the nonpartisan think tank Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, says that while voters are primarily concerned about jobs and the economy, they may also feel growing anxiety about Islam and the cultural and ethnic changes in the country. "I think that the negative rhetoric is likely to die down after the election," he says. "But I suspect that these issues will continue for several years because the underlying trends are unlikely to be altered." Public opinion of Islam has not changed that much over time.
While the 2018 midterm elections were historic with a record number of Muslims running for office and American voters electing Ilan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to Congress, we cannot forget that our community is targeted by the highest leader of the land with rising fears of Muslims.