Below is an overview schedule for Muslim Collective for Equitable Democracy 2019. This schedule may change over time, sign up to receive updates. To catch all the action, we recommend arriving on the afternoon of Monday, July 22nd and departing on Wednesday, July 24 after 7 pm.


MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 Registration & Networking



TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Check-In | Continental Breakfast  

8:15 am - 9:00 am

Welcome | Conference Kicks Off 

Speakers: Co-Chairs Councilman Basheer Jones and Muslim Caucus VP Zarina Baber | Dr. Abdul Al Sayed | Ken Martin ASDC President & Vice-Chair | Ghazala Salam Founder and President of the Muslim Caucus

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Opening Plenary | Impacts of Phobia in Our Civic and Political Discourse 

Speakers: Rep.Rashida Tlaib | Rep. Ilhan Omar | Keith Ellison AG MI | Rep. Betty McCollum | Gold Star Father Khizr Khan

Moderator: Catherine Orsborne, Shoulder to Shoulder

10:15 am - 11:30 am

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

Issue-Based Advocacy: Health, Climate, Economic and Racial Justice     

Speakers: Sevim Kalyoncu; Green Muslims | Dr. Abdul Al Sayeed; Public Health | Ani Osman-Zonneveld; MPV  | Sr. Simone Campbell; Economic Justice                         

Moderator: Tamim Chowdhury        

Session B 


How to be most effective in interviews, touching on body language, eye contact, vocals, and preparing talking points.

Presenter: Corey Saylor, Rethink Media 

11:30 am - 11:40 a

Morning Break 

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Running On Hate: Facing Anti-Muslim Campaigns Head On and Winning

Speakers: Del. Sam Rasoul, Abdul Al Sayed, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, and Councilman Basheer Jones. 

Moderator Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates 

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

Winning With New Power 

Presenter: VA Delegate Sam Rasoul 

Session B   
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


5:30 pm - 7:30pm 

 VIP Reception


July 23, 2019  

Muslim Collective Presidential Forum 

Moderators: Dalia Mogahed, ISPU | Dr. Mike Ghouse, Center for Pluralism | Ghazala Salam, Muslim Caucus | Basheer Jones, Councilman



7:30 am - 8:15 am

 Check-In | Continental Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:15 am 

Engaging Your Communities and Building Leaders 

Speakers: State Rep Movita Johnson Merrell, Sabina Taj School Board Howard County, Masood Akhtar WI, and Qasim Rashid                                   

Moderator: Rummi Khan, illMuslims

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Keeping up the Fight Against the Muslim Ban

Presented by Brennan Center, Muslim Advocates, CAIR, Yemeni American Merchants Association, Iranian Alliances Across Borders

10:45 am - 10:55 am


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

Political Inclusion: Making Democracy Work For All 

Speakers: Senator Shareef, PA | |Daniel I. Weiner, Brennan Center for Justice | Dr.Mike Ghouse Center for Pluralism | Suhail Khan                                               

Moderator: Zahra Billoo 

Session B 

Facts Not Fear: Who are American Muslims?

A 90 minutes media workshop presented by Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research and Katherine Coplen, Director of Communications at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The workshop will provide a broader understanding of who American Muslims are, the challenges they face, their lived experiences as well as critical analysis of journalism related to stereotyping. More than 200 media professionals have participated in ISPU's media workshops over the last two years. Journalist will walk away with tips and examples for creatively and confidently covering American Muslims. 

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm 


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

The Future is Now: How Young Muslims are Changing Our Democracy: Hear from young Muslim progressive leaders in civic engagement, activism, organizing, and elected public service on this issue of increasing importance.             

Speakers: Yasmeen Awwad, March for Our Lives | Amira Daugherty, President of Student Govt.| Zanib Cheema, Student Activist   

Moderator: Luqmaan Bokhary, Young Muslim Democrats

Session B 

Build Civic Power: Get Out the Census, Get Out the Vote

Presented by Dilara Sayed, IL Muslim Civic Coalition 

2:30 pm - 2:45  pm


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Plenary Keynote: Omar Suleiman an American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist, writer, and speaker. 

Speakers: Rep. Susan Wild | Rep Parmila Jaypal | Rep Judy Chu | Ryan Boyer | Mayor Sadaf Jaffer | Farhana Khera 



9:15 am - 3:00 pm

Candidate Recruitment and Training (Register Here, Spots are Limited) 

A Full-day introductory workshop specifically designed to train 1st and 2nd generation American Muslims to run for elected office at every level of government.

Sessions will address the unique challenges faced by American Muslim Candidates.

Learn How To:   

Communications Basics / Story Workshop: Presented by Cheyenne Davis, DNC Best Practices Institute 

Craft Compelling Messages: Uplift Your Values, Cultural Perspectives and Reach New Audiences, Presented By Corey Saylor, Rethink Media   

Basics of Field Voter Contact and Fundraising: Presented by Cheyenne Davis, DNC Best Practices Institute 

Don't Call It "Sharia Law": How to respond to the Sharia smearing of American Muslim Candidates Presented by Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin Law School