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 | Rep. Betty McCollum | 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 | Dr. Abdul El Sayed | Gold Star Father Khizr Khan

Moderator: Dr. Catherine Orsborn, 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 El Sayed; Public Health | Ani Osman-Zonneveld; MPV  | Sr. Simone Campbell; Economic Justice | Ibraham Qatabi, Center for Constitutional Rights  | Rushan Abbas, Campaign for Uyghurs. 

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 

Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

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

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

Moderator: Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates 

Session B 

Organizing In The Current Political Moment

Speakers: Keith Ellison AG MN | Robert McCaw, DC | Salima Suswell, PA | Yasmeen Obeid  

Moderator: Rummi Khan illMuslims 

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

Winning With New Power: Using examples from cutting-edge neuroscience research, social media practices, and groundbreaking literature, the workshop will focus on how to build trust and bridge the political divide to make fundamental changes with real reform. During this session, we’ll discuss the concept of new power values and its ability to surge through entire communities.

Presenter: VA Delegate Sam Rasoul 

Session B 

Muslim Civic Health in Crisis - Examining Data on our Civic and Political Engagement

Presenters: Usra Ghazi, America Indivisible | Wardah Khalid, Poligon | Mohammed Gula, Emgage  

Moderator: Abbas Barzegar, CAIR

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


5:30 pm - 7:30pm 

 VIP Reception


5:30 pm - 7:30pm 

Mayor Bill Deblasio | Presidential Forum 

Moderators: Dalia Mogahed, ISPU | 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-Harrell |Sabina Taj School Board Howard County | Masood Akhtar WI | Qasim Rashid | Salima Susswell                          

Moderator: Shaun Kennedy, Jet PAC 

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Keeping up the Fight Against the Muslim Ban

Speakers: Harsha Panduragna, Brennan Center for Justice | Gadier Abbas, CAIR | Mana Kharrazi, Iranian Alliances Across Borders | Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Yemeni American Merchants Association  

Moderator: Nimra Azmi, Muslim Advocates 

10:15m - 10:30 am


10:30am- 11:15am 

Live Stream with Senator Elizabeth Warren | Presidential Forum

Moderated by: Ghazala Salam, President of Muslim Caucus Education Collective | Dalia Mogahed, ISPU | Mike Ghouse Center for Pluralism 

11:20 am - 12:30 pm

 Break Out Sessions 

Session A 

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. 

Session B 

Political Inclusion: Making Democracy Work For All 

Speakers: Nihad Awad | Daniel I. Weiner, Brennan Center for Justice | Dr.Mike Ghouse Center for Pluralism           

Moderator: Zahra Billoo 

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm 

Lunch Break 

1:00 pm - 1:30

Live Stream with Governor Inslee | Presidential

Moderated by: Ghazala Salam, President of Muslim Caucus Education Collective | Dalia Mogahed, ISPU | Rummi Khan, illMuslims

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Break Out Session

Session A 

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

Presented by Dilara Sayeed, IL Muslim Civic Coalition 

Session B 

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 Obeid, Community Activist, and Organizer | Amira Daugherty, Organizer, and Aspiring Public Servant | Zanib Cheema, Community Organizer/Social Entrepreneur | Sana Siddiq, Labor Organizer  

Moderator: Luqmaan Bokhary, Young Muslim Democrats

2:45 pm - 3:00  pm


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Speakers: Rep Judy Chu | Ryan Boyer, PA | Mayor Sadaf Jaffer | Farhana Khera, Muslim Advocates | Delegate Dr. Jay Jalisi | Seema Nanda CEO, DNC | Delegate Dr. Jay Jalisi |Ghazala Salam 



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:   

Organize to Win Campaign Basics 

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

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