US Mus­lims launch po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns against US Prez

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Mus­lims who re­side in the United States have launched dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's "op­pres­sive" poli­cies on the com­mu­nity, ahead of the gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions sched­uled in Novem­ber this year. Var­i­ous Mus­lim and Arab ad­vo­cacy groups-- like Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR), Em­gage (for­merly called Emerge USA), and the Arab Amer­i­can In­sti­tute have trained as­pir­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists, track­ing ris­ing politi­cians and run­ning get-out-the-vote cam­paigns in re­gards to the rise in hate at­tacks against the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity in the after­math of the 9/11 at­tacks, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to a poll by Em­gage, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to­wards pro­mot­ing Mus­lim po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment in the coun­try, 53 per­cent of Mus­lim vot­ers said that they felt "less safe" af­ter the 2016 US elec­tion.

"But the re­sponse has been in­creased civic par­tic­i­pa­tion. I'm one of the peo­ple who, look­ing at the longterm im­pact of this, is op­ti­mistic," Wa'el Alza­yat, the or­gan­i­sa­tion's chief ex­ec­u­tive was quoted by The Wash­ing­ton Post as say­ing.

The as­pir­ing Amer­i­can Mus­lim can­di­dates in­clude all from dif­fer­ent walks of lives, such as well-known po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists, for­mer Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, lawyers and physi­cians, a molec­u­lar bi­ol­o­gist, women's rights ad­vo­cates and a for­mer Planned Par­ent­hood man­ager.

Over 3.3 mil­lion Mus­lims are liv­ing in the US. How­ever, they ac­count for just two seats in the 535-seat Congress. Also, their voter par­tic­i­pa­tion is very less as com­pared to oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

With the rise of such can­di­dates, seek­ing to make a mark in the po­lit­i­cal cir­cle, this has given rise to a "blue Mus­lim wave".

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