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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/03/20                              

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Rummi Khan | rummi@muslimcaucus.org / (312) 608 - 4426

Ghazala Salam | gsalam@muslimcaucus.org / (954)309-4797

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Monday, February 3, 2020

Des Moines, Iowa 

Iowa has been the host of the nation’s first presidential primary since 1972, and Iowa has been the home of the oldest standing Mosque in the nation since 1934. It may be a state with a small Muslim constituency, but the Muslim Caucus in Iowa will play a huge role in the Iowa 2020 Presidential Primary. 

This is historical. The first primary contest of 2020 will see substantial and inclusive participation from Muslim Americans. For the first time in history there are 5 satellite caucus sites at Islamic centers across greater Des Moines. 

 

1. MUSLIM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

1117 42nd St, Des Moines, IA 50311

 

2. ISLAMIC AND EDUCATION CENTER EZAN

6206 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322

 

3.  BOSNIAN ISLAMIC CENTER ZEN

3500 2nd Ave, Des Moines, IA 50318

 

4.  AL NAJAH CULTURAL CENTER

2679 Maury St. Des Moines, IA 50317

 

5.  ISLAMIC AND CULTURAL CENTER BOSNIAK

17630 Bosniak Ln, Granger, IA 50109

 

The Muslim Caucus is proud to have held (over the summer) the first Muslim organized presidential candidate forum and in continuing our efforts to mobilize, we are excited to be here in Iowa to partake in this historical moment with Muslims caucusing across 5 satellite sites on Feb 3rd. This is a powerfully inclusive moment for our democracy and its path forward.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/31/20 

                                         

Muslim Caucus of America Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Des Moines, Iowa (1/31/20) - The National Board of the Muslim Caucus of America together with our Advisory Committee Member, Iowa State Representative AKO Abdul Samad, is proud to announce its endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.

The Muslim Caucus of America was founded in 2017 to develop a national infrastructure for American Muslim political organizing. Uniting in our efforts to realize a more diverse electorate that is inclusive and representative of all Americans. With a mission to eliminate barriers to an equitable democracy - humanizing the impacts of institutional racism, Islamophobia, and socio-economic injustice in our nation.

“American Muslims were disappointed with the hate and fear-mongering rhetoric of 2016 with Donald Trump tying Muslims to Terrorism and Bill Clinton’s remarks calling for a loyalty test of Muslim Americans to prove we were not tied to terrorism,” said Ghazala Salam, President of the Muslim Caucus “It’s been refreshing to see many of the 2020 Presidential hopefuls engage with the American Muslim constituency in an inclusive manner and not as an afterthought”.

Why Bernie?

While we appreciate the commitments, vision, and platform of all Democratic Presidential candidates, our endorsement of Senator Sanders is an affirmation of his holistic vision for the future with a commitment to building a cross-class, multi-racial movement for a truly equitable democracy.

For decades, Senator Sanders has been consistent in fighting for progressive policies and has demonstrated in word and in action the need to care for all Americans regardless of race, creed, or class. His passion has ignited a whole generation committed to disrupting corruption, inequality, and all forms of racial injustice.

Senator Sanders has displayed moral courage in fighting for the oppressed throughout his career, from his days as a civil rights activist to the countless pickets and strikes. He has stood with the marginalized people everywhere including Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, the Uyghurs, and Standing Rock. We agree with Senator Sanders in putting an end to endless wars and stop giving terrorists at home and aboard exactly what they want. We affirm foreign policy that focuses on core U.S. interests, clarifies our commitment to democratic values, and privileges diplomacy and working collectively with allies to address shared security concerns.

We believe that Senator Sanders is the best candidate to lead the much-needed political revolution to put American values back on track and American leadership back on the globe.

We also recognize Senator Warren and her policies on eradicating corruption and fighting for transformative, structural reforms to our democracy that would put power back into the hands of Americans - ranking her second on our nomination scale.

All of the 2020 Democratic candidates for president have demonstrated a commitment to eliminating inequality and advancing economic justice and civil rights. We thank and appreciate:

  • Senator Klobuchar’s participation in engaging with the Muslim community and give her credit for her support for immigration reform and restoring the Voting Rights Act, as well as her support of nominating African American judges.
  • Vice President Biden’s statement calling out anti-Muslim rhetoric “deeply, deeply damaging to our national security and his optimistic vision of America's capacity to lead our world to a more peaceful and prosperous future.
  • Tom Steyer’s earnest passion to ensure that everyone shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate. 
  • Mayor Buttigieg’s proposal on structural reforms to our democracy which still lacks a clear vision of racial and criminal justice.
  • Andrew Yang’s vision of human-centered capitalism.

We know that the stakes have never been higher, and we believe that Senator Sanders will win the nomination to defeat Trump in November. But if the country moves to nominate another Democrat, the Muslim Caucus will not be sitting by the sidelines, we will do all we can to rally our support behind the nominee and defeat Donald Trump. 

If there was ever a moment for you to get involved, it is now!

Join us in organizing for Bernie in every district, every county, and every state: Connect with our movement to mobilize for Bernie.

The Muslim Caucus of America is a 501(c)4 that builds power from the community up, empowering grassroots affiliates to increase participation with access to tools that intentionally build structured and collaborative leadership, develop a path for political engagement and powerfully build collective action. Through our collective action, we will progressively increase our electoral power.

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For more information, visit www.muslimcaucus.org. Follow @CaucusMuslim on Twitter and find Muslim Caucus on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/muslimcaucus/

 


All Media Inquiries:                          
Contact: Rummi Khan or Ghazala Salam
rummi@muslimcaucus.org | (312) 608-4426
gsalam@muslimcaucus.org | (954) 309-4797

 

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  • Ghazala Salam
    published this page in Blog 2020-01-31 10:18:09 -0500