On behalf of Emgage, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) are THRILLED to announce that Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro will be participating at the ISNA Presidential Forum on August 31, in Houston, Texas. Their attendance will mark the first and long awaited appearance of a presidential candidate in recent memory before an all Muslim crowd.
Read the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of the ISNA Presidential Forum
Muslims have been a part of the American fabric for centuries. From business owners to civil society activists to members of our armed forces – Muslim Americans have been a part of the American dream. Over the course of the past few decades, we have witnessed our voices being drowned out in a wave of Islamophobic rhetoric. Muslim Americans have found themselves at a crossroads where we have to work to counter hateful rhetoric and have our loyalties unjustly questioned.
There are 4-5 million Muslims in the United States, with at least 100 American Muslims who ran for public office during the midterm elections. We believe that engaging Muslim American voters IS the future of American politics, which is why the attendance of these candidates at ISNA is a momentous occasion. We are proud to welcome them for a dialogue about inclusion, equity, and how to counter dangerous rhetoric against our minority communities. Please Join us!
“Our community is paying attention to how politicians engage with us, and is differentiating between those who say that they stand for religious freedom, and those who back it up with actions. Attending this event and speaking directly to our community in these critical times is a perfect example of the latter.” – Wa’el Alzayat