Emaging at ISNA & APPNA
Last week Emgage had the opportunity to attend the annual conferences of two great organizations: the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA). We enjoyed several days of culture, community engagement and voter education.
From the food to the entertainment, both conferences provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The highlight of each was promoting our strategy for a more empowered muslim community. Emgage’s presence was noticeable, as we hosted an informational booth in the main lobby of both conferences where our team conversed with Muslims from across the country. At #ISNA54 we also built lasting relationships with other activist organizations at the American Muslim Crisis Response meeting. Lastly at ISNA, our team did a great job leading a panel on civic engagement, specifically highlighting the Florida chapter’s “Mosque Ambassador” program. Special shout-out to our Florida Team for their dedication and ensuring the Emgage presence at both ISNA and APPNA.
For photos and more info from both conferences, check out our Facebook page. Going forward we are excited to implement what we learned and build on the relationships Emgage made at these conferences. We look forward returning next year!
Next on Emgage’s busy summer schedule is our first Washington, D.C. fly in and Emgage Hill Day. At Hill Day, Emgage members from across the nation to make a trip to Washington D.C. for a day of political engagement. We will meet with our elected officials to discuss the Anti-Hate Crimes Resolution (H. Res. 257) and other key issues to affect positive change.
We can’t have a successful Hill Day without you! If you’re interested in joining us in D.C. or want to support the team that’s going, you can get more information and donate here: http://www.emgageusa.org/hillday
It’s been a busy summer across our chapters and in D.C., and I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going. We must continue to be vigilant in our own communities as Hate Crimes surge. To counteract this, our chapters will be working to push local laws, ordinances and resolutions to prosecute hate crimes to the fullest extent of the law. Additionally, as President Trump and his administration continue pushing for the Muslim travel ban, we must be persistent with engaging our elected officials, neighbors and communities. If they know us, they can’t fear us.
Keep an eye on our newsletters for more policy updates on issues directly affecting our communities and for updates on the Hill Day!