According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, there are more than 3 million Muslim Americans in the United States today, with many living in ‘swing states’. The impact Muslim Americans, when organized and engaged, can have on their communities is no longer a theory, but a growing reality. Civic society works best when our communities are represented and accountable to the interests of their citizens. However, this process only works if citizens are engaged and active the political process.
Emgage is leading the development of the community’s voter mobilization efforts by utilizing a data driven approach to conduct surveys about the community’s interests and to target where engagement on those issues could yield effective impact. This approach, supplemented with sophisticated programming in partnership with allied organizations, is the beginning of a new movement in the Muslim American community. Through these programs, Emgage is dedicated to bridging the gap between the electorate and the policies that affect their lives by organizing grassroots efforts such as voter registration campaigns, absentee ballot drives, candidate forums, statewide phone banking and canvassing, organizing early voting events and distributing nonpartisan issue guides.
Town hall forums offer the community to rapidly mobilize and engage officials in response to urgent issues and hold them responsible. These organized forums allows constituents the ability to ask key questions, voice their opinions and get answers. Townhalls help to address important policy issue and current events that affect the community. Educating constituents through town halls helps shape our national politics, and inforing the public about important issues and policy options available to tackle them.
Candidate forums offer an interactive opportunity for constituents to engage their prospective candidates before electing them into public office. Forums are the beginning steps to developing constructive partnerships on issues important that will affect your community. Emgage works to foster these relationships by hosting candidate forums in our chapter states, and connecting our members with their local representative and vice versa.
Amidst all the savvy technology, numbers, and creative marketing – person to person connection is the single most effective tool of mobilization. Phonebanking is a vital component of grassroots community organizing. Emgage offers empowering guidance, training and resources for communities to organize their own phonebanks to reach more voters, and mobilize the vote on important issues.
Voting is a fundamental right that all American Muslim citizens have the duty to exercise. Voter registration is a grassroots effort to get individuals engaged, and registered to get out the vote at the polls. Every vote matters, and it is imperative that we register as many American Muslims as possible.