What is included in political outreach?
Muslim Americans engagement in political processes has been limited in the aftermath of 9/11. However, in recent years Muslim communities have engaged in consistent effort to reach out to local and national lawmakers and educate them about their struggles. This takes many forms, like mosques extending invitations to local politicians, who have expressed anti-Muslims sentiments in their campaign or Muslim advocacy groups organizing “Muslim Day at the Capitol” in state capitols across the country.
A coalitions of 21 Muslim organizations and Alabama Muslim community invite recently elected Sen. Doug Jones to visit a local mosque, sit down with his Muslim constituency and hear their concerns. Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama executive director, said that the Muslim community is hopeful and expects to be treated with respect and dignity from their representatives.
The annual Muslim Day at the Capitol takes place in Sacramento, CA. The event was organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 600 Muslims attended the event, which was intended to encourage Muslims to participate in the political process and meet their legislators to voice their concerns.
The third annual Muslim Day at the Iowa State Capitol takes place in Des Moines, IA. The event allowed Iowa Muslims to meet with their representatives and voice their concerns. Gov. Terry Branstad addressed the crowd and declared Tuesday as “Muslim Recognition Day” in Iowa.