Emerge USA Continues To Make Impact on Underrepresented communities
Members and supporters of Emerge USA have been challenged
To get more involved in community affairs and should take positive
Steps in running for office in the Legislature, for Mayors, school
Boards and other offices.
The call came at a Banquet to make the 7th anniversary of the
Founding of the Organization which is a national non-partisan organization that aspires to ensure that under represented communities have the same constitutional fights, social privileges and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.
The program got underway with a pledge of allegiance by three
Students from Mutaqeen Masjid and a Quranic recitation followed
By opening remarks by Saif Ishoof.
In his welcoming remarks Rammi Khan traced the history of the
Organization which also celebrated its seventh anniversary. He also
Spoke of the challenges and achievements of Emerge USA.
The well attended function was reminded of the goal of the
Organization to encourage grassroots networking as one of its aims
To politically empower and train its constituents to the effective community organizers and work in coalitions to advance beneficial policies and legislation that help protect and enforce the rights afforded by the United States Constitution.
Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib a Palestinian who became Michigan’s first Muslim woman to be elected, gave the Key note address in which she traced the difficulties, insults and threats During her campaign for office.
The theme of her presentation was “Importance of Political Engagement” and wasted no time in telling the participants of the struggles which she overcame during her campaign and her eventual
This coincided with the theme of “Inspiring a New Generation”.
Ms. Tlaib received a standing ovation as she encouraged the \
Gathering to pursue activities that would enhance the communities
In which they live and not be discouraged by those who stereotype all
Community efforts to build a stronger environment is necessary
Congressman Patrick Murphy who defeated Allan West in the election said: “I am very proud of the diverse coalition that led me to victory. The Muslim, Arab and South Asian American communities in Florida and nationally were an instrumental part of our team for the past 18 months”.
He thanked EMERGE USA Co Chairman Khurrum Wahid and
Board member Farouk Tahri for their support and pointed out that
His decision to be involved in Congress is to ensure that he is
Involve end in the decision –making progress.
Mr. Murphy called for the involvement of everyone in the
Effort to ensure the betterment of the country.
In reflecting on her role in Congress, Ms. Tlaib reminded the
Audience of the need to be involved in community efforts, and said
Her office is deeply involved in such efforts.
Executive Board Member of the Democratic National Committee, Mitch Ceasar noted the various challenges affecting Muslims, including
Surveillance and wire tapping and called on the audience to seize
The window that is now open by getting involved in community
Involvement and work.
He noted that there are many challenges facing Muslims and urged
Everyone to get involved so that the playing field will be level and therefore can be part of the American fabric.
Ceasar noted that there is a need for an organization like Emerge USA which he supports, to ensure that there is community involvement.
Laila Abdelaziz made an Emerging Leadership Presentation in which She traced the progress of the organization in the field of youth training.
The organization, she said, has been able to bring together
A group of youths from all walks in life and mould them into
A close knit family.
She also reminded the gathering that the Muslims are not the
Only group faced with challenges. Emerging Leaders, a core program
Of the organization were able to secure internships in the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and many other elected officials.
Imam Tahir Anwar who spoke on Islam and Civic Engagement
Spoke of the opportunity Muslims have in making their votes
Count and pointed that Muslims have a job to serve humanity.
That is why it is essential for them to vote, unlike their brethren
In some Muslim countries which are ruled by tyrants and they
Do not allow their people to vote.
Co-Chairman of Emerge USA Khurrum Wahid outlined some
Of the reasons why members should support the organization and praised the members of Emerge UKSA for playing a crucial role
In American politics.
He noted that emerging leaders was fully revamped to follow the model of some of the top leadership development programs in the county
“We took steps to ensure the resources were in place to make the Emerging Leaders program among the elite leadership development programs for college age young people across the state” he noted.
“Through our Emerging data program, our data base of registered
MASA voters grew from 120,000 to above 150,000. This continued investment into a core asset of the community will allow for us to
Continuously gather information through our constant polling of this database in order to produce data for social and political science research, media and elected officials about the MASA community, he added.
The gathering was surged to donate generously so that the organization can continue and expand its work. The fund raising
Effort netted $85,000.
Other participants include Congressman Kendrick Meeks and
Colonel Polock of the Broward Sheriffs’s office.
The evening closed with the presentation of awards to Nadar Abara for raising \awareness to the plight of the Syrian people and Asad Ishoof.
A founder of Nur Ul Islam.