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When it started last year, the non-profit group Project Mobilize, or Project M, hoped to change the political landscape in suburban Chicago by promoting Muslim Americans as election candidates. So far, there are no Muslim Americans serving as elected officials in the Chicago area. But Project M hopes that will change in municipal elections April 5.
Across the country, dozens of Muslims have actively engaged in the American political process, running for — and winning — elected offices. In Chicago, Muslims have been active in voter registration for decades, but for the first time this year there is an organized effort to prepare and mobilize Muslims to run for political office.
Running for public office is not something that women are encouraged to do in male-dominated Arab Muslim culture. But five of the seven Arab Muslim candidates running for local office in Chicago’s Southwest suburbs are women.
By Kane Farabaugh, VOA News Much of the attention on Chicago’s local elections February 22 is focused on the race for mayor. Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and former Senator Carol Moseley Braun lead a list of candidates seeking the office currently held by Mayor Richard Daley. But in those same elections, [...]
By Sara Al-Farhan, Medill News Service Seven Arab Muslims are running for the April municipal elections in Chicago’s Southwest suburbs—an unprecedented number to run from their minority group in the area. “Look at what’s happening in Egypt,” said Itedal Shalabi who is running for the North Palos School District 117 School Board. “People are dying [...]
We already have six individuals from across the Muslim American communities of Chicagoland ready to give back to their districts and running for local elected offices – now we need YOU to help make sure they have the support they need to win!
And now, almost 10 years in the making among Muslim community leaders, we finally have a full-time political action organization dedicated to developing the political capital in the Muslim American community and ensuring our thousands of votes have an impact on the candidates that matter to us most: Project Mobilize.
Project Mobilize is encouraging local community members to vote in the November 2010 midterm elections by reaching out to candidates seeking support from the Muslim American community. “This is really the next logical step towards us fulfilling our political aspirations,” according to Project M Executive Director Reema Ahmad.