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    • Demand Artiles to Resign. Call Senate President Negron Now!

      April 19, 2017 5:01 PM

      EmergeUSA Florida calls on Sen. Frank Artiles to resign immediately!

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    • Unanimous Senate Vote Condemning Hate

      April 06, 2017 3:05 PM

      We are excited to report that EmergeUSA and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) worked with Senator Kamala Harris to introduce Senate Resolution #118, which was passed unanimously today. The historic resolution is the first of its kind to condemn hate crimes and other forms of racism. 

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    • EmergeUSA Stands Firmly Against the Muslim Ban 2.0

      March 08, 2017 10:33 AM

      President Trump signed another Executive Order (EO) aimed at banning Muslims from entering the United States of America. His first Executive Order attempting to do so was met with our Constitutional system of checks and balances in the form of a judicial rebuke. While his...

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    • Equality Florida Orlando Office Vandalized

      February 24, 2017 10:38 AM

      Today under the Trump administration's bullying; discrimination has been given free reign to attack American children. The Trump administration rescinded protective guidance for transgender students in our school system.

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    • Urge US Senator Nelson to Support Sen. Cortez-Masto's Bill

      February 17, 2017 4:09 PM

      As you know, on January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that effectively declares open season on all undocumented immigrants, their families and communities.  Last Friday, as part of nationwide enforcement actions, ICE apprehended Daniel Ramirez Medina, a young Dreamer who has been living in the...

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    • EmergeUSA Welcomes New Executive Director, Wa'el Alzayat

      February 06, 2017 10:26 AM

      WASHINGTON, DC - EmergeUSA is proud to welcome its new Executive Director, Wa’el Alzayat, to lead the organization in its effort to engage, educate and empower Muslim American communities across the nation for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens....

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    • Khurrum Wahid Speaks Out Against the Muslim Ban

      February 02, 2017 3:04 PM

      EmergeUSA's National Chairperson Khurrum Wahid, took a stand at a public hearing to ask Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez to reverse his decision to no longer enforce County Resolution 1008-13.  

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    • Statement on Quebec Mosque Shooting

      January 31, 2017 1:40 PM

      EmergeUSA stands with the Muslim community affected by the horrific mass shooting at the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec which killed six people and injured eight.  We call upon the Administration, Congress, and elected officials to condemn this barbaric attack and recognize the danger of...

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    • Resources for Immigrants & Refugees:

      January 30, 2017 3:33 PM

      We have compiled a list of resources available for immigrants and refugees affected by the recent executive orders.

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    • EmergeUSA Fights Against Immigration Executive Order Banning Muslims

      January 25, 2017 4:05 PM

      EmergeUSA strongly opposes the Executive Order (EO) by the Trump Administration targeting the most vulnerable of people, specifically those entering from Muslim majority countries.

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    • Medical Marijuana & Amendment 2 in Florida

      November 03, 2016 2:33 PM

      Why you should vote YES on Amendment 2  By Christopher Carlos Cano, M.P.A. Executive Director, Central Florida NORML  

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    • Statement on Boynton Beach Mosque

      November 03, 2016 2:01 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amina Spahic amina@emerge-usa.org

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    • EmergeUSA Engages with Interfaith Community On American Muslim Challenges and Opportunities

      November 01, 2016 4:09 PM

      EmergeUSA Engages with Interfaith Community On American Muslim Challenges and Opportunities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1,  2016  

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    • EmergeUSA Announces Partnership with Revolutionary Love Project

      November 01, 2016 1:32 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Revolutionary Love Project Senior Strategist Imran Siddiqui: imran.siddiqui@revolutionarylove.net EmergeUSA Executive Director Tamara Ayon: tayon@emerge-usa.org

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    • EmergeUSA Florida Announces Partnership with SEIU

      October 25, 2016 3:10 PM

      EmergeUSA Florida Announces Partnership with SEIU! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: amina@emerge-usa.org 

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    • Commissioner Jay Schwartz to be honored at the Emerge Gala!

      October 25, 2016 1:49 PM

        "There’s a group of people, in this room, who are changing America as we know it, and that’s a great thing… If there’s anything I can do to help the cause, I’m a phone call away.” -Commissioner Jay Schwartz speaking at an EmergeUSA event ...

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    • Senator Bullard to be Honored at EmergeUSA Gala

      October 14, 2016 12:59 PM

      Senator Dwight Bullard will be honored at the 2016 Emerge USA Gala in South Florida on October 28! Purchase your tickets here. "Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State is when he received his first copy of the Koran, on his travels abroad. So we’ve had a...

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    • Judge extends Florida voter registration deadline until October 18

      October 12, 2016 6:46 PM

      In a victory for the Florida Democratic Party, a federal judge agreed Wednesday to extend voting registration in the state until October 18 because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.. (read original)  

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    • A Muslim's Perspective on the First Debate

      September 29, 2016 8:45 AM

      by Saif Hamideh  

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    • EmergeUSA & MPAC: 2016 Presidential Voter Guide

      September 14, 2016 5:30 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Baura Zia bzia@emerge-usa.org MPAC & EmergeUSA Release ‘2016 Presidential Voter Guide’

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    • Fort Pierce Community Discussion

      September 14, 2016 12:31 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Tamara Tillman  tayon@emerge-usa.org EmergeUSA to Organize Community Discussion After Mosque Burning in Fort Pierce 

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    • Statement on Fort Pierce Mosque Burning

      September 12, 2016 5:06 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    September 12, 20106 Contact: Amina Spahic  amina@emerge-usa.org  Elected Officials Asked to Stand With Community After Mosque is Targeted as Arson

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    • Primary Election Day

      August 30, 2016 8:49 AM

      Florida Primary 2016

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    • Muslim Early Vote Day

      August 25, 2016 1:23 PM

      Calling All Muslim Voters: SATURDAY come join us as we gather to vote!Check out the bus schedule, and meet us at a masjid nearest you to be a part of the movement.WHY? Because WE WILL stand up and be counted! RSVP 786-537-0813Ocantu@emerge-USA.org

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    • America's Problem Isn't Guns. It's Gun Culture.

      July 29, 2016 7:57 PM

          A new beginning for some. A sad reminder for others.  Today, after nearly 4 years, a new Sandy Hook Elementary School opened in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults died as a result of a mass shooting. Mass shootings have become an...

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    • Latino Muslims - Mustinos - Stand Up!

      July 22, 2016 9:39 PM

      Do not take this lightly. It is not easy reading. Your life is in your hands, and I am trusting you have the courage to stand up and also defend mine in this presidential election.

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    • Newt Gingrich And His #ShariaTest

      July 15, 2016 11:09 AM

      In the wake of the violence in Nice, France, the American Muslim community along with the rest of the world is collectively mourning the loss of life and peace. Unfortunately, the American Muslim community has received unjust backlash in the wake of these tragic events due to the...

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    • A Historic First: American Muslim Elected to Texas Democratic Committee

      July 11, 2016 11:24 AM

      The 2016 Texas Democratic State Convention held in June saw a historic achievement when AJ Durrani was elected as the first Muslim and Asian American to represent Texas as a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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    • Emerge USA Interviews Ahmad Rafah, American Muslim Candidate for Santa Clara City Council

      July 11, 2016 11:06 AM

      In order to drive change, strong leadership is needed on all levels of government: federal, state and city. Ahmad Rafah is leading the way in Santa Clara, CA and is currently running for City Council as the first American Muslim and ethnic minority in the...

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    • Emerge USA Zakaat Eligible

      July 05, 2016 9:58 PM

      Numerous Muslim scholars have confirmed that Zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve the Muslim community by protecting their rights or defending their honor.

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    • Sharing Ramadan in Florida

      July 05, 2016 4:17 PM

        A Month of Sharing Ramadan with Emerge USA Emerge USA Florida spent the month of Ramadan co-hosting and attending iftar events with Muslims, non-Muslims and elected officials present to share the holy month. In Florida alone, we reached hundreds of Muslims state-wide to share...

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    • You Can Be An Ally Without Compromising Religious Beliefs

      July 01, 2016 5:18 PM

      What happened? On Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 2:00 AM, gunman Omar Mateen entered Pulse, a gay nightclub, armed with an AR-15, a handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition. His attack killed 49 people and wounded at least 53, making it the deadliest mass-shooting in...

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    • Statement on Pulse Shootings

      June 12, 2016 2:31 PM

      June 12, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Emerge USA Calls For Solidarity After Attack in Orlando

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    • Ramadan - What the politicians are saying

      June 07, 2016 11:02 AM


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    • Emerge USA Government Affairs Director Honored

      May 12, 2016 1:31 PM

      This past weekend, Emerge USA's very own Government Affairs Director, Tamara Ayon, was honored at the Al-Hikmat 2016 Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner.  Other recipients included were:  Mr. Jay Schwartz - Pembroke Pines Commissioner Bro. Salvador Quadri - Islamic Publications Distributor Bro. Wilfredo Ruiz -...

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    • Act Now: Stop the Dark Act

      May 10, 2016 7:28 PM

      It's time to tell Congress: we want mandatory on-package labeling for GMOs!  

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    • The Case Against "Islamophobia" - Civic Engagement & the 2016 Election

      April 25, 2016 4:12 PM

      The best way to become a victim and play that role with no end in sight is to use terminology that forces you to be stuck in a self-deprecating cycle, in a box of your own making full of loaded emotions, in a world where...

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    • Muslim Women Run For County Commission Seats Across Florida

      April 21, 2016 6:39 PM

                      by Tamara Tillman-Ayon Politicians have always played an important role in governing our country. Yet as history continues to show, leadership is not often reflective of our diverse population and women are still battling to break glass...

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    • Emerge USA Interviews Jesse Sbaih, American Muslim Congressional Candidate

      April 14, 2016 5:20 PM

      With all the attention on the presidential race this year, you may miss the fact that some very important Congressional races are happening as well. For example, in Las Vegas Nevada Democrats are hoping to take Nevada's 3rd Congressional District and their front-runner is Arab...

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    • Emerge USA Welcomes Keith Murphy!

      April 06, 2016 11:51 PM

      Emerge USA welcomes Keith Murphy as Regional Coordinator of the Emerge USA PA Pittsburgh chapter! 

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    • Muslim Millennials and the 2016 Election

      April 06, 2016 2:49 PM

      "Muslim millennials and their individual identities are making a huge impact in the current political climate." By: Amina Spahic Emerge USA Tampa Bay Regional Director amina@emerge-usa.org @aminaspahic

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    • Become a Delegate in Florida

      March 29, 2016 9:01 PM


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    • American Muslim Townhall

      March 24, 2016 1:22 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Amina Spahic  amina@emerge-usa.org 

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    • Who are American Muslims Supporting?

      March 17, 2016 12:02 PM

      The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding released the results of their American Muslim Poll: Politics, Priorities and Prejudice in 2016.  You can see the data below that summarizes sentiments of American Muslims.  

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    • Is this the future of America?

      March 14, 2016 12:17 AM

      How does Emerge USA play a role?  By educating, empowering and engaging the American Muslim community, Emerge USA has created a proactive model of involving Muslims in the political process.  Click the link below to watch. 

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    • Emerge USA Florida Board Member Responds to Trump

      March 11, 2016 8:03 AM

      Local Muslim leader reacts to Gov. Scott's controversial comments.. Read original.

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    • Does Islam Hate America?

      March 11, 2016 6:50 AM

      By now we have all seen this on news..  Read about it here   Heres what we have to say: 

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    • Why do we vote: A Emerge USA and ISNA Collaboration

      March 04, 2016 4:07 PM


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    • Emerge USA Co-Signs Letter To Florida Legislators

      March 02, 2016 9:17 AM

      Emerge USA co-signed a letter to Florida leadership on the anti-refugee and anti-immigrant rhetoric and legislation being considered. Read it below: 

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    • Donald Trump’s bigotry has inspired Muslim American voters like no candidate before

      February 25, 2016 4:14 PM

        By Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post (READ ORIGINAL) Sarah Cochran, Virginia state director for Emerge USA, talks to Remaz Abdelgader, a George Mason University student and Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, about how they can get more Muslims to vote in next week's Virginia primary. (Petula Dvorak/The...

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    • 2016 Presidential Primary Community Toolkit

      February 25, 2016 2:41 PM

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Amina Spahic  amina@emerge-usa.org  Feb. 25, 2016

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    • Fracking in Florida

      February 24, 2016 3:56 PM


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    • Super Tuesday is HERE! What You Need to Know

      February 23, 2016 1:08 PM

      Presidential Primaries in March 2016 Super Tuesday is HERE!  

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    • HB527: Florida Legislators Attacking the Constitution

      February 22, 2016 12:01 PM

        Florida House Bill 527 is on the House floor tomorrow.  HB527 intends to use public funds to attack companies who choose to exercise their free speech. Florida taxpayers are footing the bill.  HB527 calls for a board to determine who may be participating in...

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    • Florida Muslim Capitol Day

      February 17, 2016 4:24 PM

      Florida's Muslim Citizens Lobby in Tallahassee Emerge USA, in coalition with other organizations, led teams of students and adults to Tallahassee for the 8th Annual Florida Muslim Capitol Day on Thursday, Feb. 11th last week. Engaged American Muslim citizens from all over Florida met with...

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    • What You Need to Know About Presidential Primaries in February

      February 16, 2016 12:59 PM

      What You Need to Know about Presidential Primaries in February 

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    • Dr. Mohsin Jaffer at #SOTU

      January 17, 2016 10:22 PM


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    • Call to Action: SB86 to Pass on Friday

      January 13, 2016 4:47 PM

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    • New Emerge USA Florida Chairman

      January 13, 2016 4:36 PM

      Emerge USA is honored to announce the appointment of Mr. Suhail Nanji as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Florida. We are excited to bring Mr. Nanji's professionalism and history of community engagement to lead Emerge USA FL Board of Directors in a...

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    • New Emerge USA Florida Director

      December 31, 2015 9:37 PM

      Emerge USA is excited and honored to announce the hiring of our first Director for Florida operations, Ms. Ghazala Salam. 

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    • Are You Ready for Virginia’s 2016’s Legislative Session?

      December 16, 2015 10:15 AM

      It isn’t just the holiday season. With a month to go before the start of Virginia’s 2016 Legislative Session, this is the time where the Commonwealth’s American Muslims should be gearing up for their asks of law makers. 

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    • Statement on Mass Shooting in San Bernardino, CA

      December 03, 2015 2:49 PM

      Emerge USA offers their condolences to the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA.  Tamim Chowdhury, Executive Director of Emerge USA, issues the following statement on the incident, how we cannot succumb to hatred/bigotry and to come together to address the core issue...

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    • Voters Guide - Mayoral Runoff Race

      November 23, 2015 2:21 PM

      EMERGE USA VOTERS GUIDEMAYORAL RUNOFF RACE 2015  Emerge USA contacted mayoral candidates Bill King and Rep. Sylvester Turner and requested they respond to our candidate questionnaire with answers to questions about issues relevant to the MASA (Muslim, Arab and South Asian) community. Each candidate's response...

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    • National Legislative Watch 11.19.2015

      November 19, 2015 5:05 PM

          National Legislative Watch

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    • Florida Legislative Update 11.19.2015

      November 19, 2015 4:39 PM

      Florida Legislative Watch List

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    • Florida Attacks Immigrants... AGAIN

      November 17, 2015 4:37 PM

      The blog below details House Bill 9 (HB9) that was introduced over a month ago in the Florida legislature. With the recent statement by Governor Rick Scott on refusing Syrian refugees, it is no surprise this bill is being introduced on the House floor tomorrow,...

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    • Election Day Details (Orlando, FL)

      November 03, 2015 8:37 AM

      TODAY is Election Day!!

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    • Election Day Details (South Florida)

      November 03, 2015 8:25 AM

      Today is Election Day Floridians! See the links below to the sample ballots of races in South Florida.  There are NO elections in Broward or Palm Beach Counties today. 

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    • Election Day Details! (Houston, TX)

      November 03, 2015 8:15 AM

      What are you doing today - Election Day? Vote, vote, vote! 

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    • Dispelling Hatred Through Political Diversity and Engagement

      October 26, 2015 5:25 PM

      American Muslims must tackle issues that all Americans face and want solutions to, and take on leadership roles in politics without fearing the challenges and personal investments that come with it.

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    • Florida Senate Allows SB86: Limiting Freedom of Speech

      October 22, 2015 5:24 PM

      So, I've been reading policy and working on policy related issues for 15 years. Disregarding the fact I'm a nerd, I did it while with the Federal government for the first 14 years of my career. Go figure, in only a little over a year...

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    • Theocratic Wave Hits Florida Shores

      October 01, 2015 6:00 PM

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    • Ben Carson is Misinformed

      September 23, 2015 3:40 PM

      Candidate Ben Carson recently clarified - and doubled down - on this statements about Muslims by stating that Islam is "incompatible" with the Constitution and thus, Muslims are not fit to be President.  This is rooted in a lie that Islamophobes have been telling for...

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    • What did you mean Donald Trump?

      September 18, 2015 4:41 PM

      Donald Trump affirmed a question from a town hall held in Rochester, N.H. where Muslims are a "problem" and that he was "going to be looking at that." Emerge USA has issued a letter to the campaign to seek clarification and his position on American...

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    • American Muslims on Gun Control, Income Inequality & Education

      September 14, 2015 9:05 AM

      Emerge USA was present at the 2015 ISNA Convention #ISNA52Chicago this year! As a part of our effort to engage the American Muslim community, we took polls of attendees on Gun Control, Income Inequality/ Economy and Education. The results are depicted below.  Emerge USA will...

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    • Back to School Giveaway for Children in Need

      August 16, 2015 1:15 AM

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   ICNA Relief USA, the domestic-relief department of the Islamic Circle North America (ICNA) is excited to announce its 5th annual Back to School Giveaway program.

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    • Virginia's Critical Redistricting Session

      August 15, 2015 12:56 PM

      What will August 17th 2015 mean for partisan politics and American Muslims in Virginia? 

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    • They're Re-drawing a Map. Why Should I Care?

      July 29, 2015 5:28 PM

      So they’re redrawing a map. Why should I care? The breadth of the district map redrawing means that thousands of Floridians could end up in a new districts with new representatives. Your congressmen and state legislators are your closest links to the government. Having a...

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    • A chat with Delegate Sam Rasoul

      July 02, 2015 11:23 PM

      Delegate of Virginia’s 11th District, entrepreneur and father of three, Sam Rasoul is among the Commonwealth’s emerging young Democratic leaders running uncontested for a second term...

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    • Purple with a Tinge of Blue

      May 11, 2015 1:50 PM

      “Virginia is a purple state. With a tinge of blue.” - Bob Holsworth (Political Commentator)[1] Gone is the notion that Virginia’s solid red is set in stone. Over the past decade, Virginia’s rural towns have become increasingly (and staunchly) Republican while the number of conservative...

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    • 2015 Benefit Gala in Houston

      April 30, 2015 7:12 PM

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    • TEXAS

      March 24, 2015 2:21 AM

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    • Emerge USA VA Legislative Update March 2015

      March 15, 2015 12:00 PM

      As Virginia’s legislative session ended on February 28th, the state saw a slew of new bills passing both chambers, predominantly in the areas of Education, Healthcare and Transportation. These bills affect the second largest Muslim community in America (2.7%)[1], an area that has seen a...

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    • 1st Muslim to Receive the MCCJ Silver Medallion Award

      March 12, 2015 12:00 PM

      Dr. Doured Daghistani, my father, was awarded the 2015 Silver Medallion by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ). The Silver Medallion is awarded to those who symbolize MCCJ’s mission of creating intercultural understanding between races, religions and ethnicities of all types. Indeed, MCCJ...

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    • Habitat for Humanity Miami: Interfaith Build

      March 05, 2015 12:00 PM

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    • Loving the Collective “Other”

      February 15, 2015 12:00 PM

      Photo by Ahmed Elzway

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    • Project Downtown Fort Lauderdale in Tribute to #OurThreeWinners

      February 15, 2015 12:00 PM

      In honor of #OurThreeWinners – Deah, Yusor, and Razan – and their beautiful commitment to love and service before they were taken away too soon from us, Project Downtown Fort Lauderdale dedicated Valentine’s Day to their memory. Project Downtown Fort Lauderdale distributed free dental supplies to the homeless in...

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    • Study on Vicarious Trauma for American Muslims

      February 14, 2015 12:00 PM

      Emerge USA is assisting a fellow community member by distributing the study below on vicarious trauma on American Muslims. Please support those in the community that are pushing the boundaries and producing studies and information that can serve us all today and in the future....

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    • FeedPhilly is Filling in the Gaps

      February 09, 2015 12:00 PM

      Our FeedPhilly volunteers from the Logan Park Group

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    • Emerge USA Tampa Annual Benefit Dinner

      January 31, 2015 12:00 PM

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    • From the eyes of an alumni: the personal and professional impact of Emerging Leaders

      September 30, 2014 12:00 PM

      Iman Khalil, an Emerging Leaders Alumni, is currently interning at the Tampa City Council and pursuing her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health Practice at the University of South Florida.

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