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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: 

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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