The 2016 presidential election is an incredibly important time for the American Muslim community and Emerge USA is leading the way in engaging in dialogue with leading presidential candidates on behalf of the American Muslim community.
Last week, Emerge USA arranged for a meeting with senior officials from Hillary Clinton's campaign in Washington, DC in an effort to facilitate an open dialogue with Clinton’s National Political Director, Amanda Renteria, Director of Outreach to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Jason Tengco and campaign foreign policy adviser, Laura Rosenberger.
Leaders from various major American Muslims institutions from all across the country attended the meeting, including representatives from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Institute for Social Policy Understanding (ISPU), the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) and others.
The meeting covered various topics including ways to increase both American Muslim visibility in public policy decisions and young American Muslim participation in the Clinton campaign. Key domestic and foreign policy concerns were also brought up, specifically addressing the misconception often held by the general public that American Muslims are monolithic in their position regarding those policies.
The current anti-Muslim political rhetoric was discussed and its effects on the American Muslim community at home and overseas. The campaign representatives showed a strong desire to address those concerns by continuing to work alongside the American Muslim community and playing their role in demonstrating how American Muslims contribute to the fabric of this country every day.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly expressed support for the American Muslim community and has held strong ties to the community for over 20 years. As First Lady, Clinton initiated the White House’s annual Iftar gatherings and as Secretary of State, she began the same tradition at the State Department. Clinton also choose Huma Abedin, an American Muslim of Indian and Pakistani descent, as her chief of staff in 2000.
Stay tuned for more updates from Emerge USA on engagement with candidates running for local, state and federal offices in this pivotal election season.