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Events

GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday, August 06, 2015 at 09:00 PM through August 07, 2015
Kan Zaman Hookah Cafe in Plantation, FL.

Wynwood Art Walk Voter Registration Drive

Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Wynwood Walls in Miami, FL.

Hollywood Art Walk Voter Registration Drive

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Mystic Water Kava Bar in Hollywood, FL.

Know Your Government 101: Civics Training

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Lauderdale Lakes Multipurpose Auditorium in Lauderdale Lakes, FL

The National Executive Director of Emerge USA, Tamim Chowdhury, will be providing a Know Your Government 101: Civics Training on August 17th. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Young Muslims Youth Gala

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Marriott Heron Bay Hotel & Golf Resort in Coral Springs, FL

The Emerge South FL Team will be tabling this event. People are encouraged to meet us and inquire about our great programs.

The Highly Anticipated
Youth Gala 2015

Hosted by the Youth Coalition of South Florida

“Building Bridges, Not Walls”

Inviting All High School & College Students

Dress to Impress | Entry $15
Doors open 6pm-11pm

Bring a colleague, a friend, and an open mind to this mentoring and networking event!

For tickets or more information:
Aqsa Mahmood (954) 798-7235
Amaan Khan (954) 232-6447

Candidate Forum 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Shahnai Reception Hall in Houston, TX

emerge USA invites you to meet the candidates running for Houston Mayor and City Council. This year will be a hotly contested race and a great opportunity to find out where the candidates stand and how they propose to shape our city before Election Day on Nov.3rd, 2015.

FREE EVENT. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

emerge USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement organization engaging underrepresented communities into the political process. We believe in power through participation.

Follow us @emergeUSATX

You can RSVP here or at our Facebook page.

EMERGE (Empowering Motivating Educating Resourceful Grassroots Entities)

Vision
EMERGE, a national, non-partisan organization, aspires to ensure that under-represented communities, have the same constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.

Mission
Through grassroots networking, EMERGE aims to politically empower and train its constituents to be 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.

How Does EMERGE Advance its Mission?

  1. Inspire its constituents to engage with all levels of their government.
  2. Inform and educate its constituents about a wide range of domestic policy and legislative initiatives, the role of their representatives, and how to influence them
  3. Educate its constituents about the US political process, and provide training on how they can participate in the process, including how to seek public office.
  4. Inform and educate elected representatives of areas of interest so that they may adopt appropriate positions that advance favorable legislation.

What are EMERGE Core Values?

  1. Champion policies (at the local, state and national levels of government) that benefit the broadest cross-section of Americans, including but not limited to under-represented communities like American Muslims
  2. Empower the voice of its constituents in politics and government through open and persistent communication with current and aspiring public officials.
  3. Engage in grassroots political advocacy by providing education and training to its constituents.
  4. Develop programs that enable constituents to better engage in all aspects of public service.
  5. Build coalitions with multiple ethnic, moderate religious, and mainstream secular advocacy groups for the advancement of common cause issues.

EMERGE-USA

Emerge USA’s volunteers are calling Muslims across the state encouraging them to vote in this year’s election.
Emerge USA mobilized hundreds of Muslims to keep the Sunrise City Council from approving the building of an industrial dump site next to a mosque in Sunrise, FL.
Emerge USA’s coordinated a Statewide Voter Registration Day, where they registered 1,000 voters across Florida.

Florida Muslims making a difference in the vote

American Muslims finally have a seat at the table, and they have the numbers to prove it. As a relatively new minority community in the United States, American Muslims have struggled to find their voice and in making that voice heard in the political fray. However, in recent years, this community has seen enormous growth in several swing states, most notably in Florida.

American Muslims have voted both Democratic and Republican in the past, making them a large and important group in the courtship of minority voters around election time.

Florida was a key state in the 2012 presidential elections, with President Obama edging out a win over Gov. Mitt Romney by less than 75,000 votes. Emerge USA, a civic engagement nonprofit organization that focuses on engaging minority communities, specifically the Muslim, Arab and Southeast Asian communities, maintains a database of over 150,000 registered Muslim voters in Florida, with exit polls showing 120,000 of them voted in November. Of these 120,000 votes, an overwhelming 80 percent went to Obama. Sadly, neither party courted the Muslim vote this year, yet the presidential race could have turned out dramatically different without the Muslim American vote.

Stories like West’s are taking place across the country as American Muslims become engaged in the political process with help from organizations like Emerge USA. Many in the community come from backgrounds of political dictatorship and oppression, where voting may not be commonplace and speaking out against the government is particularly dangerous. Civic engagement organizations are serving a largely educational role as the community develops into the political powerhouse it can become.

As newcomers on the scene, Muslims have made great strides in the realization that voting is the simplest, most effective way to influence change in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Contrary to what West believes, American Muslims are indeed Americans. They care about the Constitution, they care about society and they care about domestic issues. A recent poll by Emerge USA shows that 47 percent of Muslim voters polled in Florida believe the economy was the most important issue. Foreign policy garnered a measly 8 percent.

This data shows that American Muslims are here for the same reasons as everyone else — to raise a family, to establish economic stability, and to gain a higher standard of living.

What presidential candidate can afford to lose 150,000 votes in a state as crucial as Florida?

American Muslims, welcome to the table.

Mustafa Dandashly is a student at the FIU College of Law and an advisor to Emerge USA.

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Emerge USA’s volunteers are calling Muslims across the state encouraging them to vote in this year’s election.
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Emerge USA mobilized hundreds of Muslims to keep the Sunrise City Council from approving the building of an industrial dump site next to a mosque in Sunrise, FL.
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Emerge USA’s coordinated a Statewide Voter Registration Day, where they registered 1,000 voters across Florida.
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Who we are

Emerge USA began as the Center for Voter Advocacy (CVA) in 2006.  Since that time we have worked to create relationships with elected officials throughout the state of Florida.   In 2009 we merged with a group of similarly active communities from Texas and became Emerge USA, a registered tax deductible non-profit with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

Emerge is a national, non-partisan organization that aspires to ensure that under-represented communities have the same constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.Through grassroots networking, Emerge aims to politically empower and train its constituents to be 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.

What are EMERGE Core Values?

  1. Champion policies at all levels of government that benefit the broadest cross-section of Americans.
  2. Empower the voice of its members in politics and government through open and persistent communication with public officials.
  3. Engage in grassroots political advocacy by providing education and training to its members.
  4. Develop programs that enable members to better engage in all aspects of public service.
  5. Build coalitions with multiple ethnic, moderate religious, and mainstream secular advocacy groups for the advancement of common cause issues.

What can the EMERGE do for me?

  1. Bridge the gap between you and your elected officials.
  2. Serve as a resource of information through emerge-usa.org.
  3. Provide Civic Empowerment Workshops to educate under represented communities about the political process.
  4. Secure volunteer and internship opportunities in local government offices.

What We Do

What is EMERGE USA?

Emerge USA began as the Center for Voter Advocacy (CVA) in 2006 and since then has worked to create relationships with elected officials throughout the state of Florida.   In 2009 we merged with a similarly active group from Texas and became Emerge USA, a registered tax deductible non-profit with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

What does EMERGE USA do?

The broad goal of Emerge USA is to take the Muslim, South Asian and Arab American (MASA) communities and other underrepresented communities and training them on how to engage the political party structure so that instead of hoping to have our voices heard from the outside we can guarantee our voices will echo loudly on the inside.  Emerge carries out its mission through three unique lines of programming: Emerging Voters, Emerging Data and Emerging Leaders.  Each of these is described in more detail below.

Emerging Voters:

With the help of its dedicated volunteers and staff Emerge engages the MASA communities along with other underrepresented communities in the electoral process. The Emerging Voters programs include voter registration campaigns, absentee ballot drives, organizing early voting events and creating opportunities for candidates and elected officials to interact with community members so they can learn about and discuss issues that are important in their local communities.

Emerging Data:

Emerge has created a database of under-represented ethnic communities in Florida with a focus on registered voters from the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities. Emerge communicates with this database on a regular basis through emails, live and automated polling and collects data on voter trends and issues that drive these communities to the ballot box.  One critical area of focus for the organization is continuing to develop this database through increasing its size and the accuracy of the information it contains.

Emerging Leaders:

The Emerging Leaders program builds on Emerge’s national training modules through a series of leadership trainings carried out throughout the State of Florida.  These sessions are conducted with a select group of participants to create leadership capacity in our community’s youth.  The Program aims to excel participating youth through learning from a skilled, professional group of individuals throughout the State such as local elected officials, policy makers, leadership training professionals and other outstanding civic leaders.  After completing the Emerging Leaders program, participants are channeled into internships within their local communities and gain the tools needed to participate in civics and the political process.  The overarching goal of Emerging Leaders is to create an infrastructure of for Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans who are empowered and can directly impact public policy.