#MyMuslimVote is an unprecedented campaign for millennial Muslims to reclaim their narrative during this election cycle.
There’s never been an election more focused on Muslims, Islam, and Muslim communities. We’ve heard all sorts of vitriol and frightening policies directed at Muslims. But in the face of it all, Muslims have had a remarkable impact: registering new voters, turning out hundreds of thousands at the polls during the primaries—swaying districts and elections from Brooklyn to Michigan and beyond—and building the leadership of a new generation of young organizers across the country.
It’s clear that millennial Muslims want to engage in this election cycle on their own terms—not just in response to bigotry and Islamophobia, but with an aspirational vision of the future based on issues they care about.
Through the MyMuslimVote.org portal, users can check their registration status, register to vote, order absentee/mail-in ballots and sign our voter pledge form. We’ll also be using the platform to share stories of my Muslim voters and organizers.
Believers Bail Out
Right now, there are over 2 million incarcerated people in the U.S., predominantly Black and Latinx. Almost half a million of these people are being held on pretrial bond (bail).
Believers Bail Out is a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial incarceration as a form of zakat. By paying bond, Believers Bail Out restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases. It is in our capacity, and our duty as Muslims to be a part of ending this cycle that criminalizes poverty and is inherently racist in nature.
Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, is an annual tax on wealth. The Qur’an (9:60) specifies eight uses for zakat, including helping the poor and the needy and for the freeing of slaves or captives (al-riqab). People being held in pretrial detention because they can’t afford bail qualify for zakat.
Stop CVE in LA
On January 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the City of Los Angeles (Mayor's Office of Public Safety) was set to receive funding under its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiative. The City of Los Angeles would receive $400,000 for a program involving "Training and Engagement," as well as $425,000 for "Managing Interventions."
According to DHS, the stated purpose of the CVE program was to “develop and expand efforts at the community level to counter violent extremist recruitment and radicalization to violence.
he #StopCVE coalition in Los Angeles—representing local non-profit, civil society, advocacy, and digital advocacy groups, alongside Muslim leadership from across LA—has been organizing opposition to CVE since April 2016. Though presented under a guise of public safety and community-based programming, CVE efforts in LA have been implemented with selective community engagement and buy-in. This “community engagement” continued despite unanimous opposition from civil rights groups and the majority of Muslim communities across five counties in Southern California.
Soon, the LA City Council will move to discuss disbursing federal funding amounting to , which targets Muslim communities in the city through activities conducted under the auspices of CVE.