Over the years, Emgage has reached a number of milestones in working to empower Muslim Americans through political literacy and civic engagement. Here are some of these achievements:
Get Out the Vote
- We launched our “Million Muslim Votes” campaign, seeking to garner an unprecedented 1 million Muslim voters this upcoming November. Our national organizers and executive directors of our six state chapters have been working tirelessly to make this goal come to fruition. So far this year we’ve made 500,000+ calls, sent over 1.4 million text messages, activated 300+ volunteers, and have hosted over 200 virtual events.
- In 2019, Emgage made 154,818 calls, knocked on 125,353 doors, and sent 17,112 texts in the service of mobilizing the Muslim American vote.
- In 2019, Emgage Virginia played a major role in a 19% average increase in Muslim voter turnout. Throughout the year, the Emgage team collected over 29,000 pledges to vote by making over 62,000 phone calls in Virginia to get out the vote and knocking on nearly 21,000 doors.
- Florida is the oldest and largest Emgage chapter and our GOTV efforts there have contributed to a 22 point increase in Muslim voter turnout from the 2014 midterm election. Across Florida, 53% of registered Muslim voters turned out on November 6.
- Our work in Ohio has seen some of the most significant growth midterm to midterm, with a 29 point increase in state wide Muslim voter turnout from 2014 to 2018, with 48% of Ohio Muslims voting on November 6.
- Virginia saw a 31 point increase in Muslim voter turnout between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections. Across Virginia, 60% of registered Muslim voters turned out on November 6.
- Michigan saw a 19 point increase in Muslim voter turnout between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections. Across Michigan, roughly 50% of registered Muslim voters turned out on November 6.
- We co-hosted a historic presidential forum in which two leading presidential candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary Julian Castro, addressed 7,000 Muslim Americans at the ISNACON convention.
- Emgage PAC endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the primaries, and later, Joe Biden.
- Joe Biden historically addressed Muslim Americans at our “Million Muslim Votes” Summit, during which he vowed to end the Muslim Ban on the first day of his presidency, amongst many other promises to include Muslim Americans in political processes.
- From the first executive actions in 2017 to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling, Emgage Action worked tirelessly to repeal the discriminatory Muslim Ban.
- Emgage Action endorsed and supported: H.R. 2214, the NO BAN Act and later H.R. 2486, another iteration of the NO BAN Act which passed the House on July 22, 2020.
- Emgage Action endorsed and supported the Senate version of the NO BAN Act, S. 1123.
- In addition to the NO BAN Act, Emgage Action also supported H.R. 810 and S. 246 which would prohibit making funds, resources, or fees available to any federal agency to implement or enforce Executive Order 13780 and Presidential Proclamation 9645, which suspended individuals from several countries of concern, including Chad, Iran, and Libya, from entering the United States.
- We have pushed for the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, to condemn the Chinese state’s gross human rights violations, and to put an end to the ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims.
- Emgage Action worked alongside partner organizations to help pass S. 3744, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020. This Act became law on June 17, 2020.
- Other bills that have been advocated for include H.R. 6210, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which passed the House on September 22, 2020. Efforts have now shifted to the Senate version of this bill, S. 3417 also entitled the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.
- Emgage Action also supported the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 S.178 and H.R. 649, respectively. This Act, revived from the previous 115th Congressional session, will direct U.S. resources and departments to address the mass internment of Uighurs as well as create positions within the State Department, FBI, and relevant intelligence agencies to study issues related to the ongoing internment program. Additionally, the FBI will be tasked in finding out if Uyghurs living in the United States have been subjected to intimidation tactics by China in order to repatriate them. This Senate version has passed in both chambers, but has not been signed into law.
- Emgage Action has advocated to pass Senate 1186 and House Bill 3190, the BURMA Act, which imposes targeted sanctions against military leaders responsible for the unspeakable acts of violence against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Burma.
- H.R. 3190 passed the House on September 24, 2019 by a 394-21 vote.
- Emgage Action continues to work on advocating the Senate to pass their version of the bill and sign this vital piece of legislation into law.
- Emgage Action has worked to tackle the threat of hate crimes and white supremacy through our advocacy for the NO HATE Act.
- In this effort, Emgage Action supports S. 2043 and H.R. 3545, both entitled the NO HATE Act.
- This bill is important as it would improve the means of hate crime reporting at state and federal levels. Both pieces of legislation authorize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue grants to states and local governments to assist in implementing the National Incident-Based Reporting System, including training employees to identify hate crimes.
- Crimes motivated by race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim pose a serious national problem. These bills are in response to the FBI’s report confirming a rise in violent crimes motivated by bias.
- Emgage Action is working in a coalition to bring on co-sponsors to these bills which will assist in bringing awareness and encouraging a vote on these issues.
- We supported legislation introduced by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4), H.R. 4391 – Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Chindren. This act addresses the issue of human rights violations, but also ensures that U.S. taxpayer funds are not used to support the military detention of Palestinian children. As Americans, it is extremely important that our money does not facilitate the ill treatment of children anywhere in the world, no matter what other interests are at play.
- We opposed a provision in Senator Marco Rubio’s Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, which gave states the legal authority to penalize companies that choose not to do business with Israel or Israeli-owned enterprises.
- As a broad policy initiative, Emgage Action is committed to opposing all local, state and federal bills which would criminalize the American right to boycott.
- We worked with the United Nations relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to oppose President Trump’s ending of funding to this agency, and to reinstate the funds.
- Our efforts included urging Congress that this funding is for critical life-saving services to vulnerable populations. In addition, the enactment of this funding will help promote the prospects for peace in the region. In 2018, when the funding was pulled, the strategy inhibited Palestinians from the negotiating table and exacerbated the security and humanitarian challenges already facing the region.
- We hosted our Congressional Reception celebrating our 116th Congress.
- In 2019, we hosted our first Muslim American Leadership Summit.