Muslim Civic Coalition

Muslim Civic Coalition

The Muslim Civic Coalition (Coalition) works with people of all races, faiths and communities to make sure that everyone has a voice in creating laws and policies. We host town halls and other meetings with community members and with elected officials and policy makers in order to ensure that community

Muslim Civic Coalition

The greater AAPI community is extremely diverse, representing people of different nationalities, different religions, different languages and different levels of education. The Muslim Civic Coalition (Coalition) works with people of all races, faiths and communities to make sure that everyone has a voice in creating laws and policies. We host town halls and other meetings with community members and with elected officials and policy makers in order to ensure that community members are heard and there concerns addressed. Coalition staff and volunteers worked to get out the vote in under-represented neighborhoods during the past several election cycles and worked to reach historically hard to reach communities during the 2020 Census, including immigrants for whom we also provided translators. We are non-partisan, non-religious and believe that every voice needs to be heard. Fundamental to the Coalition’s work are three tenets: Policies made for must be made with us; Public officials should understand us - and more should look like us; Our stories and data drive action toward civic justice. Our work can be seen in the policies enacted in Illinois and Chicago, in increased participation in the 2020 Census, in increased voter registration in the past two election cycles and in the rapidly increasing number of AAPI lawmakers and government officials elected to Congress, the General Assembly, to the Chicago City Council and to various positions of authority and trust in state and local governments.

About the Organization:

The greater AAPI community is extremely diverse, representing people of different nationalities, different religions, different languages and different levels of education. The Muslim Civic Coalition (Coalition) works with people of all races, faiths and communities to make sure that everyone has a voice in creating laws and policies. We host town halls and other meetings with community members and with elected officials and policy makers in order to ensure that community members are heard and there concerns addressed. Coalition staff and volunteers worked to get out the vote in under-represented neighborhoods during the past several election cycles and worked to reach historically hard to reach communities during the 2020 Census, including immigrants for whom we also provided translators. We are non-partisan, non-religious and believe that every voice needs to be heard. Fundamental to the Coalition’s work are three tenets: Policies made for must be made with us; Public officials should understand us - and more should look like us; Our stories and data drive action toward civic justice. Our work can be seen in the policies enacted in Illinois and Chicago, in increased participation in the 2020 Census, in increased voter registration in the past two election cycles and in the rapidly increasing number of AAPI lawmakers and government officials elected to Congress, the General Assembly, to the Chicago City Council and to various positions of authority and trust in state and local governments.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • District of Columbia • Florida • Hawaii • Idaho • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Maryland • Minnesota • Missouri • Nevada • Oklahoma • Oregon • Texas • Utah • Washington

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • District of Columbia • Florida • Hawaii • Idaho • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Maryland • Minnesota • Missouri • Nevada • Oklahoma • Oregon • Texas • Utah • Washington

The Issue:

The promise of America is that all citizens have the same rights and opportunities to prosper, but that is simply not true. Asians in the U.S. are a diverse group of people from different countries of origin who speak different languages, represent different cultural and faith traditions and have a wide range of wealth and educational achievement. While many see Asians as the "good minority," there are groups and subgroups in the U.S. who are among the poorest, least educated and most likely to face issues of unemployment, hunger and poor health. There are many barriers to overcome for the voices of all Asian Americans to be heard. The Coalition is working to help people overcome those barriers.

The Solution:

We work to empower people in AAPI communities so that their voices are heard. The Coalition first makes sure that everyone is counted. Census information is used to determine political representation in cities and in Congress. Then we make sure that people are registered to vote. People can register on our website which has a link to register, and we can help individuals who need help. We host debates and open forums so that voters know who they are voting for and where candidates stand on issues important to the AAPI community. During the last two election cycles, historic numbers of AAPI candidates won in Illinois elections--Nybeela Syed, Abdelnasser Rashid, Kevin Olickal, Haan Hyunh, Sharon Chung became freshmen representatives after the 2022 elections. Nicole Lee became the first Asian American elected to serve on the City Council in Chicago in the first majority Asian American ward. The Coalition also advocates for change by holding community discussions, round tables and town halls to identify the pressing issues facing communities. Once we have identified the issues, we invite policy makers and elected officials into the community discussions to hear constituents and meet them face to face. We advocate for policy and legislative changes that make peoples' lives better. All the while, we recruit volunteers from the neighborhoods in which we work so that we can better address the specific needs of residents. We maintain a website and digital connections in order to keep people informed about policies and events that affect them.

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