Indiana is one of 7 states that require an excuse for absentee voting
Last week, the Indiana Election Commission voted down expanding absentee voting to all Hoosiers. Voting by mail remains an option ONLY for those voters who meet one of the following 12 qualifications:
Eligible voters also have the option to complete the form online at Indiana Voters website. They need to log in to their “my voter portal page” by entering the requested information exactly as it appears on their voter registration record. When on the main landing page, the voter selects the “ABS-Mail” option and enters the information as prompted. After clicking “submit,” a confirmation screen appears that allows the voter to download and retain a copy for their records. There is no need to sign and return the online submission since the system applies the voter’s registration signature to the application on the back-end.
Important date: Before you request your absentee ballot, make sure you are registered to vote. Voter Registration deadline is October 5, 2020. You can register or check your registration status at indianavoters.in.gov.
Well-received Candidate Forums:
On August 6, we kicked off our candidate forum series with an event dedicated to Tippecanoe and Hendricks County voters. It featured Rep. Sheila Ann Klinker (the Democratic incumbent representing State House District 27), Joe Mackey (the Democratic candidate vying to represent Indiana's 4th Congressional District), and Stan Albaugh (the Democratic candidate vying to represent State Senate District 24).
On August 13, we hosted U.S. Congressman Andre´ Carson (the Democratic incumbent representing Indiana's 7th Congressional District), Rep. Cherrish Pryor (the Democratic incumbent representing State House District 94), Senator John Ruckelshaus (the Republican incumbent representing State Senate District 30) and Dr. Fady Qaddoura (the Democratic candidate vying to represent State Senate District 30). Moderated by Judge David Shaheed, the forum gave Marion County voters the chance to ask the participants questions about an array of policy issues, including racial justice, education, and health care.
Did you miss those events? You can watch them on our website or Facebook page.
A team of volunteers are out with Dr. Fady Qaddoura in Senate District 30 every single day reaching out to voters. He continues to participate in community conversations and receive endorsements from various public officials and institutions. With 73 days until the November election, voters in Senate District 30 are ready for a new leadership.
When elected, he will fight to protect our health, draw fair maps, support public education and teachers, reduce gun violence, support living wages, protect the climate, reform the criminal justice system, pass comprehensive hate crime legislation, and ensure that Indiana welcomes people from all walks of life. Dr. Qaddoura can champion these causes for us, but we need your help to do it! Your financial support will help his campaign accomplish its fundraising goal this month. Thank you!
The stakes are high...that's why we strive to engage our voters!
100 days left for the 2020 General Election Day. Let that sink in for a moment!
In addition to the presidential election, we have many federal and state races on the ballot this fall. A total of 470 seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for grabs on November 3, 2020, including Indiana's 5th Congressional district that caught national attention as one of the most hotly contested congressional races. The Indiana Gubernatorial and Attorney General races are two other high profile races, along with 15 races in the State Senate chamber and the entire State House of Representatives chamber. Indeed, this election will shape the national and local political landscapes for years to come.
This big election year has fueled our efforts to ensure Indiana Muslim voters are ready to get their vote out and make informed decisions at the polls. Based on Muslim voters' data across the state, we identified districts with high percentage of Muslim voters and crafted a strategy to educate them about the various state senate and house races, starting with a Candidate Forum Series in August to publishing a Voters' Guide that speaks to the candidates' positions on an array of local and national issues. We will conclude our voters engagement efforts with GOTV campaign in the few weeks leading up to November 3, with the goal of reaching as many Muslim voters as possible and urge them to get the vote out. We look forward to engaging you all!
Candidate Forum Series:
We are excited to bring our voters three virtual candidate forums that shine a light on different congressional and state races in Tippecanoe, Hendricks, Marion and Hamilton Counties. These virtual events are free, but registration is required to receive Zoom meeting info. Join us on the following dates:
Tippecanoe & Hendricks County Candidate Forum
August 6, 2020 at 7PM
U.S. Congressman Jim Baird (R) and Joe Mackey (D), 4th Congressional District
Senator John Crane (R) and Stan Albaugh (D), State Senate District 24
Rep. Sheila Ann Klinker (D) and James Hass (R), State House District 27
Marion County Candidate Forum
August 13, 2020 at 7PM
Guest of Honor: U.S. Congressman Andre´ Carson
Sen. John Ruckleshaus (R) and Fady Qaddoura (D), State Senate District 30
Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D) and Felipe Rios (R), State House District 94
Hamilton County Candidate Forum
August 27, 2020 at 7PM
Ronald Saunders (D) and Scott Baldwin (R), State Senate District 20
Rep. Donna Schaibley (R) and Naomi Bechtold (D), State House District 24
Rep. Todd Huston (R) and Aimee Cole (D), State House District 37
Rep. Jerry Torr (R) and Ashley Klein (D), State House District 39
Reaching out to Senate District 30 voters has been the focus of Dr. Fady Qaddoura's campaign lately. Whether having conversations with voters on the phone, or dropping off literature across the district, the campaign is committed to inform them where Dr. Qaddoura stands on various issues and garner their support on election day.
Would you help deliver his message to voters? By making a donation to his campaign or signing up to volunteer your time, you take part in this historic candidacy and help bring a new leadership to the Indiana State Senate. We are always grateful for your support!
A Press Conference to Call for Action:
On May 24, 2020, Masjid E Noor, a local mosque serving Northwest Indianapolis Hoosiers since 2013, was attacked by a drive-by shooting. Given that the mosque was following state guidelines to limit the spread of coronavirus, only a few members were gathered in prayer to mark Eid-Ul-Fitr, when bullets penetrated the windows and nearly struck some of the congregants in an act of attempted murder against those inside. Fortunately, there were no casualties. Masjid E Noor leadership reported the attack to the IMPD, and provided them with a surveillance video that captured what appears to be a red sports car from which the shots were fired.
On Thursday, May 27, 2020, IMAN Associates and Masjid E Noor held a press conference and called on IMPD to investigate a possible hate crime motive for the shooting, to increase patrols directly in front of Masjid E Noor and other local mosques, and called on elected officials to publicly condemn this abhorrent act of violence. You can learn more about the press conference in the IndyStar, the Indy Channel, and Channel 13. Minutes prior to the press conference, CAIR brought national attention to the incident by issuing a press release.
Muslim Hoosiers have received an outpouring of love and support from other faith communities. Pastor Jerry Zehr with Carmel Christian Church spoke at the press conference in a strong showing of support to the Muslim community. Other faith-based organizations issued statements condemning bigotry and hatred and standing in solidarity with the Muslim community, including the Center of Interfaith Cooperation, the JCRC of Indianapolis, and the Carmel Interfaith Alliance. Also, a number of legislators called for action following the shooting incident, including U.S. Congressman Andre´ Carson, State Rep. Greg Porter, State Rep. Cherrish Pryor and State Senator Greg Taylor.
IMAN Associates and Masjid E Noor will continue working with the FBI and the IMPD, who are are currently co-investigating the attack.
Speaking out against hate and racism:
On the heels of the shooting incident at Masjid E Noor, IMAN Associates held "Unsilenced. Giving a Voice to Disenfranchised People of Faith and Color," a virtual Town hall meeting with elected officials on June 3, 2020.
U.S. Congressman Andre´ Carson, State Rep. Cherrish Pryor, State Senator Greg Taylor and Indianapolis Deputy Mayor David Hampton participated in the candid discussion on hate crimes against religious minorities and racial injustice, and took questions from the audience. Pastor Jerry Zehr with Carmel Christian Church, Rabbi Brett Krichiver with Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Imam Shamaas Nyazee with Masjid-E-Noor closed the event with an interfaith prayer.
Moderated by Rima Shahid, the Executive Director of Women 4 Change Indiana, it was a well-received event, with over 200 attendees joining via Zoom and Facebook live streaming.
Missed the event? You can watch it on our Facebook page.
PAC News: Primary Election results are in!
Senate District 30 is hungry for change and turned out to support Fady Qaddoura's campaign by nearly a 2 to 1 margin against his republican opponent. He is sincerely grateful to everyone who voted for him and supported his campaign.
Interested to learn about his political priorities?
Join this upcoming event and show your support to the first Muslim American to run for the Indiana State Senate.
Empowering Muslim Voters
IMAN Associates has been steadfast in its efforts to mobilize the Muslim vote in Indiana each election cycle. For the 2020 Primary election on June 2, we are excited to share with you a Voters' Guide that shines a spotlight on competitive local and federal districts. State House District 39, Indiana Congressional districts 1, 4, and 5 not only have heated races, but also a concentration of Muslim voters who can vote from the safety of their homes and move the needle on those races.
Voting by mail is now extended to all registered voters in the state of Indiana. All you need to do is to complete this form and return it by May 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. local time. The form can be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to your county election board office. You will receive your absentee ballot and will have the opportunity to cast your vote from the convenience and safety of your home.
We urge all Muslim voters to review this Voters' Guide and vote in the 2020 Primary Election.
In Response to the Pandemic
In the face of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, IMAN Associates is committed to amplify the voice of Muslim Hoosiers and provide them with the needed support to weather the storm. In the last month, we have issued two advisories that examine the recently enacted laws regarding (1) the ban on certain evictions and foreclosure proceedings, and (2) sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Those advisories aims at answering questions our Muslim community members may have while navigating the economic impact of COVID-19.
Additionally, we have joined hands with a number of organizations around the state to call on our elected leaders to act aggressively to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect and care for all Hoosiers- no exceptions! Individuals as well as organizations are welcome to learn about the policy priorities of Indiana Cares and sign the petition.
Finally, a joint statement that we crafted and issued in partnership with Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) has garnered the support of many mosques and Islamic centers around the state. The joint statement underscored the commitment of the Indiana Muslim community to suspend all religious congregation during Ramadan and continue practicing social distancing as part of our civic and religious obligation. A press release followed the joint statement and disseminated the message to the wider community.
A Ramadan Message from Dr. Fady Qaddoura
"Ramadan Mubarak and we wish you a safe, healthy, and blessed fasting filled with peace, tranquility, and deep reflections.
In light of COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, and to maintain social distancing, Dr. Fady Qaddoura's campaign for the Indiana State Senate has shifted its strategy from canvassing, large group gatherings, and community forums to virtual online campaigning. Over the past two months, Dr. Fady's campaign launched a bi-weekly live Facebook event titled "Community Conversations," which attracted an average attendance and viewership of 500+ individuals per event. In addition, the campaign launched phone banking with the goal of making 10,000 calls by June 2, which is the Primary Election date, to ask voters for their support. Furthermore, Dr. Fady's campaign released several social media ads and videos promoting his policy positions on issues such as public education, fair elections, and criminal justice reform. Finally, the campaign invested in hiring a campaign manager and a part time staffer to manage the day to day activities of the campaign. In total, our campaign reached out to and engaged a total of 30,000 voters in the district so far and we are building sustainable momentum.
While COVID-19 forced the economy to pause, elections will proceed with full determination to share our message with the Hoosiers from all walks of life. Dr. Fady received the endorsements of every elected official in Marion county, many civic associations, unions, and community leaders. We can't pause or slow down because the stakes are so high in 2020 and will impact many generations to come. Our campaign needs to raise a total of $150,000 by August to remain competitive. We urge you to invest in the success of this historic campaign and donate generously during the month of Ramadan to help elect the first American Muslim to the Indiana General Assembly. We need everyone's support to win the elections in November. Jazakum Allah Khairan."
From our desk to yours
On behalf of IMAN Associates’ board of directors, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our doctors, nurses, hospital workers and first responders for their tireless efforts on the frontlines and our sincere prayers for their safety and protection during this global pandemic. Also, we want to thank Muslim Hoosiers who are staying at home and doing their part in combatting the spread of the Coronavirus. The need to pull together as one community has never been greater, and with Allah’s will, we will weather this storm.
In these unprecedented times, we believe Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network's mission is as relevant as ever. The organization is committed to keeping you engaged with politics and strengthening your voter engagement. As a community, we have to keep track of the decisions that elected officials on the federal and local levels make during this pandemic and decide whether we re-elect them or vote them out! With the absentee voting extended to all Hoosiers, we urge each and every community member to practice their civic duty and vote this primary election. You can find your absentee ballot here.
While our candidate forums were suspended, we are still eager to help our Muslim voters make informed decisions at the polls in the primary election on June 2. In the coming weeks, we plan to issue a series of Voter Education Guides to shed a light on a number of different races happening in Central Indiana and where the candidates stand on various issues important to Muslim Hoosiers.
Also, the organization is keen to empower you with information that will help you navigate the challenges that come with this health and economic crisis. Recently, the federal and state governments enacted a number of laws and issued orders placing a ban on certain evictions and foreclosure procedures. We put together the below advisory in an attempt to answer some of your questions and provide you with some guidance at this challenging time.
Finally, without your continued support, IMAN Associates won’t exist! We are grateful for your involvement and we wish you and your family good health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, shall you have any questions or concerns.
With many blessings,
Hiba Alami, Executive Director
Mortgage and Eviction Moratorium Advisory
What is the “Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures”? The federal government and state authorities have recently enacted laws and issued orders placing a ban on certain evictions and foreclosure proceedings. The phrase “Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures” refers to these laws and orders. Please note that the ban on Evictions and Foreclosures is not universal. Homeowners and tenants must determine whether they qualify for the relief on offer. This Advisory will help you make this determination.
Can I be evicted if I am unable to pay my rent during this crisis? The short answer is no. But we will need to dig a bit deeper to answer more detailed and relevant questions. If you rent your home in Indiana there are two sets of laws which will help you answer some of your question:
Dates to remember:
May 4, 2020 Voter Registration Ends
Register to vote or check your registration here.June 2, 2020 Primary Election Day
To ensure Hoosiers practice their civic duty and vote in the primary election, Governor Holcomb moves it to June 2, and the Indiana Election Commission expands vote-by-mail options. All registered and qualified Indiana voters are provided the opportunity to vote no-excuse absentee by mail.
Get your absentee ballot here.
From our lobbyist's desk:
The 2020 Indiana General Assembly is heading into the final stretch. Although state law requires the legislative session to end no later than Saturday, March 14, legislators are expected to wrap up their work and head back to their districts by March 11.
This week will see a flurry of activity at the Statehouse. Monday (March 2) was the final day for floor amendments, and Tuesday is the last day for bills to pass from the second chamber. After that, House-Senate conference committees will get underway, as legislators work to reconcile differing versions of the same bill passed by the House and the Senate.
Because 2020 is not a budget year, state lawmakers have steered clear this session of proposals that require state funding. Instead, much of the activity has focused on proposals aimed at increasing transparency in health care pricing and protecting patients from unexpected medical bills. With the end of session fast approaching, however, lawmakers and stakeholders remain deeply divided on the details.
Lawmakers are also split on two recent proposals that take aim at efforts in Indianapolis to increase access to mass transit and provide protections to renters. HB 1279, a bill addressing transportation planning in northwest Indiana, was amended on the floor by Sen. Aaron Freeman with language to enforce a provision in the Central Indiana mass transportation law that requires IndyGo to establish a nonprofit to raise matching funds for the expansion. Under the amendment, 10% of the local income tax for public transit would be withheld from IndyGo starting on July 1, 2020 unless at least 10% of the annual operating expenses are paid from sources other than taxes and fares. The loss in funding would severely limit IndyGo’s plans for the blue and purple lines and related infrastructure improvements.
Under an amendment to a different bill, local ordinances providing protections to renters would be pre-empted by a new, less strict state law pushed by the Indiana Apartment Association. At this point, it’s unclear whether either amendment will make it through to final passage.
Although unexpected amendments can crop in conference committee reports, it appears that the 2020 General Assembly will adjourn without taking any action on redistricting reform, civil rights, or protections for immigrants. Further, a bipartisan bill that would have established a program to incentivize investment in affordable and workforce housing projects died without a hearing in the second chamber. However, because SB 123 passed the Senate earlier this session, its provisions are eligible for inclusion in a conference committee report on a related bill.
To view a brief summary of the bills that have been on IMAN Associates' radar this session, please check out the website. With the exception of SB 123, all of the bills died without a hearing in the first chamber.
Inflamed rhetoric calls for action
On the heels of the Islamophobic rhetoric that surfaced on the facebook page of Kokomo City Councilor, IMAN Associates Executive Director, Hiba Alami, joined a meeting that brought together the Islamic Association of Kokomo (IAK) leadership with Kokomo Mayor Tylor Moore on February 25, 2020 at the IAK.
The meeting focused on exploring different initiatives that IMAN Associates could foster to help building bridges between the Kokomo Muslim community and elected officials. Such initiatives will help provide visibility for Kokomo Muslims in the local political arena, denounce misconceptions about Islam and strengthen the political engagement of the Kokomo Muslim community.
IMAN Associates renews its commitment to serve as the liaison between the Indiana Muslim community and elected officials to bring positive political changes to the state of Indiana.
Are you interested to serve as a State Delegate?
IMAN Associates strives to amplify the political voice of Muslim Hoosiers. One way to bring that voice to the table is to have Muslims from different counties serve as delegates to the Indiana Democratic party as well as the Indiana Republican Party.
This is a temporary position and duties of delegates end on the day of the State Convention. Do you see yourself as 2020 State Delegate?
Here are some information about the role and responsibilities of a delegate:
1. State delegates are either elected on the May 5, 2020 primary ballot or by appointment after the primary by the county chair (if vacancies exist).
2. During the 2020 State Conventions, state delegates will elect statewide candidates (such as Attorney General), pass the party’s platform, and elect the delegates to the party’s National Convention.
3. After you get elected or appointed as a state delegate, National Convention Delegates will most likely contact you to meet or talk over the phone to garner your support.
There are two requirements to consider before applying:
1. You must demonstrate your affiliation to that party (voted in a primary for a Republican/ Democrat or registered as a Republican/Democrat).
2. You must attend the State Conventions for the party you are filing for:
- Democratic Convention on June 13 in Indianapolis downtown.
- Republican Convention on June 6-7 in Fort Wayne.
Although the filing deadline was on February 7, 2020, some counties still have vacancies and County Chairs are appointing people on a first come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in serving as a state delegate, please complete this form and we will be in touch with you.
Have questions? email us here.
Past Events: Fundraiser for Dr. Fady Qaddoura
On February 15, 2020, Supporting Friends of Fady held a fundraiser for Dr. Fady Qaddoura to benefit his political campaign. Vying to represent Senate District 30, Dr. Fady Qaddoura has been officially nominated by the Democratic Party as the party's nominee for the Indiana State Senate in the 2020 election. When elected, he will be the first Muslim American Senator to serve in Indiana's 200 year history!
Attendees had the opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Qaddoura and learn about his political priorities. They also had the chance to check their registration and/or register to vote at the voter registration table provided by IMAN Associates. The event was well-received, and surely propelled the attendees for a hot election year.
Supporting Friends of Fady is a PAC formed by IMAN Associates to raise funds to help elect Dr. Qaddoura to the Indiana State Senate. To learn more about the PAC and Dr. Qaddoura's campaign, please visit the PAC webpage.
Interested to host a fundraiser for Dr. Qaddoura? Email us here.
Excited to take part in this historic candidacy? Donate to the campaign!
And he wins the pre-primary elections!
With great pleasure and excitement, IMAN Associates announces that Dr. Fady Qaddoura won his pre-primary elections on Saturday 2/8/2020 and has been officially nominated by the Democratic Party as the party's nominee for the Indiana State Senate in the 2020 election. When elected, he will be the first Muslim American to serve in the Indiana State Senate!
He is not only a public servant and a consensus builder, but he is also an immigrant and a Muslim American. He will bring the very much needed diversity to the Indiana legislature and will strive to give the voiceless a voice.
Although his campaign has gained a great momentum, his district is split 50-50, and he will face a very tight race. We need YOU to help us win this race by getting our message out. Every dollar you donate goes a long way in getting our message out regarding our universal values of justice, equality, compassion, mercy and fairness.
Please attend the upcoming fundraiser event and show your support. It is a free event but registration is required. RSVP below!
Can't attend the fundraiser? You can still support his campaign by donating online. Please donate generously.
From our lobbyist's desk:
The 2020 Indiana General Assembly has wrapped up the first half of the short session. Monday (February 3) was the last day for House bills to pass from the House, and Tuesday (February 4) was the deadline for passage of Senate bills from the Senate. When legislators return to Statehouse on February 10, hearings will begin in the House and Senate on bills passed by the other chamber.
Of the 910 bills introduced this year, 288 are still alive. An additional 60 or 70 bills will likely die before session ends. Most of the casualties will result from the abbreviated schedule – with only three weeks to hear bills passed by the other chamber, committees won’t have time to consider every bill assigned to them.
Among the casualties are five bills addressing next year’s redistricting process. On the House side, Rep. Jerry Torr introduced the sole redistricting bill. HB 1024, which would have established a bipartisan redistricting commission, died without receiving a hearing. In the Senate, Sen. John Ruckleshaus introduced two different measures: SB 105, which would have established a redistricting commission, and SB 293, which would have established procedures for the redistricting process. Although both measures had Republican as well as Democrat co-authors, neither was granted a hearing. Two additional redistricting bills also died in the Senate for lack of a hearing: SB 87, authored by Sen. Greg Taylor (redistricting standards), and SB 138 (authored by Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (redistricting commission). Although it is possible that redistricting provisions could be inserted in another bill before the end of session, at this point redistricting reform appears dead for the year.
One bill on IMAN Associates’ tracking list that is moving forward is SB 123, which passed the Senate 48-1 and is authored by Sen. Travis Holdman. The proposed legislation would allow the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to establish a program to incentivize investment in affordable and workforce housing projects in Indiana. The program would not go into effect until July 1, 2021. In the meantime, IHCDA would be required to provide a report this summer to the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy concerning the affordable and workforce housing incentives offered in other states and recommending the type of incentive that should be offered in Indiana. Based on IHCDA’s findings, the 2021 legislature could then adopt a tax credit or other mechanism aimed at increasing the supply of affordable and workforce housing.
For brief summaries of the bills discussed above, along with other proposed legislation of potential interest to IMAN Associates, please visit our website.
The legislative session is approaching midpoint.
We are nearing "Crossover". For those who are new to the legislative process, a bill must be passed out of its chamber (House/Senate) of origin by Crossover to continue on its way. If it does not, the bill is dead. This means, a House bill (labeled HB) must be out of the House by that time; same with Senate bills (labeled as SB). Some committees wrapped up their hearings last week while some still have some final hearings this week along followed by final floor debate before the first half of this year’s session ends.
Due to the tight hearing schedules of this short session, we anticipate many bills to die on the House and Senate floors.
Redistricting Reform bills need committee hearings!
The Chairs of the Elections Committee in both the House and Senate have not assigned yet committee hearings for redistricting reform bills filed in either chamber, which will make it very difficult to have a redistricting process in place in 2021. The two bills IMAN Associates, alongside other coalition partners at All IN for Democracy, are pushing to pass this legislative session are:
SB293 is the redistricting transparency legislation that the All IN for Democracy coalition wrote with Senator John Ruckelshaus. It would create a redistricting website that citizens could use to access census data and mapping software to draw their own districts and submit them to the General Assembly for consideration.
HB1024 is the redistricting commission legislation sponsored by Rep. Jerry Torr and based on the study committee draft from 2016.
48 days- a short legislative session indeed!
The Indiana General Assembly convened on January 6, 2020 to tackle a number of legislative issues, including the smoking epidemic, teacher pay and controlling health care costs in the short 2020 legislative session.
Teacher Pay has been in the frontline of issues since November 19, 2019, when Legislative Organization Day witnessed waves of red shirts engulfing the vicinity of the Indiana Statehouse. On that day, more than 15,000 teachers from around Indiana congregated to advocate for raising their pay and to demand not to be penalized for a drop in standardized test scores because of a new test adopted lately in the state.
Nevertheless, the assembly has been divided on the issue of raising teacher pay. While Democrats are pushing for it, Republicans hold firm that a short session is an inappropriate time to open up “the state’s two-year budget.” There are signs that it may have to wait until 2021.
Advocates for Redistricting Reform were present in the statehouse on Legislative Organization Day, as well as the first day of the 2020 session. ALL IN for Democracy coalition has organized a very successful State House press conference to announce two redistricting reform bills being introduced by Senator John Ruckelshaus (R – Indianapolis). We will share with you the bills once they are assigned to a committee.
Also, at the press conference, a bipartisan team of legislators pledged their support for redistricting reform by signing the End Gerrymandering Pledge – a national effort championed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eric Holder.
Wrapping up another year...
As the year comes to an end, we take a moment to thank you for your unwavering support every step of the way. That support had indeed propelled our efforts and helped us in our endeavors to influence policy, engage the Muslim community and mobilize the Muslim voice in 2019.
We invite you to review our annual report and celebrate with us this collective effort. We look forward to continuing the journey with you to provide Muslim Hoosiers an educated, organized and amplified political voice advocating for positive civic and political changes in the State of Indiana.
A Snapshot of our efforts in 2019:
Thinking Ahead to 2020:
On November 9, 2019, IMAN Associates coordinated "Thinking Ahead to 2020," a think tank session for Muslim community leaders to craft a strategy to politically engage the Muslim community in the months leading up to 2020 election. Representatives from various mosques in the Greater Indianapolis area shared their input and came up with strategic goals that aim at building the political power of the Muslim community.
General Body Meeting:
On December 14, 2019, IMAN Associates had its second bi-annual General Body Meeting where they hosted Sen. Vistoria Spartz to discuss a highly anticipated issue for the 2020 Legislative Session: controlling health care costs in the state of Indiana. Attendees were updated by Syed Ali Saeed, IMAN Associates President, of the latest activities and events the organization partook in the second half of the year, and explored with our lobbyist, Elizabeth Kelley Cierzniak, the different legislative issues the study committees focused on in the summer and those expected to take the frontline at the upcoming session.
Also, attendees had the opportunity to meet Dr. Fady Qaddoura, a Muslim candidate running for State Senate District 30, and learn from him his political priorities and ask him questions.
January 6, 2020 marks the first day of the legislative session. Starting that week, we will issue our newsletter on a weekly basis to make sure our constituents are fully apprised of the latest updates at the Indiana General Assembly. So be on the lookout for those weekly issues and follow us on social media to stay informed!
Check our newsletters for the latest updates at the Indiana Statehouse and upcoming events in the Muslim community.