A resolution honoring the life of Mustafa Ayoubi
Over the past few months, IMAN Associates had the opportunity to work closely with Sen. Ford to pass a resolution honoring the life of Musafa Ayoubi, a young Muslim Hoosier who lost his life to a heinous hate crime in February 2019. Such a resolution sends a strong message that bigotry is not accepted and should not be tolerated in the state of Indiana. IMAN Associates will continue its legislative advocacy to ensure Indiana is a welcoming state to the Muslim community.
With the presence of the Ayoubi family, Sen. JD Ford presented the resolution at the Senate Caucus room at the Indiana Statehouse on August 9, 2019.
Have you heard the news?
A Muslim candidate is running for State Senate District 30!
Just last week, Dr. Fady Qaddoura, Indianapolis City Controller and Chief Financial Officer, filed his candidacy for 2020 elections. He is vying to represent State Senate District 30, which includes portions of Hamilton and Marion counties.
Since electing a Muslim candidate to the Indiana General Assembly aligns with IMAN Associates’ strategic goals, the organization has set up a Political Action Committee (PAC) to support his campaign.
Here are some ways to get involved:
Indianapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum:
IMAN Associates, in collaboration with Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA), hosted Indianapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum on August 25, 2019.
We were honored to have State Senator Jim Merritt For Mayor (R), Dr. Fady Qaddoura (Indianapolis City Controller and Chief Financial Officer) on behalf of Mayor Hogsett (D), and Mr. Douglas McNaughton (L) participate at the event. It was a well-received event where participants discussed their political priorities and answered the attendees’ questions.
We are grateful for IMCA, Masjid Al-Mumineen and Muslim Community Center for engaging their communities at the forum.
Building Bridges with Elected Officials:
On September 7, 2019, IMAN Associates Executive Director, Hiba Alami, visited Alhuda Foundation, where she explored how to build bridges with elected officials. She dwelled on the reasons for building those bridges and the different ways the Indiana Muslim community can flex its political muscles. Such events foster community engagement, and the organization appreciates the opportunity.
President Trump's Tweets Spur Concerns
On the heels of President Trump’s anti-immigrants tweets, asking four Congresswomen “to go back where they came from,” our board members, Samia Alajlouni, Mehmood Iqbal and Syed Ali Saeed, met with U.S. Senator Todd Young on July 26, 2019 in his office in downtown Indianapolis.
Sen. Young expressed his concern with President Trump’s statements and clarified that such statements do not align with his values. He has also publicly expressed the same sentiments at a prior event. Sen. Young was specifically interested in attending events hosted by the Indiana Muslim organizations and fostering a sincere relationship with our community.
A Significant Increase in Muslim Voter Turnout in State Senate District 29
In the few weeks leading up to 2018 mid-term elections, IMAN Associates, in partnership with Emgage USA and Faith in Indiana, ran the first Muslim-to-Muslim GOTV campaign in the state of Indiana. We have strategically chosen State Senate District 29 (SD29) since it is the most densely Muslim populated senate district in Indiana.
The numbers are finally in and we are delighted to share with you the results!
With over 3,000 calls made to Muslim registered voters in SD29, our targeted campaign contributed to a 39 points increase in Muslim voter turnout in that district from the 2014 mid-term election.
Across SD29, 52.61% Muslim registered voters turned out to vote on November 6, 2018.
What are the different advocacy activities that 501(c)3 organizations can undertake?
On May 5, 2019, IMAN Associates members and Advisory Council members convened for the Bi-annual General Body Meeting and participated in discussions on an array of topics.
In his legislative update, Andrew Bauman, a member of our lobbyist team and a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, focused on Hate Crimes Legislation and how it emerged during the session. IMAN Associates President, Syed Ali Saeed, gave an overview of the organizational activities during the legislative session and highlighted future events and projects.
We were delighted to have Sen. Jim Merritt (R- Indianapolis) join the meeting and explore the issue of "affordable housing shortage in the Greater Indianapolis area." Since this issue has been brought up to our attention by one of our Advisory Council members, we ceased the opportunity to inquire about the root causes and any potential legislative fixes.
The meeting concluded with our guest speaker, Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, the Inaugural Director of Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, who delved into the different advocacy activities that 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organizations (including mosques, Islamic charities and schools) can undertake. Dr. Siddiqui stressed that the 501(c)(3) status given to faith-based organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages their involvement in advocacy. In fact, there is a 5% expenditure limit that faith-based organizations can devote to specific advocacy activities, such as
Are you ready to vote in 2019 Municipal Primary Election?
2019 Municipal Primary election is just around the corner! In addition to city mayors, we will see city councilors, judges, and clerks on the ticket. Such elected officials serve as the legislative branch on the city level. They shape the fiscal policies of our cities and are responsible for levying taxes and authorize financial allocations to fund operations. Also, they make decisions pertaining to a myriad of local services, including infrastructure and the safety of city residents. You can learn more about their responsibilities here.
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