(Minneapolis, MN- May 5, 2017) The American Muslim Democratic Caucus (AMDC), a partisan political caucus led by American Muslims, will celebrate the launch of the national organization on Saturday, May 6, in the city of Minneapolis- a fitting setting as home to Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim U.S. Congressman. AMDC engages American Muslims in public policy through local, state, and regional programming, as well as nationally through quarterly meetings, conventions, issue advocacy, and candidate trainings. The launch features dynamic speakers including the first Somali-American Muslim woman in the Minnesota state legislature, Rep. Ilhan Omar; AMDC President Ghazala Salam; Minnesota DFL Party Chair, Ken Martin; and the award-winning playwright, journalist, lawyer, and TV host Wajahat Ali.
“We are excited to bring together the truly diverse American Muslim community into one unified body that can speak as a collective voice to address critical issues affecting our communities,” said AMDC President Ghazala Salam. The new national organization comes at a time when American Muslims face marginalization through Executive Orders that seek to ban immigration from six Muslim-majority countries while citizens face attempts at a national registry based on religion.
The American Muslim Democratic Caucus was originally established in 2014 as a statewide caucus to provide representation for American Muslim Democrats within the Florida Democratic Party. The AMDC is open to all Democrats who support its vision to engage, educate, and elect American Muslim Democrats.
In addition to the national launch, AMDC holds its first Midwest Regional Forum on May 6. The national executive board of the AMDC has prioritized the building of state chapters in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa, which will serve the broad multi-ethnic, multi-racial American Muslim population. The May 6 launch event is scheduled for 5:00pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis North. For more information on AMDC, visit www.AMDCUSA.org, follow on Twitter @AMDCUSA and www.facebook.com/AMDCUSA.