After Biden’s Win, US Muslims Brace for More “Sophisticated” Activism

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A continued push to register voters as well as active and sophisticated engagement on repealing travel bans and advocating for immigrants with elected officials are two of the ways Texas Muslim leaders said activists can continue to advance their political agenda following the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Texas, along with Nahela Morales, a regular contributor to AboutIslam, co-founder and marketing director for convert organization Embrace, both spoke during a recent panel session hosted by CAIR.

The event also featured Houston-area activists, including those working with immigrant and environmental organizations, as well as a representative from the Texas Democratic Party and the Houston City Council.

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Carroll said his primary concern is that “people will go back to sleep” after showing up in droves to defeat Pres. Donald Trump, denying him a second term.

He also said activism needs to move beyond protesting in the streets and on to contributing meaningful input when legislators are writing bills they aim to vote into law.

“We have to get in the habit of activism at a more sophisticated level,” Carroll said, adding there needs to be effective outreach to poor whites who feel like they don’t have a voice and may have supported Trump as a result.

Awake & Engaged

John Floyd, a Houston-area criminal defense attorney, agreed. “We need to keep people awake and engaged” when it comes to getting Trump-aligned politicians out of office.

Carroll said partnerships with like-minded groups is important as well, as is challenging elected officials to take Muslims and other groups seriously and holding them accountable for their voting record, something he said Republicans do well.

“We can’t be satisfied with marginalized representation,” Carroll said. “We need to grow up.”

Floyd and Carroll also touched on the problem of how to push back against false narratives people latch onto and believe, such as the so-called movement to “defund the police.”

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Carroll said it’s a matter of staying on the offensive. “It’s not always a matter of telling people what’s not true, it’s a matter of telling them what is true.”

He said activists need to think strategically when it comes to forwarding their message to the masses. A big part of that, he said, is speaking in a way the common person can understand, like using the word “jobs” instead of “employment.”

“We need to make sure our language reflects common sense,” he said. “Like ‘defund the police.’ People don’t always know what that means. But all we want the police to do is stop killing innocent folks and do their job the way they’re supposed to do their job.”

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