American Muslims Push Themselves Into Political Arena

Source: The Wall Street Journal

MALDEN, Mass.—A mother of three in this Boston suburb, Nichole Mossalam had never planned to run for office. But when her 8-year-old son heard a friend at school disparage Muslims last fall, she decided she had no choice. She had to run for the local school board.

Ms. Mossalam is part of a wave of American Muslims who—faced with a political climate that they see as increasingly hostile toward their faith—are pushing themselves into everything from labor organizing to local government.

Muslims helped lead protests over the weekend at airports around the country, where they demanded the release of people who had been detained because of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

They are joining with other religious groups to offer sanctuary in houses of worship to immigrants of all faiths who are facing deportation. They are helping form labor unions. And a small number of Muslims, like Ms. Mossalam, are planning to run for public office.

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