Muslim students and families get a close-up view of politics at State House

Source: Boston Globe

On Muslim Lobby Day at the State House, some of the most outspoken, curious, and determined activists weren’t yet old enough to vote.

A year after the Trump administration first attempted to restrict travel to the United States by citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations and just weeks after a third version of the travel ban finally went into effect, Muslim youth, their families, and community leaders spent Tuesday morning learning about the legislative process and how to get involved.

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“We have tons of young people saying we need to be part of this political process,” said Nazia Ashraful, government affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Massachusetts, or CAIR-Massachusetts, which sponsored the event. “They’re becoming involved and getting their parents to be involved — many of whom are immigrants and never thought they needed to get involved, also for reasons of feeling fearful and that it’s safer almost to be quieter.”

Al-Hamra Academy, an Islamic school in Shrewsbury, bused in all of its sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders to visit the State House. Al-Noor Academy, an Islamic middle and high school in Mansfield, brought a handful of high schoolers.

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