MuslimGirl founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh announces congressional run in New Jersey

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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl.com. The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for women rights especially the Muslim women rights and we are also promoting secularism in every country of the world

Source: Religion News Service

(RNS) — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl.com, has become the first Muslim woman to run for Congress in New Jersey.

On Saturday (April 4), Al-Khatahtbeh announced her mission “to make democracy happen” by unseating 16-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in the state’s 6th Congressional District.

A New Brunswick native, Al-Khatahtbeh studied political science and Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University in the district.

“This moment is a stark reminder that we can no longer wait for incremental change. Our leadership can and must put the health and well-being of working families and the most vulnerable among us front and centre,” Al-Khatahtbeh said in a statement. “I’m proud to represent a coalition of under-represented communities in what’s nothing less than a historic fight for our lives.”

Muslim Americans have run for office in record numbers in recent years. According to Jetpac, a Boston-based Muslim political advocacy group, about 172 Muslims around the U.S. ran for office during the 2018 midterm elections; 63 won, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib . Last year, 46 of about 94 candidates won their elections.

Al-Khatahtbeh’s campaign platform prioritizes progressive causes, including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, student loan cancellation, tuition-free public universities, criminal justice reform and a federal $15 minimum wage.

And, thanks to the coronavirus outbreak — which has hospitalized her campaign manager — Al-Khatehtbeh’s 2020 campaign ahead of the state’s June primary will be entirely digital.

It’s fitting for the 27-year-old media founder, who launched MuslimGirl.com out of her bedroom as a high school student. The site, whose writers are mostly young Muslim women in high school and college, publishes posts about issues ranging from self-care, fashion and body positivity to faith and progressive politics.

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