Political Activism at Grassroots Level

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  • Posted on September 12, 2015

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AMD educates and facilitates participation of Muslim Community in the local political affairs.

TOM LANKEY’S CAMPAIGN FOR EDISON MAYOR ELECTION 2013 AND AMD

  • The community leaders from Edison and vicinity got together and decided to support Tom Lankey for the Mayor of New Jersey and to organize the Muslim community for their participation in the electoral process. Amongst the prime movers for this campaign were, Mian Aziz, Mahmood Alam, Mohammad Zubair, Farrukh Nizam, Kashif Aslam, and Mukaram Shah. Shariq Ahmad’s role as the field Director of the Mayor Lankey’s campaign was instrumental in bringing the community and the campaign together.
  • NJ-PAC group had a Dinner meeting with Middlesex Democratic party at SHEZAN in early Oct 2013; Shariq Ahmad was instrumental for this meeting which was attended by Middlesex Democratic Chair, Kevin McCabe, Dr. Paternity, Tom Lankey, Council candidates, Robert Diehl, Sapana Shah, Alvaro Gomez
  • Numerous tele-conferences and in person meetings at Shezan were held to organize the community in its first organized venture to get politically involved. Community reach out at every level was organized.
  • October 31, 2013: Community Dinner at Shezan was attended by more than 200 citizens in support of Tom Lankey and his team.
  • November 23, 2013 Dinner Reception for newly elected Mayor Lankey and his team was organized at Shezan that was also attended by Congressman Frank Pallone. The community felt its participation in the democratic process is worth pursuing its involvement in the governmental affairs and to bring up issues important for us as the citizens.

 

STATE SENATOR LINDA GREENSTEIN’S PRIMARY CAMPAIGN FOR THE New Jersey CONGREGATIONAL DISTRICT 12 AND AMD

  • Sunday March 2, 2014: It started with a Meeting with Kevin McCabe to discuss Muslim community involvement in 12th Congressional District Democratic Primary Election’s for the seat that will be vacant due to the retirement of Congressman Rush Holtz.
  • McCabe valued our efforts in the Campaign of Mayor Lankey and asked us to take a more proactive role in the Democratic Party. He pitched for the Support of Linda Greenstein who had decided to run for the democratic primary.
  • AMD decided to support Linda Greenstein after a meeting with State Senator Linda Greenstein on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the residence of Mr. Saad Abbasi.
  • A fundraising dinner was held for Linda Greenstein on Thursday 03/27/14, which was attended by 50 persons and $10,000 were raising from individual campaign donations.
  • Another fundraising dinner was held for Linda Greenstein on Sunday 05/18/14, which was attended by 40 persons and $5,000 were raising from individual campaign donations.
  • Last fundraising dinner was held for Linda Greenstein at a restaurant in East Brunswick on Wednesday 05/28/14, which was attended by 20 persons and $3,000 were raising from individual campaign donations.
  • Linda Greenstein visited ISCJ on Route 1 at the Friday congregation on May 30 just before her Primary and pitched to the Muslims of the area for their support and cited her long relations with the community.
  • June 3, 2014, Linda Greenstein lost her Democratic Primary for Congress to Bonnie Coleman and admired the support of Muslims in her concession speech.
  • June 11, 2014, AMD had a meeting to have a critical appraisal of the involvement of Muslim community in the Linda Greenstein’s campaign. It was realized that Black Muslim groups in Trenton area and in Plainfield did support Bonnie Coleman. It was concluded that AMD’s primary objective is educate Muslim Community about the importance of getting involved in the political process by enhancing voter registration and exercising citizens duty to vote in the elections regardless of political affiliation.

 

AMD SUPPORTS ONE OF ITS OWN COMMUNITY MEMBER’S PITCH FOR SCHOOL BOARD

  • April 2014, AMD also supported the Edison Township board of education candidate, Naseer Mohammad

AMD ENDORSEMENT FOR ROY CHO FOR CONGRESS DISTRICT 5, NOVEMBER 2014

  • AMD called upon Muslim Community of Congregational District 5 to support Roy Cho for congress.

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