The Rise of American Muslim Changemakers


This report tells the story of the rise of the American Muslim political class during the Trump era and provides readers insight into the mechanics of running a campaign and organizing at the grassroots level. As a collaboration between CAIR, Jetpac, and MPower Change, the report deepens the nationwide conversation about the American Muslim community’s involvement in the political sphere as it prepares for the 2020 election.

Executive Summary

(Updated July, 2019)

This report provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of the rise of the American Muslim political class in the Trump era. It does so by profiling American Muslim candidates that ran for public office between 2016 and 2019 and offering insight from Muslim civic engagement organizations on effective methods of grassroots organizing. The report finds that 323 candidates ran or are running for elected office between 2016 and 2019 at various levels of government despite the overwhelming anti-Muslim narrative in the public sphere.

It also provides results from CAIR and Jetpac polls and databases documenting American Muslim political engagement and attitudes in the current political moment. This report allows community organizers and political strategists to reflect and discuss the various tactics and approaches used by American Muslim candidates at the local, state, and national levels as they begin to prepare for the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

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(Updated July, 2019)

Key Findings

More Mobilization, Less Persuasion
Uphill Battle
Message Discipline, Narrative Control
Muslim, American, Human





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