So it begins.
Utah’s Islamic community has mushroomed from a simple student-led prayer group in the 1950s to more than 60,000 Muslims of varied ethnicities and a dozen mosques today.
The recently organized Utah Muslim Civic League aims to fill that gap.
Launched just before last fall’s midterm elections, the league worked to register Muslim voters, brought candidates to the closest mosque and hosted phone banks on behalf of several candidates. Going forward, organizers plan to register more Islamic voters as well as sponsor community forums and town hall meetings so Muslims can meet the candidates and pose pointed questions to them.
“We are looking to educate and advocate for our vulnerable populations so any policymaker can understand what we stand for,” Luna Banuri, a member of the league’s board, said at the group’s inaugural luncheon Tuesday at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. “We are trying to find candidates for volunteer positions in township and school districts.”
In terms of political action, she said, the team hopes to one day have Muslim candidates for office and, before that, to have Islamic congressional staffers who can begin to build a network of support.
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