ISPU has found massive voter registration gains among American Muslim voters, with a jump from 60% in 2016 to 78% in 2019. And American Muslims are civically engaged beyond voting. Attending town hall meetings, contributing to campaigns and supporting ally communities are some of the ways American Muslims are contributing to the betterment of their communities. But how does a small segment of the population engage effectively in politics? How can American Muslims develop pathways for sustainable political engagement and representation at all levels, allowing them not only to address their own needs but serve their communities and the nation?
The state of Virginia has emerged as a forerunner in increasing effective political engagement among American Muslims. In fact, Virginia accounted for 8 of the 26 American Muslim electoral wins nationwide in 2019. This case study explores the journey of a group of American Muslims from northern Virginia that took measures to create and nurture an ecosystem to improve their community’s political engagement. Join ISPU to learn the story of our Virginia Muslim Civic Engagement case study and gain tools to empower your community.