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Rashida Tlaib has been a Democratic State Representative, representing the 12th District of Michigan since 2009.

Her brothers include Ray Rashad and Rachid Elabed.

Early Life & Career

The eldest of 14 children, Rashida Tlaib was raised in Southwest Detroit by her immigrant parents. Her mother was born in Beit Ur El Foka, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Her father was born in Beit Hanina, a suburb of Jerusalem. He moved first to Nicaragua, then to Detroit, where he worked on an assembly line in a Ford Motor Company plant. In 1998, Tlaib received her B.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University. While working full-time, she attended weekend classes at Thomas Cooley Law School, where she earned her law degree in January of 2004.[1]

Advocacy

Prior to entering her political career, Tlaib worked for Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED), the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), the Office of State Representative Steve Tobocman, the International Institute of Metro Detroit, and the Neighborhood Tax Center.[1]

Political Career

Tlaib began her political career in 2004, when she started an internship to the State Representative Steve Tobocman. Both Tobocman and Tlaib were born to immigrant families. When Tobocman became Majority Floor Leader in 2007, he recruited Tlaib to be on his staff. In 2008, Tobocman convinced Tlaib to run for his seat, which he would be vacating due to term limits. Tlaib was elected to Michigan House of Representatives in 2008, representing the 12th District (Southwest Detroit).[1]

Tobocman said he first met Tlaib about 2003 when she was working for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, where she did advocacy work for immigrants.

"I was just really, really impressed," he said. When he later became majority floor leader and got another staff slot, he recruited Tlaib for the job and found her a quick study.

Tlaib brought both a passion for social justice and the ability to work with people across the political aisle with very different outlooks.

"She's someone who just intuitively understood the process right off the bat," Tobocman said.

Tobocman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Poland, couldn't run for re-election because of term limits. He asked Tlaib to run; she resisted but "he kept coming back," she recalled.[2]

"Progressive Leadership"

Tlaib has received a Center for Progressive Leadership Political Leaders Fellowship. [3]

Supporting Obama

In 2008 Tlaib was Arab-American outreach coordinator for Barack Obama’s Michigan campaign.[4]

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Rashida Tlaib was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[5]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Sharing a stage with Van Jones

"Green jobs pioneer" and "former" communist Van Jones was the keynote speaker for the 4th annual Michigan Summit on June 12, 2010 headlining a day-long event focusing on key issues and policy reforms for Michigan. Jones was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a leading Washington, DC-based think tank. other speakers included Flint Mayor Dayne Walling; Dan Kildee, President of Community Progress; Representative Rashida Tlaib; Representative Sarah Roberts; Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton; Representative Woodrow Stanley; Representative Kate Segal.[6]

People for the American Way support

In 2010 People For the American Way Action Fund supported Rashida Tlaib.[7]

Arab American Political Action Committee

The Arab American Political Action Committee endorsed Rashida Tlaib for the Nov. 2, 2010 elections.[8]

Supporting "terror support" suspects

In October 2010, just one day before "community activists" were expected to present subpoenaed documents to a Grand Jury in Chicago, 68 organizations and dozens of public figures demanded an end to FBI investigations and Grand Jury subpoenas on Chicago and Minneapolis activists (mainly connected to the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!) accused of supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East and Latin America via a jointly signed letter. Signatories include the American Friends Service Committee (Western Region), National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and American-Arab anti-Discrimination Committee, as well as four San Francisco Supervisors, and Rashida Tlaib of the Michigan House of Representatives.

The jointly signed letter will be presented today at 2pm EST, and comes in response to the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids on the Illinois and Minnesota homes and offices of at least 14 activists targeted for alleged “Material Support for Terrorism.”[9]

Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center

As at Jan. 27, 2011, Rashida Tlaib served on the Board of Directors for the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center.[10]

Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice

In 2008, Rashida Tlaib was present at the Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice Reception & Silent Auction at Detroit Public Library’s Skillman branch. The reception, which was held on Nov. 14, 2008 is the annual fundraising event to benefit the far left National Lawyers Guild-affiliated Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice. The guest of honor at the reception was Andy Levin, son of Congressman Sander Levin, and Deputy Director at the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.[11]

Lahood/Ellison fundraiser

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Rashida Tlaib For Congress November 14, 2013.

Thank you Maya Berry!

Dear Friends, I know that many demands are placed on your time and money—and sometimes from me. While this is yet another request, this one is different. For those of you who know Rashida, you know why. For those of you who have not yet met her, trust me, you will understand after meeting her on Monday.
Rashida Tlaib is an extraordinary person. A community organizer whose public service led her to the Michigan House of Representatives, she is now running for the state senate. Talk of a congressional seat has already started. Next Monday, November 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Keith Ellison will join us to support Rashida at a fundraiser for her state senate campaign. Please write a check and give us one evening to support someone who is already a star on the Arab American “Farm Team” of officeholders. And if you are not in DC, here is the link to make an online contribution (www.rashida4senate.com).

She has inspired so many of us with her unsurpassed energy, her commitment and her extraordinary courage. Please support her.

All the best,

Maya — with Muzammil Ahmed and Shahid Tahir.[12]

CAIR connections

CAIR panel

Representatives from the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR - Michigan) July 2010 gave oral testimony at a special town hall meeting on racial profiling with government officials and civil rights attorneys at the Wayne State University Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights in Detroit.

The town hall meeting, which was organized by the Rights Working Group and co-sponsored by CAIR-MI, had panelists taking testimony on racial and religious profiling from civil rights activists and community organizers. Panelists hearing testimony included U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade, Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Nabih Ayad, and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Executive Director Vincent Warren.

CAIR - Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid and CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri testified about growing constituent concerns regarding surveillance and misuse of confidential informants in mosques and religious profiling during re-entry into the United States. Walid elaborated on the chilling effect on Michigan Muslims to freely exercise their First Amendment rights to Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Assembly in light of last year's fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in Dearborn by FBI agents based on a raid provoked by the use of confidential informants.

CAIR - Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson was also in attendance and monitored testimony offered.

Other organizations who participated in the town hall included the American Civil Liberties Union - Michigan (ACLU-MI), Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, and Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF). [13]

Praising CAIR

“Your fight for those who don’t have the resources to defend themselves is invaluable. The advocacy efforts of your organization are vital to all American Muslims, Americans, our community and our state.” - Michigan State Representative Rashida H. Tlaib (March 2010). [14]

CAIR LA banquet

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Michigan State Rep. Rashida Tlaib Speaks at CAIR - LA Banquet 2014.

Hussam Ayloush connection

Hussam Ayloush November 18 2018:

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With Rashida Tlaib, Shaun King, Fatima Dadabhoy, Marwa Rifahie and Suzanne Khazaal.

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With Lena Masri

Rashida Tlaib April 22 2018;

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CAIR - Michigan event with the phenomenal civil rights attorney, Lena Masri, who is suing President Trump on the #MuslimBan. #MuslimWomenLead.

Congratulations from Nihad Awad

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Congratulations @RashidaTlaib on a historic victory of becoming the first Muslim and Palestinian woman in the US Congress. Now Congress will hear from a Palestinian.
This and @IlhanMN's victory to the MN state house 2 yrs ago is rebuke to Trump's anti-Muslim and racist policies.

Michigan Pakistan American Caucus

Over 3600 people attended the Michigan Democratic Party's convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit on Saturday February 23rd, 2017.

As in the past, the Pakistan American Caucus, Michigan Democratic Party participated at the event. Many community members were in attendance.

The Pakistani Caucus welcomed many elected officials and some candidates for various positions during the event. Some of the many prominent guests who addressed the caucus included US Congressman Gary Peters, State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, State Rep. Sam Singh, Mrs. Juliana Smoot, and many more.[15]

2016 Annual ISF Annual Bay Area Banquet

Linda Sarsour spoke at 2016 annual Islamic Scholarship Fund Annual Bay Area Banquet.[16] Political Science Assistant Professor Dr. Dalia Fahmy and politician Rashida Tlaib also spoke at the event.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Rashida Tlaib.[17]

Women's convention

Women’s March announced that U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will open the Women’s Convention’s Friday evening program, which will take place in Detroit from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29 2017.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Wendy Carrillo, and [Erica Ford] will also join the roster of over 60 women speakers, femmes, and allies of all backgrounds who will join thousands for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building. The theme of the Convention, “Reclaiming Our Time,” will honor U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who will be headlining the Convention on Saturday evening.

“It was amazing to be part of the Women’s Marches and witness democracy in action...I fully expect to see that same turnout, passion and energy here in Detroit, and I look forward to speaking with women leaders from across the country,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The growing list of speakers include: Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Piper Perabo, Sally Kohn, Nomiki Konst, Leah Greenberg, Lilliana Reyes, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rebecca Cokley, Nina Turner, Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castaneda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittany Packnett, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, and the Women’s March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.[18]

Arab American Institute

As of January 2018 Rashida Tlaib served on the Board of the Arab American Institute.

eMGage PAC

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Campaign manager

Andy Goddeeris, was campaign manager for Rashida Tlaib.

Standing for Congress

When candidate Donald Trump visited Detroit in 2016, former Michigan legislator Rashida Tlaib stood up during his speech and urged him to read the US Constitution. "Our children deserve better," she said, before being escorted out by security.

Now, in 2018 she hopes to be a member of the "jury" that will move him out of the White House. Tlaib is running for Congress to be the first Muslim woman on Capitol Hill. Among her goals, she says, is impeaching the president and helping the people of Michigan's 13th Congressional district.

"This is about electing the jury that's going to impeach him, and I make a heck of a juror," Tlaib told Middle East Eye.

"I'm not going to let go of the fact that he has committed a number of crimes that will come to light when we start the impeachment hearings."

For me being a woman of Muslim faith, being Arab American, all of that factors into a slap in the face to those who think we don't belong here in this country

Besides his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia, Tlaib said, Trump is implicated in corruption and some of his policies are driven by financial self-interest.

Tlaib, a mother of two, is the oldest of 14 children in a Palestinian American family. In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to be elected as a state representative. She is looking to fill the seat of Congressman John Conyers who retired last year after 52 years in Congress following sexual harassment accusations against him.

"Staying out of the ring is not an option," she said.

Tlaib said her priorities in Congress would be to increase home ownership among her constituents, push for fairer insurance policies, strengthen public education, improve public health and fight for environmental justice in the face of deregulations.

Rachid Elabed, the candidate's brother, lauded Tlaib's passion for equality, which he said has earned her respect from people of all races and ideologies.

Elabed, a community organiser, said Tlaib taught him that change starts at the local level.

"She told me that as Arab Americans, we have to organise and work on domestic issues before we work on international issues," he said. "That's something that stuck with me."

In 2016, New York Magazine named her one of 10 activists who may become the future of the Democratic Party as the "new Obama". [19]

Arabs

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July 14 2018 Abdul Shatara, Abeer Jadallah, Issa Asad organized a fund-raising event for Rashida Tlaib, Baladna Restaurant, Lauderhill Florida.

Emgage Action rally

Politicians and activists rallied Muslim Americans in Dearborn on July 29 2018 to encourage voter participation in the upcoming Aug. 7 primary election and to register new voters for the November ballot.

Held outside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, there was a festive atmosphere, with bouncy houses for children, and food vendors to tempt tastes, but there was a serious message to impart: In an election pivotal to Muslim Americans candidates and voters, every vote will count, in the primary and general election, and eligible citizens should register and learn about the process and ballot.

The event was organized and sponsored by Emgage Action, an American Muslim community advocacy organization; Mpower Change, a grassroots movement working to build social, spiritual, racial and economic justice for all people; the Michigan Muslim Community Council, which works to unify communities and promote social justice; and the National Network for Arab American Communities, an Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services Institution.

Nada Al-Hanooti, executive director of the Michigan chapter of Emgage Action, said the Muslim community tends to have a low voter turnout.

“What we’re trying to do is energize our community, get them out to the polls, because we have a lot of great candidates right now,” Al-Hanooti said. “Not only because they are Muslim, but because they are extremely qualified and viable candidates. So this is our time, and we are taking full advantage and mobilizing.”

Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed and political activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who spoke at the rally, were the reason many attended, but for Majeda Tafish, 40, of Dearborn, who became a naturalized citizen 10 years ago, it was a chance to take the first step to register to vote.

In the past, Tafish said, the lists of candidates and the issues seemed daunting to her.

“I want to vote, to have a voice,” she said. “Wherever I go, they keep saying, ‘Vote, vote,’ but I see a big list and I don’t know any of them. They give me a brochure that says nice things about them, but I don’t know who to believe.”

Among the politicians on hand for the event were Sam Beydoun, candidate for Wayne County Commissioner; Donald Stuckey II, candidate for Michigan’s 9th state House district; state Rep. Sylvia Santana, current House Representative for the 9th district, who is running for state Senator for District 3; Gary Woronchak, Wayne County Commission chairman, who is running for state Senate in the 3rd district; Fatou-Seydi Sarr, candidate for state House in the 8th district; Abraham Aiyash, candidate for the state Senate 2nd district; U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D – 12th District),; Fayrouz Saad, candidate for U.S. House 11th district; Rashida Tlaib, candidate for the U.S. House 13th district; state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, 15th district; Democratic primary gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed; and Michigan Supreme Court Candidates Samuel Bagenstos and Megan Cavanagh.

Sarr, Aiyash, Dingell, Saad, Tlaib, Hammoud, El-Sayed, Bagenstos and Cavanagh were among the politicians who spoke at the event. They were joined by speakers Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations; Ahmad Abuznaid, director of the National Network for Arab American Communities, an Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services institution; activist Khadega Mohammed; activist Linda Sarsour; and political activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City.

Abdul El-Sayed called for the Muslim voting community to raise its voices, vote and encourage others to vote in the primary and general election.

“When you look at who we are right now, we are so much better,” he said. “That is the opportunity in front of us on Aug. 7. Let’s not lose that opportunity because we, together, are doing the work of democracy. Now let’s go get it.”[20]

Greater Lansing DSA

On October 5, 2017, the Greater Lansing Democratic Socialists of America hosted a discussion about development in Lansing and the need for a community benefits ordinance to ensure that the people of Lansing actually benefit from tax incentives. Rashida Tlaib (Sugar Law Center) and Miguel Pope (Detroit People's Platform) presented their experiences in working to implement a community benefits ordinance in Detroit.[21]

Detroit DSA meeting

Members who attended the Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America's chapter's February 2018 meeting were greeted by rows of folding chairs. Despite the recommendation of the reforms group, a Democrat Congressional hopeful was to speak to the chapter. Rashida Tlaib, a former state representative from Southwest Detroit, is running for the seat left vacant by John Conyers.

After delivering a 20-minute pitch that checked off quite a few progressive boxes — Tlaib works at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, and took on corporate welfare and polluting companies as a state legislator — the membership started firing off pointed questions to gauge Tlaib's feelings on socialism.

"DSA nationally as an organization has been looking to recognize socialist candidates — people who are running as open socialists. Will you run as a socialist?" asked a young woman.

"Yeah, um it's, it's — we got to win," Tlaib said with a laugh. "Honestly let me tell you, and somehow we got to hijack that back, but people have tainted that word, and honestly, going door to door, regular voters don't really understand. They don't even understand when I talk about the Green Party ... [they think it's] anti-Democrat."

She went on to describe the board at the Sugar Law Center as being comprised of "pretty much socialists" whom she "loves." Tlaib said she did expect to be called a socialist by her opponents, but hearing that she may be the subject of so-called "red-baiting" tactics was of no comfort to the crowd. The organization has taken great pains to disassociate from the authoritarian regimes it says have abused socialism and tarnished its name. The "democratic" in DSA is intended to distinguish its brand of socialism from the Marxist–Leninist inspired socialism that allowed for dictatorships. DSA's emblem includes a red rose, which has historically been an important symbol for anti-authoritarian groups.

"When the opposition calls you a socialist, what will you do?" an older gentleman asks.

"I say if I was, what would be wrong with it?" Tlaib says. "And I explain, the fact of the matter is the labor movement was founded on socialism ... I try to explain that history."

Another member presses her further on the issue — pointing out that Sanders, who openly identified as a democratic socialist, ran a successful campaign in Michigan.

"While I agree with you it's a pretty dicey conversation when you go door to door, I do think that because you're running in Detroit, I think in the context of what happened in Michigan with Bernie, you should just give that some more thought," the DSA member says.

Tlaib reiterates that "there's just a sense of fear because we want to win."[22]

DSA member/endorsement

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Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America, May 24 at 2:59pm.

We are proud to endorse Rashida Tlaib For Congress! She is a DSA member, and will be a great Congresswoman! Learn more about her campaign here: https://www.rashidaforcongress.com

From Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America newsletter July 2018.

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Electoral Committee Updates

The next meeting of the Electoral Committee will be TOMORROW, July 16 at 7.00 pm, to discuss how the primary activity is going and start organizing for the general election. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME, email Gillian at gilliantalwar@gmail.com for meeting location info.
For the first time ever we have endorsed FOUR candidates running in Democratic primaries who are Chapter members! They are:
In addition, we have jointly endorsed Andy Levin and Ellen Cogen Lipton in the 9th Congressional District, finding both equally deserving of support. Members are encouraged to support either candidate and the Chapter will support whichever of the two candidates wins the primary election.
There is less than a month until the primary on Tuesday, August 8 and much work to do to help our DSA candidates succeed.

National Nurses United endorsement

National Nurses United 2018 endorsements included Rashida Tlaib MI 13.

Chomsky connection

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Michael Moore connection

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Ellison connection

Rashida Tlaib For Congress March 31.

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TODAY is the first and most important fundraising deadline of my campaign! Spending the morning with my friend Rep. Keith Ellison talking about how to make sure Democrats aren't just a Blue Wave in 2018, because waves come and go - we need to own the whole ocean!

Muslims running for office

Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA), July 18, 2018.

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Muslim Americans are running for office in unprecedented levels. Come hear from these individuals speak about the unique experiences, challenges and perspectives they have as they seek to have a voice in developing policy. — with Billy Amen, Abdullah Hammoud, Sam Baydoun For Wayne County Commissioner, Fayrouz Saad and Rashida Tlaib For Congress.

Supporters

Rashida Tlaib July 29. With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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  1. TlaibTeam is more energized than ever. #9daystogo #RashidaforCongress Be part of our historic campaign and sign up at www.rashidaforcongress.com @ocasio2018 — with Carla Underwood, Lisa Ten Ten and Oscar Arbulu.

Ocasio-Cortez connection

Rashida Tlaib July 29.

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This happened. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is exactly as you see her...strong, humble and so real. I can't wait to walk through the halls of U.S. Congress along her side. #RashidaforCongress #9days Volunteer at www.rashidaforcongress.com — at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

DSA North Star Online Conference

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DSA North Star Online Conference Sunday September 16, 2018:

Part 1. Introduction and National Perspectives 40 minutes Introduction. What is North Star about? What do we wish to accomplish? How do we do it? We’ll begin this meet up by hearing from DSA members active in governing, electoral politics, and organizing. How have DSA members successfully organized around electoral politics?

Speakers:

DSA congratulations

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PDA 2018 endorsement

In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Rashida Tlaib, MI-13.

Epps-Addison connection

Jennifer Epps-Addison November 16 2018:

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Jennifer Epps-Addison, Ilhan Omar, Mark Pocan, Rashida Tlaib.

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[23]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 1 2018:

She the People 2018 Summit

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

Speakers included Rashida Tlaib.

CPC new members

2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus new members included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, Jesus Garcia, Joe Neguse, Andy Levin, Mike Levin.[24]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rashida Tlaib's website: About (accessed on Jan. 19, 2011)
  2. [http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2008/11/rashida_tlaib_is_first_muslim.html Mlive.com Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman to be elected to Michigan Legislature Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008]
  3. People For the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
  4. People For the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
  5. Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
  6. Oakland Press LIVE VIDEO: From Michigan Summit on green jobs with Van Jones Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010
  7. People For the American Way Action Fund Michigan candidates bio
  8. AAPAC website, Oct. 26, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  9. US labor Against the War press release Organizations Nationwide and Key Public Figures Tell FBI: Stop Your Witch-hunt! October 20th, 2010
  10. Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center website: Board (accessed on Jan. 27, 2011)
  11. Sugar Law website: Winter 2008 Newsletter
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  13. https://www.cair.com/cair_mi_reps_testify_at_racial_profiling_town_hall_with_u_s_attorneyCAIR CAIR-MI Reps Testify at Racial Profiling Town Hall With U.S. Attorney POSTED BY CAIR WEBMASTER 14SC ON JULY 01, 2010]
  14. [https://nj.cair.com/about-us/what-they-say-about-cair.html (October 2014)
  15. The Muslim Observer, MDP ConventionMUSLIM MEDIA NETWORK 28FEB 2013 By Faiz Khan and TMO Staff
  16. ISF 2016 Annual Banquet, accessed March 12 2017
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  18. Debbie Stabenow To Give Opening Remarks At Women’s Convention In DetroitAJ Williams, Michigan Chronicle City.Life.Style Editor October 17, 2017
  19. [http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/muslim-woman-congress-shes-also-palestinian-869782483 Middle East Eye, Multimedia ‘Staying out of the ring is not an option’: Palestinian woman runs for Congress Ali Harb's picture Ali Harb Friday 23 March 2018 ]
  20. Press and Guide, Rally held at Ford COMPAC to encourage voter registration, primary participation Rally held at Ford COMPAC to encourage voter registration, primary participation By Sue Suchyta For The Press & Guide Jul 30, 2018
  21. Youtube, Community Benefits Ordinance conversation in Lansing Lansing DSA Published on Nov 13, 2017
  22. [https://m.metrotimes.com/detroit/under-trump-a-growing-number-of-metro-detroit-millennials-are-turning-to-socialism/Content?oid=9484982&storyPage=2 Detroit Metro Times, Under Trump, a growing number of metro Detroit millennials are turning to socialism by Violet Ikonomova February 21, 2018]
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