MDCNY Annual Mixer

Dear MDCNY members,

We’ll be holding our annual mixer later this month, on Tuesday, May 19th.

This is your chance to meet the movers and shakers of New York City’s Muslim community!

Whether you’re a dedicated politico, someone engaged in the community, trying to network, or just looking to meet new people, the MDCNY Annual Mixer is the right place for you.

The event will be held at:
Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine
221 W 38th St, New York, New York 10018
Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30pm

Join club members, friends, and our special guests to hear about the work that MDCNY is doing to build lasting political power for New York City’s Muslims.

This is a great opportunity to make connections and support the individuals and institutions that are helping empower our community! Can you make it?

And yes, you will get to enjoy some of Tagine’s delicious Moroccan food, on us!

$10 Suggested Donation
$25 gets you an annual membership

If you’d like to attend, RSVP at
Hope to see you there!


Critical Election: GOTV for Vincent Gentile!

Dear MDCNY members!

We are at a crucial point where your support could make the difference between putting Super PACs and rich private donors in control an important congressional seat, or reclaiming it back to represent the people of the district. Donovan and the Republican party are making it clear that they have put the future of the district for sale by raising from Super PACs almost as much as the entire funding of Gentile’s campaign

SEE: Donovan Has Raised $419K More Than Gentile in Fight for Congress Seat

Join us at our upcoming GOTV efforts for Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who is running for Congress in the 11th District (covering Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, including Bay Ridge).

With over 105,000 registered voters in NYC, the Muslim vote could play a key role in this critical special election on May 5th.

The time is NOW to show our power. RSVP for the events below at

WHAT: Day out for Vincent Gentile
WHEN: Sunday, May 3rd from 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Alpine movie theater at Bay Ridge Ave. and 5 Ave.

WHAT: #MuslimVOTE phone bank for Vincent Gentile
WHEN: Monday, May 4th from 6pm – 9pm
WHERE: 7111 5th Ave., BK



4/22: Meet Muslim candidate for judge in NYC!

Dear MDCNY members,

In two weeks, we’ll have the opportunity to be a part of history–we’ll be hearing from Ms. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, who is running to be the first ever female Muslim judge in New York City.

While we’ve had success in executive and legislative races, as our club grows, we need to make an impact on judicial appointments and elections as well.

Ms. Walker-Diallo is an attorney, community advocate and leader who is running as a Judicial Candidate in the 7th Municipal Court District in Brooklyn. You can read more about her and her accomplishments here.

At our next meeting, she’ll be introducing herself and her campaign. Come join us for this historic event!

The meeting will be held at:
Brooklyn, NY (exact location TBD)
April 21, 2015

RSVP to We look forward to seeing you then!

Join us for organizing, training and strategizing!

As we continue to grow the political power of our community, it’s essential that we learn and employ grassroots organizing skills used by activists, campaigners, and labor and other organizers.On April 10-11, in midtown NYC, the Muslim Democratic Club of NY (MDCNY) is sponsoring Organizing 2.0, a conference that brings together committed activists seeking to learn and hone organizing skills.

In addition to hearing from and learning with a stellar group of leaders from political campaigns, advocacy groups, and labor unions, MDCNY will be helping to facilitate two sessions focused solely on developing strategies for organizing in the Muslim community. Join us for this two day conference, where we’ll be assessing the needs of the Muslim community and learning organizing skills. This is a great opportunity to learn about different tools, skills, and strategies, and to network with seasoned activists and organizers.

Tickets are $35-$100, but a limited number of scholarships are available for interested members! If you can make it, please fill out this form and mention MDCNY to be eligible for a scholarship. Recipients of scholarships must commit to volunteer at minimum two MDCNY events and/or activities.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Meet the 2015 MDCNY Board!


President: Murad Awawdeh

With over 15 years of organizing and coalition building experience, Murad Awawdeh is a strong advocate and political field expert. Murad is extremely knowledgeable on civic and electoral engagement which will help MDCNY continue to grow. His dedication to building a more politically empowered Muslim community led him to joining MDCNY the first year of its inception. Murad has led GOTV and voter registration drives with MDCNY. Murad is currently the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the New York Immigration Coalition. Murad coordinates statewide civic engagement initiatives, such as voter registration, public education, Get Out the Vote Campaigns, and voter protection.

Vice President: Faiza Ali

Faiza is a community organizer and activist. She currently works for NY City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and is the former Advocacy Coordinator at the Arab American Association of NY. Prior to AAANY, Faiza worked as an organizer with Brooklyn Congregations United, an organization empowering grassroots leaders to transform their communities. In 2012, her work was featured in a New York Times column. Faiza continues to explore ways to build community power. She currently sits on the steering committee of the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays.

Treasurer: Ali Najmi

Since 2007 Ali has lead a consistent effort to increase voter registration and voter turnout in new immigrant communities in Queens, with an emphasis on mobilizing the South Asian and Muslim community.  Ali is a founding member of the Muslim Democratic Club of NY. As an attorney, Ali has successfully represented defendants facing criminal charges in all counties of New York City and Long Island.  Ali has also represented political candidates and organizations in election law and compliance matters.  Prior to starting his private practice, he served as Legislative Director to a member of the City Council.

Secretary: Mohammad Khan

Mohammad Khan is a policy analyst, organizer, and political advisor from Jamaica, Queens. He works as Political Director for Zephyr Teachout, who ran for Governor in the 2014 Democratic Primary. Due to his efforts, her campaign was the first ever state-wide campaign with a specific and substantial focus on Muslim outreach. Mohammad has strong ties to the local progressive community and also serves on the board of Citizen Action of NYC and the group’s Racial Justice Committee. He has an MPA in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University SIPA, where he helped found the school’s Diversity Task Force.


Aliya Latif

Aliya Latif is a community organizer and forever student of the civil rights movement. With over seven years experience in media relations and community organizing, Aliya will be able to help further MDCNY’s mission to increase civic engagement and capacity in Muslim communities. She was a field organizing fellow with the Bill de Blasio campaign during the most critical time of voter engagement. She currently sits on the board of the Islamic Center at NYU’s Professionals Group and steering committees of the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union and the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays.

Anthony Jones

Most of my working life has been spent working for non-profit and social service agencies in Brooklyn, including the American Red Cross, Help I, and East New York Urban Youth Corps, The New York State Division For Youth. I’ve been a lifetime and active member of the Democratic Party here in my district and have served as staff member to the late Councilman James E. Davis and Assembly member Karim Camara. I currently serve on the NYC Neighborhood Advisory Council in Community Board 16, Chairman of the Community Safety Council (Not for Profit) and Executive Member of the 73rd Precinct Council.

Mohammed Abujayyab

Mohammed is an active member and volunteer in MDCNY that deeply cares about its mission and objectives, and more than anything else, the people involved in making it a reality for the community. While he prefers to be a volunteer at the disposal of activists that he sees as role models, he realizes the dangers of sitting on the sideline watching people run for boards for the sake of recognition and self aggrandizement without commitment to the work. He believes 2015 is an institution and community building year, and hopes to be part of the change that needs to happen.

Linda Sarsour

Linda is a successful non profit manager, has deep ties and connections to the political machine of NYC. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is an excellent public speaker and tested community organizer. Her vision is to see a Muslim American community that is strategic and consistent in its civic engagement.

Merium Malik

Merium Malik spends significant time career serving her community and doing outreach work. She realizes the importance of the Muslim community in the political system. Our voices need to be heard as Muslims, because there is not a significant amount of Muslims who vote or are in office for the politicians to care about our issues. Ms. Malik is an Immigration and Criminal Defense Attorney. She devotes a lot her time in volunteering in the Immigration Court in New York and on Immigration task force for Public Advocate’s office. Ms. Malik gives free Immigration seminars throughout New York City.

Saubirah Hack

Saubirah has been a member of the MDCNY since its official launch. She has worked on campaigns for Zead Ramadan, James Sanders and other candidates as a member of the RHDC. Saubirah has also been an active member of the Muslim community, serving as a youth leader for Turning Point for Women and Families as well as an intern at the Islamic Center of New York where she attended marketing and strategy meetings for Park51. As a member at large, Saubirah wants to work towards building a strong voting community within the NYC Muslim community through grassroots organizing efforts.

Tahanie Aboushi

Tahanie Aboushi is a partner at the Aboushi Law Firm in Midtown Manhattan. She specializing in  civil rights litigation, immigration and commercial litigation. Tahanie also provides Pro bono  legal consultations on a weekly basis to the community at large. She believes in empowering Muslims of all ages to become civically engaged so that our community can speak for itself as opposed to being spoken for.

Congratulations to the 2015 MDCNY Board!

Dear MDCNY members:

Following last night’s elections, we are pleased to announce the 2015 MDCNY Board effective today, March 18th. Welcome to the new board members and thank you to those returning for their commitment!

We’d also like to thank all those who came out last night to vote and be part of the democratic process. Every vote counted. The Executive Board races were uncontested. You chose five new board members from a pool of diverse and highly qualified nominees. Linda Sarsour and Anthony Jones remain on our board as Members at Large per MDCNY bylaws. You can read their bios here.

Executive Board
Murad Awawdeh
Vice President
Faiza N. Ali
Ali Najmi
Mohammad Khan
Members at Large
Aliya Latif
Anthony Jones
Merium Malik
Linda Sarsour
Mohammed Abujayyab
Saubirah Hack

Tahanie Aboushi

We’d like to express our gratitude to former board members for their dedicated service to MDCNY this past term: Debbie Almontaser, Farheen Malik, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin and Robert Jackson.

Our next board meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21st. We look forward to your continued participation.



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What’s your plan today?

Salam MDCNY Members!

TODAY is Primary Election Day! What’s your plan? Will you vote in the morning? Evening? Whatever the plan – make you sure you cast your vote today! Polls open 6am – 9pm.

Not voting is a vote for the status quo. There are people banking on us staying home, banking on our apathy, our busy lives, (assuming) our lack of information and motivation. We can send a strong message today by going to the polls and casting our vote.

Yes, it matters. All politics are local. Let’s not make any excuses.

To find your polling site, visit

Time to show New York State what the #MuslimVote is all about. We have the numbers, now let’s show them OUR POWER. 
Share your voting experience on twitter using #NYprimary and #MuslimVote and mention @MDCNY so we can RT you! Remember to remind your family, friends and co-workers! 
Sample tweet: Join me and @MDCNY and VOTE in the #NYprimary! Let’s send a strong message and show the power of the #MuslimVote
See you at the polls, 
MDCNY Board  

MDCNY 2014 Endorsed Candidates

NYS Governor – Zephyr Teachout

Lt. Governor – Tim Wu

Senate District 11 – John Liu

Senate District 14 – Munir Avery

Senate District 16 – SJ Jung

Senate District 20 – Rubain Dorancy

Senate District 31 – Robert Jackson

Assembly District 51 – Felix Ortiz

Assembly District 55 – Anthony Jones