IslamismNovember 9 2020, 10:34 am

US Muslim Brotherhood Group Board Member Elected To State Legislature

US media is report­ing that a 27-year-old board mem­ber of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) – Okla­homa has been elect­ed to the Okla­homa state leg­is­la­ture in the 2020 gen­er­al elec­tion. Accord­ing to the ABC news report, Mau­ree Turn­er will be the first Mus­lim to serve in the Okla­homa state legislature:

An Okla­homa Demo­c­rat will go down in his­to­ry, not only as the first Mus­lim to serve in the Okla­homa Leg­is­la­ture but as the first non-bina­ry leg­is­la­tor in the Unit­ed States. Crim­i­nal jus­tice reform activist and com­mu­ni­ty orga­niz­er, Mau­ree Turn­er, takes House Dis­trict 88 in the 2020 elec­tion. House Dis­trict 88 is known for being the most pro­gres­sive vot­ing bloc in the Okla­homa City met­ro­pol­i­tan area. In the race for HD88, Turn­er won the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty back in June, beat­ing three-term incum­bent Jason Dun­ning­ton, who has held the House Dis­trict seat since 2014. (…) While Turn­er has no pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in hold­ing pub­lic office, Turn­er has a long his­to­ry of com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tion. Turn­er is cur­rent­ly the region­al field direc­tor of the Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union’s, “Cam­paign for Smart Jus­tice,” a crim­i­nal jus­tice reform effort, serves as a board mem­ber for the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions, and has also worked with oth­er com­mu­ni­ty-based groups like Free­dom Oklahoma.

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Turn­er, who until recent­ly was list­ed as a board mem­ber on the CAIR-Okla­homa web­site, had cam­paigned on pri­or­i­tiz­ing com­mu­ni­ty issues includ­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice reform, edu­ca­tion fund­ing, and increas­ing the min­i­mum wage.

Recent Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ing on CAIR and the US elec­tions has included:

  • A report that CAIR was part of a coali­tion of Mus­lim and Arab groups tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that launched a vot­er reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve head­ed by indi­vid­u­als strong­ly opposed to Don­ald Trump.
  • A report that CAIR was part of a group of Amer­i­can Mus­lim advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions tied to the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that con­duct­ed a pre-elec­tion “Mus­lims In Amer­i­ca Pol­i­cy Poll,” sur­vey­ing 1,500 peo­ple in 45 states who were asked to pri­or­i­tize pol­i­cy issues.
  • A report that Cal­i­for­nia Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty offi­cials work­ing for CAIR had authored an elec­tion vot­ing guide pos­i­tive­ly rat­ing votes by Demo­c­rat law­mak­ers, includ­ing Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Kamala Har­ris, who ear­li­er had sent let­ters of sup­port to CAIR

The Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR) is part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. It describes itself as “a grass­roots civ­il rights and advo­ca­cy group” and as “America’s largest Islam­ic civ­il lib­er­ties group.” It was found­ed in 1994 by three offi­cers of the Islam­ic Asso­ci­a­tion of Pales­tine, part of the U.S. Hamas infra­struc­ture at that time.

For more on CAIR, go here.


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