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.
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