Islamic media is reporting a 24-year-old community organizer for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced her candidacy for the Minnesota State Senate. According to the AboutIslam.net article:
December 3, 2021 A 24-year-old Muslim woman has announced her plans to run for Minnesota State Senate, seeking to make history as the first Black and youngest woman elected to the Minnesota Senate. “I’ve walked the halls of the Senate for the past year-and-a-half lobbying for bills, and I never saw myself in there. There’s not a single Black woman,” Zaynab Mohamed told Sahan Journal ahead of her campaign announcement.
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Zaynab Mohamed is running to replace retiring State Senator Patricia Torres Ray. Mohamed, who has been working with CAIR-Minnesota since 2021. If elected, she would be the youngest woman elected to the Minnesota Senate and said she will be campaigning to ensure accessible healthcare at the state level.
Mohamed, whose family immigrated to the US from Somalia, has received an endorsement from incoming Minneapolis City Council representative Robin Wonsley Worlobah (Democratic Socialists of America). Mohamed is running as a Democrat, although Wonsley has described her as a “Socialist.” Mohamed is planning to enter the Democratic primary scheduled for August 9, 2022.
CAIR is part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist network covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR). It describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group” and was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time. The organization has repeatedly joined other groups with ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood in engaging Muslim citizens to participate in consultative meetings with legislative offices and state senators, highlighting the need to combat Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in the US.
In November 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that a 27-year-old board member of CAIR – Oklahoma had been elected to the Oklahoma state legislature in the 2020 general election.
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