On 10 April 2021, a coalition of Islamic organizations hosted a virtual Muslim community forum with two Democratic candidates for the upcoming New York City mayoral election. According to a description of the live-streamed Youtube video:
April 10, 2021 This election is the first mayoral election that will include ranked choice voting, and with the rise in Muslim voter turnout, the Muslim vote is more important than ever this year. With that being said, we wanted to make sure the Muslim community is engaged like any other community by mayoral candidates.
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As part of the forum, the two candidates, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, answered questions regarding issues specifically pertaining to the city’s Muslim community, including halal meals and Islamophobia. Candidate Eric Adams assured viewers that, if elected, he would back policies that ensure schools in areas with a high Muslim population only serve halal meals and vowed that his administration would consult with Muslim leadership organizations to make sure appointed law enforcement agents are “suitable to represent the concerns and protect the rights” of the NYC Muslim population.
The event was co-moderated by Zead Ramadan, former President of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Muslim Relations (CAIR), and hosted by the Islamic Leadership Council of New York, an umbrella of NYC Islamic centers. The forum was organized in partnership with several groups tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, including:
- Islamic Circle of North America – New York
- Muslim American Society – New York
- Muslim Ummah of North America, a relatively obscure member of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and whose conventions have featured important US Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Another forum partner was the Turkish-American National Steering Committee, a Turkish-American influence group closely tied to the Turkish ruling party and co-chaired by President Erdoğan’s cousin Halil Mutlu that has repeatedly participated in meetings with US Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Recent reporting by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) on the US Muslim Brotherhood and US elections has included:
- An October 2020 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 November 2020 report that CAIR has issued a statement congratulating Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his victory, vowing to hold the forthcoming administration accountable on Muslim inclusion and civil rights issues.
- An April 2021 report that a coalition of American Muslim advocacy organizations tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood has published a report on American Muslims elected or re-elected to public office during 2020.
- A May 2021 report that the United States Council of Muslim Organizations has published an open letter calling on President Joe Biden to appoint a State Department special envoy to monitor and combat Islamophobia.
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