News / USA

New York Candidates Court Muslim Voters

New York Candidates Court Muslim Voters

x
New York Candidates Court Muslim Votersi
|| 0:00:00
X
Peter Fedynsky
October 24, 2012 1:20 AM
Politicians across America are making calculations about which blocs of voters to court as they seek the votes needed to win their respective elections on November 6. VOA correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports that greater political engagement among Muslim Americans is drawing the attention of politicians in Brooklyn, New York

New York Candidates Court Muslim Voters

Peter Fedynsky
Politicians across America are making calculations about which blocs of voters to court as they seek the votes needed to win their respective elections on November 6. Greater political engagement among Muslim Americans is drawing the attention of politicians in Brooklyn, New York.
 
The Arab-American Association of New York recently held a Meet the Candidates forum at a school auditorium in Brooklyn.  The event offered the public an opportunity to  grill candidates for local office and to register to vote.
 
Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy, a first generation Muslim American, says casting a ballot helps address what she says is the ignorance of many politicians about her community.
 
“They’re not aware of the racial profiling, the things that we go through, the scrutiny that we go through on a daily basis, and I think it would be in their interest to actually learn about our community and what are we, who are we, and how we are just as American as anybody else," he said. 
 
Tom McCarthy is a Republican running for the New York State Assembly.  He admitted he knows little about allegations that New York police spied on Muslim-Americans based on their religion. But he said he is willing to listen to his Muslim constituents.
 
“They are an immigrant community primarily, and many people are not yet registered to vote, but I think that will change as time goes on and more and more of the community obtain their citizenship and register to vote," he said. 
 
McCarthy is trying to unseat incumbent Alec Brook-Krasny, a Democrat who is himself  an immigrant.   He came from Russia and says his support for Muslim religious freedom is based on his desire as a Jew for that same freedom.  
 
“If we start taking freedoms from some groups, if we start taking freedoms from each other, it’s not going to be a country we all came to, it’s not going to be a country of the American dream.  We just cannot do it," he said. 
 
Linda Sarsour directs the Arab American Association of New York. She says her organization registered more than 2000 new Muslim voters in one of Brooklyn’s electoral districts.  
 
“We are going to be at the polls, and we want to make sure our elected officials that are going to be taking these positions are keeping these positions," she sadi. 
 
In other words, the Arab American Association hopes to make sure, through its voting clout, that politicians deliver on their promises.

You May Like

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Court says law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum More

Multimedia Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

In Thailand, its not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work; one company, in-collaboration with other organizations, address safety concerns More

In Indonesia, Jihad Video Raises Concern

Video calls on Indonesians to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborersi
X
Steve Herman
August 01, 2014 6:22 PM
Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborers

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video Public Raises its Voice on Power Plant Pollution

In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video China Investigates Powerful Former Security Chief

The public in China is welcoming the Communist Party's decision to investigate one of the country's once most powerful politicians, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. Analysts say the move by President Xi Jinping is not only an effort to win more support for the party, but an essential step to furthering much needed economic reforms and removing those who would stand in the way of change. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

AppleAndroid