Muslim advocacy group encourages minorities to vote Ferguson

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Dana Ferguson receives endorsement by Emgage, a non-partisan organization ensuring that underrepresented communities have equal constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities.

NEGAUNEE, Mich. — Democratic Congressional Nominee Dana Ferguson is being endorsed by Emgage Action, a political action committee that supports candidates nation-wide who share its vision for an inclusive America.

Through political education initiatives and engagement with elected officials, Emgage Action seeks to mobilize American Muslims and other minority groups. For the November 2020 election, Emgage USA is leading the Million Muslim Votes ( campaign, with the goal of uniting Muslim communities across the nation and turn out historic numbers of voters.

In a twitter post Friday, Aug. 21, Emgage Action announced the endorsement, saying Dana is a “dedicated progressive who will be fighting for climate solutions, Medicare for All, Social Security, the economy, social justice and much more.”

Emgage, a Washington D.C.-based group is focusing on increasing turnout in several states with sizable Muslim populations. Emgage's CEO Wa'el Alzayat says it's a crucial ingredient to build political power.

"Through Emgage's historic Million Muslim Votes campaign, we hope that Muslim American communities will cast their ballots this election cycle, said Alzayat. "The importance of our vote is greater than it has ever been. Too much is at stake for us not to do all that we can to preserve our pluralistic democracy."

Ferguson believes in the mission of Emgage Action and says that inclusivity is what allows for a more accepting society.

“Diversity is our path forward,” said Ferguson. “I am proud to be a candidate that celebrates diversity and can embrace all people and perspectives here in Michigan’s First District and across the United States. I'm honored to have this endorsement.”

Emgage Action works with candidates that are of importance to underrepresented communities, with a specific focus in American Muslims throughout the United States. It advocates for change on issues of Civil Liberties, Criminal Justice Reform, Income Inequality, Healthcare, Immigration Reform, National Security and Climate Change. It is headquartered in Lakeland, Fla, and also has state chapters in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas.

“We hold ourselves back when we fail to embrace and celebrate our distinctions,” said Ferguson. “Both rural and urban communities play important roles in enhancing cultural competency. We all benefit from understanding and learning from each other.”

Ferguson joins other Michigan incumbent politicians and candidates who have also received the endorsement of Emgage PAC, including:

  • U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI 5th District)

  • U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D- MI 8th District)

  • U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI 9th District)

  • U.S. Rep Haley Stevens (D-MI 11th District)

  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12th District)

  • U.S. Rep. Rashida Talib (D-MI 13th District)

  • U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI 14th District)

  • Chief Justice Bridget Mccormack, Michigan Supreme Court

  • MI Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-15th District)

  • MI Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Candidate for MI 4th District)

  • Jon Hoadley (Candidate for MI 6th District U.S. Rep)

“Our country is so much stronger when we cheer everyone’s uniqueness and welcome our differences,” said Ferguson. “When in office I hope to advance inclusive policies that are more reflective of the world in which we live and the future we seek to create. It starts with getting disenfranchised and disaffected minority voters empowered to vote.”