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Hira Khan. Photo courtesy EMGAGE USA.
Muslim Voters Take to Polls to Protest Biden Administration Policy in Gaza February 29, 2024
The issue advocacy campaign to urge voters in Michigan to cast an uncommitted ballot as a protest vote exceeded organizers' expectations and has sparked a movement spreading to other primary states where the ballot option exists.  Emgage Action Michigan interim executive director Hira Khan joins to explain why her organization and volunteer network worked with partners to encourage voters to use the ballot to send a message instead of disengaging.  The goal is to persuade the Biden Administration to change course in its policies toward Israel, which has launched a military campaign that has killed more than 30.000 Gazans and sparked a humanitarian crisis that has generated global condemnation and calls for action.   Groups including Listen to Michigan, Emgage Action, the Council of American Islamic Relations, and Abandon Biden are part of a national effort demonstrating the potential power and impact of American Muslim and Arab American voters in the 2024 elections.

Hira Khan, Interim Executive Director of the Emgage Michigan Chapter. She has previously served as Director of Governance at New American Leaders and the Deputy City Clerk of the City of Ferndale