Civic Engagement

Failing the Uyghurs: The Path Forward

Join us today as we talk about the multi-faith response to the ongoing injustices and imprisonment of the Uyghur people by the Chinese government. We're in conversation with Rushan Abbas the Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs and Mustafa Aksu, Program Coordinator for the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

Changemakers

Join us for Changemakers this week as we host Imam Ahmad Shaheed! Imam Ahmad Shaheed is assistant Imam at Masjid Warithuddeen Mohammed and Masjid Al – Quran under Resident Imam Dr. Wazir Ali. Imam Ahmad also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from The University of Houston. Imam Ahmad works as a Sr. Project Manager for Boardwalk Pipeline since 2015. Imam Ahmad also serves as Board Chair for CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services, and various roles within Pack 713.

The Intern Check-In

One of our Policy Analysts, Heba, updates us on HB 420 and other women’s health projects and updates. Join Heba next week for another check-in!

We are honored to host ‘State of the Unity’ in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Judge’s office

We were honored to host ‘State of the Unity’ in conjunction with the Fort Bend County Judge’s office! The program had one focus: show our neighbors that bipartisanship is well and alive. Despite what is happening in the rest of our nation, our elected officials are working together for the betterment of all in Fort Bend.

 

Candidate Q&A: Sima Ladjevardian for Congressional District 2

Join us as we have a conversation with Sima Ladjevardian running for Congress. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher

Join us as we have a conversation with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, running for re-election. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Lacey Hull for Texas House of Representatives District 138

Join us as we have a conversation with Lacey Hull running for Texas House of Representatives District 138. Every week, leading up to November, we will be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Akilah Bacy for Texas House of Representatives District 138

Join us as we have a conversation with Akilah Bacy, running for Texas House of Representatives District 138. Every week, leading up to November, we will be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Rep. Tom Oliverson for Texas House District 130

Join us as we have a conversation with Rep. Tom Oliverson running for re-election. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Dr. Milinda Morris for Texas State Senate District 13

Join us as we have a conversation with Dr. Milinda Morris running for Texas State Senate District 13. Every week, leading up to November, we will be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Bryan J. Henry for Texas House of Representatives District 130

Join us as we have a conversation with Bryan J. Henry, running for Texas House District 130. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Eric Fagan for Fort Bend County Sheriff

Join us as we have a conversation with Eric Fagan, running for Fort Bend County Sheriff. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Kim Ogg for Harris County District Attorney

Join us as we have a conversation with Harris County D.A Kim Ogg running for re-election. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Lorena Perez McGill for Texas House District 15

Join us as we have a conversation with Lorena Perez McGill running for Texas House District 15. Every week, leading up to November, we will be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Trever Nehls for Fort Bend County Sheriff

Join us as we have a conversation with Trever Nehls, running for Fort Bend County Sheriff. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.
Our 45-minute conversations are meant to highlight candidates' fundamental platform positions and relevant domestic and international concerns important to our community

Candidate Q&A: Jon Rosenthal for Texas House District 136

Join us as we have a conversation with Texas Representative Jon Rosenthal, running for Texas House District 136. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.
Our 45-minute conversations are meant to highlight candidates' fundamental platform, positions, and relevant domestic and international concerns important to our community.

Q&A: Sri Kulkarni for Congress

Join us as we have a conversation with Sri Kulkarni, running for Congressional District 22. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races. Our 45-minute conversations are meant to highlight candidates' fundamental platform, positions, and relevant domestic and international concerns important to our community.

Q&A: Mary Nan Huffman for Harris County DA

Join us as we have a conversation with Mary Nan Huffman, running for Harris County District Attorney. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.

Candidate Q&A: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

JJoin us as we have a conversation with Sherrif Ed Gonzalez, running for reelection. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.
Our 45-minute conversations are meant to highlight candidates' fundamental platform, positions, and relevant domestic and international concerns important to our community.

Q&A: Jay Sittleburg for Texas Senate District 4

Join us as we have a conversation with Jay Sittleburg, running for Texas Senate District 4. Every week, leading up to November, we'll be interviewing candidates in key races.
Our 45-minute conversations are meant to highlight candidates' fundamental platform, positions, and relevant domestic and international concerns important to our community.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Join us as we hear from changemakers on the front lines discussing how our social and legal framework continues to encourage racial and economic injustices for our friends in the black community. We’ll be joined by Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton, Council Member Abbie Kamin, NAACP’s Bishop James Dixon, and Imam Tyerre Boyd of Masjid Warithuddeen Mohammed.

Elected Officials of Houston Offer Their Eid Greetings

We asked our elected officials to send in Eid greetings for the Muslim community, and 32 of our BI-PARTISAN leadership sent their videos! In our diverse city, we are BLESSED to have leadership who values the voices of our community and recognizes our enormous impact. This begins a new tradition in Houston insha'Allah (God willing).

Change Has Arrived: HPD, City Hall, and the Future

Join us as our Director has a straightforward discussion with Council Member Letitia Plummer and her actions to bring bold change to city hall and our police force.

Tribal Neglect

Did you know that federal authorities fought AGAINST direct aid to sovereign Native nations? And, until recently, didn't get a dime from the $8 BILLION that was allocated to their communities.

Politics and Faith: How Spirituality Guides Our Decisions

Elected officials are charged with making the best decisions for their constituents, and sometimes, those decisions aren't easy and may come with unintended consequences. Whether it be the economy, criminal justice, education, or healthcare, each decision elected officials make has the potential of impacting tens of thousands of lives with immediate effect.

Inside City Hall: Council Member Plummer

Join Dr. Basem Hamid of Wasat Institute as he has a frank conversation with freshman City Council Member Dr. Letitia Plummer.

Supreme Court Matters

Did you know that in the past session the Supreme Court addressed many important issues related to religious freedom? Join us today at noon as we have a discussion with Attorney Arsalan Safiullah about recent cases the Supreme Court ruled on and how it impacts our day-to-day and our lives as Muslims.

State of Policing: HPD & Faith Leaders

Triggered by the murder of Mr. Floyd, police departments around the country are under fire and close watch, especially after a surge of audio and video evidence of abuse of power by officers sworn to protect their communities. In Houston, Chief Acevedo has acknowledged the need to work with communities for safer and better policing, and in the face of criticism has doubled-down on the need to work together to move forward through relational policing.

Searching For Scapegoats

COVID-19 has revealed the search to scapegoat a community to distract or blame for our current issues. We're joined by OCA-Houston, Houston Coalition Against Hate, and ADL-Houston as we talk about standing for others.

Let's Talk Census!

Learn about the history of the census with EMGAGE's Census Director Nabila Mansoor, Imam Tauqeer Shah, and Nader Abualnajar from the US Census Bureau.

Advocacy Weekly - 2/25

This week we will meet with Charles Rotramel, the CEO of reVision Houston. reVision’s mission is focused on conveying the message to our youth that they have value–they matter. They have not reliably heard that from the adults in their lives. reVision is dedicated to ensuring our youth know just how great is their worth.

Advocacy Weekly - 2/11

We meet with Jeff Hauser, the Executive Director of the Revolving Door Project! The Revolving Door Project, a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, inspects executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement. They work towards economic equality by alerting and educating the media and activists when actors attempt to take advantage of citizens.

Changemakers with Rep. Carl Sherman

We’re launching Changemakers – virtual conversations surrounding our mission of creating sustainable change through multi-faith and civic engagement. Join us this Thursday, February 11th as we kick off our series in honor of Black History Month, with State Representative Carl Sherman. This is a 20-minute conversation about his inspirations, the legislative process, and what sustainable change looks like from his perspective.

Advocacy Weekly - Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project (JCAP)

Today we met with Gavriella Roisman, the Deputy Legal Program Director at Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project, a project of the University of Houston Law Center. JCAP strives to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency while promoting lifelong positive changes for socially and economically disadvantaged juveniles.
This webinar is part of the Advocacy Weekly Series where we highlight prominent advocacy groups and share their message with the larger multi-faith community.
Learn more about the great works of JCAP here –> https://www.law.uh.edu/tin/jcap.asp

Changemakers - Tammie Lang Campbell

We are be joined by Tammie Lang Campbell, a revered activist who made a quantum leap from rural Mississippi to become a nationally recognized civil rights leader and founder of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation. Many Texans know Tammie Lang Campbell from a variety of perspectives: Founder and Executive Director of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation; champion of education, family, and civil rights; author; speaker; and simply as #MommaCampbell. We will have a 20-minute conversation about what inspires Tammie and what sustainable change looks like from her perspective.

I-45 Expansion Repercussions

Join us as we have a conversation with Councilwoman Letitia Plummer and Stop TxDot I-45 member, Kaede Polkinghorne regarding the impact I-45 expansion will have on communities, schools, places of worship, families, and the environment.

Staff discussion about prizes for one of our programs

We’re trying to figure out prizes for faith centers. Thoughts?