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Emgage

Emgage works to educate, engage and empower Muslim American communities through educational events, voter initiatives and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens.

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Causes
Voter Mobilization
Voter Registration
Budget
$1,500,000
Location
Lakeland
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Florida
Established
2006
EIN
26-1441032
Area Served
National
Values
Community, Duty, Equality, Liberty
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Leadership
Wa'el Alzayat
CEO
Wa’el Alzayat brings over 20 years of public, academic, and private sector experience to Emgage. Prior to joining Emgage in 2017, Wa’el was a foreign affairs expert for 10 years at the U.S. Department of State. He served as senior policy adviser to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, senior adviser to U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, and special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey. Wa’el is a fellow at the Middle East Institute and has taught at Georgetown University.
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Director
Roger Scott
Roger executes projects with branding and storytelling at the forefront. For the past 15 years, he’s created content that’s helped Nike and Boeing bring to life visions and digital strategies for their brands; he’s imagined customer journeys for Jawbone, LVMH, and Intel; and he’s designed product experiences for Sony and Nest.

The impact of your support

Emgage is working to equip local constituencies with nonpartisan voter education and help break down the big issues in a way that makes sense to voters. Ultimately, the most educated voters are the most robust advocates. Emgage focuses on this programming through informative town halls, candidate forums, developing issue guides around civil rights issues and broader issues of income inequality, access to healthcare, environmental protection, immigration and criminal justice reform. 

With your support, we can:

  • Gather research on key issues that will not only help us understand trends within our community, but will allow us to efficiently work toward optimal voter turnout;
  • Build a national network of community organizers; and
  • Implement voter registration campaigns, absentee ballot drives, candidate forums, statewide phone banking and canvassing, early voting events and distribution of nonpartisan issue guides.


Why this work is important

According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, there are more than 3 million Muslim Americans in the United States today, with many living in swing states. The impact Muslim Americans, when organized and engaged, can have on their communities is no longer a theory, but a growing reality. Civic society works best when our communities are represented and accountable to the interests of their citizens. However, this process only works if citizens are engaged and active in the political process.


Our track record

Every year, Emgage conducts data-driven Get Out The Vote campaigns for local, state and federal elections that include voter registration, early voting initiatives, phone banking, canvassing and voter education. During the 2018 Midterm Elections, we engaged with over 130,000 voters. Following the 2018 elections, we produced a report that showed historic Muslim voter turnout in key states: Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia. Muslim Americans voted 25 points higher than they did in 2014, while the general population voted just 14 points higher than they did in 2014 in the same four states.


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