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Posted inCOMMUNITY VOICES

Habon: Islamophobia is a political weapon to keep Muslim women from participating in politics. The way to beat it? Run for office.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Representative Ilhan Omar faced a new slur from Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert. While Ilhan serves as a convenient target for anti-Muslim politicians and media figures, hate speech affects Muslims across Minnesota. Habon Abdulle, executive director of Ayada Leads, says the way to combat those forces is to organize African and Muslim women for civic leadership.