Muslim Americans, shunned by political establishment, attracted to Green Party
March 22, 2012 in Social & Economic Justice
The Florida Independent has published an article on how Muslim Americans, shunned by the Democratic and Republican parties, are increasingly drawn to the Green Party. Here is an excerpt from the article, which features quotes from Florida Green Party co-chair Muhammad Malik and Green Party US co-chair Farheen Hakeem:
Farheen Hakeem, the national co-chairperson of the Green Party U.S., is the currently the highest ranking Muslim woman in any political party in the country. She attributes her success to a shift away from both major parties. “Many Muslim-Americans are turning away from the two party system,” Hakeem says.
She says that the Democratic Party has been dismissive of Muslim-Americans and does not have a clear agenda on how to address their values and interests. But the party’s continued disinterest in addressing the Muslim population, she says, could be “a big mistake.”