Our mission is to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.

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Civic Engagement

The CIOGC Civic Engagement (CE) Committee promotes a broad vision of civic engagement and offers its members and area Muslims opportunities to assume greater responsibility in the public space.

The CE Committee has built and maintains a platform that educates participants about government institutions, how public policies are formed, and provides in-person opportunities to actively engage in civic matters affecting our neighborhoods, our state, and our nation. Key activities of the CE Committee in 2021 are:

  • Through hosted voter registration drives, the committee has raised awareness about the importance of voting and the potential impact elections will have on local, state, and national policies. 
  • By increasing the number of sponsored Get out the vote (GOTV) activities and expanding outreach through our websites and social media accounts, more members of our community are learning about the electoral process and how, as individuals, they can be engaged. 
  • By providing logistical support and resource materials, candidate forums and town hall meetings hosted by Muslim organizations has increased. 
  • Advocacy, a key component of the committee’s work, is nurtured in town hall meetings, where issues and concerns are discussed and vetted with elected officials. 
  • Advocacy initiatives mature with presentations of legislative proposals and building active support for those proposals through phone banking. 
  • Collaborative rallies, and personal (now virtual) visits with elected officials.

Civic Engagement Report 2021