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Protecting America’s democracy in the age of political extremism

Date and time: Sunday, September 11, 2022, 3:30 PM CDT

Location: Muslim Education Center / Masjid / MCC Academy

8601 Menard Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053

Event Description: In the two decades since 9/11, American Muslims have been at the forefront of protecting American Democracy. Whether safeguarding civil liberties, standing up to bigotry, or creating the next generation of public service leaders, American Muslims have stepped up time and again to defend the core values of the United States.

Today, as we face extreme polarization and the erosion of democratic norms, our community has valuable experience to apply to these issues. The January 6th committee’s report has brought attention to the fact that there is a significant group of people in America (including many elected public officials) who favor authoritarianism over democracy and racism over the guarantees of equal protection for all under our Constitution.

American Muslims can once again play a critical role in ensuring the stability of American democracy, incorporating the lessons learned over the past two decades. On this 21st anniversary of 9/11, join our panel of experts (including two MEC alums) as we discuss the best ways to build resilient communities and a functioning and vibrant democracy.

Please join us on 9/11/22, as our expert panelists discuss their thoughts, ideas and recommendations on how all of us together can once again secure our country’s future as a functioning and vibrant democracy in this age of extreme polarization.


Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director, Center for Effective Government at The University of Chicago

Zeenat Rahman, Executive Director, The Institute of Politics at The University of Chicago

U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)

U.S. Congresswoman Marie Newman (IL-3)

Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), President – Moderator


Welcome Reception/Registration: 3:30 pm CT

Panel Discussion: 4 pm to 5:30 pm CT

Light Dinner/Refreshments: 5:30 pm onwards