Muslim, Arab, South Asian (MASA) Caucus

Muslim, Arab, South Asian (MASA) Caucus

Starts: Saturday, Jul. 13 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Saturday, Jul. 13 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Room: 125

This open caucus is intended to provide space where members of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Sikh and Middle Eastern (MASA) communities and allies can discuss how the progressive movement can support the fight against bigotry and attacks on the civil and human rights of Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. Come connect with like-minded and affiliated folks. We’ll be engaging in conversation around upcoming issues for the MASA community and how we can work together to improve our movement and our country.


Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus Arastu

Firdaus is a communications strategist shifting the media narratives of communities impacted by Islamophobia in America, with a focus on building the skills of Black, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian advocates, community leaders, artists, and creatives. She is an experienced and engaging trainer with more than 7 years of experience designing and leading trainings to hundreds of people in the US and across the world. She brings her first-hand experience providing crisis communications support during some of the highest Islamophobic sentiment in recent history. This is her fourth year presenting at Netroots Nation.

Other sessions: When Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Simulation on Rapid Response Communications

Ghazala Salam

Ghazala Salam is the founder and president of the Muslim Caucus, a national non-profit organization focused on developing a national organizing structure for American Muslim Voters. Ghazala has led the organization since its inception in 2017 with the support of a diverse volunteer-led board. The Muslim Caucus has affiliates across 15 states in the nation. She and her team are proud to launch a two-day inaugural conference and presidential forum on July 23-24 in D.C. Ghazala is also the Executive Director for American Muslim Health Professionals, a national organization working to build bridges to advance health equity and social justice.

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