For decades, Muslims in America have been subject to racial and religious discrimination, and particularly since the 2016 election, Muslims have been the target of an increase of damaging rhetoric, hate crimes, and increased surveillance. We have learned that every level of government can play an important role to improve the lives of Muslims across the nation, even here in the Commonwealth.


It is time Muslims bend the ears of their legislators and remind them that we are citizens whose rights and civil liberties need to be heard and respected. It is this mission that brought me to my position of Government Affairs Director of CAIR-MA.


It is now our time to make sure all our elected officials, from the level of County Mayor to United States Senator, are aware that their Muslim constituents will hold them accountable to protect our rights and uplift our voices.


CAIR-MA is proud to be part of MuslimsVOTE to increase the civic engagement and voter turnout of American Muslims.

 

We have three goals: 

• Educate Massachusetts Muslims about the major issues the State and Nation are facing
• Increase American Muslim engagement with their elected officials

• Empowerment of all minority population voices


I’m looking forward to you joining us, it’s time we #CAIR2VOTE
 


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2018 Election Dates in Massachusetts

Primary Election is Tuesday, September 4, 2018; Must Register by August 15, 2018
General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018; Must Register by October 17, 2018

Offices up for election in 2018 are:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • State House Representative
  • State House Senate
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House
  • Suffolk County Residents Only: District Attorney, Register of Deeds, and Clerk of Courts

U.S. Senator

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their state and nation

U.S. Representative/Congressman/Congresswoman

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their state and nation

Governor (Gubernatorial)

  • Signing bills into law
  • Serves as commander-in-chief of the state’s National Guard
  • Grants communications and pardons to prisoners
  • Appointing people to various judicial and state offices, such as the Supreme Judicial Court

Lieutenant Governor

  • Part of the Governor’s Council and President whenever the Governor is absent
  • Becomes acting governor for the remainder of the 4-year term the governor was holding if the governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office

Attorney General

  • Chief Enforcement Officer and Lawyer for the State

Secretary of State

  • Principle public information official
  • Oversees historical records and preservation, public records, and the registry of deeds

Treasurer

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Responsible for maintaining state funds by investing and maintaining the State budget

Auditor

  • Accounts for every dollar given to State government

State Senator

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their district as well as the State

State Representative

  • Create and pass legislation that will benefit citizens of their district as well as the State

District Attorney (Suffolk County)

  • Top prosecuting attorney for crimes that happen within their County
  • Investigates criminal cases independently and in coordination with local enforcement
  • Determines whether to file criminal charges in court against alleged criminals
  • Must act non-partisan and adhere to the highest law of ethics

Register of Deeds (Suffolk County)

  • Handles real estate registration and land records

Clerk of Courts (Suffolk County)

  • Manages the court’s single justice caseload


These are the contested (races with multiple candidates) for the Primary Election on September 4th, 2018.

Candidates for Governor (Gubernatorial Race):

Bob Massie (D)
Jay Gonzalez (D)

Candidates for Representative in Congress:

First District

Richard E. Neal (D)

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud (D)

 

Third District

Jeff Ballinger (D)

Alexandra Chandler(D)

Abhijit Das(D)

Rufus Gifford(D)

Leonard H. Golder(D)

Dan Koh(D)

Barbara L’Italien(D)

Bopha Malone(D)

Juana Matias(D)

David Richmond(D)

Lori Trahan(D)

Fourth District

Joseph P. Kennedy III (D)

Gary J. Rucinski (D)

 

Seventh District

Michael E. Capuano (D)

Ayanna S. Pressley (D)

 

Eighth District

Stephen F. Lynch (D)

Christopher L. Voehl (D)

Brianna Wu (D)

 

 

Candidates for Councilor:

 

Third District

Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney (D)

Nick Carter (D)

 

Fourth District

Christopher A. Iannella, Jr. (D)

Mark F. Rooney (D)

 

Sixth District

Terrence W. Kennedy (D)

 

 

Candidates for State Senator:

 

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District

Adam G. Hinds (D)

Thomas P. Wickham (D)

 

Hampden District

James T. Welch (D)

Amaad Isiah Rivera (D)

 

Candidates for State Representative:

 

11th Bristol

Robert M. Koczera (D)

Christopher Hendricks (D)

 

6th Essex

Jerald A. Parisella (D)

Euplio R. Marciano (D)

 

14th Essex

Lisa J. Yarid Ferry (D)

Christina A. Minicucci (D)

 

16th Essex

Marcos A. Devers (D)

William Lantigua (D)

 

1st Franklin District

Katie Welch Albright-Hanna (D)

Andrew N. Baker (D)

Natalie M. Blais (D)

Christine M. Doktor (D)

Jonathan S. Edwards (D)

Casey Thomas Pease (D)

Nathaniel G. Waring (D)

Francia E. Wisnewski (D)

 

9th Hampden

Jose F. Tosado (D)

Mark A. Kenyon (D)

 

1st Hampshire

Lindsay N. Sabadosa (D)

Diana M. Szynal (D)

 

3rd Hampshire

Mindy Domb (D)

Eric T. Nakajima (D)

 

3rd Middlesex

Kate Hogan (D)

Edward J. Basile (D)

 

14th Middlesex

Benjamin Bloomenthal (D)

Tami L. Gouveia (D)

Christian W. Krueger (D)

 

15th Middlesex

Michelle Ciccolo (D)

Matthew Cohen (D)

Joseph G. Lahiff (D)

Mary Ann Stewart (D)

William Joseph Sweeney (D)

 

18th Middlesex

Rady Mom (D)

James Leary (D)

Sam Meas (D)

Rithy Uong (D)

 

25th Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker (D)

Lesley Rebecca Phillips (D)

 

28th Middlesex

Joseph W. McGonagle Jr. (D)

Gerly Adrien (D)

Stephen Stat Smith (D)

 

13th Norfolk

Denise C. Garlick (D)

Theodore L. Steinberg (D)

 

15th Norfolk

Rebecca E. Stone (D)

Tommy Vitolo (D)

 

4th Suffolk

David Biele (D)

Matthew Rusteika (D)

 

5th Suffolk

Darrin Howell (D)

Brad Howze (D)

Liz Miranda (D)

Roy Owens (D)

 

9th Suffolk

Byron Rushing (D)

Suezanne P. Bruce (D)

Jon Santiago (D)

 

11th Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia (D)

Charles Clemons Muhammad (D)

Ture R. Turnbull (D)

 

12th Suffolk

Dan Cullinane (D)

Jovan J. Lacet (D)

 

14th Suffolk

Angelo M. Scaccia (D)

Segun A. Idowu (D)

Christopher Obi Nzenwa (D)

Virak Uy (D)

Gretchen Van Ness (D)

 

15th Suffolk

Jeffrey Sanchez (D)

Nika Elugardo (D)

 

 

Candidates for County Commissioner:

 

Dukes County

John S. Alley (D)    

Leon Arthur Brathwaite (D)

Christine Catherine Todd (D)    

Gretchen Tucker Underwood (D)

 

 

Candidates for Clerk of Courts:

 

Dukes County
George Davis (D)
Charles A. Morano (D)

 

Candidates for Register of Deeds:

 

Essex Northern
Paul Iannuccillo (D)
M
ichael P. Fielding (D)
Alexcy Vega (D)

 

Suffolk

Stephen J. Murphy (D)

Katherine Victoria Forde (D)

 

Worcester Northern

Kathleen Reynolds Daigneault (D)

David R. Cormier (D)

Patricia Buckley Malcolmson (D)

Candidates for District Attorney:

 

Berkshire District

Paul J. Caccaviello (D)

Andrea C. Harrington (D)

Judith C. Knight (D)

 

Middlesex District

Marian T. Ryan (D)

Donna Patalano (D)

 

Suffolk District

Evandro C. Carvalho (D)

Linda G. Champion (D)

Gregory D. Henning (D)

Shannon McAuliffe (D)

Rachael S. Rollins (D)

 

Candidates for Register of Probate:

 

Dukes County

Daphne Devries (D)

Gail M Barmakian (D)

 

 


The Council on American-Islamic Relations MA submitted questions to candidate questionnaires (put together by OUR Revolution) to determine each candidates commitment to the civil liberties of Muslims in the district they want to hold office.

 

Racial Justice Forum for Congressional District 7        

Candidates:

Michael E. Capuano (D)

Ayanna S. Pressley (D)

 

Questions:

1. Massachusetts has had the largest number of reported hate crimes in 2016. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you support the inclusion of religious discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act


Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

2. “Secondary Security Screening Selection” also known as the “Selectee List” is a list by which individuals are “randomly” selected onto, requiring extra security checks prior getting on a flight. Individuals who are on this list do not realize that they are until they have trouble checking in online and see the letters SSSS on their boarding pass. While the TSA says that selection on this list is ‘random’ Muslims have consistently said they have been on the list many times in their travels. While the TSA also insists that minors are not on the list, children as young as two have been put on the list and subjected to extra security checks. Individuals who inquired to have their name removed have had varied and unclear responses. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you pressure the TSA to be transparent about their qualifications to be on this list, and require a user-friendly system for individuals to inquire if they are on the list and appeal for their removal?

Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

3. Recently the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected to represent District 7 in Congress, will you support a legislative policy that would forbid federal and local agencies from using predictive systems that violates the fourth amendment?

Capuano: Yes   Pressley: Yes

 

Intersectional Women’s Issue Forum for Governor of MA

Candidates:

Bob Massie (D)
Jay Gonzalez (D)

Questions:

1. In 2016, Massachusetts had the largest number of reported hate crimes. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support initiatives to ensure those that report these crimes are supported and protected?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Yes 

2. Boston is one of three cities designated as pilot cities for “countering violent extremism” programs. The Boston Police Department is involved in a “countering violent extremism” (CVE) grant program called the Youth and Police Initiative Plus (YPIP). This program focuses on Somali youth, who are deemed a potential threat due to the social and economic trauma they experience as immigrants and refugees. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you develop rules through the legislative process to end the Boston Police Departments involvement in any community outreach programs that unfairly targets Somali-Muslim communities such as the “Youth and Police Initiative Plus”?

Massie: Yes      Gonzalez: Undecided 

3. Current federal policy allows the FBI to investigate anyone based on no suspicion of criminal activity for Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) investigations. These investigations have historically targeted Muslims with improper surveillance and puts Massachusetts Muslims at risk of federal harassment. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support cease of collaboration between the Boston Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, as the City of San Francisco has recently done?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Undecided

4. Recently, the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected Governor of Massachusetts, will you support legislative policy to protect your Muslim constituents and their allies from being exclusively targeted for government surveillance?

Massie: Yes     Gonzalez: Yes

 

Congressional District 3 Forum Questionnaire

Candidates:

Jeff Ballinger (D)

Alexandra Chandler(D)

Abhijit Das(D)

Rufus Gifford(D)

Leonard H. Golder(D)

Dan Koh(D)

Barbara L’Italien(D)

Bopha Malone(D)

Juana Matias(D)

David Richmond(D)

Lori Trahan(D)

Questions:

1. Massachusetts has had the largest number of reported hate crimes in 2016. While this is upsetting, it does mean that Massachusetts residents feel comfortable to report hate crimes when they are committed. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you support the inclusion of religious discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act? 

 

                                        L’Italien: No Response     Everyone Else: Yes

2. “Secondary Security Screening Selection” also known as the “Selectee List” is a list by which individuals are “randomly” selected onto, requiring extra security checks prior getting on a flight. Individuals who are on this list do not realize that they are until they have trouble checking in online and see the letters SSSS on their boarding pass. While the TSA says that selection on this list is ‘random’ Muslims have consistently said they have been on the list many times in their travels. While the TSA also insists that minors are not on the list, children as young as two have been put on the list and subjected to extra security checks. Individuals who inquired to have their name removed have had varied and unclear responses. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you pressure the TSA to be transparent about their qualifications to be on this list, and require a user-friendly system for individuals to inquire if they are on the list and appeal for their removal?

          L’Italien: No Response      Everyone Else: Yes

3. Recently the ACLU of Massachusetts exposed the Boston Police Department of unfair media monitoring of people that use terms such as #muslimlivesmatter. If elected to represent District 3 in Congress, will you support a legislative policy that would forbid federal and local agencies from using predictive systems that violates the fourth amendment?

L’Italien: No Response Everyone Else: Yes

 

Candidate Forums without CAIR-MA Questions

Gubernatorial Economic Justice Forum

 

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