Emgage PAC, which calls itself the biggest Muslim political action committee in the country, is throwing its weight behind Bernie Sanders.
The organization, which has chapters and affiliates in 11 states, is the latest in a series of high-profile Muslim groups and elected officials that have endorsed the Vermont senator.
Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action, said Sanders is popular among Muslim voters because of his health care plan, criminal justice proposals, and environmental policy. He also noted his international affairs platform and record of supporting Palestinian rights.
“More than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: one that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a dignified life,” he said. “Our endorsement is intended to galvanize Muslim Americans at the polls to ensure that our voices are heard.”
An informal survey of Emgage’s members and email list users found that nearly 75 percent said they supported Sanders….