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Muslims lobby for recognition at State House
by Astead W. Herndon
Frustrated by a mismatch of political representation and population, and disappointed by a recent incident of vandalism at a Burlington mosque, a group of imams, students, and activists gathered at the Statehouse Thursday to deliver a message: We are here, we care about our communities, and we will vote.
Organizers of "Muslim Day on the Hill" said it is a message that can get lost in a Statehouse without a single elected official of Muslim faith, located in a city where the most infamous crime was committed by Muslim extremists.
"We want people to know that this our home just as much as anyone's," said Afif Rahman, a lead organizer with MassMuslims, who sponsored the event along with the Muslim Justice League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations branch in Massachusetts.
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