Civil rights

US-Palestinian civil rights lawyer to run to represent Michigan in US Congress

Huwaida Arraf, a Democrat, is considering running for the thumb region in southeast Michigan.

Huwaida Arraf, a 45-year-old civil rights lawyer, is considering running for the US Congress in the 2022 election, according to a report released last week by the news site.

Arraf says he wants to re-engage working class voters, many of whom have turned to the Republican Party in recent years – especially in his constituency, which has strongly supported former President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020.

“I am the daughter of working class immigrants and being a mom myself, I really know and understand the challenges that working class people face,” Arraf said, according to “Democrats, and the Democratic Party as a whole, need to invest a little more in getting our message out and what we offer to people in those areas which tend to be more rural or seem predominantly Republican.”

She cited the North American Free Trade Agreement, initiated by former President Bill Clinton and then renegotiated into a new, revised deal under Trump, as an area where Democrats could rethink their collar policy. blue.

“Some policies carried out by the Democratic Party have harmed some people and I don’t think we recognize it enough,” Arraf reportedly said.

She said she wanted to focus on the issues that affect Americans every day, such as jobs, schools, infrastructure and health care. Like most other Democrats, she supports the recently passed infrastructure bill.

In addition to domestic issues, as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she is concerned about what she sees as “silence” in Congress on Palestinian human rights.

Although her platform is focused on her Michigan constituents, she said she would like to see more members of Congress speak out and do what they can to tackle human rights violations against Palestinians.

Michigan is home to a large Arab-American population.

Arab Americans in the Midwestern state have made major political progress. Two Arab Americans were elected mayors of their Michigan towns earlier this month.