Michigan, Congress, Attorney discussed on KCBS Radio Afternoon News


Our Thursday Newswatch continues next week's midterm election could be historic for women seeking office voters could San the first female Muslims to congress that includes Rashida to leave the democrat running in Michigan's thirteenth district house race CBS news correspondent Rena Nina with our streaming network CBS N, Matt. With to Lebed discuss what it means for her and Muslim Americans nationwide. We're seeing a Toledo is now facing a last minute ride and challenge from the woman that she defeated in August. But the momentum is still with her campaign. She's an attorney a former state legislator, the oldest of fourteen and also the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and she tells me she's looking to change history at a time. Most people think just is impossible. The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment, we changed. The course of history at a time. We thought it was impossible. And that if you just believe believe in the possibility of someone like me. Well, many have focused on her faith receded to leave says this moment is so much more for it to happen at a moment where we really have felt this moment of darkness at a moment. Where Islamic phobia is such a high rate. But you don't have to read the Koran to love me love the actions. Love the things that I do look at those and that will help people get beyond whatever fear or restoring typical thing that they might be thinking about I will uplift you in so many ways not to leave wonder democratic primary in August and is running in Michigan's thirteenth congressional district. If she wins next week, she'll be one of the first Muslim women in congress. What was the moment? Word hit. You hit me yet? I think people don't realize just how much of a roller coaster. It is. And it's it's happy chaos right now. It's what I describe it as do you believe that a Muslim wave is coming to congress. I don't know. I'm all for not ways. I'm all for owning the ocean, not Muslims, but women. To leave joins the hundreds of women running for office this year, and like many of these candidates. She's also a mom don't talk. Lead was born in the mid seventies in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant. Parents. Her mom thought, the Ma says, she always believed her daughter would live the American dream. How does it feel to have your daughter be the next woman the gods? She thinks God. I'm the girl from south west. He trait that didn't speak English when I started school. I was my mother's translator entirely poverty. Twelve years old. And I remember people looked at her. I remember the different things that were happening to my family as as we were getting, you know, situated and Byner first home in south west to trade watching. My mother learned how to drive for the first time all of those experiences come with me and the cause closest to her heart immigration reform, your eyes well up when you talk about immigration. Yes. Why? So I went to a predominantly African American school. I didn't even understand like our immigration system. I knew my parents immigrated here, I think growing up in the community where your neighbors are impacted directly. It's hard and talking about walls and separation and detaining children. I think the immigration system, we have dehumanized it. Do you feel that the Democratic Party is transforming into something different? I think everybody transforms right organically. I think it is a new time to new era of the civil rights movement. It's time for a change to leave one Michigan's thirteenth district primaries, roughly sixty percent African American. He says it's all about issues, and she hopes to secure fifteen dollars minimum wage plans to push for equal pay and health care for all. And of course, he's hoping to overturn the travel ban which impact several Muslim countries. Let's CBS news. Correspondent Rena Naina..

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