Bonnie Rich defeated Aisha Yaqoob in the General Election for Georgia House of Representatives, District 97. Rich received 13,484 votes. Yaqoob received 10,636 votes.
Aisha is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants.
Aisha founded the Georgia Muslim Voter Project in 2016. According to the Georgia Muslim Voter Project’s Facebook page, “The Georgia Muslim Voter Project aims to educate Georgia Muslims about civic engagement, registering new voters, and engaging the community through voting.”
Aisha is the Policy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.
On March 24th 2016, the University of Georgia’s Amnesty International Group hosted an event called ‘Fight Night.’ Linda Sarsour was a speaker at this event. Aisha attended the event and was interviewed afterward. Aisha said, “I was blown away by the event.
It was so great that Amnesty International was able to get Linda Sarsour to attend this event. It speaks volumes that a non-Muslim organization invited Linda to come speak because of how important it is for different groups to come together and fight for each other.
The most powerful part of the event for me was hearing the stories from Linda and Raquel about different communities coming together and fighting for a shared cause, and sometimes not even a shared cause.
The event only reinforced the need for collaboration and coalition building among different minority groups and reminded me that it is imperative for us to fight for others, instead of just our own communities.”
In 2017, Aisha appeared in an anti-Trump documentary called “The UnAmerican Struggle.” The description of the Documentary reads, “Bigotry is on the rise again in America, fueled by a President whose views are rooted in racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia.
His words and actions as a candidate, and now his policies as President, have breathed new life into an agenda of intolerance across the nation. This renewed struggle facing immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, black people, women, and transgender people is represented by frontline activist voices from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Diversity Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Black Lives Matter.”
Aisha was endorsed by Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder.