Nadeem Mazen

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Nadeem Mazen

Nadeem Mazen is an educator, entrepreneur, and community organizer. He was elected to Cambridge City Council in 2013 after an energetic grassroots campaign, winning by just 6 votes – being returned to office in 2015, receiving the most votes across all 23 candidates for City Council. In his first two terms, he has worked to make city government more accessible to the public and is building coalitions that address Cambridge’s most pressing issues. He has also focused on social justice issues and greater equity for all members of our community.

Nadeem Mazen first arrived in Cambridge to study Engineering at MIT. After graduation, he founded two community-oriented businesses in Central Square: Nimblebot, a creative agency, and danger!awesome, a makerspace that brings creative expression and tools to the masses.

He is a natural collaborator and problem-solver, dedicated to bringing fresh, progressive voices into community leadership. Over the past three years, Nadeem has organized a team of volunteers and community organizers who are proving that a truly progressive Cambridge is possible.

Candidate for Congress

On December 19, CAIR - Massachusetts put up a Facebook post announcing that two CAIR-MA board members were running for Congress in 2018, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, and Nadeem Mazen.

Nadeem Mazen was running in the Democratic primary against Mike Capuano.

Meeting Markey

CAIR - Massachusetts February 23, 2017.


It was a pleasure to meet with Senator Edward J. Markey yesterday, along with Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen and representatives from the Muslim Justice League and the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), to discuss the needs of the Massachusetts Muslim community! — with Shannon Al-Wakeel, Nadeem Mazen, Ed Markey and John Robbins.


Mazen arrived in Cambridge in the fall of 2002 to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected president of the MIT Muslim Student Association, under the aegis of Suheil Laher, who is a former Al Qaeda fundraiser.

Mazen runs a group named MassMuslims

In April 2015, Mazen’s colleague at MassMuslims, Omar Khoshafa, invited the extremist preacher Yasir Qadhi to address students at Harvard.

In 2015, CAIR opened up a Massachusetts branch and listed Nadeem Mazen as one of its three founding directors.

In May 2015, Mazen voted in committee against the Cambridge Police Department budget, taking issue with the department’s “increased militarization” and demanding it get rid of its SWAT team, which he claimed was alienating the Muslim community.[1]

LivableStreets Alliance

LivableStreets Alliance June 25, 2015 ·

With Steven E. Miller, Alyson Fletcher, Mariko Davidson, Ari Ofsevit, Nadeem Mazen, Dorothy Fennell, Kyle Ramey, Megan Ramey and Jessica Robertson at Aeronaut Brewing Company.

Occupy Boston

In 2011 Nadeem Mazen was active in Occupy Boston.

Fossil fuel divestment at MIT


Nadeem Mazen October 30, 2015;

Supporting fossil fuel divestment at MIT with Slate-mates Mariko Davidson and Jake Crutchfield! #divest #CambMA — with Mariko Davidson, Quinton Zondervan, Jake Crutchfield and Nadeem Mazen.

1st Annual Activist Ball

1st Annual Activist Ball Saturday, 1/25/14 7-11 p.m. 45 Danforth St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Host Committee: John Berg, Alexandra Pineros-Shields, Chris Faraone, Luis Edgardo Cotto, Robin Jacks, and Nadeem Mazen.

MC Chris Faraone will be our tour guide through a dance “fantastic” night including:

Co-sponsors include: Open Media Boston, hollaback Boston!, Democratic Socialists of America, Class Action, Every Small Project Contractors.[2]

Working with Warren


Nadeem Mazen, November 6, 2015;

Today, Elizabeth Warren and I celebrated Y2Y, Sam, Sarah, and everyone who helped make the nation's first student-run youth shelter happen in #CambMA. Talk about taking initiative and getting things done. What other local issues can we move this fast on?

Interfaith gathering


Nadeem Mazen December 11, 2016 ·

Inspiring gathering of 2,600+ strong tonight at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), at which spiritual leaders from across the Greater Boston area spoke about the importance of listening, learning, and loving one another during this time of national transition. I'm thankful to The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization for organizing the event and being an example of dignity and diligence for all of us.

I'm proud to be signing their Interreligious Statement, which will be widely shared soon. #OutofMany1 — with Tito Jackson, Marty Walsh and Elizabeth Warren at Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Anti "Muslim ban" rally

February 2, 2017, a large protest was held in Copley Square against the ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Protest organizers and guests spoke from the steps of Trinity Church. These speakers included Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, CAIR - Massachusetts executive director John Robbins, and Cambridge City Councilman and MIT alumnus Nadeem Mazen.[3]

Cultivating Promising Muslim Leaders to Run for Office

Hussam Ayloush October 19 2018:

Cultivating Promising Muslim Leaders to Run for Office

  1. CAIRCon — attending CAIR National Leadership and Policy Conference & 24th Banquet with Yasmine Taeb at Crystal Gateway Marriott.

Abdul El-Sayed and Nadeem Mazen.