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In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment (AUDIO)

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Three Muslim women get together on a plaza at a gathering in front of New York City Police Department headquarters, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, civil rights lawyers urged a U.S. judge to declare the NYPD's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any records in police files.(AP Photo/Richard Drew) | AP
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After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

This comes from a confluence of factors: the demographic advantage of being the fastest-growing religious group in the city; the creation of a political infrastructure including groups like the Muslim Democratic Club of New York; and a popular mayoral candidate in Bill De Blasio who openly embraces them and many of their causes.

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