(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/16) â€“ Later today, the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim groups, will join with leaders from Muslim organizations in the West to issue the â€œWashington Declarationâ€ announcing the formation of a coordinating body to deal with issues of common concern.
The declaration announcing the formation of the â€œCoordinating Body of Muslim Councils in the Westâ€ will be issued at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and is the result of consultations at the recently-concluded â€œ1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the Westâ€ held this week in Arlington, Va.
WHAT: Western Muslim Leaders to Issue â€˜Washington Declarationâ€™
WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bloomberg Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal, 708-288-1914, email@example.com
That international conference, organized by USCMO, brought together some 200 delegates from Muslim communities in the West â€“ including representatives from Muslim councils and member organizations from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe â€“ to discuss issues such as rising Islamophobia, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and formulating strategic priorities.
Participants in the conference heard from U.S. officials, diplomats, community activists and leaders, academics and elected representatives.
Conference discussions focused on:
* Identifying and developing strategic priorities for the Muslim communities in the West,
* Exchanging ideas and developing strategies to address the rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry in the West,
* Developing ways with which to challenge and counteract the problem of violent extremism in all its forms,
* Enhancing the integration and positive contributions of Muslim communities in the societies in which they live,
* Developing strategies for the resettlement of the new waves of refugees and exchanging experiences and resources.
Founding members of USCMO: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed)