(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/15/2009) – More Muslim and civil liberties organizations, activists and academics have signed on to a statement by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, saying that it is considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI over recent incidents in which American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted.
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The new signatories include the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC), the National Lawyers Guild, the Colorado Muslim Council, and the Muslim Consultative Network. The ISCSC represents dozens of Southern California mosques and Muslim organizations. Academics who have signed the AMT statement include Profs. Ali Mazrui, John Esposito, Charles Butterworth, and M. Cherif Bassiouni.
“Trust is a cornerstone of human society and is the basis of all relationships. I urge President Obama to preserve it for the good of America and all people,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
To date, 44 organizations and many community activists and scholars have endorsed AMT’s statement.
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To endorse the AMT statement online, click here.
AMT is an umbrella organization that includes American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), MAS-Freedom, Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and United Muslims of America (UMA). Its observer organizations include the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC).
CONTACT: AMT Chair Dr. Agha Saeed, Tel: 510-299-9313, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org