DALLAS — March 12, 2014 — Ten major national American Muslim organizations held a news conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the formation of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.
The new national council’s first priority will be to build on Muslim citizenship rights by conducting a census of American Muslims to create a database that will be used to enhance civic and political participation in upcoming elections.
“The Muslim community is one of the most diverse communities, if not the most diverse religious community in America,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. “We have a vast amount of resources and education and principles and values that we want to share with this great country. We want to contribute and we hope this platform is the beginning of that opportunity to better serve and unite our voice for the benefit of all.” (Source: Washington Times)
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Organizations participating in the initial launch included:
- Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
- Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed)
- Muslim American Society (MAS)
- Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
- Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)
- American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
- American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
- The Mosque Foundation (Chicago)
Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases involving civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and other American civil liberties.