USCMO Announces the Washington Declaration
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) organized the 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West - a major initiative for Muslims in Western nations - in Washington, D.C., February 1-3 in Arlington, Va.
This conference was the first of its kind to bring Muslim leaders around the world together to exchange experiences and to discuss common issues of concern to our communities. A conference of this scale, uniting the voices of Muslims across the Western Hemisphere and world, is vital to our continued growth and development as a global community. The 200 attendees included representatives from Muslim Councils and their member organizations from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe.
International representatives presented reports on Muslims in their respective countries.
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.
The Conference was a successful and productive event with participants discussing issues and working together to propose solutions. The leaders were able to come up with a set of initiatives and proposals for further deliberation. The conference resolved that:
The leaders participating in the conference have acknowledged the need and have agreed to form a Coordinating Body of Muslim Councils in the West and have formed a steering committee to implement this decision.
"We will continue to engage in civic, social, political and educational areas to better integrate the Muslims in their own countries, as well as internationally", Said Oussama Jammal, Secretary General of USCMO.
The historic conference was a vibrant open discussion with enthusiastic participation from a diverse set of leaders who represented the Muslim community in the West. A commitment to continue such meetings, which bring leaders together for a common purpose and a vision for our community, was agreed on by all.
American Muslims Thank President Obama for Remarks on Islamophobia during SOTU
The US Council of Muslim Organizations is heartened by the remarks of President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address Tuesday January 14, 2016.
The President introduced his call for broader cooperation and inclusiveness in American society and in Congress by first addressing the rising tide of Islamophobia, most recently influenced by racist rhetoric by political candidates, namely Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Mr. Obama rightly asserted that the terrorist organization currently wreaking havoc throughout the world does not represent Islam. He went further to say the ideological, rhetorical and even physical attacks against American Muslims here at home run counter to every American value we hold so dearly.
On behalf of the Muslim community, the USCMO thanks President Obama for addressing the urgent issue of Islamophobia, which not only impacts Muslims but also bleeds into anti-immigrant bias and a general level of mistrust between many layers in our society.
"Muslims are an integral part of American society and we appreciate that the President took the time to address this current wave of Islamophobia," said USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal.
He added, "We agree with President Obama that a healthy democracy depends upon a certain level of trust among its citizenry. We want to help build that trust by our 'One America' campaign that seeks to help Muslims engage in the civic process."
The USCMO launched the One America campaign in December. It's major areas include registering one million Muslims to vote; reaching out to members of the community through a National Mosque Open House Day; and strengthening growing interfaith partnerships, among other things.
USCMO Announces Campaigns to Enhance National Security, Address Rising Islamophobia
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/21/15) -- The US Council of Muslim Organizationstoday announced major educational, outreach and civic empowerment initiatives to address growing Islamophobia in America and to enhance national security through the promotion of freedom and justice.
Proposed USCMO initiatives include a drive to register one million voters prior to the 2016 presidential election, a “One America” campaign to enhance understanding of American Muslims and Islam and a “National Open Mosque Day” designed to help increase interactions between American Muslims and citizens of other faiths and backgrounds.
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USCMO holds National American Muslim Leadership Summit
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) held an Emergency National American Muslim Leadership Summit on Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The summit was held in response to the shooting of in San Bernardino and the remarks made by several republican presidential candidates, the stark rise in Islamophobia in recent months, ensuring the safety and security of our community and to address the infiltration of Violent Extremist ideology into our community through ... Read More
USCMO APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA, REPUDIATES CANDIDATE TRUMP ON BARRING MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE U.S
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, welcomes President Obama’s Oval Office address, rejecting the rising Islamophobia trend and urging Americans to be united during times of adversity by not allowing fear to give birth to hate and bigotry. The American Muslim community and its leadership applaud the president for his remarks and the many elected and public officials who echoed the president’s rejection for bigotry and division in our nation.
Furthermore, USCMO is outraged by the remarks made by Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to ban all travel and immigration of Muslims into the United States. USCMO believes it is not only outrageous but irresponsible and contrary to the spirit of the Constitution and the foundation of America. This kind of rhetoric only seeks to inspire suspicion and hate in the minds of fearful, misinformed people while making American Muslims vulnerable to hate crimes and harassment.
The USCMO encourages our fellow citizens of all faiths and backgrounds to unite against Mr. Trump’s dangerous ideas by keeping true to the values of this great nation: freedom of religion, liberty and justice for all.
USCMO condemns the terror attacks in Paris
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, strongly condemns the abhorrent terror attacks that took place yesterday in Paris and left over 150 innocent people dead and scores injured. USCMO stands consistent with its position against all forms of violence against innocent people anywhere in Turkey, Beirut, Syria, Paris, and on our soil irrespective of the perpetrators, targets, or reasons. These repugnant acts of violence defy the sanctity of every innocent human live and shall always be condemned and rejected.
The US Council of Muslim Organizations sends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of France and stands in solidarity with them against terrorism and violent extremism. We ask the American Muslim community around the nation to hold candle light vigils in memory of the victims and in support of their families.
USCMO soon to launch the Muslim Census Project
On the first day of USCMO's formation, the Census Project of Muslim Americans was announced as its major and signature project. With so much variation in the number of Muslims in America, this project will help identify how many Muslim Americans do actually count. Details will soon be announced. Click here if you are interested to volunteer.