USCMO Condemns the Brutal Attack by White Supremacists Against Peaceful Protestors in Charlottesville, VA
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/17) - The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim-American organizations, stands in solidarity with the city of Charlottesville, VA, and sends its sincere condolences to the victims and their families.
On Saturday, August 12, hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klu Klux Klan members held a rally where they clashed with counter protesters. During the rally a white supremacist plowed his car into the crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Virgnia State Patrol Officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates,41, were also killed when their helicopter crashed while en-route to respond to the chaos.
USCMO adds its voice in condemnation of violence and terrorism against peaceful protesters and calls on President Trump to be more clear and louder in denouncing these Neo-Nazi and racist groups who promote violence and division in our society. Furthermore, USCMO calls upon public officials, interfaith groups, and civic organizations to stand united against hate and bigotry. USCMO also urges the Muslim community to engage in public debate and to push-back against all types of hatred, racism and violence.
Muslim Groups Meet with State Department Officials to Discuss Al-Aqsa Mosque Crisis
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/10/17) - Representatives of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations, met yesterday with State Department officials to discuss the ongoing Al-Aqsa Mosque crisis and Israel's denial of religious freedom in Jerusalem, which is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.
During the meeting at the State Department, the USCMO delegation highlighted the religious significance of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque sanctuary - one of Islam's holiest site -- for the world's 1.6 billion Muslim, including the 6 million American Muslims. Officials assured the group the United States is committed to maintaining the safety and security of worshipers in Jerusalem.
"We wanted to convey to the State Department how deeply concerned we are about the incidents in Jerusalem and to make sure they understood the religious significance this site holds for American Muslims," said Oussama Jammal, USCMO secretary general. "We were encouraged by the constructive dialogue at the State Department on this important issues."
Two weeks of peaceful Palestinian protests and international pressure in July forced Israeli authorities to remove surveillance cameras they had installed at the gates to Al Aqsa. Palestinians and Muslims worldwide remain concerned about Israel's denial of religious rights for Muslims and Christians, and the ongoing Israeli effort to alter the religious landscape of Jerusalem.
USCMO member organizations represented at the meeting included Oussama Jammal, Secretary General of USCMO; Osma Abu-Irshaid, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP); Roula Allouch, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC); Dr. Zahid Bukhari and Dr. Mohsin Ansari, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); Mir Masum Ali, Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA).
USCMO Holds 3rd Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
On Monday and Tuesday, May 1st-2nd, 2017 the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) held its third Annual National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. More than 400 activists representing 30 states convened on Capitol Hill to connect national, regional and state Muslim Organizations, community members and activists with their elected representatives.
The delegates met with around 230 elected officials and congressional staffers during this year's record-breaking Advocacy Day, despite the anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies disseminating from the White House. Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen Corey Booker (D-NJ), Sen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sen Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sen Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), Congressman Al Green (D-TX), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Congresswoman Terri A.Sewell (D-AL), Congressman Gary Palmer (D-AL), Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin were among the elected officials who met Muslim leaders and delegates.
USCMO'S advocacy day event focused on promoting a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice issues that will be of benefit to all Americans, regardless of faith or background, including:
- A round up endorsement of people against the Muslim ban, religious questioning and registry legislation
- Supporting DREAMers and raising concerns about the Secure Communities Program's impact on civil liberties and immigrant communities
- Endorsing the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act
There are several bills in both House and the Senate that seek protection from the Presidential Executive Order on travel, effectively known as the Muslim Ban, as well as a registry based on religion. This year, the big ask was to .... Read More
USCMO vehemently condemns the growing wave in anti-Semitism in the US and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery
(WASHINGTON DC 2/23/2017) - The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations and institutions, strongly condemns the growing wave in anti-Semitism in the US, and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
In recent weeks, anti-Semitic activity has increased across the country, with swastikas and other hate speech graffitied on both Jewish buildings and public spaces such as subways, bomb threats being called into Jewish daycare's and community centers, and desecration of Jewish sacred spaces. "It is unconscionable that anyone would slip into a cemetery and vandalize it, destroying headstones and graves and disrespecting those who rest beneath them as well as their loved ones.", USCMO General Secretary Oussama Jammal said in a statement.
USCMO stands firm against racism and hate crimes, and calls on the Trump administration to cease its discriminatory rhetoric and anti-immigration/anti-Muslim tone which have led to attacks not only on the Jewish community, but other minorities as well.
USCMO's Response to Muslim Ban by President Trump
(Washington, D.C., 1/27/2017): The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations and institutions, expressed concern over President Trump's executive order to ban Muslim visitors, immigrants, and refugees from entering the United States.
The draft order calls for an immediate halt to resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States until further notice, and a 30 day halt on all issued immigrant and visitor visas from Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Libya and Sudan. It does not take into consideration the status of the individual or whether or not they have US relatives, effectively dividing families, especially those who are seeking entry under refugee status.
In a statement earlier today, USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: "What this executive order amounts to is a "Muslim ban" on nationals who are trying to escape the same extremism and violence that Mr. Trump is claiming to protect the country from, particularly Syrian refugees who view their visas as a ticket to safety. These refugees in particular have gone through a very rigorous vetting process that can range from months to years- taking away their light at the end of the tunnel is not only inhumane, it's unAmerican."
USCMO calls on elected officials to reject the anti-Muslim rhetoric touted by the Trump administration in the name of national security. USCMO also calls on all Americans to reject efforts to divide our great nation through labels and fear mongering.
Standing in Solidarity with Women's Rights and their March on Washington, D.C. January 21, 2017
(Washington DC 01/20/2017) The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations and institutions, stands in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and women's rights as universal human rights.
USCMO firmly believes in a woman's right to live without fear of discrimination, harassment and assault of any kind. Additionally, We stand for the rights of women, minorities, immigrants and refugees' to equality in society and equitability in the workplace, to due process and to fair treatment by law enforcement and the judicial system. We abide by the Constitution and the rights included therein, and pledge to work to uphold the freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights, and in particular freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and right to personal security.
As such, USCMO encourages the attendance of the Women's March on Washington or any of its Sister Marches*, in support of women's rights, the rights of minorities and in particular Muslims and people of color, the rights of immigrants, refugees and those with disabilities.
* Sister Marches taking place in various cities are neither officially nor legally affiliated with the Women's March on Washington; therefore attendees are encouraged to find out the overarching messaging of their local march before attendance.
USCMO Reacts to Election Results
(Washington, D.C., 11/9/2016)- The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of national, regional, and local Muslim organizations, called on President-Elect Trump today to uphold the foundational values of the Constitution by protecting civil and religious freedoms of all Americans.
In a statement today, USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said, "Though the outcome of the elections was not what most expected, it is still the choice of the American people and the result of the democratic process. It is our sincere hope that negative campaign rhetoric is left behind in the upcoming phase, and that President-Elect Trump advocates for the rights of the American people regardless of gender, race or religious affiliation. We look forward to working with the new administration in order to help our great nation to come together and heal, and to move past the divisive sentiment that defined the electoral campaigns."
USCMO encourages Americans across the nation to come together at this time to work towards closing the divide and building a better, stronger, more productive country.
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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.