AMA and MPAC Pledge Greater Cooperation

Los Angeles: Two major Muslims organizations have agreed to increase their cooperation in the area of electoral politics. The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) have agreed to work together to educate, organize and galvanize the American Muslim community for more effective participation in the mainstream American politics.

“The main goal is to develop a maximal electoral strategy and to provide a roadmap to the community,” AMA President Dr. Yahya Basha said.
Both organizations will coordinate their activities in the areas of civic education, leadership training, and identification of potential candidates. During the 2006 election cycle, both organizations will hold joint Town Hall Meetings to inform and involve the community.

“This is an important step toward building a multi-institutional democratic decision-making system,” Senior MPAC Advisor Dr. Maher Hathout said. “The era of one or few individuals making decisions on behalf of the entire community and seeking private access is over.”
The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) has 101 chapters nationwide and it has recently opened a regional office in New York. The AMA is primarily focused on electoral politics.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has offices on both East and West coasts. It is primarily focused on policy development and media outreach.

“Our community needs at least two years to plan and execute an effective election strategy. This accord obliges us to start our work here and now. It shows that we are serious in pursuing our electoral goals,” MAPC Executive Director Salam Al-Maryati said.

Both groups are affiliated with the American Muslim Taskforce for Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), an umbrella organization representing 11 major Muslim organizations.

“This accord is an amplification of the spirit of the AMT Charter which encourages bi-lateral as well as multi-lateral cooperation among Muslim organizations,” AMT Chair Dr. Agha Saeed said.


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