AMT New York Chapter Formed


New York, NY: The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 11 national Muslim organizations, has recently formed a state chapter in New York. A similar chapter already exits in Florida since July 2004.
Imam El-Hajj Talib Abdul Rasheed, Niab Ameer of Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), will coordinate the AMT-New York chapter.
“Formation of our New York chapter is yet another milestone in our campaign to build a bottom-up, democratic decision making system,” AMT Chair Dr. Agha Saeed said.
The AMT is a US-wide coalition of American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Student Association – National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), Project Islamic Hope (PIH), and United Muslims of America (UMA).
A survey commissioned by Georgetown University and conducted by Zogby International in 2004 had shown that 83 percent of American Muslims support AMT ‘s program and political strategy.
The AMT statement reads:
“We are pleased to announce the formation of our New York State Chapter. It marks yet another milestone in our campaign to build a bottom-up, democratic decision making system.
“It is our mission to organize and democratically unify American Muslim community at city, state, and federal levels. Forging cooperation among local chapters of AMT member organizations as well as other local organizations will help us consolidate and expand a genuine grassroots movement of outreach, education and mobilization.
“As a state level coalition, the membership of AMT-New York will not be limited to the New York chapters of national organizations currently represented in AMT. However, only organizations, and not individuals can become members of AMT.
“AMT’s four main objectives are to: 1) become full partners in the defense, development and prosperity of our homeland, the United States, 2) defend civil and human rights of all, 3) mainstream the American Muslim community, and 4) develop alliances with like-minded fellow Americans on a wide variety of social, political, economic and moral issues.
“We have operationalized our objectives through our action program, which includes equally strong commitment to civil liberties, education, homelessness, economic recovery, inner-city development, universal health coverage, affordable housing, environmental and ecological safety, electoral reform, crime prevention, and global peace and justice. Our ‘civil rights plus agenda’ is broadly organized under three categories: a) civil and human rights, b) domestic issues of public good and general welfare, c) global peace with justice, prevention of war, and US relations with the Muslim world
“Our overall strategy is premised on the belief that ‘Our vote is the best guarantee of our civil rights and the best expression of our citizenship’ ”.

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