COPAA Teams with LA County Sheriff, Elected Representatives & Other Muslims to Create New Congress

Flanked by US Congressmember Jane Harman, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; a group of Muslims from Southern California came together and introduced the newly formed Muslim-American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC). MAHSC is expected to develop into a nationwide network of local Muslim -American community, business and religious leaders. (A report on the formation of the Congress earlier appeared in Pakistan Link).
"We hope that this organization will enhance the partnership and cooperation between the Muslim- American community and law enforcement, as well as, local and national elected officials, civic and inter- faith groups. We believe that the Muslim-Americans have a vital role to play in making America a better and more secure place to live in for all people," said Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Shura Council of Southern California.
"The security of our homeland is important to all Americans," Sheriff Lee Baca said. "So is the understanding and acceptance of our differences. The Muslim-American Homeland Security Congress will play a vital role in fostering education, understanding, communication and cooperation between Muslims and the general public toward the mutual goal of protecting and defending America and its entire people. Together, we will fight bigotry and work jointly to prevent terrorism."
The Muslim-American Homeland Security Congress includes the following members on its Executive Board, who were selected by the Congress, represented by dozens of local leaders and organizations:
Ahmad Ali: Council of Pakistan American Affairs
Hussam Ayloush: Council on American-Islamic Relations
Dafer M. Dakhil: Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation
Tiffany Horton: Muslim Women's League
Dr. Jamil Momand: Islamic Center of Southern California



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