April 5th, 2009 12:51 EST
Civil Liberties Now A Concern For Muslims And YOU!
On Monday, April 6, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, will hold a noon news briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Obama`s visit to Turkey and how that visit relates to issues such as:
- the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S.,
- deteriorating relations between the FBI and American Muslims,
- the dissemination of inaccurate and agenda-driven information by DHS-recognized fusion centers, " and
- Muslims` concerns about new Justice Department guidelines that allow race and ethnicity to be factors in opening an FBI probe.
[President Obama is scheduled to address the Turkish parliament on Monday, April 6.]
WHAT: AMT News Briefing on Obama Trip and U.S. Muslim Concerns
WHEN: Monday, April 6, Noon (Eastern)
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 13th Floor, National Press Club Building, 529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
CONTACT: AMT Chairman Dr. Agha Saeed, Tel: 510-299-9313, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
While it is vitally important for President Obama to reach out to the Muslim world, it is equally important that he address serious concerns American Muslims have about domestic policies that negatively impact civil liberties and seem to reflect the growth of Islamophobic attitudes in our nation, " said AMT Chairman Dr. Agha Saeed.
For background on the issues to be discussed at the news briefing, see:
Obama`s Visit Aims to Underscore Turkey`s Significance
FBI and American Muslims at Odds (Christian Science Monitor)
ACLU Calls for Internal DHS Investigations on Fusion Centers
Dr. Bob`s Terror Shop
Fact Sheet - New Attorney General Guidelines
How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation
On March 17, AMT announced that it is considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI, citing recent incidents in which American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted.
To date, 38 organizations and 117 community activists and scholars have endorsed AMT`s statement.
SEE: U.S. Muslim Coalition Considers Suspending Relations with FBI
To endorse the AMT statement online, click here.
AMT is an umbrella organization that includes American Muslim Alliance (AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), MAS-Freedom, Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and United Muslims of America (UMA). Its observer organizations include the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC).