USCMO Inauguration - June 10, 2014
The US Council of Muslim Organizations is holding an inaugural banquet on June 10, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel, near Reagan National Airport, Washington DC. This inaugural event is to celebrate the formation of the new umbrella organization after decades of hope and aspiration to bring national and local American Muslim organizations together in unity and unison. Elected and government officials, dignitaries, civic and interfaith partners, and prominent community leaders were invited. Many have already confirmed their attendance. The inaugural celebration is considered a historic event for the American Muslim community.
Confirmed Speakers at the Inaugural Event
USCMO condemns Boko Haram and girls' kidnapping
(WASHINGTON DC 05/07/2014) -- The US Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations, strongly denounces Boko Haram and its kidnapping of at least 200 girls in Nigeria. We call for the girls' immediate release and safe return to their families.
Boko Haram does not represent Islam and their actions completely violate Islamic teachings and principles. The USCMO joins hands with others who have openly condemned these actions. Slavery, oppression and injustice are prohibited in Islam and Boko Haram threats to sell these girls into slavery are reprehensible.
"The actions of Boko Haram show its members to be very ignorant of Islam and its teachings," said Oussama Jammal, USCMO secretary-general. "No one in their right mind would condone these actions, especially Muslims, as they violate everything we hold sacred."
USCMO calls for the immediate and safe return of these girls to their families and commends President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for intervening for these girls' well being.
Announcing the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/14) – Eight* major national American Muslim organizations held a news conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.
The new national council's first priority will be to build on Muslim citizenship rights by conducting a census of American Muslims to create a database that will be used to enhance civic and political participation in upcoming elections. Other priorities were also considered by the new Council to empower the American Muslim community, amplify its voice, and unify its efforts.
* The founding members of the US Council of Muslim Organizations are:
Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).
Other organizations immediately joined the US Council include:
American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and The Mosque Foundation (Chicago)
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Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
United Muslim Relief, VA
Islamic Center of Wheaton, IL
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