U.S. Muslims, Gov’t Officials Meet, Vow to Increase Cooperation
MACCPAC hosts post-election dialogue in DC to discuss agenda for next term

 
(Washington, D.C., 11/19/12) – The Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC) in collaboration with the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD) hosted a post election dialogue between national Muslim leadership and various U.S government agencies on Wednesday, November 14th, in Washington, D.C.

The discussion focused on ways both sides could increase cooperation and effectiveness on issues of common concern. Speakers also reflected on the role minority communities have played in shaping American politics and suggested ways in which American Muslims could help move the country’s national agenda forward.

Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, MACCPAC chairman and Howard University professor, said that MACCPAC has made significant progress toward creating and implementing a dialogue between the Muslim community and the political leadership in the U.S.

“Three things have become clear: (1) we are now very constructively engaged with legislative and executive leaders on the issues affecting our people; (2) we have fully expressed and heard back from those leaders or their representatives on our concern about Islamophobia, issues relating to Shariah and other pressing matters; (3) we have succeeded in mobilizing our community for the presidential elections, and have seen America’s national leaders give credit to our participation as a key part of the record turnout that led to results likely to be of great interest and benefit to the community,” he added.

At the conclusion of the event, MACCPAC circulated and later passed a resolution that read:

WHEREAS, MACCPAC joins other non-profit and civil rights groups in the United States to maintain an on-going dialogue in the spirit of inclusion and outreach to engage the Muslim-American community in its needs, hopes and aspirations for a more civil and just society, and

WHEREAS, in the process, MACCPAC hopes to convey these goals to the US Government along with other stakeholders, and

WHEREAS, MACCPAC will use its growing national network of members and chapters to disseminate the Government’s plans, policies and actions back to the Muslim community for feedback, participation and implementation;

BE IT RESOLVED that

MACCPAC urges US Government agencies through elected and appointed officials to cooperate regularly with the Muslim community in extending dialogue over policies and actions in order to address critical issues affecting American Muslims, the US and the Muslim World.

MACCPAC urges the US Administration and Congressional leaders to consider assigning advisory tasks in different areas of public life to Muslim-American experts of proven professional capabilities and integrity to ensure both Muslim representation in policy process and to broaden the base of policy alternatives.

MACCPAC urges members of Congress and the Administration to work together to find Legislative and Executive branch solutions to the discriminatory and burdensome system of profiling and watch lists, to ensure a safer and more just America for all citizens; and

MACCPAC expresses its appreciation to the members of the US Congress, Congressional and the White House staff, and officials of different US government agencies who responded to our invitation to attend the “US Government and US Muslim Dialogue” held on 14 November 2012 and discussed with the MACCPAC conference participants how they would work with American Muslims to assist them in resolving the issues and challenges they face in their contacts with different government agencies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that

this resolution, upon formal adoption by MACCPAC and its supporters, be disseminated to officials in the US Administration, Congressional leadership, Senate and House offices, international media representatives, think tanks, NGOs and the general public through email, internet and traditional media.

MACCPAC’s mission is to promote mutual understanding and engagement in national security, human rights, justice, peace and democracy in the public squares all across the United States, and in other Muslim countries around the world.

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