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New organization unites American Muslims in one coalition

By Amanda Murphy
Religion News Service
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Oussama Jammal, Center, Secretary General of the USCMO, speaks during a press conference introducing the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations on in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON Seeking to make a bigger impact in American politics and to better protect their civil rights, 10 Muslim groups have banded together under a new umbrella group: the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.

Many of the leaders of the new organization called the campaign for increased unity among Muslims an unprecedented step for the community, and one that could help weave Muslims more tightly into the fabric of American life.

“This is the dream of every American Muslim, to unify the approach, agenda and vision of the Muslim community,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“In the past, many people have tried to unite on a limited agenda, but this is a broad agenda for the American Muslim community.”

The council plans to advocate for issues important to American Muslims and to boost voter registration. The idea is to give Muslims a bigger political platform in elections and society, and to leverage the community’s purchasing power.

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