Works to get Muslims elected or appointed to policy-influencing positions at all levels of American government
Opposes the Patriot Act
Works with pro-Hamas and -Hezbollah groups
Founded in 1994, the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) is a political action committee that works to get Muslims elected and/or appointed to policy-influencing positions at all levels of political governance in the United States, from local city councils, to county and state representative governments, all the way to Washington, D.C. This organization currently has 101 chapters in 31 states, and aspires eventually to have chapters in all 435 U.S. congressional districts. One month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a delegate at the AMA convention in San Jose stated, "By the year 2020, we should have an American Muslim President of the United States."
To achieve these goals, AMA provides political education and leadership training for aspiring legislators; conducts campaign and issue research and analysis; maintains a comprehensive database of American Muslim candidates; develops political strategies and articulates policy positions; conducts voter-registration, -education, and -mobilization drives; organizes member participation at the national and state conventions of the Democratic and Republican Parties; establishes political clubs across the United States; and sponsors numerous workshops, seminars, and conferences.
With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, AMA states, "As long as the Israeli government and Israeli settlers continue to kill Palestinian men, women, and children, we will continue to condemn their atrocities and to expose the hideous nature of this neo-colonial occupation."
In 2004, AMA was a signatory to a letter urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote against supporting Israel’s construction of an anti-terrorist security fence in the West Bank, a barrier that the letter described as an illegal "apartheid wall" that violated the civil and human rights of Palestinians. In the United States, AMA has taken a stand against the Patriot Act, characterizing it as an assault on civil liberties.
AMA chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 "Free Muslims March Against Terror," an event whose stated purpose was to "send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered . . . [and to send] a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them."
AMA’s National Chair is Dr. Agha Saeed, a professor of political science and speech at California State University.
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