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    8 US Muslim groups launch umbrella body

    May 16-2014

    The leaders of eight Muslim-American organizations announced Wednesday the launch of an umbrella group to better voice the concerns of the Muslim community in the United States.

    “This is an announcement which has been long-awaited by the Muslim-American commun-ity,” said Oussama Jammal, secretary general of the newly formed US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).

    “We’re delighted that these major organizations have gotten together in response to the aspirations and hopes of the American Muslim community to have a voice and an umbrella organization.”

    The council includes: the American Muslims for Palestine; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); the Islamic Circle of North America; the Muslim American Society; the Muslim Legal Fund of America; the Muslim Alliance in North America; the Muslim Ummah of North America; and The Mosque Cares.

    Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, said that the formation of the group, which took more than two years, will help Muslim-Americans to better communicate with one another, and with the American public.

    According to Jammal, the USCMO’s first objective will be to conduct a census of Muslim-Americans to “enhance political participation in upcoming elections.”

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