ADC Takes Part in Report on Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans
Washington DC | June 27, 2007 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to have taken part in an independent Task Force for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans. ADC’s President, Hon. Mary Rose Oakar, and Law Enforcement Outreach Program Director Nawar Shora took part in the Task Force, whose findings were released this week. “Strengthening America” calls for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American civic and political life.
The Task Force is led by Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., and Lynn Martin, former secretary of labor and congresswoman. Comprised of thirty two distinguished Muslim and non-Muslim leaders, the Task Force examined the Muslim American experience and provided recommendations for accelerating Muslim-American engagement.
The Task Force found that Muslim Americans are a well-educated, diverse group and concluded that their talents are needed to help address critical domestic and foreign policy challenges related to homeland security and U.S. relations with Muslim countries and peoples. Muslim Americans can expand their contributions to national security and continue to take the lead in encouraging greater civic participation, leadership development, and institution building within their community. Non-Muslim groups and government leaders can work to better recognize Muslim American contributions to national security, improve collaborations with Muslim American institutions, and provide greater opportunities for young Muslim Americans.
For more information about the Task Force and its findings, including access to a downloadable version of the full report, please visit: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/taskforce_details.php?taskforce_id=8