Coalition of African American Muslims (CAAM) Respond to Controversy Surrounding Park 51 Project

Coalition of African American Muslims (CAAM) Respond to Controversy Surrounding Park 51 Project

News Advisory For Immediate Release

Nisa Islam Muhammad

What: Press Conference

When: Thursday September 2, 2010 1:00 pm

Where: National Press Club 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045

Why: The controversy over the Park 51 Project (Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan) is indicative of a general rise in racist bigotry towards people of color in this country. While the issue has its particular and unique distinctions, it cannot be separated from the rising violence against African Americans and Latinos, or the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric and exclusionary politics driving the national debate on immigration.

As African-American Muslims, we feel our unique perspective has been missing from an emerging national discussion. We wish to join that discussion by first of all affirming that among our forbears are Muslims who have lived peacefully and productively in this country since its inception. They, and others among our people have sacrificed too much, both in enduring the horrors and brutalities of chattel slavery, and during the long march to freedom, civil and human rights for us to silently accept a return to Jim Crow exclusionary practices and policies that relegate either ourselves or our co-religionists from other ethnic backgrounds to second-class citizenry.

We commend all of those Jews, Christians and members of other faith and ethnic communities who have raised their voices in defense of the constitutional rights of all Americans. We also laud the work that other Muslim organizations have done in response to the current situation. We add our voice to theirs and will work for a country that reflects the diversity of its people and extends full and equal rights to all.

CAAM Will:
  • Work to expose the underlying foreign and domestic agenda being served by the ongoing demonization of Muslims;
  • Be a voice for those who have been intimidated into silence;
  • Establish networks between organizations representing those elements of the population, regardless of race or religion who are suffering as a result of the politics of fear and exclusion.

Coalition Members

Abdul Jalil Muhammad 
 Imam Abdul Malik
Amir Muhammad 
 Asma Hanif
Hodari Ali Imam 
Johari Abdul Malik
Attorney Kareema 
Al-Amin Imam Khalid Griggs
Minister Louis Farrakhan 
 Imam Nadim Ali
Nisa Islam Muhammad 
 Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Imam Talib Deen 
 Imam Umar Ibn Khattab
Imam Yahya Cason 
 Imam Zaid Shakir

Note: This is a partial list of initial endorsers.


  1. It is great to see traditional Muslims and the followers of The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad working together for ONE common cause.


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