Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMA Opens National Capital Office

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMA Opens National Capital Office

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The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) opened the doors to its new Washington, DC office with a Sept. 8 inaugural reception. A national organization, AMA has 98 chapters in 31 states, all geared toward empowering Muslims to become politically active through civic education and running for office.

Imam Shakid El Syed gave the invocation and board member Dr. Riaz Ahmad, from Detroit, MI, discussed AMAs mission, adding that he hoped Muslim Americans in his community would provide resources and volunteers to help the new office survive.

His son, Ali Ahmad, the new program coordinator for AMA-DC, asked for other organizations to invite him to their meetings so he can begin networking and make known the AMA presence in the capital.

Representatives from Muslim organizations, as well as Ahmad's professors from George Washington University in Washington, DC, gave helpful suggestions, including linking AMA's Web site with mosques and other organizations, and hiring interns from the community. …

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