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San Francisco demonstration against pending deportation of 13,000 Muslims - June 2003

”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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AMV welcomes decision for intensive voter registration

Sept. 2, 2003 – The American Muslim Voice today welcomed a decision by four major American Muslim organizations to speed up efforts to register about one million new Muslim voters.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance, and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, meeting in Chicago at the Labor Day weekend, agreed to cooperate on a voter registration drive that they hope will send one million Muslims.

Representatives of the four leading U.S. Muslim advocacy groups have already begun voter registration drives at mosques and Islamic centers across the nation in hopes of ensuring a strong turnout in the 2004 presidential elections.

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AMV says NO to recall election and NO to Proposition 54

Oct. 1, 2003 - The American Muslim Voice says no to the October 7, elections for recall of Governor Davis and no to Proposition 54.

The AMV Executive Director, Ms. Samina Faheem, said that the AMV says no to recall of the governor and no to the proposition 54. "However, the AMV will honor the wishes of the community and support any decision taken by the American Muslim Political Coordination Committee (AMPCC) related to the gubernatorial candidate," she said.

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Get out and vote

Oct.. 6, 2003 - The American Muslim Voice urges the American Muslim voters to go out and vote in tomorrow’s election for the recall of CA Governor Gray Davis and various propositions.

The AMV Executive Director, Ms. Samina Faheem, said the AMV believes that it is not as important for whom or what proposition you vote, but the most important thing is to get out and vote. Casting your vote is a basic requirement to make your voice heard and effective.

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AMPCC-PAC California recall election advisory
 Community asked to vote in big numbers

 Sept. 29, 2003: The political action committee of the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC-PAC) has issued the following advisory for the California Gubernatorial Recall election.

 Ballot Item:

 Should Governor Gray Davis be recalled?  NO

The next Governor of California should be:   No Recommendation
(Vote your preference)

Proposition 53:    YES

Proposition 54:    NO

AMPCC-PAC is an affiliated political action committee of the American Muslim Political Coordination Committee, which is an umbrella organization representing major American Muslim groups: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim American Congress and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).  This election advisory was developed in consultation with the United Muslims of America and Project HOPE.

 This umbrella organization has taken these recommendations for the following reasons: 

  • 1)      Muslim Americans believe that the electoral system should not be weakened and the recall should not become an instrument for expressing ideological differences. Also this recall is taking millions of dollars and time away from fixing California’s problems.
  • 2)      We have determined that Peter Camejo (Green Party) and Cruz Bustamante (Democrat) have met with community leaders and have articulated positions that are seen as beneficial to California, we feel that it is better not to issue a recommendation at this stage and ask the community members to vote their own preference.
  • 3)      Proposition 53 (Generally dedicates up to 3% of General Fund revenues annually to fund state and local (excluding school and community college) infrastructure projects.)-
  • As Californian Muslims we believe this proposition will benefit this state and so the recommendation is to vote yes on this.
  • 4)      Proposition 54 (Prohibits state and local governments from classifying any person by race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Various exemptions apply.)-
  • We believe that this proposition has not been written to erase racial inequality but to hide racial injustice. And so we recommend to vote no on this proposition.  

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American Muslim Voice welcomes Bustamante’s statement

September 30, 2003 - American Muslim Voice (AMV) has welcomed the meeting of California Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Cruz Bustamante with the Muslim and Arab leaders to discuss issues affecting the Muslim and Arab community.

 Ms. Samina Faheem, AMV Executive Director, hailed the statement of Mr. Bustamante that “I am the Lt. Governor for everybody in the state of California and if I become governor, I will represent everyone.” She said this is exactly what America needs. “We do not need people to be color blind as Proposition 54 suggests.

During the meeting, Mr. Bustamante also spoke about reaching out to Muslim and Arab communities and to stop and prevent any misdirected backlash against them.

Ms. Samina Faheem said “we would like all of us to accept each other, learn about each other’s heritage and have mutual respect for each other and celebrate our diversity. At the AMV, our mission is to protect and preserve civil liberties and civil rights for all and bridge the gap between all communities. We welcome leadership like Mr. Bustamante.”