By Aishah Schwartz
Muslim Link Contributing Writer
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aug. 14, 2006 (MASNET) As the world continues to protest against the atrocities taking place in the regions of Lebanon and Gaza/Palestine, on August 12, tens of thousands in the U.S. joined the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom) for coast-to-coast demonstrations.
Muslims turned out in record numbers for the historical National Emergency March on Washington and were joined by countless thousands rallying and marching in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Cedar Rapids.
The demonstrations, orchestrated to educate the American public regarding the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and the use of U.S. citizen tax dollars to support it, were sponsored by MAS Freedom Foundation, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA).
MAS Freedom Foundation Executive Director Mahdi Bray stated, "MAS chapters did a wonderful job in mobilizing the Muslim community for this pivotal event and deserve recognition for their cooperation, especially considering they only had three weeks to prepare."
Local Muslim community leaders, Imams and masjids rallied their communities together by offering transportation to Washington, D.C., resulting in a phenomenal turnout.
Bray noted, "It is crucial that we maintain the intensity generated by the American Justice for Lebanon and Palestine campaign and the August 12 March on Washington. We need to return to our communities fully committed to the pursuit of justice for Muslims and all people, at home and abroad."
"As I’ve so often said, when the rally ends, that’s when the real work begins," Bray concluded.
In keeping with the slogan, "Faith Over Fear and Justice for All", MAS Freedom is currently coordinating members of the interfaith community, civil liberties groups and traditional civil rights organizations like the NAACP, for a major rally and march on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This direct-action campaign is coordinated in response to outrage expressed within the law-abiding American Muslim community regarding the failure of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division of DHS to protect their constitutional rights.
Delivering a strong and unequivocal message to DHS that second-class citizenship is not an option for Muslim American’s is more important now than ever.
Logistical information for the DHS march is expected to be announced later this week.
MAS Freedom wishes to thank the thousands of Muslims across the country that responded to and supported the August 12 March on Washington.
As the mobilization to rally against DHS for the protection of the civil rights and civil liberties of Muslim Americans comes together in the weeks ahead, MAS Freedom looks forward your continued support.
If you would like to volunteer or assist in the DHS mobilization campaign please call MAS Freedom at (202) 496-1288.
Aishah Schwartz writes from the MAS Freedom Foundation.