FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 18th, 2013, Bay Area, California
AMV welcomes the Justice Department's
review of George Zimmerman’s case
American Muslim Voice Foundation, the nation's largest Muslim peace and community building organization, welcomes a U.S. Department of Justice announcement that it is reviewing the civil rights issues associated with the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
We would like to stand in solidarity with our African-American brothers, sisters and all people of conscious who mourn the senseless and untimely death of Trayvon Martin. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
We welcome the Justice Department's review of this troubling case and hope a swift determination will be made to bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
"We also urge the Senate to endorse the End Racial Profiling Act, which would eliminate profiling based on race, religion, ethnicity and national origin, by federal, state and local enforcement."
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) strongly believe, and we agree that, decades after the civil rights movement, the nation’s criminal justice system still discriminates against blacks and other minorities.
“We believe George Zimmerman targeted Trayvon Martin as a potential criminal because he was black. As Muslims we have been recipients of the same treatment since 9/11. Racial profiling does not work, rather, it hurts our nation by dividing us all.” said Khalid Saeed, National President of American Muslim Voice.
After the Zimmerman “Not Guilty Verdict” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an icon of the civil rights era, said the decision “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense.”
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), head of the CBC, decried “the presumption of guilt so often associated with people of color.”
As the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. said in his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
King’s dream failed on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., when George Zimmerman decided to follow Trayvon Martin because of the color of his skin. This led to a confrontation in which a child was killed by an adult who got away with it, because of the way Florida laws were written and interpreted.
Friday July 19th, 2013
Muslim Community Association
3003 Scott Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Rev. Jeff Moore, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Rev. Dr. Andrew Killie, President of Silicon Valley Inter-Religious Council
Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Senior Advisor of The American Muslim Voice Foundation
Congressman Michael Honda’s Representative Lenine Umali
Rasheed Salaam an, Deputy Director of Be A Champion Foundation and an African American convert to Islam
Reshma Inamdar, Board Member of Northern California Islamic Council and Board Member of League of Women Voters of the Alameda County
Samina Sundas, Founding Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation
and many more