Help your American Muslim neighbors strengthen their voices against violent religious extremism & Islamophobia…
Your Muslim neighbors need your help…
NATIONAL ― As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you).
American Muslims may be the single greatest influence that can help defeat the scourge of violent religious extremism and Islamophobia. Words must remake people and people can remake the world. Help us strengthen our voice. Give generously now during the CWSC & AM 360 National Radio-Telethon.
For more than 40 years, our American Muslim community has been in the forefront of interfaith dialogue and collaboration, inspiring civic citizenship and responsibility for all our rights as Americans. Now more than ever, America and the world needs to hear our voice. We can’t depend on popular media to take the full story of Al-Islam in America and the contributions that American Muslims have made to the fabric of our country since before the landing of Columbus to these shores.
Know that we as persons of faith in the Abrahamic tradition are working everyday to help remake the world, but we can’t do it alone. We need our Christian and Jewish brethren and all persons of goodwill working with us. We have the capability to expand our reach via the American Muslim 360 Broadcast Center, but it takes work and funding. Right now you can support the CWSC AM360 Radio-Telethon at cwsc.us.
Your tax deductible gift will not only help support AM360, but also help us to:
• Operate the Model Communities National Resource Directory and Network.
• Operate the national think tank.
• Sustain and grow the national speakers bureau.
• Administer & fund national scholarship & cultural / historical preservation programs open to students of all faiths.
• Administer leadership & internship programs
• Conduct learning labs.
• Provide free technical and consulting support to nonprofit institutions nationwide.
• Forge intra-faith ties and collaboration through the National Leadership Advisory Council that brings together more than 23 leaders of our national sister organizations throughout the U.S. to help us proactively respond to those who would seek to harm the image of our faith.
• Strengthen our voice against violent religious extremism & Islamophobia.
The CWSC is a faith-based national conference and volunteer human resource network made up of volunteers from multiple faith traditions who realize that words must remake people and then people can remake the world. Help us strengthen our voice. Give generously now through the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday (January 19, 2016)…together, we can remake the world.
CWSC …Unleashing and harnessing the full capacity inherent in the group intellect. Together we can remake the world!
Community Wide Shuraa Conference, Inc. (CWSC) is a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is qualified to receive bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under sections 2055, 2106, or 2252 of the Code. Contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax Tax ID: 46-3505809. CWSC does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, religion, ethnic or national origin in its community outreach. To explore leadership, community service and other volunteer opportunities, please email email@example.com or call (910) 317-0297…Together we can remake the world.
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Paris Attacks & Syrian Crisis on American Muslim 360 Radio…
NATIONAL ― As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you).
Hear an encore presentation of Clear Talk’s panel discussion on the Paris Attacks & Syrian Crisis at American Muslim 360 with hosts Mustafa & Kim Mujahid…featuring special guests Imam Kashif Abdul Karim of Muhammed Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, CT; Mongi Dhaoudi, Executive Director for Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR – Connecticut); Imam Nadim Ali of the West End Community Masjid Atlanta, Ga; Yusuf Burke, Director (CAIR Atlanta); Editor Ayesha K. Mustafaa of the Muslim Journal, and Mohamed Malak of Syria and current community activist in Atlanta, Ga. Recorded November 23, 2015.
CWSC Paris Attacks Press Conference
NATIONAL ― As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you).
“Over the last few days we have witnessed yet again, horrific violence committed by extremists allegedly in the name of Islam, and I use the word allegedly, because we don’t accept their ideology of ‘by any means necessary’ including the murder of innocent civilians, and other atrocities.” Mukhtar Muhammad, Executive Director, CWSC, Inc.
NATIONAL – The Community Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC) and American Muslim 360 (AM360) leaders convened a national press conference on November 27, 2015 in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. As a major media influencer in the American Muslim community, AM360 sought to lend its voice as expeditiously as possible in not only expressing condolences and condemning the attacks, but also in supporting the CWSC’s strategic efforts to address a critical weakness hampering our group intellect’s ability to elevate its work in remaking the world. Click on the link to hear this important address. May Allah (SWT) bless us to elevate work to its highest capacity to speak to, and work for greater justice in America and the world. Blessed Jumah.
MCNRD Online Portal Connecting Our Group Intellect
“And every one has a direction to which he should turn, therefore hasten to do good works; wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together; surely Allah has power over all things.” Q, 2:148
“The relationship of the believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) a building, each strengthens the other.” He illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands. Prophet Muhammed (S) [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
“Males and females should address us and address the general concern and then someone who is knowledgeable of the makeup of this conference, the persons, and skills…someone should know all of us and what we have to offer; if we don’t have this, then we can grow into this…we can grow into it. You know maybe I’m speaking beyond what we have right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do this, we have to grow into it if we don’t have it.” ―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)
NATIONAL― As part of the Community Wide Shuraa Conference’s (CWSC) mission to help the Community unleash and harness the full capacity inherent in the group intellect, the national nonprofit announces the deployment of the Model Communities National Resource Directory or MCNRD. For nearly a year, CWSC has been working on developing a way to allow every believer to easily connect to the group intellect nationally and to use their G-d given talents to help every institution in our community.
CWSC’s executive director, Mukhtar Muhammad, shared that “MCNRD will be the first national project of its kind designed to comprehensively catalog online the knowledge, skills, experience, training, degrees, and certifications held by believers committed to helping establish model communities and to connect those resources to institutions nationwide who want access to a diverse group intellect. Our institutions can now now access expertise that can help organizations with their internal administrative systems management and design, as well as help improve the design of local community outreach programs, such that their service delivery is operating at the highest level of organizational excellence. We now have in place the infrastructure and leadership including our director of human resources Brother Dharr Dihaan who is well qualified to administer this program.”
Dharr Dihaan, a New York entrepreneur, experienced human resources administrator and himself a past nonprofit executive director, is CWSC’s director for human resources* and program manager for MCNRD. Brother Dharr says “MCNRD can be a game changer for our entire community. Make no mistake, this is a large scale project that requires coordination and communication at all levels as we issue a call for every believer in our Association from seniors in high school to retirees to register in the Model Communities National Resource Directory along with a simultaneous call for institutions to register and access the vast expertise available throughout the country. This is a momentous day, and if our Imam was present with us physically, I believe he would say…‘they got it—my community has gotten it!’ MCNRD is really the fulfillment of our dream or I should say our aspiration as a community. And CWSC is going to need help administering this program. We need our national sister organizations and all institutions to help us in this effort.” Click here for full the press release to learn how your school, masjid or other non-profit can receive free assistance. MCNRD is also available to for-profit organizations.
CWSC Invites 22 Leaders into Special Session to Preview New Online Directory
“Form alliances, firstly among yourselves…“What is hurting minority communities more than anything else is that we are not informed enough and we are not aware of what is going on. In order for a community of people that’s deficient or weak to get strong…they have to open communication lines, not so much with the outside community, but within themselves.” Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)
The National Leadership Advisory Council (NLAC) is a voluntary ad hoc conference hosted by the CWSC to help foster closer ties and mutually supportive relations among national sister institutions serving the same constituency. Because the CWSC is connected to a broad array of issues, persons and institutions through the Model Communities National Resource Directory, its broadcast subsidiary American Muslim 360 Radio Network and other intelligentsia components, leaders saw the necessity to form NLAC to help to deliberate with the requisite sensitivity and respect for communication and coordination with others also working for our model community vision.
With the facilitation and servant leadership of New York’s Imam Abdul Azeez, a directing officer for CWSC, NLAC will hold its second session this weekend to unveil the Model Communities National Resource Directory or MCNRD to national organizations that can help publicize and encourage the use of the tool by all institutions and individuals. Imam Azeez is known throughout the country as one committed to both intra-faith and interfaith relations; with his leadership and fellow support from leaders around the country, he has in a relatively short period of time, used his diplomatic talents to help bring leaders and organizations together. “We have to love one another and respect one another according to the ahab of our Prophet (S),” Imam Azeez exhorts. He stresses, “Before we can remake the world, we have to make sure we’ve made our best efforts to connect with one another as brothers and sisters first, so we can have the best thinking and produce the best work.”
As an advisory council, NLAC will enable CWSC and leaders of other organizations to quickly confer on a CWSC agenda item that may lie wholly or in part under another organization’s functional interest. When a matter presents that impacts the entire community’s welfare, whether it’s a significant benefit or emergent problem, CWSC will be able to expedite consultation with fellow national organizations through already established communication channels. In these post 9-11 times, an incident anywhere could trigger the necessity for urgent shuraa among all national organizations to help protect our communities and the broader public.
Collaborating through the National Advisory Council with fellow leaders and organizations working for our community’s excellence is not only practical, but it is a hallmark of Islamic unity.
Among NLAC’s core goals…
• To know our organizational purposes and leaders on a more personal level.
• To know areas of overlap for purposes of information and expertise sharing, lessons learned, and best practices sharing.
• To create a “reliable” channel for emergency and periodic communication and consultation.
• To serve as consultative advisors for one another on critical matters that benefit or affect all communities.
• To consciously eliminate negative tensions, destructive competition, or adverse miscommunication in favor of collaborative relationships and goodwill.
• To help sooth and comfort the spirit of believers nationwide who desire to see unity, collaboration, mutual respect and support among national entities serving the same constituency.
• To reduce stress at the epigenetic level of the Community and improve the spirit and operating environment of our shared freedom space that will Insha Allah lead to greater vision, engagement of our group intellect, and more effective work.
The 22 organizations invited to the upcoming special session are all national in scope and connects in some way, every supporter of our Community across age, gender, geographical and other boundaries and include an emphasis on “Gen X” and “millennial” national leadership; they are: the American Coalition for Good Government;
American Muslim 360; American Muslim Community Development Institute; Community Life Forward;
Community Wide Shuraa Conference, Inc.; Detroit National Annual WDM Muslim Convention; Institute of Muslim American Studies; International League of Muslim Women; Institute of Muslim American Studies; Islam in America Movement; Mosque Cares; Muslim American Chamber of Commerce; Muslim American Chaplains Association; Muslim American Logic Institute; Muslim American Media Alliance; Muslim American Veterans Association; Muslim Journal; Muslim Women in Action; National Conveners of Imams; National Muslim Business Council; New Africa Students of Imam Mohammed; and YOU R A CREATOR,INC. | YRAC MOVEMENT ™
Dr. Joyce E. King Appointed Advisor for Establishing CWSC Office of International Relations
Professor King is the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education at Georgia State University.
Previously, Dr. King held senior academic affairs positions as Provost at Spelman College, Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans. She was director of teacher education for twelve years at Santa Clara University and the first head of the Ethnic Studies Department at Mills College. She completed two prestigious leadership programs: the American Council on Education Fellowship at Stanford University with the President, the Vice President for Planning and Management, and the Office for Multicultural Development.
As a W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship recipient, King also studied women’s leadership and grassroots participation in social change in China, Brazil, France, Kenya, Japan, Mali and Peru. Her international experience also includes teaching and providing professional development in Canada, England, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Senegal. Read her extended biographical information: Dr. Joyce King, CEHD and Author Dr. Joyce E. King.
CWSC’s executive director, Mukhtar Muhammad stated recently, we have to complement the Community’s intelligentsia with a minimum of four components to be in the best position to remake the world and they include a national think tank that publishes working and white papers on the major domestic and international issues of our times; a speakers bureau that can penetrate into the halls of of the “four birds” of influence in American Society, a national broadcasting network, and an office of international relations. Our prayers are being answered. If we believe words make people and people make change, and that we have something to say, then we have to do more to make sure our voices and our work reach the people here in America and abroad. We have to take our rightful seat at the table of national and international dialogue, and Dr. King’s advice will be invaluable in helping us achieve that.”
Note: Stay tuned for a special AM360 interview with Dr. King coming soon to the Friday CWSC Roundtable.
Tune in for the Friday CWSC On-Air Roundtable at American Muslim 360
Hear today’s encore! Join host Mark Shahid and executive producer William Kareem for a lively discussion at the CWSC Rountable each Friday morning at 9 am EST. From panel discussions to special guest interviews, CWSC’s Roundtable is the place for constructive dialogue on the good things happening and on chronic issues we face, including dealing with the cultural barriers to operational excellence. When you want light and not heat…Tune in or dial in at (646) 716-4478 and tweet us @CWShuraa to be part of the conversation.
CWSC Friday Roundtables are an opinion, viewpoints, and perspectives discussion sponsored by the Community Wide Shuraa Conference. Roundtable views expressed by hosts, panelists and guests are not necessarily the official position of the CWSC, Inc.
Got an idea for a Roundtable, firstname.lastname@example.org is your way to connect with us. We just may feature a panel discussion on your idea or subject! Plus CWSC has the ability to move from the airwaves to the pathways and from idea to reality. Get listed in your area of expertise and help all our institutions through the Model Communities National Resource Directory! Join the CWSC Network and help remake the world.
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Atlanta’s Dr. Ameena Ali Premiers on AM360…
CWSC welcomes to the American Muslim 360 airwaves Dr. Ameena Ali on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. EST.
Dr. Ameena Ali is a professional midwife, maternal educator, reproductive, birth and social justice activist and “lactivist.” A certified doctor of naturopathic care, she is founder and director of the Atlanta-based, A Mother’s Peace, a midwifery outreach meeting the maternal wellness needs of women in crises including indigent, homeless, undocumented, incarcerated, HIV, teen clientele and pregnant domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She is a passionate caregiver committed to making a difference in the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable women in society. Dr. Ali premiers November 5, 2015. Tune in and be part of the solution.
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AM360 CEO Represents CWSC at U.N. Pre-Conference on Global Drug Policy…
Dr. Aisha Kareem, CEO for American Muslim 360 and Chair of the AM360 Governance Committee, was recently invited to represent the CWSC and to deliver an ecumenical prayer at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the 2016 Global Drug Policy. The UNGASS Conference was led by the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a national faith-based consortium of organizations focused on social justice issue and service to historically disadvantaged communities.
The intense Conference includes a Brain Trust Consultant Group Special Multifaith Pre-session presentation of a working paper on Drug Policy and Harm Reduction in preparation for the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly. The primary goal of the pre-session and subsequent work is to undertake the issues of reform and transformation for the nation’s criminal justice system and “address drug policies that intersect with policies related to HIV prevention; drug production and trade agreements; human rights and public health practices; law enforcement and sentencing policies; and compassionate models of care for the families and communities impacted by drug addiction. The pre-session will provide an opportunity to share specific interests, program updates and resources, and identify specific multi-faith outreach and communication strategies that support ongoing advocacy and 2016 UNGASS participation. Additionally, a multi-faith dialogue will be initiated which sets the stage for a long-term shared investment as stakeholders and partners.”
Proctor’s Secretary General, Dr. Iva Carruthers was a gracious hostess to Dr. Aisha who will return with Proctor to attend the 2016 U.N. General Assembly in New York. Stay tuned for an update on a special AM360 interview with the Proctor Secretary General, Dr. Carruthers.
Expanding 2016 College Scholarship Opportunities: The Payton Next Generation Scholarship
We’ve added another scholarship for the 2016 school year ― The James and Henrietta Payton Next Generation Scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating, college bound high school senior, current undergraduate or graduate student who exemplifies a strong commitment to educational excellence and community service as demonstrated by superior academic achievement and community involvement.
The Scholarship is established in honor of the late Mr. & Mrs. James and Henrietta Payton who while themselves being denied access to educational opportunities in the State of Texas because of their ethnicity, nevertheless struggled against all odds to ensure their four daughters would have a better educational opportunity…Click here to continue reading about the Payton Next Generation Scholarship.
You too have a unique opportunity through the CWSC MAPS college scholarship administration service to establish a nationally supported, tax deductible scholarship honoring a pioneer. Click here to learn more about preserving pioneer histories through college scholarships.
National Speakers Bureau Welcomes 13 Distinguished Lecturers
And admittedly too often, well meaning leaders with the best of intention have not created the communication platform and infrastructure to help media and other institutions connect more easily with legitimate voices of Al-Islam, and so many negative images go unchallenged. In either case, there is a duty upon sincere Muslims to project the correct image of Muslim life, including encouraging interfaith collaboration…The CWSC Speakers Bureau is established for just such purpose. Click here to learn more.
Check out the CWSC Online Store & Bookshelf…
When you purchase featured titles through our online store or through our partners, you help us fund our operations, promote the intellectual works representing our diverse intelligentsia and encourage greater scholarship for our own education and the broader society’s education. Check out this week’s featured title for our 40th Anniversary:
Genesis of New American Leadership. written by the Director of the CWSC, featuring a foreword by Imam Omar Shaheed and afterword by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin, Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life is one of the most powerful books from the American Muslim perspective since The Autobiography of Malcolm X!…It is the text from which organizations in the Association of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adapted their mission statements. An examination of how millions of American Muslims moved from theocratic autocracy toward true Islamic democracy and the lessons for today’s leaders. Provocative, yet pragmatic, universal yet specific and one of the most intriguing books ever written by an American author on leadership. For Muslims this book is about the genesis of a new responsibility and for the non-Muslim, it is about the genesis of a new understanding and acceptance. FPLLC Qalam Books Division, English, hardcover, dust jacket, reference text: 336p.
Visit Townhall Central to Share Your Event with the Entire Community…
See how CWSC is a favorite spot for all the family as we expand our site to include free sharing of national events and announcements and soon insha-Allah, the CWSC Business Plaza to connect merchants with customers…you’ll be able to find any of our businesses in the country right online. Got an announcement to share with the entire community…send program details and contact to email@example.com and we’ll post it here. Stay tuned!
*At press time, Brother Dharr was on the mend and we pray for his good health.
“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)