MANA Raises Money for Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
by Hodari Abdul-Ali, Chair, MANA Social Justice Task Force
Alhamdulilah, MANA's Social Justice Task Force has been active this year, networking with other organizations and helping to raise MANA's profile by participating in events for worthy causes.
On May 22-24, MANA was represented at the 2009 National Black Power Conference in Atlanta organized by the New Black Panther Party headed by Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz. Hodari Abdul-Ali, Chair of the Social Justice Task Force, participated in panels related to "liberation journalism" and the "United States of Africa". Khalid Abdus-Samad participated in panels related to "political prisoners" and "gang summit".
The highlight of the conference, which was held on the weekend of the birth of El Hajj Malik Shabazz, was a Tribute and Fundaraiser for Imam Jamil Al-Amin. MANA Amir Imam Siraj Wahhaj lead a panel that raised awareness of the case of Imam Jamil, and helped raise over $5000 for his legal defense. The panel also included Imam Jamil's wife, Attorney Karima Al-Amin; Khalid Abdus-Samad; Imam Jamil's brother Ed Brown, head of The Justice Fund; and Bilal Sunni Ali, head of the International Committee to Support Imam Jamil Al-Amin. Imam Khalil Abdur-Rahman, while not in attendence, also helped facilitate the event.
Among the other recent events that MANA's Social Justice Task Force participated in were:
- the March on the Pentagon, organized by the International ANSWER coalition and held March 21 in Washington, DC to urge U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan;
- the "Hands Off Sudan" rally held March 11 in front of the embassy of Sudan in Washington, DC to show solidarity with the people and government of Sudan and opposition to an "arrest warrant" issued for the Sudanese president by the "International Criminal Court";
- the "American Muslims in the Mainstream" conference organized by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights & Elections, held February 6-7 in Washington, DC; and
- a ceremony releasing 44 doves on January 19 at Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC honoring the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The Social Justice Task Force intends to continue reaching out to Muslims and non-Muslims in an effort to advance the interests of Muslims in America and the cause of justice and peace in the United States and the world.
Photos by Ayana Abdul-Ali
Top: Khalid Abdus-Samad and Hodari Abdul-Ali at the National Black Power Conference;
Bottom: Iman Siraj Wahhaj speaking at the tribute to Imam Jamil Al-Amin. Watching from the dais were Karima Al-Amin, Ed Brown, Khalid Abdus-Samad, Hodari Abdul-Ali and Bilal Sunni Ali.