By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
American Muslim Voice (AMV) sponsored a press conference Friday (July 19, 2013) to discuss the acquittal verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin to death. The press conference, held at the Muslim Community Association Santa Clara, was addressed by:
Pastor Jetheo (Jeff ) Moore, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; Rev. Dr. Andrew Killie, President of Silicon Valley Inter-Religious Council; Delorme McKee-Stovall from Human Relations Office of Santa Clara County; Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Senior Advisor of The American Muslim Voice Foundation; Congressman Michael Honda’s Representative Lenine Umali; Rasheed Salaam, Deputy Director of Be A Champion Foundation and an African American convert to Islam; Reshma Inamdar, Board Member of SEMAH Inc. and Samina Sundas, Founding Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation.
Samina Sundas, Founding Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation, was moderator of the press conference.
She said that the AMV stands in solidarity with “our African-American brothers, sisters and all people of conscious who mourn the senseless and untimely death of Trayvon Martin.” Samina said that the AMV welcomed 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. She said that today it was her birthday and she couldn’t find a better way than to work for a greater cause to celebrate this day.
Pastor Jetheo (Jeff ) Moore, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he has two boys and he fears that after ten years someone will look at them as a threat because of color of their skin like Trayvon Martin. He was of the view that inequality in America is not that just happened but it is engineered. Pastor Jetheo Moore indicated that what was happening with the African-American community was also felt by the Muslim as well as Latino communities.
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