Conference Brought Together U.S. Government Figures With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and Far-Left Activists


The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has reported on a conference held in February that bought leaders of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood together with members of the U.S. government, far-left/antiwar political figures, and foreign activists. According to the report:

NEARLY THREE weeks after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the American Muslim Taskforce (AMT) on Civil Rights and Elections hosted a thought-provoking conference on a heady topic: “Restoring America’s Promise.” The first day of the conference, held Feb. 6 and 7 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC, focused on American Muslim politics and the Muslim media. Journalists, leaders of major Muslim political organizations, and elected Muslim officials discussed a wide range of issues including the genesis of organized Muslim politics, institutional growth, strategy development, voting patterns, historical trends, collective strengths and weaknesses, present policies and future plans.

The report identified the following individuals as in attendance:

U.S. Government

Joan Mower, director of public relations for Voice of America

Keith Ellison Congressman (D-MN), first Muslim Congressman

former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), the Libertarian candidate for president in 2008

U.S. Muslim Brotherhood

Hodari Abdul-Ali, Muslim Alliance in North America

Hassan Ibrahim, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Mahdi Bray, Muslim American Society (MAS)

Zahid Bukhari, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Georgetown University

Agha Saeed, American Muslim Alliance, (AMT)

Malaak Shabazz, the daughter of El-Hajj Malek ul Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Far Left/Antiwar

Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General

Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist

Foreign Activists

Aitzaz Ahsan, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Egyptian sociologist

Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, is the founder of the International Action Center which and has its roots in the far left Worker’s World Party. Previous posts have detailed the close relationship between Clark, the antiwar group known as A.N.S.W.E.R and the Muslim American Society (MAS), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood group. Clark was also in Cairo last 2007 to protest the Egyptian military trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders there. Ms. Sheehan has also been part of an MAS delegation to Cairo in support of the Egyptian Brotherhood. Ms. Shabbaz has appeared in other coalitions in support of the U.S. Brotherhood.

The AMT, the conference sponsor, is a itself coalition of almost all the major U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations as documented in a recent Hudson Institute report including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Muslim Student Association, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

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