American Muslim Women PAC Press Conference
October 11, 2016 2:30 PM
Location: Bloomberg Room
First Ever American Muslim Women PAC Announce Endorsement for Hillary Clinton, Ready to Hit the Ground Running
Washington, D.C., October 11, 2016 – The American Muslim Women Political Action Committee (AMW PAC), the first ever political action committee focused specifically on American Muslim women, today announced its endorsement for Hillary Clinton for President.
“Our primary goal is to elect leaders and support policies that represent our values,” said Mirriam Seddiq, a Maryland Immigration and Criminal Defense attorney and creator of the PAC. “In the simplest terms, we believe in basic human rights and the right of each individual to live their lives as they choose. Hillary Clinton is a candidate that not only understands those values, but has spent her life dedicated to them in her public service.”
The mission of the new PAC is to provide American Muslim women a platform from which to speak out in support of political candidates and policies that impact their community. Its formation of the PAC comes on the heels of an uptick in anti-Islamic rhetoric and speculation around the role of women in the Islamic community, triggered in part by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments on Ghazala Khan’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
“After hearing Donald Trump demonize Muslims, and imply things about our women and culture, I realized we need to take more ownership of the political conversation happening in this country,” said Seddiq. “For years we’ve been letting other people tell us what our problems are. This PAC provides a platform for us to talk about our problems, our needs and who we want to help us address them.”
The AMC PAC joins a wide variety of organizations and individuals working to address the needs and views of Muslim Americans, and has already received an overwhelming response of support. Many Muslim women from across the country have expressed interest in the PAC and are ready to hit the ground running to get Hillary Clinton elected.
“It is time for American Muslim women to have our own platform to engage on the issues we care about," said Masuda Sultan, an AMW PAC advisory board member. "As Americans, it is our duty to organize ourselves and work on solutions for our country with those who know it can be done. We proudly endorse Hillary Clinton for President on the International Day of the Girl."
For information on how to donate to the PAC, please visit www.AmericanMuslimWomen.com.
Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Women PAC is a hybrid political action committee registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia. This PAC was created to provide a platform from which American Muslim women can speak out in support of candidates for public office or policies that impact their community. For more information, please visit our website at www.americanmuslimwomen.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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