Civil Rights Leaders Urge Muslim Americans to Voice Concerns

March 12, 2003

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On March 12, 2003 The Harvard Crimson reported that "three civil rights leaders urged Muslim Americans and others to speak out against government encroachment on civil liberties at panel at the [Harvard] Divinity School yesterday morning... The discussion, which was part of the two-day Islam in America 2003 conference, focused on violations of American Muslims' civil rights since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks... Panelists said ethnic profiling stemming from restrictive national security measures has become a prominent concern for the nation's Muslim community... Civil rights lawyer Stanley L. Cohen and co-panelists Joshua Salaam and Salam Al-Marayati urged audience members to speak out if they found their rights restricted... All three panelists stressed the need for solidarity with Muslim Americans... The discussion was moderated by Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies Diana L. Eck."