An open letter to the President on immigration & TN Muslims

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Nashville. We are sure you have chosen our city because of the incredible progress made by our immigrant communities. However, the successes of Tennessee’s immigrants have not come without serious challenges and social strife.

We are writing to you today to draw your attention to a unique and thriving community. A community which in many ways represents what is best about America. It is one of the most culturally and racially diverse groups in the United States. This community includes a very …

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TN Muslims condemn anti-Jewish slogan in US Senate Race

TN Muslims condemn anti-Jewish slogan in US Senate Race

(NASHVILLE, TN 9/20/2014) The Tennessee Muslim community is deeply troubled by the anti-Jewish rhetoric used on campaign signs by a write-in candidate for the US Senate from Kentucky named Robert Ransdell.

SEE: USA TODAY “Anti-Semitic candidate aims for U.S. Senate seat“

All people of good conscience should be offended by this outrageous vilification of an entire religious community. Sadly, this unfortunate incident is functioning as a publicity stunt for Ransdell and is allowing his toxic message of hate and intolerance to reach more people.

As members of the larger …

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To Answer This Higher Calling

By: Remziya Suleyman, Director of Policy & Administration, The American Center for Outreach

Drost Kokoye, board member, The American Muslim Advisory Council

Being on the frontlines of combating Islamophobia in Tennessee, we have seen the worst of the worst. In these defining moments, our multifaith relationships were put to the test. Through these tragedies, protests, lawsuits, and ongoing attacks, comfort came from seeing friends of other faiths rise to the occasion despite backlash.

As we stood in the parking lot of a mosque that was fire-bombed to the …

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2014 Legislative Wrap-up

2014 Legislative Wrap-up

The 2014 Tennessee legislative session has finally come to an end and it has been an exciting year for ACO. With our continued presences representing the Muslim voice at the state capitol and in political matters, we have worked diligently to ensure that our community is heard. The Muslim voice is now playing an integral role in safeguarding the religious freedoms and civil liberties of all Tennesseans. As expected this year, we saw a decline in the number of bills that were directly targeting our community. However, …

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We Stand With Boston

We at the American Center for Outreach express our deepest sympathy to all affected by yesterday’s senseless act of violence in Boston. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all those injured and for their speedy recovery. We condemn in the strongest terms any and all acts of violence. We stand with our fellow Americans and are ready to help during this difficult time.

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Nashville Next & Background Report: “Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville”

Check out this background report “Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville,” that ACO contributed to for NashvilleNext, a community-driven process for creating a countywide plan which will guide Metro Nashville through 2040.

We are also very honored to have been specifically highlighted in the Advocacy and Community Engagement section!


What is it?

Nashville Next is a community-driven process for creating a countywide plan which will guide Metro Nashville through 2040.

Who’s in charge?

It’s a joint effort of Metro government, many local businesses and service organizations, and – most …

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Update on Al-Farooq Mosque

Following the horrible act of vandalism at Al-Farooq mosque in Nashville yesterday, the community came together like never before. The outpouring of support and comforting response was a true testament to who we are as a community, a city, and a state.

Through the diligent efforts of local law enforcement, a suspect was caught and charged with burglary and felony vandalism only a few hours after the crime was committed. We applaud law enforcement for their support and encourage their continued investigation as they pursue this …

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ACO Response to Masjid Al-Farooq Vandalism

Following another act of vandalism at Al-Farooq mosque in South Nashville early this morning, the Muslim community rejects such acts of violence and destruction against any and all houses of worship. Houses of worship for all faiths are sacred and should be safe spaces for worshipers, families and children. We are grateful for the rapid response from law enforcement. We call on community leaders and clergy at this time to join us in condemning and speaking against yet another act of violence targeting an Islamic center in …

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Thank You For An Incredible Year!

Your support has allowed us to be a stronger, more effective organization changing the negative perception of Muslims in Tennessee. Because of you, we have made tremendous strides throughout 2012. Below are just a few of our major accomplishments this year that we want to highlight.

Without your sustained support we cannot be successful in what we do. As we prepare for 2013, I ask that you please make a contribution today to further support our movement. Next year will surely bring new challenges but as …

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Tennessee Muslims Instrumental in Getting the Vote Out

Tennessee Muslims Instrumental in Getting the Vote Out 

By Remziya Suleyman 

ACO’s Director of Policy & Administration

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ACO’s Statement On Violence In Libya and Egypt

The American Center for Outreach strongly condemns in the strongest possible terms the extremist attacks on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, September 11th, one of which killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya, the Honorable Christopher Stevens, along with three of his staff members. Events in both nations claimed to be in reaction to an online film considered extremely offensive and blasphemous to Islam and Muslims.  Likewise we strongly condemn this provocation by the reckless person who produced a movie to defame Prophet …

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Tennessee Early Voting is Underway!

Early voting for the Tennessee state primary and county general elections has begun. We need to see high voter turnout in our community in order to make a difference this election season. Candidates need to know we are paying attention and going out to vote. This is the best way to make sure they will listen to us on issues that matter to our community.

Early voting is convenient and easy. Polling places throughout the state will be open July 13th – …

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Unity Picnic in Support of Murfreesboro!

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Combatting Islamophobia and Preserving Religious Freedom in Tennessee

“Combatting Islamophobia and Preserving Religious Freedom in Tennessee” written by ACO’s Director of Policy & Administration, Remziya Suleyman is featured this week online by Patheos.  Enjoy and share broadly!

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Contact Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope Now!

Ask Attorney Jim Cope to Support Religious Equality!

Yesterday with our collective effort, Rutherford County officials received numerous calls and e-mails in support of the Muslim community in Murfreesboro. Today, we are asking our network to please contact the Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope. Please ask Mr. Cope to appeal Judge Robert Corlew’s decision that revoked the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s building permit and to ensure that religious equality is preserved in Tennessee.

Click Here to contact Attorney Jim Cope today!  

Below are other action …

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Islamic Center of Mufreesboro: Call the Rutherford County Mayor & ask county lawyers appeal the decision to halt construction

As you may have heard, yesterday a Rutherford County Judge ordered that construction to the new Murfreesboro mosque must come to a halt. However, today the County stated that they will not issue a cease work order anytime soon. Below are action steps that you can partake in to ensure that religious equality is preserved in Tennessee. We have a limited amount of time to take action. Please help in anyway you can.

Please call the Mayor and ask him to have his county lawyers …

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Upcoming Events

American Center for Outreach &  American Muslim Intercultural Network

The History of Muslims in America:

A Call to Social and Political Action

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: 7:00pm to ‘Isha

Place: Memphis Islamic Center
              10225 Humphrey Rd,
              Cordova, TN 38018
              (901) 759-9906

Special Guest: Ms. Remziya Suleyman, ACO Director of Policy & Admin.
Moderator: Malik Shaw



ACO Get Out The Vote Training

Come and obtain the tools and knowledge to serve your community. …

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Ask Congress to End Indefinite Detention Today!

Last year, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), codifying indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions authorizes the president to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world.

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee began its consideration of this year’s NDAA this week. The 2013 NDAA includes a misleading section that safeguards “habeas corpus rights,” the right to petition the courts …

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2012 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2012 legislative session has finally come to an end. What an exciting year it has been for us. Just as we launched the American Center for Outreach (ACO), the legislative session went into full throttle. Several dozen bills were introduced immediately that would have affected our community. However, as an outcome of last year’s mobilization and ACO’s continued lobbying presences, lawmakers reconsidered many costly and divisive legislation that had no benefit for Tennesseans.

Below you will find descriptions of the major …

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Ask Your Legislators to Vote NO on limiting diversity in charter schools!

Ask Your Legislators to Vote NO on limiting diversity in charter schools!

Bills Preventing Diversity in Charter Schools Close to Passage

Our Collective Voice was Heard!

UPDATE: Because of our collective efforts this bill was amended extensively and a watered down version was pushed back until TOMORROW morning for a vote in the Senate. However, we still have serious concerns about the unintended consequences and message this bill is sending about our state. Let’s continue to contact our legislators and remind them that Tennesseans want to keep their state a welcoming place for ALL. For more information about …

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