Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the findings of its independent task force on the civic and political integration of Muslim Americans on June 26, 2007. The report, Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans, calls for Muslims and non-Muslims to work together to create full and equal opportunities for Muslim Americans to participate in American civic and political life.

The Chicago Council convened the task force of thirty-two distinguished Muslim and non-Muslim leaders in February 2006  to examine the Muslim American experience and provide a roadmap for accelerating Muslim American engagement. The group found that Muslim Americans are a well-educated, diverse group and concluded that their talents and contributions are needed to help address critical domestic and foreign policy challenges related to homeland security and U.S. relations with Muslim countries and peoples. There are opportunities for Muslim Americans to expand their contributions to national security and continue to take the lead in encouraging greater civic participation, leadership development, and institution building within their community. Non-Muslim groups and government leaders can work to better recognize Muslim American contributions to national security, improve collaborations with Muslim American institutions, and provide greater opportunities for young Muslim Americans.

Generous support from the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Louis Family Foundation, Javeed Akhter, and Imad Qasim made the Task Force and its report possible.


Farooq Kathwari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.

Lynn Martin
, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and congresswoman

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