Muslim American Society Opens Freedom Foundation Chapter in North Carolina

January 25, 2007

Source: Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Muslim American Society (MAS) announced the opening of its North Carolina chapter of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom). MAS is a charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational non-profit organization. It is America's largest grassroots organization, with over 55 chapters in 35 states.

The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is the civic, educational, and advocacy component of MAS. MAS Freedom's goal is to build an integrated empowerment process for the American Muslim community through civic education and participation, community outreach, and coalition building that forges positive relationships with other institutions outside of the Muslim community that are dedicated to social justice and the protection of the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. Khalilah Sabra, a long time community activist, has been selected as the Director of the new MAS Freedom North Carolina chapter. Ms. Sabra, who completed her undergraduate studies at California State University and graduate studies at UCLA, is extremely active in education, media, and civil rights issues through-out the state (see photo at ).

"There is a tremendous amount of excitement concerning Khalilah and the new MAS Freedom North Carolina chapter" stated Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of the MAS Freedom Foundation national office, based in Washington, DC.

"Her ability to effectively communicate with the grassroots and community leaders within and outside of the Muslim community will serve as an invaluable asset in our goal to proactively galvanize at the local level residents and people of faith around the important issues of social and economic justice, volunteerism, and civic and community engagement," Bray added.

Other Washington based national organizations, who have chapters or affiliates in North Carolina, have also expressed their support for MAS Freedom-NC. Dr. Welton Gaddy, Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance (TIA), America's largest interfaith organization stated "Imam Bray is an important member of our board of directors and we look forward to our TIA members in North Carolina working closely with MAS Freedom-North Carolina."