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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             February 5, 2004

AMV congratulates New York City Council
for passing resolution against the Patriot Act

February 5, 2004 - The American Muslim Voice (AMV) welcomes the New York City Council resolution which declares that certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act and related federal actions unduly infringe upon fundamental rights and liberties.

The American Muslim Voice Executive Director, Ms. Samina Faheem Sundas, said, “We congratulate New York City, one of the biggest cities of the nation, for passing this resolution. This is the city where the biggest tragedy happened. We honor the citizens of New York for not holding Arabs, Muslims and South Asians responsible for this tragedy.”

The American Muslim Voice statement reads:

The American Muslim Voice (AMV) welcomes the New York City Council resolution against the USA Patriot Act under the title: “New York City Council Bill of Rights Resolution.” 

In its comprehensive resolution, the City of New York affirmed its strong support for the rights of immigrants and opposes measures that single out individuals for legal scrutiny or enforcement activity based primarily upon their country of origin.

The resolution, recognizing the diversity of the city, also emphasized that the “government policies may undermine trust between immigrant communities and the government, and in particular, pose a threat to the civil rights and liberties of the residents of our city who are or who appear to be Arab, Muslim or of South Asian descent.” This is a clear message to the administration that New York’s citizens are not with the administration in targeting these communities.

The resolution makes New York the 251st community with a population of 43 million, according to the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Among the nation’s five most populated cities, four of them have passed resolutions against the Patriot Act. They are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Three states, Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont, have also passed resolutions against the Patriot Act.