Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that four mosques and 16 other nonprofit groups have formed a new entity to speak on their behalf, improve accountability for social service programs, and provide a forum for resolving disputes. The vision for the Northern California Islamic Council, a newly formed section 501(c)(3) organization, is that it will speak with one voice for Bay Area Muslims, as well as improving coordination and communications among its members. Those members represent Sunnis and Shiites, as well as African Americans and immigrants. The Council is modelled after the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, and the leaders of both groups hope to eventually form a state entity.