Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Blog

Since the announcement of the Cordoba Initiative’s Park 51 project in lower Manhattan, our community has come under attack in the media and the political arena. Using Park 51 as a vehicle to spread suspicion and intolerance for political gain, some members of Congress, elected officials and political figures from both parties have issued statements about the proposed center.

For the past several weeks, AAI has been tracking statements on the community center and mosque, and we’ve produced a document called: Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials, which categorizes each statement based on a number of criteria.

We hope that you will use this information to take part in a media campaign to mobilize local community members to submit OP-ED articles to local media outlets. Using the mosque report we have compiled and an OP-ED placement strategy outline, you should be well on your way to submitting a piece to your local paper, and online news websites.

We must ensure our voices are heard leading up to the elections and hold political figures responsible for marginalizing our community. In addition, we must thank those who continue to stand up for what is right.

AAI is able to help you contact the right press in your community, and has resources available if you need them. Please take some time to look through our the scorecard and our OP-ED outline sheet.

Good luck with your piece and send us a link of your article when it runs so that we can share it with everyone.  

Fore help in contacting your local papers, please contact Omar Tewfik at: or (202) 429-9210 ext. 31

AAI has also recently published the 2009-2010 Congressional Scorecard which highlights how your members of Congress have voted during the past two years on a number of important issues relating to our community. Please feel free to use Scorecard as an additional resource to help you write your OP-ED.