We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Expectations have been tempered after many in the Middle East felt they were not well supported in the wake of President Obama’s Cairo speech almost two years ago. So much has changed since then. Revolutions have shocked the world and democracy is spreading throughout the Muslim world. Regardless of United States support, many of these movements can and will continue. The United States should always stand for democracy and freedom, not oppression and violence. Hopefully these core American values will be reflected in President Obama’s words.
It is important to remember that the President is only a representative of the people, chosen to execute the laws of the land and the will of the people. President Obama can’t represent the people if they don’t speak up. This is exactly why America’s Unofficial Ambassadors exists. We are providing opportunities and calling for Americans to stand and serve as diplomats all over the Muslim world. If we inspire 1,000 citizens to volunteer, that’s 1,000 communities which will be changed and countless people in Muslim majority nations whose lives will have been effected for the better. Those thousand volunteers will be supporting democracy in its truest form, democracy through actions.