AMV At A Glance - Page II
AMV's third Annual “Miracle Movement” Open House
On May 7, 2006, AMV’s third annual “Miracle movement” open house was held in Palo Alto, CA. Samina Faheem Sundas, Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice, started this wonderful tradition three years ago by opening her own home to all fellow Americans to sow the seeds of friendship. Keeping up with old traditions people came from far and near. Many people drove to join in as far as from Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Woodland, CA etc. About 250 people jammed into Samina’s house yard and on the street with a lot of sweet fragrance of roses.
AMV Executive Director joins Mother’s Day rally in Washington DC
On May 14, 2006, the AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, joined “Women for Peace” rally in front of the White House. The rally, organized by Code Pink, included a mini-parade, a sing along and plenty of roses waving around. The rally was addressed by activists, like: Cindy Sheehan, a leader in the “Gold Star Families for Peace”; Susan Sarandon, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and a celebrated film actress. Sheehan’s son Casey has been killed in Iraq.
AMV joins vigil for end to Mideast violence
On August 7, 2006, Amnesty International organized a vigil at in Fremont, CA, with the help of American Muslim Voice, asking for the fighting to stop in the Middle East. "By being at this corner, we will bring awareness to residents of Fremont that this issue is here," American Muslim Voice founder Samina Sundas said. "We're all facing it — it's not a global issue. The world is shrinking. We all will be victims if we don't do something about it." The Fremont vigil coincided with more than 60 vigils around the world for the Amnesty group's Global Ceasefire Vigil. There were at least 56 registered vigils within the United States, and dozens more around the globe, from Spain to Chile to Hong Kong.
AMV Executive Director is sworn-in as Human Relations Commissioner of Santa Clara County
Sept. 26, 2006, American Muslim Voice Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, is sworn in as a commissioner to the Human Relations Commission of Santa Clara County, CA. She was nominated to the commission in appreciation of her dedicated community work.
AMV Executive Director speaks on INS in the ACLU documentary on U.S. government surveillance
In October 2006, American Muslim Voice Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, speaks on the INS Registration in the documentary "Tracked in America: Stories from the History of U.S. Government Surveillance." Tracked in America is an online documentary launched by the American Civil Liberties Union to mark the most comprehensive effort to examine the history of surveillance in America. Featured on the site are the personal stories of 25 individuals affected by surveillance and six historians who chronicle surveillance and dissent in America from 1798 to today.
AMV joins Wear a Hijab/Turban Day
On November 13, 2006, American Muslim Voice joined “Wear Hijab/Turban Day” to express solidarity
with the hate crimes victim Alia Ansari, an Afghan mother, who was shot dead in Fremont, CA which
is one of the most diverse cities in America. The event in Fremont was attended by people from
various ethnic and religious background. Since 9/11, Sikhs, Muslims, and other racial, ethnic, and
religious groups have been targeted for senseless violence.
AMV joins Day of Remembrance 2005
The American Muslim Voice Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, was honored to join the candle lighters at the Japanese Day of Remembering candle light vigil on February 20th to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during the second world war.
The annual Candle Lighting Ceremony has been the heart and soul of the Day of Remembrance commemoration in the Bay Area. Eleven individuals are selected by the San Francisco Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium as honored candle lighters for their inspiring work in education, social justice or advocacy, helping to make the Japanese American internment experience and its lessons a critical part of the American consciousness, particularly in the post 9/11 period. Past years’ candle lighters have included Rev. Cecil Williams, Fred Korematsu, and Alberta Lee daughter and advocate of Wen Ho Lee.
AMV holds first Solidarity Open House
On February 26, 2005, the American Muslim Voice holds a Day of Solidarity Open House. Over sixteen countries, forty organizations and many religions were represented at the successful event.
AMV participates in anti-war rallies in San Francisco, San Jose
American Muslim Voice actively participated in the San Francisco Bay Area rallies and interfaith service held to commemorate the second anniversary of the Iraq war. A massive demonstration was held on March 19, 2005 in San Francisco which drew about 25,000 protesters from throughout Northern California.
AMV holds second Solidarity Open House
American Muslim Voice (AMV) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a solidarity open house in Palo Alto on April 16, 2005. More than 270 people from all walks of life attended the event aimed at nurturing the seeds of friendship through personal acquaintance and contacts. The Solidarity Open House was co-sponsored by: Amnesty International, Blue Triangle Network, Code Pink, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Global Exchange, Multi-faith Voices for Peace and Justice, Pax Christi of Stanford, Tikkun (Silicon Valley Chapter) and United for Peace & Justice.
Memorial Peace Picnic
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2005, American Muslim Voice joined Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice to sponsor Memorial Peace Picnic at the Mitchell Park Pine Grove area, Palo Alto, CA. The event, to foster friendships and to build peaceful communities, was co-sponsored by: Buddhist Peace Fellowship West Bay Chapter, Pax Christi Stanford, Semah, South Bay Mobilization and South Bay Department of Peace Campaign.
Samina Faheem Sundas gets Human Relations Award from Santa Clara County, CA
On June 2, 2005, the Santa Clara County today awarded Samina Faheem Sundas, Executive Director of American Muslim Voice, a prestigious Human Relations Award for her outstanding contributions to the community.
AMV’s know your rights forum at Woodland Mosque
The American Muslim Voice, American Civil Liberties Union and Woodland Mosque held “Know Your Rights” forum at the Woodland, CA mosque on July 10 2005. The forum was held in the backdrop of high profile arrests in Lodi, CA, where an American Pakistani, Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father, Umer Hayat, 47 were arrested in a terrorist probe while in the court. “Not to speak to the police, FBI and any other law enforcement agencies without the presence of an attorney’s” was the main topic covered by each one of the speakers.
AMV co-sponsor 9/11 vigil at U.S. capitol
On, September 9, 2005, the American Muslim Voice, joined an interfaith candlelight vigil sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., to mark the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Co-sponsors of the vigil included: InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (Washington, D.C.), September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Interfaith Alliance.
AMV presents a check to Red Cross for hurricane Katrina victims at Woodland Mosque
On September 11, 2005 AMV Woodland Chapter held "Katrina Fundraising and 9/11 anniversary program" at the Woodland Mosque. Khalid Saeed President of American Muslim Voice, presented a check for $730.00 to Red Cross executive director Ms. Donna Neu.
AMV Eid Interfaith dinner in Woodland, CA
American Muslim Voice hosted an interfaith Eid dinner in Woodland, California on Nov.19, 2005. People from different religious and cultural backgrounds attended the dinner at the Leake Room of Woodland Library. In the spirit of interfaith outreach, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim prayers were offered before serving the dinner. Joe & Steve Cohan of Davis Synagogue offered a Jewish blessing, Rev. Larry Love Joy said traditional Christian prayer and AMV President, Khaled Saeed offered Muslim prayer.
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