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AMV At A Glance  - Page III

2004

Khalid Saeed, speaks at the Veterans Memorial Day program in Woodland, CA
May 3, 2004: Khalid Saeed, AMV Director Northern California, spoke at the Veterans Memorial Day Program at the invitation of Mr. Larry P.Schapiro of American Legion. Mr. Schapiro said it was a historic event as this was the first time that the American Legion has invited a Muslim to address this important annual event.

The AMV Executive Director speaks at the ANSWER rally in San Francisco
The AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, delivered a speech at the ANSWER rally in San Francisco on June 5, 2004. The rally was part of global anti-war rallies against. The rally, among others was attended by Maritza Castillo, mother of Army Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia, who refused to return to Iraq because of the brutality he had witnessed by the U.S. military occupation forces. He was found guilty of desertion and sentenced to a year in prison and given a bad conduct discharge. 

AMV Executive Director addresses Racial Justice Rally in San Francisco
On June 7, 2004, Samina Faheem Sundas, American Muslim Voice Executive Director, addresses the Racial Justice Rally held in front of the Federal Building in San Francisco.

AMV co-sponsors rally against UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo
On June 25, 2004, American Muslim Voice joined Amnesty International, Global Exchange and several other civil rights groups in sponsoring a protest against UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo who, while working for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, authored an infamous January 2002 memo in which he argued that terrorism suspects are not covered by the War Crimes Act or the Geneva Conventions.

AMV Executive Director panelist at Long Beach, CA convention
AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, was one of the four panelists for the civil liberties forum at the Unitarian Universalist annual convention in Log Beach CA on June 27, 2004. Other panelists were: Ben scotch, attorney from Vermont, David Meserve City council member from Arcata, Ca. Claudia Elferdink  Unitarian Universalist  Minister from Massatucette, Megan Joiner.

AMV Director Operations speaks at New America Forum
Reshma Yunus, Director Operations of the American Muslim Voice was one of the main speakers at a New America Forum hosted by the Interfaith Freedom Foundation on June 29, 2004 at Fremont Main Library. The theme of the forum was Can people of faith work together in the American political system for a peaceful end to the occupations of Iraq and Palestine? Speakers called for an alliance of Jews, Muslims and Christians to work together for a peaceful end to the occupation.

AMV joins Palo Alto peace rally
American Muslim Voice joined a peace rally held in Palo Alto on June 30, 2004. Speakers at the rally, organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, called for an early return of US troops from Iraq. 

AMV holds candlelight vigils in memory of the innocent victims of 9/11
The American Muslim Voice commemorated the third anniversary of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks with candlelight vigils in Palo Alto, CA, Woodland, CA and Long Island, NY. In Palo Alto, the candle light vigil at the Civic Center, was attended, among others, by Vice Mayor of Palo Alto, Mr. Jim Burch and Ms. Yoriko Kishimoto, Palo Alto Council member.

AMV Convention Panel Discussion on Election 2004: Can we afford to vote with our conscience?
The first convention of the American Muslim Voice (AMV) was held on Oct. 3, 2004 just 30 days before the November 2 elections. Obviously, Election 2004 was the main topic of discussion. The title of the panel discussion was "Protection of civil rights in the light of human rights. Bush or Kerry: Will there be any difference?”

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