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Peace Convention 2013

The Time is Now: Connecting for Peace, Justice and Change

Do you know since 2010, 92 bills in 38 state legislatures have introduced bills intended to exclude American Muslims from equal protection in American courts.

Also given the ongoing contentious discussions regarding the health care reform, the continuous crisis regarding the national budget issues, shutting down of our government, the discussion concerning women's rights, religious and ethnic profiling, ongoing hate incidents and hate crimes, the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict, it is time to change our focus from what divides us and connect on the issues that bind us.

Plenary speaker:

Sadia Saifuddin is the first Muslim elected as UC Board of Regents.

Keynote speaker:

Shane Claiborne: The Gospel of Rutba? Hear the amazing story of kindness & compassion of Iraqi Muslims who saved lives of Americans after an auto accident in 2003 while US was bombing Iraq.

Featured speakers:

Terry Holdbrooks converted to Islam in 2004 after having nightly discussions with Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay after understanding their commitment to practice Islam even during their imprisonment.

Panel: Who will be left out of immigration reform?

With the passage of "The Boarder Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act", federal legislators are moving toward historic changes that will impact local and federal revenues, access to the federal safety net, families and entire communities. It is estimated that California has about 2.6 million undocumented residents, which constitutes approximately 25% of the nation's undocumented population.

How will this debate impact your Community and what would be the future of migration? How can we have humane and real immigration reform?

Please join us for a community conversation to get educated and activated.


Maleeha Haq, an immigration attorney who specializes in asylum work
Annie Sayo, PAWIS
Niloufar Khonsari, Esq. Executive Director/Immigration Attorney. Pangea Legal Services
Robyn Rodriquez, Associate Professor, UC Davis,

Moderator: Teresa Castellanos, Coordinator for Immigrant Relations & Integration Service

 Workshop: "Made into America" Immigrant stories. You can share yours.

This project has a number of goals:

    Compile, present and share stories related to immigration that build bridges of interest, empathy and commonality among Silicon Valley residents.

  Compile, present and share stories related to immigration that generate a positive understanding of the ways that immigrants build the strength and vitality of the U.S. and the Silicon Valley area in particular.

  Compile a bank of stories related to immigration that can be used in strategic ways as an educational activity or tool in classrooms, and/or a resource for policymakers, and the press.

   To develop an online resource that can be a springboard for offshoot projects.  These might include stories that describe an historical event through the eyes of participants, or stories focused on a particular community, neighborhood or demographic group that is facing a specific, immigrant-related challenge.

 Encourage children and adults to talk to elders to record family history
        Record immigrant stories to paint a picture of local history and an historical archive
        Teach students interviewing and writing skills.


Patty Page, project coordinator
Elliot Margolies, author

Panel: Income inequality and its impact on our communities, especially youth

The ongoing discussion about the widening gap between rich and poor has been loudest since the Great Depression. Warren Buffett has condemned the disparities, Occupy Wall Street movement has inveighed against it, and President Barack Obama cites it to justify higher taxes on the wealthy. Much of the debate, though, has focused on inequality's moral dimension. It just doesn't seem right that so many Americans struggle while a few prospers. What many are missing is the actual impact rising inequality is having on our communities, especially our youth.
Linette Lopez puts it in context for us "If you're at the top, and you think that widening the wealth gap doesn't affect you, let me put this gently: you are completely and totally wrong."

  This comment from Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at England's University of Nottingham, should be an embarrassment to all Americans. : "If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark."


Rev. Phil Lawson, Retired Minister & Interfaith Program Director for EBHO
Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA,
Nikki Salde, member of Church & Society Committee, BVUM Church.
Sandy Perry, Justice Minister
Shahid Khan, Former Director reducing disparities, Contra Costa County
Dr. Roberta Ahlquist  is Professor in the College of Education at San Jose State University in CA
Davi Baker

 Panel: What is post racial about post racial?

As the nation celebrates milestones of the civil rights movement 50 years ago, how do the issues of racial profiling, the immigration debate, affirmative action, voting rights, ethnic studies, Miss America & who gets to sing the national anthem fit it in our current relations as communities? Discuss with current leaders of color the issues of race in the Bay Area.


Rev. Jeff Moore, President of the NAACP Silicon Valley
Lydia Guel, Sacred Heart
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of CAIR
Hani Khan, The young Muslim girl who changed the face of Abercrombie & Fitch

Moderator: Raj Jayadev, Silicon Valley Debug,

Panel: Bring all of your burning questions about Islam and Muslims to this panel

Do you have burning questions about Islam and do not know who to ask? Questions like, what is Sharia? Will Sharia take over America? Do women have equal rights in Islam? What does Islam say about honor killing? Who are the infidels? What is the Islamic view of terrorism? What is Jihad?  

We have created this safe space for you to bring your questions and concerns and get the 1st hand information from the Muslims and Muslim scholars who have been practicing this religion for decades.  


Ameena Jandali, is a founding member of ING. She is content director
Dr. Rajabally, Muslim community leader
Bhawana Kamil, Past President of MAS and an active interfaith leader

Meet the Authors

Dr. Ejaz Naqvi: The Quran With or Against Bible?
Rabbi Shelly Lewis: Torah of Reconciliation
Rev. Ben Daniel: The Search for Truth About Islam
Pamela Olson: Fast Times in Palestine
John Titus: A Father's Journey Losing Alicia after 9/11,
"September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows"