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AMV Open House 2008 attracts large crowd

Granies sing for peace

Granies sing for peace at the AMV Open House on August 23, 2008 in Palo Alto, CA

The American Muslim Voice held its Fourth Annual Open House at the home of the AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, in Palo Alto, CA, on August 23, 2008. It was a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith event that attracted 135 people from different walks of life.

This social event has yielded great success in the past four years, not just in bringing hundreds of diverse people together in a fun and relaxed social atmosphere, but also in fostering lasting friendships and shattering barriers among people from all walks of life.

The AMV Foundation has been fortunate to cultivate relationships with several multi-cultural organizations, faith groups and individuals that shared our vision of a culture of peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony. Many of them wanted to be a part of AMV’s Miracle Movement of Friendship and eagerly co-sponsored and endorsed the Open House events, Peace Picnics and conventions. By co-sponsoring these events they became AMV’x partners in bridging the gap between all communities, building a peaceful, inclusive and beloved nation.

The August 23rd event was co-sponsored by: Global Exchange, Multifaith Voices For Peace & Justice, Rahima Foundation, SEMAH and  United Muslims of America (UMA). It was endorsed by: Amnesty International, Asian Law Alliance, American Muslims for Palestine, Bay Area DOR-Consortium Buddhist Peace Fellowship, West Bay Chapter Code Pink, Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, CA, Department of Peace Campaign, G.I Suicide Awareness Campaign Founder Soul Los, Altos Voices for Peace, Muslim-Jewish Christian Coalition, Pax Christy of Stanford, CA Peace Partnership International Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA, Raging Grannies Action League and Veterans for Peace National Vice President Sharon Lee KufeIdt.

In a message of thanks to all those who attended the Open House, the AMV Executive Director, Samina Sundas, said it is time to nurture old friendships and to sow the seeds of new ones. “At AMV we think it's important for us to be for something instead of anti-something. So we wanted us as a nation to start being for peace and community building. AMV Foundation is taking interfaith dialog to the next level of fostering friendships and believes that we can build a peaceful, beloved and inclusive nation where all of us feel safe and at home by bridging the gap between all communities. AMV Foundation was founded by Muslims and works for and with all Americans towards this goal. Our approach to community building is a rudimentary one. AMV Foundation strives to change the culture of fear, division and hate created by 9/11 into a culture of hope and inclusion by fostering lasting friendships among all Americans. To do that, one must open their heart and home to cultivate such friendships.”

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