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AMV Solidarity Open House of April 16, 2005

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. 

In a message the AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas said:

“Our first "Solidarity Open House" was a big hit and every one enjoyed meeting friends without a time table to follow. We promised no speeches, no forums and no teach ins and we did it. It is in this spirit that I am opening my home again to all my old, new and future friends. 

 “We have started a new movement,  “The Miracle Movement,  to get to know each other better and celebrate our diversity and humanity. 

“Where there was fear and mistrust, we have sowed seeds of understanding, mutual respect, friendship, faith, peace and harmony. We are looking forward to a better future. We will focus on what binds us together rather than what divides us.  

“Together we can make our country safe, secure, peaceful and harmonious, where all of us feel at home.  I believed with all my heart that we can take the next step and form life long friendship, so many of you have already proved that to me. Another world is possible if we truly want it.” 

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.