Justice for New Americans group graduates first interns
Justice for New Americans held a ceremony June 2003 for the first batch of its interns. The theme of the graduation ceremony was “Passing the Torch.” The program included a video presentation - “Day of Remembrance” – about the plight of Japanese immigrants during the Second World War.Executive Director of Justice For New Americans, Cecilia Chang, welcomed the audience on behalf of the New Americans. Interns spoke about their experience during the internship praising Cecilia, for her commitment and decication to uphold civil rights for all..
Ms. Samina Faheem, Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice, first thanked Cecilia Chang and Justice for New Americans for inviting her to the graduation ceremony. She told the interns that you are our future, our country’s well being depends on you. I am proud of you for your commitment, dedication and compassion at such early age.You are ahead of a lot of people fighting for equal justice for all. We all know that what is the right thing but it is hard to do it. My advice to you will be to always seek and speak the truth. She praised Cecilia Change for her far sightedness for passing the torch to next generation. It we failed to pass down the knowledge to our next generation, then we have not completed our mission. My heartiest congratulations to all of you for your accomplishment. ”Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker also addressed the audience.