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Thank you all for making our convention memorable

Dear All,

We would like to thank all of you for making our first annual convention memorable. I felt I was among my family and close friends. The atmosphere was warm, relaxed, cheerful and festive. The performances were great and the panel discussions were honest, open, educational and enlightening. I hope all of you have enjoyed the event as much as I have.

 Your groups, churches and organizations have been the answer to my prayers. We need more individuals, groups and organizations like yours. With increasing support from our fellow Americans, my Muslim community will gain strength and courage to be more involved with fellow Americans to build a safer, peaceful and harmonious America, where all of us feel at home. With your support they will be encouraged to stand up and fight against injustice. We will have our Miracle by making the most beautiful diverse human wall of resistance, support and strength for each other. The AMV is honored to be a part of this genuine coalition to create a just, peaceful and harmonious world. We feel very grateful to be working with such diverse and generous people. I am especially proud of all the youth members for their commitment to justice and fairness. I would like to thank all of you for your time, support and contributions to the AMV.

 We would like to thank all of our speakers, panelists, sponsors, volunteers from Sunny Hill Youth Association, Chandni restaurant, and our wonderful volunteer performers. We made a serious mistake by forgetting one of my favorite pieces by D.H. Naomi Quinones " Left holding mangoes" powerful spoken words, sharing her feeling about the experience of her Japanese American ancestors. If she forgives us and acepts our invitation for our next event, she will be the first performer.

  We also want to thank our friend Grace Shimizu for sharing traveling exhibit "The Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War II" with us. We hope all of you had a chance to see and observe the similarities of oppression then and now. It took hours for them to set up and take down at the end of the program.

 We would like to thank Don for video taping, Ben and Rita for providing ride to our guests.

 Our award recipients were well deserving. Our community service award recipient Late Jim McEntee was one of the finest human being. Anne McEntee received the award for her husband and choked at that moment. I hope many people follow Jim's footsteps.

 Yesterday's event was truly labor of love, we all worked as a well oiled machine. We are looking forward to strengthening our friendship in the future.

 I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate, it is after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. (Leo C. Rosten)

Samina Faheem Sundas
Executive Director
American Muslim Voice
Oct. 4, 2004