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Please join us in honoring one of the finest young woman of our time.
 Samina F. Sundas

A Tribute to Marla Ruzicka (1976-2005)

Please join us on this very special evening to honor and celebrate the life and work of Marla Ruzicka, former Bay-Area activist, friend, and colleague who was killed in Baghdad on Saturday, April 16, 2005. Marla's work in Afghanistan and Iraq with her organization Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) brought much needed attention to the all too often overlooked civilian deaths and losses suffered during these wars. Marla will be remembered for her tireless work for justice and also for her unyielding zest for life, remarkable capacity for joy, and deep loyalty to friends and family. Her spirit will leave an indelible mark in the world.

When: June 10th, 2005

Where:  Muslim Community Association (MCA)

3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Suggested donation $10.00 includes Dinner

No one will be denied for lack of funds


All Masajids, Muslim organizations, peace & justice organizations, multifaith groups and ethnic organizations are encouraged to co-sponsor this event so that the Muslim community can honor Marla and her parents.

1: We are planning to make a book for her parents with statements and sentiments of appreciation from sponsors and co-sponsors.

2: We are asking co-sponsors to share the cost by donating a minimum of $100.00 donation. ( No Max)Please send a check to "AMV" 120 Park Ave, Palo Alto, Ca 94306.

3: Please help with outreach. We would like to fill the Masjid with Muslim supporters and friends.

4: Please enrich this event by dressing in your traditional clothes. (Especially children). We would like children to present flowers to her parents.

We welcome other ideas and suggestions for the program by no later than 5 PM, Friday, May 27. Call 650-387-1994 or email samina_faheem@yahoo.com for more information.

 In Memory of Marla Ruzicka 1976 - April 16th, 2005
Bay Area activist Marla Ruzicka spent her 28-year life fighting tirelessly for justice. She began organizing and educating her peers about social and environmental issues when she was in high school, bringing in speakers to her school and volunteering her time with various organizations. Marla later worked with AIDS victims in Zimbabwe, refugees in Palestine and campesinos in Nicaragua.

Following the US invasion of Afghanistan, Marla traveled there with Global Exchange and was so moved by the plight of the civilian victims that she dedicated the rest of her too short life to helping innocent victims of war in both Afghanistan and Iraq. She created an organization, Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (CIVIC), to count casualties, provide assistance, and pressure the US government to take responsibility for the innocent civilians harmed by US forces. She was on such a mission in Iraq when she met her untimely death on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in Baghdad.

Marla will be remembered for her pioneering work, and also for her unyielding zest for life, remarkable capacity for joy, and deep loyalty to friends and family. Marla's smile stopped people in their tracks and her optimism inspired all those around her. Everyone whose life touched Marla's is richer for the experience, and her spirit will leave an indelible mark in the world.

We will also remember and honor the work of Faiz Ali Salim, Marla's Iraqi colleague, who was killed with while working to bring attention and comfort to civilian victims of the Iraq war.


American Muslim Voice (AMV)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Muslim Community Association of SF (MCA)


Al-Qalam Institute

American Friends Service Committee

Amnesty International

Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center

Chandni Restaurant,  Newark, CA

Friends Committee On National Legislation

Global Exchange

Interfaith Freedom Foundation

Islamic Society of East Bay

Islamic Society of Monterey

Islamic Society Of San Francisco

Mehran Restaurant Newark, CA

Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice

Rahima Foundation

Salam Cola

Semah Inc.

South Bay Islamic Association

South Bay Mobilization

Tri-City Peace & Justice

United Muslims of America

Zafran Restaurant, Santa Clara, CA