Local Interfaith Activist to be Honored by FOR

Congratulations to Samina Faheen Sundas, founder and director of American Muslim Voice and a longtime worker for interfaith understanding and cooperation in the South Bay! She will receive the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) at their annual Festival of Peace this coming September in Upper Nyack, NY.

Founded by Christians in both England and Germany during the first World War, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has dedicated itself to finding paths to peace and has become an international, interfaith organization. The FOR was instrumental over the years in developing what became the ACLU, NCCJ (National Conference for Christians and Jews, now National Conference for Community and Justice), and continues to educate and organize for nonviolence, peace and justice.

Samina Faheem Sundas founded American Muslim Voice in 2003 as an expression of her concern for community building and creating a culture of “peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony.” In addition to her work with AMV, she has served on the steering committee of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice based in Palo Alto, on the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, and as a member of the Peninsula Community Foundation. She has been instrumental in developing several events bringing together the Muslim community with other groups in the South Bay.

We are indeed fortunate to have people like Samina as part of the interfaith landscape in our communities. Congratulations!

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