Clifford I. Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Award for Samina Sundas

As part of this year’s SF Bay Area Day of Remembrance program, scheduled for Saturday, February 1h, Samina F. Sundas, executive director of American Muslim Voice, will be receiving the Clifford I. Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award. The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium will present the award to her at its annual commemoration of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans - its lessons and legacy, especially in the current post-9/11 era -- as America finds itself in the midst of another war. “Carrying the Light for Justice – DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 2007 – Continuing to Build Communities” will take place at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California, located at 1840 Sutter Street (nr. Webster) in SF Japan town.
According to a press release issued by the National Japanese American Historical Society, in addition to a program of cultural presentations, films and candle lighting ceremony, the 2007 Clifford I, Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award 2007 will be presented to Samina F. Sundas by the Consortium in recognition of her courageous leadership and personal dedication to the principles of peace and social justice, particularly in the post 9/11 period. Ms. Sundas’ advocacy on behalf of Muslim, Arab and South Asian Americans and others targeted as “the enemy” following 9/11, and her heartfelt efforts to promote friendship and mutual respect among diverse communities are deeply appreciated by the Consortium. Ms. Sundas is the founding executive director of the American Muslim Voice, and co-founder of Fear To Friendship, a group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural friendship and education following 9/11. She is also the founder of "Global Peace Partners." The group is dedicated to forming global partnerships to create a culture of peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony.
A key strategy in Ms. Sundas’ tireless work for peace, justice and community building has been to nurture life-long friendships among all Americans. Ms. Sundas works for these principles in her work. She has established partnerships between American Muslim Voice, Global Peace Partners and Peace Alliance to introduce a resolution in support of a cabinet level "Department of Peace and Non Violence" in local communities.


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