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Media & Public Speaking

Interview at APPNA Convention – August 2016

On the sidelines of the 2016 convention of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Anila Ali spoke to the American Muslim Institution’s Mike Ghouse about our organization’s community work in a segement called  “Empowering Muslim Women.”


ABC 7 News on Law Enforcement Internship Program for Muslim Women – June 2016

ABC7 News spotlighted AMWEC’s “Internship Program [that] Encourages Muslim Girls to Pursue Law Enforcement Careers.” It spotlighted teenagers like Ausna Haris, a Muslim student who dreams of becoming an FBI agent. The show also quoted Anila Ali noting that “women are under-represented in law enforcement, and Muslim women even more under-represented.”


Representing District 74 at the Democratic National Convention 2016

The Orange County Regsiter features Anila Ali on attending the convention: “It was life-changing. Before, I was interested in what my party was doing. Now I’m very involved. It’s gone to a different level.”


Sheila Jackson Lee Headlines to AMWEC Conference – April 2015

Anila Ali welcomed keynote speaker Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, as well as US Attorney General Stephanie Yonekura, and FBI  Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich (among others).


Obama White House CVE Summit – February 2015

Anila Ali spoke at the White House Summit for Countering Violent Extremism. Her panel was covered on C-SPAN. Ali used the occasion to discuss the unique aspects of the Muslim American community and how empowering Muslim women can be an effective tool to counter the extremist narrative and protect children.


Candidacy for California State Assembly – February 2014

Anila Ali announced her candidacy for District 74 of the California State Assembly. She received endorsements from the the National Women’s Political Caucus, the California Labor Federation, and the Orange County Labor Federation. The LA times quoted Ali: “As an immigrant, I can say that we’re all here for a better life, for better opportunities,” she said. “I want to make sure my daughter has the same opportunities that I had.”


Cal State University Oral History Project – November 2014

Anila Ali contributed her story as part of AMWEC’s collaboration with the Women, Politics, and Activism Project run by The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History at California State University Fullerton.


Representing District 74 at the Democratic National Convention 2012

The Orange County register featured Anila Ali as the first Pakistani Muslim woman to be elected to represent Orange County at the DNC. “When I came to California for vacation, I felt welcomed. I felt like I blended in. And now, our American Dream has definitely come true.”


Hosting Congresswoman Maxine Waters at AMWEC’s Annual Leadership Conference – May 2011

Under the theme “To Empower U.S. Muslim Women,” AMWEC held its annual leadership conference at the Hyatt Regency. Anila Ali welcomed Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as State Department Special Representative to Muslim communities Farah Pandith, US Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., White House Senior Advisor on Civil Rights Amanda Baran, Pakistani Consul General Riffat Masood, and Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Michael Downing. See coverage in The Los Angeles Times.


NYU School of Law Launches “Americans on Hold” – April 2010

The Huffing Post spotlights the release of “Americans on Hold: Profiling, Prejudice, and National Security,” a powerful documentary that tells Anila Ali’s and Zuhair Mahd’s stories and exposes the widespread impact of profiling in citizenship applications and at the borders.