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Media & Public Speaking

HONORING IRVINE TEEN HERO: JACKIE NI- APRIL 2020

Jackie Nie, a high school teen, is being honored as an AMMWEC Teen Hero! Jackie created a website that collected donations directed to the purchasing of PPE equipment. Jackie was able to raise more than $100,000. The interview and discussion were led by the Muslim-American youth.

Watch the discussion here


TRIBUTE TO RAZIA JAN AT AMWEC ANNUAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE-2011

AMWEC held its annual Women’s leadership conference at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel under the title: “Honoring Razia Jan and Muslim Women in Politics.” Razia Jan was honored for her work educating young women in Afghanistan. Speakers included: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency’s Sheela Mehta, the Olive Tree Initiative’s Corey Feinstein,
Los Angeles Human Rights Commission analyst Joumana Silyan Saba, and San Gabriel Valley Mosque director Said Sedouk.


COMPASSIONATE CONVERSATION: ENDING RACIAL PROFILING – JUNE 25, 2020

Join America’s civic leaders, faith leaders, educators, elected officials, law enforcement, and minority communities. Let’s unite and have a Compassionate Conversation.

How do we rebuild and strengthen our communities and learn to talk across racial, religious, political, and cultural differences to help forge a better understanding?

If you missed our webinar, watch it on Youtube here


AMMWEC IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN LINK – JUNE 26, 2020

It was indeed a great pleasure for AMMWEC team to visit Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah to hear the history of African American Muslims in Los Angeles. Imam Aymen Abdul Mujeeb and one of the pioneers of Interfaith leadership in America!

Joining AMMWEC at the mosque, was the LAPD officer, Sean Alexander, who is a proud Muslim African American from Los Angeles. AMMWEC president, Anila Ali, COVID19 hero Amina Ali, board member Zeba Zebunnesa, and team member Saheli Saran, held insightful conversations about ways we can work together as Muslims, Americans and human beings, to help build and empower communities.

View the Newslink here


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment – OCT 21, 2020

AMWEC’s annual national women’s conference convened Muslim women thought-leaders to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote. Anila Ali moderated a discussion highlighted the role of women in American democracy and celebrating a historic milestone in American history.


Anila Ali joins Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee – August 2020

Anila Ali joined a Democratic Party online conversation on race, gender, and the 2020 election. She appeared alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.


“Re-Imagining Hajj in the Age of Corona with Reza Aslan” – August 2020

To make sense of Hajj in the time of pandemic, Anila Ali hosted a dynamic discussion about the past, present, and future of the great convention. Presenters included CNN host and acclaimed author Reza Aslan; Imam Mohamad Jebara, author of the forthcoming book, “Muhammad the World-Changer”; and Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghosh of San Diego State University’s Women’s Studies Department.


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Headlines AMWEC Forum on Racial Profiling – June 25, 2020

With America confronting unresolved racial challenges, Anila Ali convened a special AMWEC forum on how women can lead on addressing racial profiling. The event was headlined by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, with other presenters including Mayor Ali Sajjad, former LAPD chief Mike Downing, Shelly Krajacic of the National Education Association, and Peter Levi of the ADL Orange County.


International Interfaith Iftar with Senator Jacky Rosen and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao – May 21, 2020

Representing AMMWEC, Anila Ali co-hosted an international interfaith Ramadan iftar in collaboration with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM). The event honored Dr. Judea Pearl (father of the late reporter Daniel Pearl) and Dr. Akbar S. Ahmad (Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University) for their collaboration to help advance Jewish-Muslim relations. Among the many honored presenters were Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, human rights icon Natan Sharansky, and peace advocate Maya Soetoro-Ng (Barack Obama’s sister).

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Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Iftar with Members of Congress – APRIL 26, 2020

Representing AMWEC, Anila Ali co-led an interfaith Ramadan iftar along with Rabbi Gersh of Temple Bat Yahm. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Bahais, Hindus, and Buddhists all participated. The diverse group was joined by Congresswomen Judy Chu and Katie Porter, who saluted people of faith coming together to bridge ideological, political, and racial divides to promote peace and prosperity for all.