Temple Beth Sholom’s Brotherhood speaker series hosted Anila Ali as its guest speaker. She emphasized the need for Jews and Muslims to work together to combat anti-Semitism, bigotry, Islamophobia, and hate. The goal of the event was to strengthen interfaith partnerships.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.